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To Win Her Favor (Belle Meade Plantation Series #2)

To Win Her Favor (Belle Meade Plantation Series #2)

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by Tamera Alexander

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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


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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Publishers Weekly
Gifted horsewoman Maggie Linden precludes the financial ruin of her family’s estate in the difficult postbellum epoch by agreeing to her ailing father’s plea and marrying the stranger who can rescue their inheritance. Cullen McGrath may have cash and charm, but he has a past—plus, he’s Irish, something the Nashville elites find unacceptable. And Maggie’s determination to race her favorite thoroughbred mare clashes with Cullen’s desire to avoid racing at all costs. What is behind his reluctance, and can Maggie trust him with her heart? The unlikely couple must find a way to overcome their own prejudices and unite, heart and mind, as hateful outside forces threaten their home and happiness. Alexander (To Whisper Her Name) continues her ode to the magnificent Belle Meade Plantation, using it to illustrate questions of race, faith, and loyalty that continue to haunt today. Richly drawn secondary characters add depth, humor, and a sobering perspective on how Reconstruction affected racial relations, social status, and economic fortunes. Fans will appreciate, and applaud the smooth merging of social commentary and a sweet love story. Agent: Natasha Kern, Natasha Kern Literary Agency. (May)
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“This wonderful story of God’s love and faithfulness is set against the beauty of the Tennessee hills. Fans of Cathy Marie Hake and Deeanne Gist will enjoy this book.”
Historical Novel Society
“The quiet undertones of seeking redemption while keeping the faith should easily satisfy Tamera Alexander’s growing fan base.”
RT Book Reviews
“No insta-love here! Readers get to experience the growing attraction between the headstrong and determined Maggie and the swoon-worthy Cullen. The deeply drawn characters move the story along at a steady pace – even Bucket, the dog, and Bourbon Belle, the mare, will win readers over.” – 4 star review
Library Journal
★ 04/01/2015
Shortly after the end of the Civil War, Cullen McGrath, who had been successful in England until a racing scandal almost ruined him, emigrated to Tennessee. Prejudice against the Irish keeps him from purchasing land until he meets Gilbert Linden. Linden is willing to sell his farm for the cost of back taxes on one condition—McGrath must marry his daughter, Maggie. As men are in short supply after the war, Maggie agrees to the transaction, but she is unsure that she could ever love someone she did not choose for herself. Her dream is to ride her thoroughbred mare in the biggest race in the area. Secrets and violence threaten both the marriage and Maggie's dreams. VERDICT Alexander brings in characters from earlier series titles (To Whisper Her Name), yet this book can be enjoyed as a stand-alone. Strong characters, a sense of the times, and the themes of love, friendship, and the importance of loyalty and determination make this a triumph. It will be popular not only with Alexander's many fans but also with readers of Judith Miller and Tracie Peterson.—Margaret Bentley, Shiawassee Dist. Lib., Owosso, MI

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Belle Meade Plantation Series , #2
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8.40(w) x 5.40(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Tamera Alexander is the best-selling author of numerous books including A Lasting Impression and The Inheritance. Her richly-drawn characters and thought-provoking plots have earned her devoted readers worldwide. Tamera is a two-time Christy Award winner, two-time RITA winner, and a recipient of the prestigious Library Journal Award. Tamera and her husband recently returned to her Southern roots and now make their home in Nashville. Visit her website at www.tameraalexander.com Facebook: tamera.alexander Twitter: @tameraalexander

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To Win Her Favor 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
PattiJoM More than 1 year ago
Already a huge fan of Author Tamera Alexander, this story did not disappoint. In fact, TO WIN HER FAVOR just might be my very favorite of all this author's works (and I've read every book Tamera Alexander has written!). Set in 1869 Nashville, Tennessee, this novel is filled with action, romance, and tension. Heart-tugging scenes gave me tears, while other scenes made me giggle or want to cheer. As I read the final chapters, I realized my arms were covered in chills in anticipation of what would happen. Tamera Alexander has a gift for using words that truly transport her readers into each scene---I felt I was "there" seeing and hearing the characters. I highly recommend TO WIN HER FAVOR, and look forward to reading more of Tamera Alexander's books.
