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Review: To Win Her Favor by Tamera Alexander

Review: To Win Her Favor by Tamera AlexanderTo Win Her Favor by Tamera Alexander
Published by Zondervan on May 12th 2015
Genres: Christian, Fiction, General, Historical, Romance
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
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.

To Win Her Favor is a very well written book and there were many interesting, honest concepts explored in the story, such as racial discrimination, the negative effects on people after the war, Irish and other discrimination on foreigners, and so on. Although, there were some moments during reading that felt a bit slow to me. It was a fairly good read, but it wasn’t particularly amazing enough to be a favorite of mine.

The characters were all from different sorts of backgrounds and I liked most all of them. Cullen and Maggie were convincing leads and I thought their ending was adorably sweet. The best part is, I think, how honest these characters are written in the way of how no one is truly perfect and so tempers will flare, secrets are kept longer than they should be, and doubt between people even the ones you love most are present.

There is a chapter with a friend of Maggie’s that had me puzzled because they were looking for something and I don’t think it got resolved, so I wonder if that’s going to be in another book. Her friend was a little more interesting, even though her life was a bit more heartbreaking.

So overall, To Win Her Favor was a book worth reading. So fans of Historical Fiction and horse racing should check this one out.