There’s a few things guaranteed to happen with a book written by Tamera Alexander. You will be hooked from the first page. You’ll neglect life for the sake of reading and you’ll be sad when the book finishes. That’s just how her books roll Internet. Continuing with the Belle Meade Plantation Series, To Win Her Favor, takes readers back into the world of thoroughbred horses, post-Civil war Nashville and the women who stood for something more.
A gifted rider in a world where ladies never race, Maggie Linden is determined that her horse will become a champion. But the one man who could help her has vowed to stay away from thoroughbred racing forever.
An Irishman far from home, Cullen McGrath left a once prosperous life in England because of a horse racing scandal that nearly ruined him. He’s come to Nashville for a fresh start, hoping to buy land and begin farming, all while determined to stay as far away from thoroughbred racing as possible. But starting over proves harder than he’d wagered, especially when Maggie Linden’s father makes him an offer he shouldn’t accept yet cannot possibly refuse.
Maggie is certain that her mare, Bourbon Belle, can take the top purse in the inaugural Peyton Stakes, the richest race ever run in America. Maggie only needs the chance to prove it. To give her that chance–and to save Linden Downs from being sold to the highest bidder–Maggie’s father, aging, yet wily as ever, makes a barter. His agreement includes one tiny, troublesome detail–Maggie must marry a man she’s never met. A man she never would have chosen for herself.
Once again, I loved Tamera’s latest! I should also mention that I adore horses, so a book about them is full of extra points (I can watch any horse movie over and over).
In many ways, this was one of the most raw novels I’ve experienced of Tamera’s. Many of the issues and topics she brings about in her novel are hard to read in subject, but her bringing to life what many lives were like after the war, especially the racial discrimination, made the experience all the more real. Gritty even.
I really enjoyed seeing Maggie transform as a character and person. From embracing her passion from a young age, to examining and challenging her heart and what she thought, to learning to love the path her life led, her character is one I’d be friends with. Her relationship with her Dad is touching and was one of my favorite parts of the novel. Cullen is simply fabulous as well. There’s so much to learn from their relationship and I loved seeing it play out in a married relationship (the struggles, the sacrifice and the love). And once again you’ll love the secondary characters. Such well created characters who drew you in just as much as the main ones – there were some emotions people! Emotions!
Now, I also really want a horse. I think one will fit in my apartment….
What’s a recent book you enjoyed that dealt with hard topics?
(Thank you to Zondervan and Litfuse for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
Celebrate the release of To Win Her Favor with a Kindle Fire and book giveaway!
- A Kindle Fire HD 6
- A copy of To Win Her Favor
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 10th. Winner will be announced May 11th on Tamera’s blog. Plus stay tuned for more opportunities to win after May 11 with a special Pinterest contest—more details coming soon!