Its_Time_Mamaw More than 1 year ago
Maggie loves to ride and not just any horse.  It is her thoroughbred racing horse, Bourbon Bell.  Maggie is determined to race her horse at Drayton Stakes racetrack to win a very large purse. Winning will give her the money toand standing  save her plantation. She must first prove to her father that Bourbon Belle is ready.Cullen McGrath is looked upon as Irish trash, not to be trusted because of his ethnicity.   He cares not what people think all he wants is his own piece of land and thanks to Maggie's father he is not only getting a plantation but a wife, a woman he has never met.  Cullen agrees to this barter which will keep the plantation for Maggie, only if Maggie agrees.  She has no idea of what they are conspiring behind her back.Cautiously and not without anger, resentment and some stipulations does Maggie agree to the marriage, unbeknownst to the fact that Cullen is against horse racing, no if, and, or buts about it.  How will she get past this hurdle and change Cullen's mind?Tamera Alexander is  one of my favorite authors. This book drew me in not wanting to put it down until the last page was read. Even then it kept me yearning for more.  You can't help connecting with the characters feelings and actions.  The story also provide me with the chance to catch up on some of the characters from book one of this series.  It was like catching up on old friends.I want to thank Tamera for another great read!I am looking forward to the next book in the BELLE MEADE PLANTATION series!I highly recommend this book.I rated this book 5 out of 5.Disclosure:  I received a free paperback copy of this book from Zondervan and a digital copy from NetGalley for an honest review.  I was in no way compensated for this review.
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I absolutely loved this novel. The characters and story line were perfect. I enjoyed this book tremendously and would strongly recommend it. I would also love for this to be made into a movie.
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This was a wonderful book. l loved it. &hearts
Diana_Urban More than 1 year ago
Another great read from Tamera Alexander! I’ve read all of Ms. Alexander’s books, and To Win Her Favor is a wonderfully written continuation of the Belle Meade Plantation series. The plot is solid and the characters are well developed and believable. Certain scenes in the novel evoke emotion so well that I found myself crying over the characters’ experiences. The dialogue is well written, and I enjoyed reading about the plantation setting. Ms. Alexander does a great job of bringing the era to life by painting vivid pictures of the land, the thoroughbred racing scene, and the post-Civil War climate in Nashville. The discussion questions and the lemon cookie recipe at the end of the book are nice bonuses too. To Win Her Favor was a pleasure to read and had a satisfying conclusion with room for a sequel. I’d love to read Savannah’s story! I also highly recommend Ms. Alexander’s other novel series: the Belmont Mansion Novels, Timber Ridge Reflections, and Fountain Creek Chronicles.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful story of love, loyalty, and perseverance. It was endearing to see the kindness of Cullen and Maggie toward their help and the love and acceptance they all had for each other. Cullen and Maggie's love was tender and sweet and their intimacy was tastefully written. I truly enjoyed this book. Tamera Alexander is such a gifted author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite book by Tamera Alexander!! I have read and absolutely love all of her books! Highly recommend!
