Wednesday, May 6, 2015

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Book Review: To Win Her Favor

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.

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

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire HD 6
  • A copy of To Win Her Favor
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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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 can help her has vowed to stay away from thoroughbred racing for good.

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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I don't believe that I've ever read any of Tamera Alexander's other books, but after reading this one, I'm going to have to go looking for them, I think. I very much enjoyed this one. What I also enjoyed was checking out some of the other reviews and when I did, I saw one thing repeated over and over again. People have given this book a one star rating due to the intimacy within this book and that puzzles me. Granted, I understand that not everyone is as open about this sort of thing as I am, but the fact that they gave such a negative review for something so natural is baffling to me. They mentioned that it would be a problem for girls and unmarried women to keep their thoughts pure after reading it. I'd like to point out that this book isn't marketed or written for girls or young adults. This is an adult book. Also, let's face it, even in good Christian homes, married couples are often intimate and to pretend otherwise is just silly.  Anyway, that's my soapbox for that. The book is very well written, the characters well thought out and I very much enjoyed it and will be looking for her other books.

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1 comment:

Carole Jarvis said...

Thank you, Katie, for so eloquently expressing exactly what I've been thinking about those negative reviews. I loved everything about this book and will try to address the intimacy aspect in my review also. Not that it will do any good, though, because people's minds are made up one way or the other.

I read so many books that end with the engagement or marriage, that it's refreshing to see one focus on the marriage itself. You would probably like Tamera's first book, Rekindled, which also deals with a married couple. It was my favorite in that series.

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