To Win Her Favor, Belle Meade Plantation Series #2   -     By: Tamera Alexander
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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.

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Publication Date: 2015
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ISBN: 0310291070
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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.

Author Bio

Tamera Alexander is the best-selling author of numerous books including A Lasting Impression and The Inheritance. Her richly-drawn characters and thought-provoking plots have earned her devoted readers worldwide. Tamera is a two-time Christy Award winner, two-time RITA winner, and a recipient of the prestigious Library Journal Award. Tamera and her husband recently returned to her Southern roots and now make their home in Nashville. Visit her website at www.tameraalexander.com Facebook: tamera.alexander Twitter: @tameraalexander

 

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“This wonderful story of God’s love and faithfulness is set against the beauty of the Tennessee hills. Fans of Cathy Marie Hake and Deeanne Gist will enjoy this book.”
“No insta-love here! Readers get to experience the growing attraction between the headstrong and determined Maggie and the swoon-worthy Cullen. The deeply drawn characters move the story along at a steady pace – even Bucket, the dog, and Bourbon Belle, the mare, will win readers over.” – 4 star review
“Alexander (To Whisper Her Name) continues her ode to the magnificent Belle Meade Plantation, using it to illustrate questions of race, faith, and loyalty that continue to haunt today. Richly drawn secondary characters add depth, humor, and a sobering perspective on how Reconstruction affected racial relations, social status, and economic fortunes. Fans will appreciate, and applaud the smooth merging of social commentary and a sweet love story.”
“Strong characters, a sense of the times, and the themes of love, friendship, and the importance of loyalty and determination make this a triumph.” – starred review

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    To Win Her Favor
    May 27, 2015
    Christian Fictionista
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Tamera Alexander has done it again! Her books weave historical facts and emotional drama in such a beautiful way that completely engages the reader. I have read all of her novels and she just gets better with each one. I highly recommend all of her books!
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Nothing comes easy to any of these characters. You find yourself wanting to fight their battles right along with them.
    May 26, 2015
    Robin Willson
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Christian historical romance set in 1869 Nashville, Tennessee. An excellent read! Great for a summer read or any time you want to soak into a good book. There are so many good points to mention about this book!

    Taking place after the Civil War is over, Maggie and her father have been trying to hang onto their farm. Little by little as their wealth decreases so does their social standing. They're right at the point of having the farm and everything on it put up for auction, when Irishman Cullen comes to town looking to purchase some land.

    I knew that the Irish were not exactly popular when they came to America, and often competed with African Americans for jobs, but I didn't realize that Southerners persecuted the Irish and they were run out of town just as African Americans were.

    This is also based on the real Belle Meade Plantation in Nashville and the thoroughbred horses that came from there and the neighboring Plantation. Maggie has raised Bourbon Belle and hopes to race her, win the purse and save their farm. But they're about to lose the farm before the race takes place. Maggie's father meets Cullen who is riding on the grounds and gets to know him. He sells the farm to Cullen with the agreement that he will also marry and take care of Maggie.

    This story is made of endearing strong characters and biblical wisdom, life after the Civil War and struggle of social and racial class. Nothing comes easy to any of these characters, and you find yourself wanting to fight their battles right along with them. This is one of those books that you don't want to put down, and you don't want to end! It's the second book in the series, but works as a stand alone.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Zondervan Fiction and the Netgalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Another Great Visit to Belle Meade Plantation
    May 26, 2015
    KGD history teacher
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    To Win Her Favor was another great visit to Belle Meade Plantation where we once again encounter the true, but larger than life characters of Uncle Bob and General Harding as they are in the process of building one of the best Thoroughbred farms in the United States. The setting is Nashville, Tennessee, several years after the devastating Civil War. Many of the landed gentry have lost or are in the process of losing their land. Such is the case with Linden Downs. Maggie and her father have struggled to hold on to their land. They have sold off their horses, let most of their help go and still they cannot pay the taxes that are owed on their property. Now, it is scheduled for auction. All Maggie has left is her horse, Bourbon Belle, who she has trained as a race horse. Without their land and her fathers failing health, all her dreams will be crushed. Cullen McGrath is a recent Irish immigrant. He lost his family on his way to the United States as they were trying to escape scandal in England. He finds America not to be a land of opportunity, but a land full of prejudices against not only the African Americans, but the Irish as well. He has money to buy land, but no one will sell to an Irishman. Gilbert Linden has land, but no money to keep it. On a chance meeting, Gilbert believes Cullen may be the answer to his prayers to ensure the future of both his plantation and his daughter. The trouble is that Cullen has secrets concerning the reason he left England and Maggie keeps secret her desire to train and run race horses.

    This was a very satisfying sequel to To Whisper Her Name. The author has done thorough research in to the life and times of those living in Nashville following the Civil War. This book really brought out the sufferings of those who lost so many loved ones to war and then lost most of their possessions after the war. It also shows the plight of the freed slaves with no place to go, no work, and no education. Most of us are aware of the prejudice they suffered, but few know that much of that same prejudice was directed at the Irish who fled starvation and mistreatment to make their way to America in hopes of a better life. This was a wonderful story of the fulfillment of dreams as well as a great love story. I could barely put it down.

    I received this from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
  4. 1 Stars Out Of 5
    disapointed
    May 26, 2015
    carrie
    Quality: 1
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 1
    I have read and loved many of Tamera Alexanders other books, But am very disappointed with this one. The mentions of the intimacies of marriage went way too far for this to be considered a christian novel. Just because the characters are married does not make it ok to write about and mention sex all the time. I am shocked and sad at how many people gave this a 5 star review. I am 25, unmarried, and felt it was extremely wrong for me to be reading this. I kept looking at the cover to double check that I was reading the right book. It's really sad and disappointing to see how many 'Christian' authors are going down this path.
  5. NE
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    I loved it ! !
    May 25, 2015
    Deanna
    NE
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Tamara Alexander drew me in right from the start. She gives us a look into what life looked like post-Civil War for blacks and immigrants in the South in 1869 and the struggle to save the family home. I found some parts of this story that showed some of prejudices against the Irish and African-Americans and the actions some took to keep them in their place, hard to read and not feel compassion and disbelief at what they endured. I was drawn in quickly and the vivid descriptive scenes were quickly running through my mind and I could see and feel the emotions they portrayed. A quickly arranged marriage to save the family estate proved to be a wonderful story of faith, endurance and triumph over hard times. I loved this story. My emotions run low to high, I felt anger, I laughed and yes, I even shed a few tears. The closer I got to the end the faster I wanted to turn the pages. I too wanted to soar on the back of Bourbon Belle! This story, especially the ending truly touched me. If you like Historical romance with mystery and suspense this one will hold you fast within the pages.. You will like this one! * I would rate this one PG-13.

    I was gifted a copy to review by NetGalley for my honest opinion which I have given.
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