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To Win Her Favor

I had the express privilege to review “To Win Her Favor” written by Tamera Alexander for Family Christian. I received this book and agreed to write an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are indeed honest and my own.ย 

When I had the opportunity to review “To Win Her Favor”, I was delighted to learn it was a Belle Meade Plantation novel. Two years ago while on vacation in Nashville, my family and I toured the Belle Meade Plantation. What a joy to be able to step back in history in this novel and become engrossed in a story in which the setting includes a historical place I’ve visited.

Maggie Linden has suffered much loss in her life: a parent, brothers to the war, and now, she and her father were facing the loss of their last love: Linden Downs. If only she can win an upcoming race with Bourbon Belle, her beloved racehorse, maybe they will be granted an extension on the taxes due on their sacred property that is perilously close to being auctioned along with all their belongings. With her father’s questionable health and his deep desire to ensure his beloved Maggie is always cared for and protected, Mr. Linden feels all may be lost.

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Cullen McGrath has come to Nashville seeking a new beginning. Leaving behind scandal and heartbreak, he hopes to put down new roots in Nashville by purchasing land and making a quiet living. He faces an immediate challenge in Nashville where Irishmen are clearly unwelcome and unwanted (even the signs in the windows say so). But uncommonly handsome, young, and persistent, Cullen happens upon an aging and ailing landowner who sees the good in Cullen and makes him a surprising and unusual offer.

Together, Maggie and Cullen face an uncertain future surely full of obstacles, danger, and struggle. But will they succumb or overcome?

“To Win Her Favor” is a spellbinding historical novel that’s enlightening to the issues and pressures of the time. It shed light on the lifestyle, the difficulties, and the differences from then until present time. It’s about brokenness and healing and a love that starts small and grows into a beautiful, enduring blossom.


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37 Comments

  • Reply Matilda July 20, 2015 at 6:55 am

    Great review! This looks like one book i will also love to read. Thanks for sharing….
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  • Reply Andi July 20, 2015 at 7:46 am

    pray that i would sit still long enough to even read a book! ๐Ÿ˜€
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  • Reply Melanie July 20, 2015 at 9:24 am

    It sounds interesting. Thanks for posting about it; I’ll look out for it.
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  • Reply Deborah July 20, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    Oh…sounds like a thriller. Perhaps a good winter read when the snow starts falling ๐Ÿ™‚ .
    Blessings,
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  • Reply Mary Collins July 20, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    Good review, Melanie. I like historical novels because they enable us to look back in time, which I find fascinating.
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    • Reply melaniespickett@gmail.com July 20, 2015 at 3:12 pm

      Thank you, Mary! This took place during some ugly times in history so it was a learning experience for me and wonderful that it was approached from a Christian perspective.

  • Reply Jelli July 20, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    I really enjoy historical novels and TV programs, so this is right up my alley!
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  • Reply Nastasia July 20, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    This book sounds interesting! Hope I have a chance to read it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Marissa July 20, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    Hi Melanie,

    This sounds very interesting. I have had it on my to read list for a little while now and I’m on the fence. What kind of audience would you suggest for this book? Just those who like Historical Fiction?

    Thanks!

    Marissa

    • Reply melaniespickett@gmail.com July 22, 2015 at 11:26 am

      Marissa, I don’t generally seek out historical fiction so this was a new genre for me. I genuinely got hooked on the story and had trouble putting it down. So even if historical fiction isn’t someone’s “thing”, I think they can really enjoy it anyhow. It has romance, good character, horses, danger… ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Brandi @ penguinsinpink.com July 20, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    What a fun review and book. I’ll have to look for it.
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  • Reply Marie with spreading-joy.org July 20, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    This looks like a great read. I especially love “Itโ€™s about brokenness and healing and a love that starts small and grows into a beautiful, enduring blossom.”
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  • Reply Jennifer DeFrates/Heaven Not Harvard July 20, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    I don’t generally like historical fiction, but this sounds like it was a good read. Is the story faith-based? Do the characters exemplify Christian values? I find some romance books are at odds with truly living a biblical faith.
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    • Reply melaniespickett@gmail.com July 22, 2015 at 11:22 am

      Jennifer, this book is faith-based and the characters keep with a Christian tone. There was a little violence that kept with the historical setting but it wasn’t terribly graphic. There was no swearing and the affection was kept within a marriage. I hope that helps!

  • Reply Jonathan Key July 20, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    What a wonderful review! I’m not always keen on historical fictions, but this book looks very fun and interesting. I believe my wife might thoroughly enjoy it.
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    • Reply melaniespickett@gmail.com July 22, 2015 at 11:21 am

      Thanks, Jonathan! Historical fiction isn’t usually my first pick either, but this book really held my attention and I highly recommend it!

  • Reply GinaB @ Mirror Watching July 21, 2015 at 6:06 am

    Nicely done review. Quick and straight to the meat of the story. The novel sounds interesting.
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  • Reply Cathy July 21, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    This book sound great! What a great review!
    Cathy

  • Reply Victoria @ Creative Home Keeper July 21, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    Historical fiction is my favorite type of fiction. I’ll have to check it out. Thanks for sharing!
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  • Reply Marina July 22, 2015 at 5:45 am

    I have to be honest, I have never read Christian fictionals barring kids’ books. I try to stick to non fiction but reading that this is based on historic settings, makes it sounds like something I really may enjoy.
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    • Reply melaniespickett@gmail.com July 22, 2015 at 11:06 am

      I rarely read fiction and even less often, read historical fiction. But I must say, that once I got into this book I really enjoyed it!

    • Reply melaniespickett@gmail.com July 22, 2015 at 11:20 am

      Marina, I’m not a big reader of historical fiction but I very much enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Chari July 23, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    Looks like a nice read! Great review!
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  • Reply Pamela August 13, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    Good vacation book, I think. There has to be something extra for me to read a novel. Sounds like the history in this one meets the criteria!
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