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To Win Her Favor (A Belle Meade Plantation Novel) (udgave 2015)

af Tamera Alexander (Forfatter)

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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.… (mere)
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Titel:To Win Her Favor (A Belle Meade Plantation Novel)
Forfattere:Tamera Alexander (Forfatter)
Info:Zondervan (2015), 384 pages
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Tamera Alexander has done it again - spun history, romance, and characters into a story so rich you might be tempted to stick it in a vault for safekeeping. Except read it first. And then don't stick it in a vault because it's just a book and people might think you're crazy.

Her perspective on the history of the time period is captivating and vivid, at times shocking in its reality, but ever full of reminders that for all the evil and heartbreak present in mankind at any given moment there are always remnants of God's good to shine in the darkness. The romance swirling around this marriage of convenience is at once breathless for both its joys and its sorrows, and the protagonists are as perfectly matched as a wink and a grin. Even if they themselves would argue that point with me a time or two throughout their journey. To Win Her Favor overflows with characters who are too full of life to be held captive to the pages of a story; they weave their way into your heart by the end of the book and feel like dear friends.

To Win Her Favor may be my favorite book yet by Tamera Alexander! Yes, because of all the reasons I already mentioned (history, romance, characters) but all of her books have those elements to perfection. She's such a gifted author that you really can never go wrong with one of her books. What sets To Win Her Favor apart in my opinion is something I'm (happily) starting to see tentatively making its way into the Christian fiction market - reality. The stark truth of what life looked like post-Civil War for blacks and immigrants in the South. The sweet truth of what a marriage can be like when two people love each other, desire each other and love God. In neither of these cases does Ms. Alexander write more than is needed. She tells us just enough about the blatant discrimination and horrific persecution suffered to break our hearts and rile our anger. We see glimpses of Cullen and Maggie as husband and wife but we always zoom away from their bedroom before things get too intimate. Tamera Alexander has redeemed romance from what can be seen explicitly in so many arenas today, and she has done it sweetly and brilliantly - and she has preserved the sanctity of marriage and the purity of our minds in the process.

Another reason To Win Her Favor is my favorite book of Tamera Alexander's is the vivid characters! Especially Kizzie! I can just see her with her hand on her tiny hip, all that sass and spirit set loose in a pint-sized bundle of cute. Mr. Linden stole my heart as well, though the capturing took a bit longer than it did with Kizzy. My heart melted that last little bit over Maggie's father right about the time Cullen started reading the handwritten notes in Mr. Linden's Bible. Speaking of Cullen... *dreamy sigh*. That accent. That wink. That flirtatious mischievous side to him. That soft tender side to him. All-in-all, pretty much everything you could possibly want in a romantic hero. And Maggie - I really identified with Maggie. (Except for the horse thing - I've never really developed a fondness for them, despite living in horse country for all of my adult life to date.) She's a daddy's girl with a fiercely determined nature, firm opinions, and a surprisingly sensitive heart. And while those firm opinions can keep her grounded, they can also do more harm than good at times. This is a lesson I have had to learn as well over time - and it's one of the main reasons I identified so strongly with Maggie's character. As Cullen says to her at one point, "...when the world you're born in is all the world you've ever seen, it's hard to see it for what it really is." I echo his next sentiment - "Believe me, I know."

I also loved seeing old friends from previous books as they made cameos in this one. Nods like this from the author to her long-time readers make me smile deep in my heart! Speaking of deep-hearted smiles, I am thrilled to learn that one of the characters whose story touched me most in To Win Her Favor (Savannah Darby) will have her own story in a novella included in Among the Fair Magnolias. This collection of Southern love stories written by best-selling historical authors Tamera Alexander, Shelley Gray, Dorothy Love, and Elizabeth Musser is due to be released in July.

Finally, To Win Her Favor touched a chord in me because it takes place during a period in American history that isn't pretty, and Ms. Alexander does not hesitate to show the raw reality of life for immigrants and blacks after the Civil War. They were called horrible names, they were beaten, they were driven from their homes, they were refused service - all because of their nationality or the color of their skin. This is particularly close to my heart because of my work with people in my city's international community. Sadly, this kind of treatment toward immigrants still occurs on some levels - and one only has to turn on the news to see that racial unrest is also still alive and well. To Win Her Favor is so timely for our modern lives, despite being written about a period over 100 years in our country's history.

I give To Win Her Favor 5 out of 5 stars and a place on my favorites list!

Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Read more here: https://readingismysuperpower.wordpress.com/2015/05/16/to-win-her-favor/ ( )
  MeezCarrie | Aug 31, 2015 |
OK… now I can get to my thoughts. YAY!

I have noticed a lot of people discussing the contents of this book and there has been some concern about whether or not Tamera went too far with some of the scenes…

It’s a delicate position for a book reviewer – who doesn’t like to give away major plot points – to be in and I’ve been on the fence about it.

