Thursday, April 30, 2015

To Win Her Favor

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ALEXANDER, TAMARA
TO WIN HER FAVOR

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.

My Review:

Such a riveting story with so many interesting elements you don't often see in historical fiction. First up -- the treatment of the Irish in the 1800s. Alexander describes the narrow-minded prejudice with appalling clarity. Even the heroine isn't exempt from it. Quite an eye opener. As is the description of the plight of the freed slaves in the post war South. Both elements of our history that are hard to read but important to remember.

And I loved the thoroughbred racing elements in the story. Especially since it's Maggie who has the passion for horses and the God-given talent to train them. So maverick for a woman of that time which ups the conflict and makes for a page-turning read.

Alexander pairs the two most unsuitable people together and creates a sweeping love story with plenty of angst and a whole lot of passion. In fact, this marriage of convenience novel definitely pushes the envelope when it comes to portraying the intimacies of marriage in a Christian fiction book. It is tastefully done, but sensitive readers should beware.

Love the contrasts between Maggie and Cullen. She's defensive, judgemental and a little bit of a snob at the beginning of the story. Cullen is apologetically brazen and surprisingly compassionate. And oh so very patient -- and he needs to be as far as Maggie's concerned! But he's determined to win her favor. You'll have to read the book to see if he's successful.

Cautionary note: there is a bit of questionable language. Not a lot, but blatant enough to mention. As well as the use of the derogatory (though historically accurate) word for Blacks.

My thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group and the publisher through Net Galley for a review copy of this book.


GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of To Win Her Favor please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday May 3 2015. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!


Tamera Alexander’s To Win Her Favor Blog Tour and Kindle Giveaway

Celebrate the release of To Win Her Favor with a Kindle Fire and book giveaway!

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Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 10th. Winner will be announced May 11th on Tamera's blog. Plus stay tuned for more opportunities to win after May 11 with a special Pinterest contest—more details coming soon!



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32 comments:

  1. I am so excited to read this. Tamera is one of my favorite authors!!!!
    kathrynlvoss(at)gmail(dot)com

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  2. This is one that I am looking forward to reading. Thanks for the heads up on the language and intimacy stuff. Also, thanks for the giveaway! momrain(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. You're welcome, Loraine. Good luck!

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  3. I am intrigued by this one, Kav. Thank you for a great review!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  4. I've really loved Tamera Alexander's Nashville novels - you can really feel her passion for the area and its history, especially in how she doesn't shy away from its realities. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    rachaeldalquist AT yahoo DOT com

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    1. Yes -- she's a wonderful historian. But even the awful truths are softened by a message of hope. Good luck, Rachael.

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  5. I haven't read much about the treatment of the Irish in the 1800's and look forward to reading this book. Sounds like a lot of history which I enjoy.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. It's kind of mindboggling, rubynreba. Good luck.

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  6. Sounds exciting, Kav! Please enter me :)
    pocoauthorATgmailDOTcom

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    1. You're entered, Nicole. Good luck!

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  7. As a woman that has a lot of Irish in her I enjoy reading stories that mention the unfair treatment of the Irish. As we all know fiction is always based on truth. Tamera Alexander is one of the best authors as far as describing rich historical detail, which is exactly what I love reading about. Please toss my name in the hat for the drawing Kav, I would love to be reading this soon ! Thank you.
    Deanne
    Cnnamongirl(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. I'm Irish too, Deanne. Funny how nowadays we can declare that proudly but a hundred years ago no one would want to admit it. Good luck!

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  8. I'm reading this as well so please don't enter me, but I just had to tell you that I LOVE your review! I'm loving all the points you have listed above, and I usually don't read to much of other's reviews until I've completed mine because I don't want it to affect my opinion of the book. But when I saw your review I wanted to see what you thought of it! :) And I think you hit the name on the head when you said that it kinda pushes the envelope. But the other parts of the book are GREAT! :) Awesome review Kav!

    Hugs, Amada
    (pronounced: a.m.a.th.a)

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    1. Thanks Amada. Glad you're enjoying it too.

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  9. I enjoyed Tamera's To Whisper Her Name so would love to read this one, too. Count me in, please, Kav!

    ckbarker at gmail dot com

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    1. Yep, it's next in line. Good luck, Cheryl

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  10. I really liked the first book in this series so have been looking forward to this book. I appreciate all the historical details Tammy puts in her books. Someday I'd love to visit Belle Meade. I'd love to win To Win Her Favor.
    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. She really knows how to bring the past to life, doesn't she? Good luck, Pam.

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  11. Hi Kav. Thanks for this review. I love historical fictions, and this one really got my attention. I would love to be entered in your giveaway. Thanks! Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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    1. You're entered, Maxie. Good luck.

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  12. Can't wait to read "To Win Her Favor"!! Thanks for your wonderful review, Kav. Love the era this novel is set in, also partial to horses since I live in the Louisville area and the Ky. Derby is tomorrow!!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I just turned on the news this morning and discovered the Kentucky Derby is today. I'll be watching and thinking of To Win His Favor. Good luck, Bonnie.

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  13. Tamara is one of the best in historical fiction! Can't wait to read her newest.

    Pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  14. Seems we all love history in story form. Not sure if it was this interesting when we were learning it in school. Lol. Guess stories make it more real. rrwalter34ATgmailDOTcom

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    1. I swear I've learned all my history from fiction. They should have a historical fiction history class available to high school students. Reading Through the Ages. Wouldn't that be fun? Good luck!

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  15. I do want to see if he is successfull... putting this one on my TBR list :)
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  16. Marriage of convenience, my guilty pleasure! And I love Tamera Alexander.
    I am pretty curious about the heroine and why she is the way you have described her. I love to see the vulnerability of strong personalities (and I assume the heroine is a strong personality, given the review). Very curious :)

    Count me in, please.

    janka(dot)halcinova(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. She's definitely a strong personality -- but she's also a product of her time and upbringing. There were bits about her that I didn't like at first -- but grew to understand as I settled into the era. And she grows. Good luck, Janka.

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