Audie Award, Faith-Based Fiction, 2016
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.
©2015 Tamera Alexander (P)2015 Zondervan
very good book. very good storyline. I like Christian romance because it doesn't have the prolonged, full chapter "sex scenes". though I usually let my very sweet 17 year old neice read my books after I read and approve them I will let her read this one in another year or more cause though I love Tamera Alexander this book to my surprise went just a few lines closer to questionable for teens. without giving to much away lines like " leaving her gown open so he can appreciate what was beneath" " covering her body with his" and "putting his hand under her shirt waist " might be questionable so I typed it in to give other readers an idea so they can decide if they want to read this book. with that all said I will still read this authors books cause I do enjoy a good clean romance book!
Excellent PG13 rated romance with real characters, experiencing real life in the South after the War Between the states. Alexander wrote with more passion in this book, but fades to black at perfect times. I hate books that pretend Christian married couples don't enjoy sex. This was my next to favorite book from this author. It mixes horse racing, Irish struggles of the time period and the struggles of women. With all that the book remains entertaining.
I rarely give 5 stars, but this book highly deserves it. I loved everything about it .... the story, the narrator, the romance, the intrigue and drama. The fact that Cullen is Irish is even more special, since my Mother's family is from Ireland. The narrator did an excellent job with the accent. The only problem with this book is that it had to end. If you love historical fiction and horses, this is your book. Thank you, Tamera Alexander!
I didn't want this book to end. Great story line and well written characters!
The love story between man and wife.
She did a good job with the Irish accents and presenting the characters emotions.
Yes, spent more time than I should have listening.
Loved this book!!
I have enjoyed all of Tamera Alexander's novels. They touch the human heart and radiate the value of learning to love and forgive.
Her novels reflect the intrigue, the mystery and mending needed when keeping secrets. I love how Tamera's novels can entwine and link to one another that gives her readers reflection to the contributions of true pioneers.
I have always enjoyed Tamera Alexander's audible versions. For "To Win Her Favor", however, the accents are fine, but the reading of the story is bland. This made it difficult to enjoy the beauty of Alexander's story journey and I did not connect with the characters as I usually do.
Ms Alexander is a wonderful story teller. With interesting descriptions and characters that stay with you long after the book has ended. However, I feel the narrator was not what this story needed. It's a shame the same narrator was wasn't used as in the first book of this series, "To Whisper Her Name". I found Ms Sibrel to read at a slow pace with a lack of enthusiasm for what she was reading. I plan to read the printed version.
Tamera's love story with great history intertwined is delightful. I've been inspired to look up the mansions and estates and desire a visit to them. Thank you, Ms Alexander!!
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