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 can help her has vowed to stay away from thoroughbred racing for good.
An Irish-born son 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 start a farm, 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 annual Drayton Stakes at Nashville’s racetrack––the richest race 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.
Cullen and Maggie need each other in order to achieve their dreams. But their stubborn, wounded hearts––and the escalating violence from a “secret society” responsible for lynchings and midnight raids––may prove too much for even two determined souls.
About Tamera Alexander
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.
The American South is renowned for its heritage of gentility, manners and decorum, but during post-Civil War Reconstruction era its legacy was far more nefarious. Men and women whose traditions and ideals were stripped from them often along with their fortunes and livelihoods looked to blame the “other”: the freed slaves and Irish immigrants. Deep rooted racial hatred produced lynching mobs and saboteurs that hid behind cowardly white hoods as they carried out their malevolent agenda of fear and violence. Tamera Alexander’s To Win Her Favor is a portrait of the disenfranchised and the steadfast heroes who refused to cower in the face of adversity and seized on to future of freedom for all.
At the heart of this book is a story of marriage of convenience, a prevalent plot framework in the inspirational market. Tamera Alexander has revived this tired and predictable story arc by introducing complex characters with warring prejudices. Southern drawl and Irish lilt clash in duel of words with an undercurrent of attraction and passion. Maggie is desperate to race her thoroughbred Bourbon Belle in an elite event to claim a purse that will solidify the survival of her families estate, Linden Downs. Cullen is equally resolute to deny Maggie’s request in hopes of shielding them from his past.
To Win Her Favor is a novel robust in history, romance and personality. Tamera Alexander consistently creates stories and characters that become imprinted on the heart, forever to be revisited with fondness and appreciation. This book is one of my favourite historical romances this year!
**Disclosure: book provided by Litfuse Publicity for review consideration**