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To Win Her Favor review

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To Win Her Favor, Belle Meade Plantation Series #2
By Tamera Alexander / Zondervan

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 291077start, 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 lynching’s and midnight raids–may prove too much for even two determined souls.

I did not read the first book of this series and after reading this one I want to go back and read it.  I found this book really well written and could even be read as a stand alone.  The story was attention grabbing and had me having a hard time putting it down.  The characters during this time period felt real and realistic.

I kept finding myself hoping for Maggie to get her chance.  Even knowing the obstacles she faced. I love that its written around the horses and that they have a huge impact of the story as well as I love a good horse story. Having lived in Kentucky in the past and followed horse racing over the  years it was intriguing to see where some of our early champions have come from.

It almost made me wish that the story itself wasn’t fictional. I love that the place itself was real and that the story was woven around it. She did a great job and this one will be on my recommended reading list.

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