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
Southern landowners fell on some pretty tough times following the Civil War. Many lost what their fathers and grandfathers had struggled to achieve. While others had to make hard choices in order to keep their land. One of those difficult choices is put before the Linden family. A marriage of convenience seems to be an answer to prayer to Gilbert Linden and Cullen McGrath. But to Maggie Linden it represents the only way to save her family's land and keep her beloved horse Bourbon Belle. The prospect of being married to an Irishman does not sit well with her, but she finds herself without any other viable options. It turns out that the whole situation is brought about by Divine Providence. Sometimes when we feel like we are in the midst of an impossible situation God uses it to refine us. And refining is just what Cullen and Maggie both need. Tamera Alexander takes on some tough subjects in this novel and doesn't bother to sugar coat them. Not only were blacks still being persecuted, the Irish were also looked down upon. When we look back on this time from our current perspective it seems so brutal and barbaric. Unfortunately it was commonplace and we would do well to learn from it. While the book has serious undertones there is still a very steamy and romantic storyline going on. While Cullen and Maggie's marriage was a business agreement to Maggie, Cullen was determined to win her favor. The ways in which he undertakes that are a delightful read that will remind you of the beauty a loving marriage can reflect. As with most of her books, Tamera Alexander has included a set of discussion questions that would be beneficial to any book club. I look forward to sharing this book with my local group. It is sure to be a source of great discussion. I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
Mirella More than 1 year ago
This was the first Tamera Alexander book I've read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. In this novel, she takes readers to the American South where horse breeding and horse racing is a major part of the culture. The characters are brilliantly portrayed. As a horse afficionado and having owned several show horses, I loved the connection with these beautiful creatures. The plot is strong and multi-layered. There was plenty going on to keep me engrossed and turning the pages. I especially enjoyed the main characters, Cullen McGrath and Maggie Linden, who are people of high moral fibre with strong beliefs. I enjoyed how these characters grew closer together as the story progressed. The author's writing is so seamless yet detailed that it is easily envisioned in one's mind. Definitely talented, Tamera Alexander knows how to spin a good yarn, one the captivates, while putting the main characters through conflict. Discrimination and prejudice are also minor themes tackled in this book. It is a book that warms the heart, solidifies our personal convictions, and definitely entertains. Highly recommended! I'll definitely be reading more from this author.
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Liz51 More than 1 year ago
Another well written novel by Alexander. The strong characters and well structured plot engage and keep the reader moving through the novel to the satisfying conclusion. The various forms of prejudice - racial, ethnic and gender - are addressed by showing the consequences of such beliefs.
BellaBW More than 1 year ago
Returning back to the Belle Meade Plantation was a joy. You'll quickly fall back into the post civil war setting. Believable characters mixed with historic details.
SavannaKaiser More than 1 year ago
First, the beautiful cover grabbed my attention. Then the title, the author, the back blurb. I anticipated a great story and To Win Her Favor did not disappoint. It just kept getting better and better with each passing chapter. As I fell into step with the characters, I quickly fell in love with them too. Throw in horse racing and a marriage of convenience in the post-Civil War, southern setting and I was hooked. I’ve read multiples stories involving a marriage of convenience before. Some I’ve liked and some I haven’t, honestly. This one was believable, unique, and full of heart, without the cliches. I loved following these two through the ups and downs of marriage. It gave a beautiful depiction of two people growing to love and learning how to live a life as one. The intimacies between husband and wife are there, but written with care and handled beautifully. Their relationship was honest and real and that endeared me to them even more. I also loved many of the side characters. Their roles were minor, but pivotal to the overall story and added great emotion to the plot. The chapter hooks were great. Each scene seemed to breathe into the next, pulling me to the next page with it. The various obstacles along the way added great twists. The cameo appearances of previous characters from other books added to the fun too. And the ending? Talk about suspenseful and exciting! I could see – really see – the scenes unfolding. I was captivated right to the end. This author knows what she’s doing. ;) This story will sweep you away. There were so many touching moments that brought tears – many of them happy ones – to my eyes. Beautiful writing has a way of doing that to me. Thank you to Zondervan, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, and the author for providing a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
Karen02KD More than 1 year ago
