The setting of post-civil war Nashville is the perfect place to showcase the disparity between the classes, as well as highlight the ignorance and prejudice against the newly freed slaves and Irish immigrants. The author did a very good job of exposing the danger and trials these people faced, while not allowing the story to become overly dark. And, of course, Maggie’s care and love of her amazing thoroughbred, Bourbon Belle, was fabulous.
The romance and marriage of convenience thread of the story is definitely for mature readers. I think the scenes between man and wife, showcasing the intimacy of their growing relationship was handled beautifully, although best suited to older readers. In my opinion this was truly one of the best marriage of convenience stories I have ever read. I will definitely be reading this book again in the future! (5 stars)
My thanks to Litfuse Publicity and Zondervan for the complimentary copy of this book that I received in exchange for my review.
Can Maggie prove that her mare, Bourbon Belle, can take the top purse in the inaugural Peyton Stakes, the richest race ever run in America? Find out in Tamera Alexander’s To Win Her Favor. To give her that chance—and to save Linden Downs from being sold to the highest bidder—Maggie must marry a man she’s never met. A man she never would have chosen for herself.
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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 for herself.
About the author:
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.