To Win Her Favor by Tamera Alexander Book Review @litfuse

To Win Her Favor is a historical romance and takes the reader back to the 1800’s and boy! What a journey it was! A tale of love, faith and perseverance.
It takes us to the time of old world charm, farming and horse racing. Maggie Linden and Cullen McGrath are two souls who are thrown together and find love eventually. The initial hesitation, anger and tension are build up and I was eagerly waiting for their friendship to blossom. Maggi reluctantly realizes that her father chose the right man. Cullen too is surprised by the love her feels for Maggi and Linden farms and the pull he feels for keeping all his promises.  I found the struggles and conflict between so realistic. Those were tough times indeed but the characters faced them with such honesty and faith.
The story touches on the tough times of slavery and how life had little value. It serves as a reminder of the hardships faced and what could have been. The novel does get a bit serious in between as times are tough and everyone is suffering.
Maggie is certain that her mare, Bourbon Belle, can take the top purse in the annual Drayton Stakes at Nashville’s racetrack––the richest race run in America. Her problem is that women cannot participate so she needs the help of her husband, who even though wants to do the right by her but is afraid to step on to a race track again.
Like all stories this one too has its highs and lows but the story moves at a steady pace making for a delightful read, more so if you enjoy historical romances with the grandeur and larger than life imagery! Those times were difficult but beautiful
It is a love story of a family. The author has shared the bond between father & daughter, husband and wife, friends and even the house help. All just come together to bring a beautiful tear jerker of a story.
The lives of the slaves, their dedication & integrity are narrated with such simplicity that I realized that ‘a better life’ is what all of us want. My heart went out to the little jockeys.
A book that had me engrossed in the world of horses, farming, and those long-forgotten ‘genteel times’.  To Win Her Favor showcases the strength of love, faith, and perseverance. 
Plus I found the cover very attractive and I enjoyed the book immensely.


To Win Her Favor

(Zondervan, May 2015)


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 nearby. And don’t forget Jack, their precious—and precocious—silky terrier.
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