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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."
Today I am reviewing a historical fiction book. This is a little different than what I usually read, but I have really been drawn to historical fiction lately. This is the first book I have read from Tamera Alexander, and it was very well written! Although this book is the second book in the series, you don't miss anything by reading it before the first one. This book can definitely stand alone.
The main characters in To Win Her Favor are: Margaret (Maggie), her father, Gilbert Linden, and Cullen. There are also several other supporting characters that are woven throughout the story. Cullen is very straightforward and very not afraid to stand up for what he believes in. He is also very gentle with Maggie, which is very sweet and touching. Maggie is sweet, and thoughtful; not to mention she handles herself very well in difficult situations.
This book really gives a great snapshot of the south after the Civil War. It also taught me about horse racing as well. Maggie is stubborn, and she doesn't really care about what people think. She has set her mind on racing her mare, and she is determined that nothing will stop her. She finds out that her father is ill and he marries her off to an Irishman, Cullen McGrath. This was a bit of a blow to Maggie and she clashes with Cullen quite a bit, but Cullen's gentle persistence is what ultimately wins her over.
I do want you to know that there are a couple parts between them that I would caution you about. Even though there is nothing explicit, it still brings you to the marriage bed and then shuts the door. A little bit close for my taste but I just skimmed over it and went on with the story. I just want you to keep that in mind.
The spiritual message of the book is woven throughout. I can see the gentle grace of God in the way that Cullen deals with Maggie. It was also interesting to see how they both learned from each other and became "one". It is also important to remember that God is always with us, even when we are walking through trials and troubles.
You can find your own copy at here! Enjoy!