To Win Her Favor was another great visit to Belle Meade Plantation where we once again encounter the true, but larger than life characters of Uncle Bob and General Harding as they are in the process of building one of the best Thoroughbred farms in the United States. The setting is Nashville, Tennessee, several years after the devastating Civil War. Many of the landed gentry have lost or are in the process of losing their land. Such is the case with Linden Downs. Maggie and her father have struggled to hold on to their land. They have sold off their horses, let most of their help go and still they cannot pay the taxes that are owed on their property. Now, it is scheduled for auction. All Maggie has left is her horse, Bourbon Belle, who she has trained as a race horse. Without their land and her father’s failing health, all her dreams will be crushed. Cullen McGrath is a recent Irish immigrant. He lost his family on his way to the United States as they were trying to escape scandal in England. He finds America not to be a land of opportunity, but a land full of prejudices against not only the African Americans, but the Irish as well. He has money to buy land, but no one will sell to an Irishman. Gilbert Linden has land, but no money to keep it. On a chance meeting, Gilbert believes Cullen may be the answer to his prayers to ensure the future of both his plantation and his daughter. The trouble is that Cullen has secrets concerning the reason he left England and Maggie keeps secret her desire to train and run race horses. This was a very satisfying sequel to To Whisper Her Name. The author has done thorough research in to the life and times of those living in Nashville following the Civil War. This book really brought out the sufferings of those who lost so many loved ones to war and then lost most of their possessions after the war. It also shows the plight of the freed slaves with no place to go, no work, and no education. Most of us are aware of the prejudice they suffered, but few know that much of that same prejudice was directed at the Irish who fled starvation and mistreatment to make their way to America in hopes of a better life. This was a wonderful story of the fulfillment of dreams as well as a great love story. I could barely put it down. I received this from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
DKStevens119 More than 1 year ago
Tamara Alexander drew me in right from the start. She gives us a look into what  life looked like post-Civil War for blacks and immigrants in the South in 1869 and the struggle  to save the family home.  I found some parts of this story that showed some of prejudices against the Irish and African-Americans and the actions some took to keep them in their place, hard to read and not feel compassion and disbelief at what they endured. I was drawn in quickly and the vivid descriptive scenes were quickly running through my mind and I could see and feel the emotions they portrayed.  A quickly arranged marriage to save the  family estate proved to be a wonderful story of faith, endurance and triumph over hard times. I loved this story.  My emotions run  low to high,  I felt anger, I laughed  and yes, I even shed a few tears. The closer I got to the end the faster I wanted to turn the pages.  I too wanted to soar on the back of Bourbon Belle! This story, especially the ending truly touched me.  If you like Historical romance with mystery and suspense this one  will hold you fast within the pages.. You will like this one!      I would rate this one PG-13.    I was gifted a copy to review by NetGalley for my  honest opinion which I have given.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first word that comes to mind when I think of this novel is "passion." Our hero and heroine, Cullen and Maggie, are passionate characters individually, and when they interacted with one another, the sparks were flying!  And not necessarily in a romantic way, although this novel contained much more romance than most of Alexander's previous novels.  Cullen and Maggie both know how to be headstrong and put up a good fight.  Cullen is passion personified.  He is very masculine, a hard worker, and isn't afraid to throw a punch if he's threatened or sees someone being wronged.  He loves deeply and is devoted to those he loves.  Maggie's passion in the beginning is her horse, their family farm, and horse racing.  But as Cullen weaves his way into her heart and life, he opens up passions in Maggie that she didn't know were there.   Prejudice also plays a huge role in this story.  It's post Civil War south, and there are huge prejudices involved with those who were slaves, how they are treated, and discriminated against.  Cullen himself, as an Irish man, is treated harshly.   I loved this novel!  While it may be considered a little more "edgy" than some of Tamera Alexander's previous novels, I felt that the passion and prejudice were appropriate for the context they were written in.  I wouldn't necessarily recommend it for young readers, though.  **I was given a free copy of this novel from NetGalley by the publisher for an unbiased opinion and review.** Stacey D.
BookwormLisa More than 1 year ago
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.
Bri23327 More than 1 year ago
 I could not put this book down! Probably one of my favorites by Tamera Alxeander. She did such a wonderful job accurately portraying life in the south after the civil war. I love reading a story with an arranged marriage; Maggie and Cullen had a lot of ups and downs and Tamara did such a wonderful job making the characters seem real and believable. But my very favorite aspect of the book was all of the horse training and racing. After finishing this book (in one day I might add) I had a new dream of becoming a jockey :) all in all I highly recommend this book!!! I promise you will not be disappointed!
