To Win Her Favor by Tamera Alexander a Book Review

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About the Book:

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

My Review:

I had forgotten how much I loved Tamera’s writing. It’s been a long time, too long, since I’ve read one of her titles. I COULD NOT PUT THIS DOWN! I think that’s all you need to know.

But let’s go back to the story. I don’t normally like books around the time of the Civil War. I just hate to read about so much blatant racism and oh the awful crimes and acts (there weren’t a ton in this story but one is more than enough) and being a woman of color it makes it hard (I think I’ve said this a time or two) for me to read these things comfortably. Kind of how I felt about watching Roots. Cringe worthy great movie. But Tamera’s books are usually so good I felt like I could deal with it. And I was not disappointed. She’s not shy about the criminal racist acts but I was able to make it through and even feel optimistic about the futures of those wronged. In To Win Her Favor Tamera sheds light on the fact that African Americans were not the only ones discriminated against. It is what it is. You can’t change the past and Tamera doesn’t try to do that. And I did not try to skim through it.

On the main storyline Tamera’s main character, Maggie, was one I could feel empathy for. She was introduced to us with all her young girl struggles at the beginning and we got the chance to champion for her. We also got to know Cullen even better (in my opinion) and really champion for him. Both of these characters were well developed enough that the reader (that’s me) could feel something when they were wronged or when good things happened.

The Belle Mead Plantation and races horses feature prominently in the story again. This is the running theme in all the Belle Mead Plantation Novels

I will say that although this is pretty clean fiction some of the scenes between Maggie and Cullen were a tad bit on the steamy side. I kind of felt that the descriptions could have stopped a bit before they actually did. It wasn’t too bad but it didn’t add anything to the story for me and could have been left out.

This book is actually part two in a series but can easily be read as a stand alone.

If you like Period Christian fiction I think you’ll enjoy To Win Her Favor.


Check out Tamera’s website to read a juicy 3 chapter sample of To Win Her Favor.


TameraAlexanderbooksAbout the Author:

Tamera Alexander is the best-selling author of numerous books including A Lasting Impression and The Inheritance. Her richly-drawn characters and thought-provoking plots have earned her devoted readers worldwide. Tamera is a two-time Christy Award winner, two-time RITA winner, and a recipient of the prestigious Library Journal Award. Tamera and her husband recently returned to her Southern roots and now make their home in Nashville.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from The Litfuse Group as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”



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