|To Win Her Favor|
Zondervan (May, 2015)
Reviewed by Carrie Fancett Pagels
5 Stars *****
Once again, Tamera Alexander delivers an exceptionally good book. Although this story, which I received from NetGalley, begins slowly and with a heroine, Maggie, who is less than sympathetic, we quickly meet the wonderful Irish hero, Cullen. Tamara notes in the back of the book that her inspiration for the story was to address prejudice. The racial prejudice in the deep South is well known, particularly post-Civil War, during Reconstruction. But the rejection of the Irish is less well known and although I have Irish ancestors, I've not read the the types of hateful epithets thrown at them. And I was surprised by the use of the "n" word in a CBA book. Wondering if that will be kept in the actual published book.
To Win Her Favor is set near Belle Meade plantation near Nashville, which the series revolves around and features the horse racing industry. Love the storyline and how the heroine, at the outset an immature 20-year-old, evolves into a more caring person. Lots of faith elements. One of the best heroes I've "met" in a while.
|Belle Meade Carriage House|
Make room in your schedule to finish this book. Even though you'll want to take your time to savor every one of Tamera's words, you'll end up having to finish the compelling story. One of my favorite characters was Gilbert, Maggie's father--he was an amazing and godly man--just loved him!
I read this before it went to print. Available in audiobook version, too, but I couldn't wait to read this book because this is one of my favorite authors. But I've now broken down and ordered To Win Her Favor from www.Audible.com and hope to listen to it while doing housework.
Bibliotherapy: Prejudice as mentioned - particularly against the Irish--this really interested me because one of my ancestors immigrated from Ireland into the south during this time frame and I have to wonder the prejudices he encountered. Starting over. Spoiler alert - death of a parent and coping with loss.
Here's some lovely Irish music to enjoy!
Disclosure: I received my copy from NetGalley but am under no compulsion to post a positive review.
GIVEAWAY: We're giving away two copies of To Win Her Favor this week! Winner's choice of format. (International winners also unless prohibited by law, book is available on Book Depository.)