I’m actually late with my review because I was so torn about what to do… sorry litfuse

First let me say this: if you do not enjoy spoilers, you may want to skip my review because there are a few of things that MUST be said, which some might see as spoilers.







I have not read any other books by Tamera Alexander and as such, I had no pre-conceived notions of what to expect. To read other reveiws… that is simply not the case with most (possibly all…) of the people who did not enjoy the book.

Tamera has tackled a singularly difficult subject within the pages of To Win Her Favor – truth be told, more than a few difficult subjects.

While I agree with some of the reviewers that you can write about passion without giving quite so much detail, I have to admire not only Tamera’s skill as a writer that she paints such a vivid picture… but I also admire that she still write the scenes so delicately. It could not have been easy – but I can see where it was important to show just what kind of man we were dealing with.

Also there have been some nasty remarks about strong language used within… again, I can understand how the beginning of a phrase that you know is headed in a specific direction tends to make the human mind finish it anyway – but I applaud the fact that Tamera again showed tremendous restraint, while still giving us an accurate depiction of the people we were dealing with.

All of that being said, readers should be careful not to leave this book where impressionable young readers could get their hands on it or they may get a bit of a shock… of course that also depends on how sheltered your children are. Most public school children will have heard AND seen much worse before their tenth birthday.
All told, a very powerful and moving story. NOT AN EASY ONE either!

I will definitely be seeking out more of Tamera’s novels!

Review © JCMorrows 2015 ( )
  JCMorrows | Aug 25, 2015 |
"Tamera Alexander"= Excellence in Christian Historical Fiction...

Long Awaited, To Win Her Favor, this second book of the Belle Meade Plantation series, will forever be a standout in my mind.Tamera Alexander, whose writing is beyond excellent, recounts the era immediately following the Civil War,when prejudice against African-Americans and Irish was strong and considered acceptable in much of southern society. The faith aspect is subtle, yet a strong influence in the characters' lives. Discussion questions to follow the novel,causing one to evaluate his/her own heart. This tome has been making its mark on hearts and hopefully will influence people to examine their own prejudices today, even as they are entertained and learning history.

Maggie Linden is a young lady who dreams of racing her horse,Bourbon Belle, in the Peyton Stakes, in an effort to save the family farm. Her ailing father, however,has different plans to save the land. He arranges for her to marry an Irishman, Cullen McGrath, whom they barely know. Tensions abound as the KKK rears its ugly head, prejudice against the Irish causes many setbacks for the struggling McGraths, and the McGraths' marriage teeters.

I loved how Ms. Alexander writes with such precision. She gives life even to the emotions, ambiance, and inanimate objects. A few examples are: "the tense silence a third partner in the room...' and "nails...now pulled away in rebellion." How can one not smile when reading such masterful, vibrant, writing brushstrokes?

When the backstories of Kizzy's family are explained, the reader's emotions are pulled to the surface, and erupt as tears. One wants to go out and fight injustice, as it is presented in all its horrors. Yet, as one reads the book and the discussion questions, one begins to see that this book is meant to challenge modern day prejudices and injustices. Fighting softly, breaking open our hearts.

Will Maggie journey from seeing her earthly father as her strong tower to viewing her husband as her strong tower to ultimately allowing the God of the universe to be her hiding place, her source of strength and strong tower?

So many quotables. I will include just one here. "There will come a time when a man will have to boldly stand for what he believes or everything he holds dear will be taken from him. And those he loves."

In conclusion, what a book! Don't miss it! I originally bought the ebook, but I gratefully received the paperback book from Goodreads FirstReads, Litfuse, and the author in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  Becky_L | Jun 13, 2015 |
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 a 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 Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”. http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html ( )
  Robin.Willson | May 26, 2015 |
To Win Her Favor is a Christian Historical Romance that takes place post Civil War in Tennessee. There are some hard facts presented are hard to read. I grateful that Tamera Alexander did not gloss over the prejudice and violence that was part of everyday life for the people of African and Irish descent.

The two main characters in this book are Maggie and Cullen. They enter into a marriage of convenience. She wanted to save her family home, he wanted to own land in an area where the Irish need not apply.

I enjoyed that Tamera wrote about the progression of their relationship from strangers to a loving couple. They don't immediately fall in love, get along, or have meaningful conversations. Their love and trust was earned.

I have read a few reviews where others were bothered by the violence and the innuendo in the book. I did not find either to be inappropriate or offensive to me. The language, attitudes, and violence against the black people were disturbing, but they were historically accurate. Words that we find offensive today were common during the time period.

I really enjoyed this book. It was well written. I loved the characters. Many were good and honest people trying to make their way in the world and I appreciated their different struggles and experiences.

I felt that the story focused on repentance and forgiveness. There are so many wonderful things that this book has in it's pages.

Because of some of the content, I would classify this as an adult book. ( )
  Bookworm_Lisa | May 13, 2015 |
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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.

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