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.
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Tamera Alexander is a best-selling novelist whose deeply drawn characters, thought-provoking plots, and poignant prose resonate with readers. Having lived in Colorado for seventeen years, she and her husband now make their home in Nashville, Tennessee, along with their two adult children who live near by. And don't forget Jack, their precious---and precocious---silky terrier.
Excellent read! I just LOVE God things! :) He guides me so much I just love when I see His hand at work! Quite a while ago I had read the first book in this series and then as time went by and I read more books I had forgotten to check back for other's in the series. Then I get an invite to read and review To Win Her Favor and because it sounded interestingly awesome I put in for a copy! It wasn't until I received the book that I realized it was the sequel in the Belle Mead Plantation series! I just think that's awesome! :) Anyways this is only the second book from Tamara that I have read and I'm LOVING it even more than the first! I really enjoyed To Whisper Her Name and found the characters and plot well rounded and interesting! The same flows into To Win Her Favor! I absolutely LOVE all of these characters and the concept for the plot is great! Tamara's writing is amazing! I can just picture every scene so clearly it feels like I'm there with the characters, through spine tingling suspense to breathe taking rides! I would say that I definitely find this to be for a more mature readership. The animals add to the story beautifully and are well written. In the times after the civil war when anger is still stirred up and men succumb to wickedness how will good men and women live and survive? Especially when just the color of your skin or the sound of your voice cause people to hate you? This is a wonderful read that I don't want to put down! TO BE CONTINUED! Stay tuned for Part 2!
*I requested and received this book as a member of Litfuse for the purpose of reviewing it. This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about To Win Her Favor. ~ASC