AMadisonMom More than 1 year ago
A truly wonderful read. I can't express how much I loved Cullen and Maggie's characters. There were so many little details that just made me fall in love with Cullen and Maggie together. I love how Maggie learned so much about Cullen from comments other people made to her about him (how he treated the workers, things he did without her knowing). Somehow it made it so much better for her to learn these details about him in a round about way... not by him telling her. He wasn't looking for acknowledgment. He was just a good man. I loved how Cullen learned about Maggie just by making observations of her. Her grace and strength while riding, her care of her father, seeing her needs without her asking. She was such a strong woman. Young and naive in ways... but mature beyond her years in others. This book was really so much more than the little book blurb. It covered so many serious topics during the post civil war era. Treatment of immigrants. Treatment of women. Treatment of former slaves... free men and women. Cullen and Maggie lived in such a time of great historical change. It was amazing to read as they learned and grew through their story. The supporting characters in the novel were also really interesting. I loved learning all of their stories. How Cletus and Onnie met, married, and continued more as family than help on Linden Downs. The story of Cullen's family and how he came to be in Nashville. The story of Ennis and Odessia and their children, especially Kizzy. I have to especially say was a special character Kizzy was. I would love to read more about her as she grows up. The world and characters created in To Win Her Favor definitely drew me in and made me want more.
CLPadgett More than 1 year ago
I scored an advance copy of Tamera Alexander’s new release. I’ve reviewed Tamera’s books before and she’s one of a few historical writers whose books I automatically move to the top of Mt. TBR. I’ve loved them all. TO WIN HER FAVOR is set in post-Civil War Nashville. Margaret Linden and her father are about to lose their family farm and home to auction. An Irishman offers to buy the farm. Irish are not welcomed in Nashville and Maggie is horrified to learn that not only is her father going to sell to Cullen McGrath, but her father wants her to marry Cullen to be sure she has a home and someone to take care of her when he dies. Maggie has raised a thoroughbred mare and hopes to race her. Bourbon Belle is fast. Cullen knows the world of European racing and has no intentions of getting involved in the sport ever again. As Maggie and Cullen’s relationship grows, each finds it difficult to keep a secret from the other. I enjoyed watching their love and relationship evolve through the course of the book, though not without some true-to-life hiccups. Maggie learns some hard lessons about herself and her attitudes toward others. Cullen suffered devastating losses before coming to Nashville and learns he can be happy again. As I said above, order this one now! You won’t be sorry! Bethany House Publishers provided a review copy. 
Mocha-with-Linda More than 1 year ago
Another beautiful novel by Tamera Alexander! Tamera Alexander heads the list of my must-read authors, and not just because her last name begins with A. To Win Her Favor is the latest reason why. Vibrant historical detail gleaned from meticulous research transports the reader to the years following the War Between the States in Nashvilee and the premier thoroughbred farm located at Bell Meade Plantation, along with its neighboring estate, Linden Downs. Peppering the novel with actual historical figures, Alexander also creates compelling and endearing characters who walk right off the pages and into the reader's heart. Rich layers give meaning and depth to this story, making it much more than a historical romance. At times painfully authentic, it depicts the simmering and often explosive antipathy that existed in the South, not only toward newly-freed slaves but regarding certain immigrants as well. Nuggets of wisdom and faith seamlessly and naturally woven throughout the story are timeless and relevant to any era. Alexander's gift for prose and story always bring a contented sigh when I finish her novels, and though they are not short, they never last long enough to suit me! Faithful and astute long-time readers of her other books will enjoy a couple of clever surprises sprinkled in this one. To Win Her Favor has definitely won mine! Highly, highly recommended! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Zondervan (Harper Collins) and Litfuse Publicity as part of a blog tour. 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.”
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
TO WIN HER FAVOR by Tamera Alexander is another enticing Historical Romance by this author set during the post-Civil War era. "A Belle Meade Plantation Novel" Book 2, but can be read as a stand alone. Meet, Maggie Linden, a gifted rider and Cullen McGrath, an Irishman from England and a horse named, "Bourbon Belle". A southern Lady and an Irishman, their attraction particularly, sizzles off the pages of "To Win Her Favor" with tension and passion. Their story captures the tragedy and drama of life during the post-Civil War era. All the drama, tragedy, a marriage of convenience, an attraction between two head strong characters, faith, healing, scandal, racial discrimination, horses, romance, and the power of love. A tale that is a heartwarming romance charged with tension and passion and so much more. Readers will not be able to put "To Win Her Favor" down. This story was a WOW moment for me! I love Ms. Alexander's epic Romance, and this was no exception. It was hard to put down. A mesmerizing tale of love, forgiveness, overcoming obstacles, horse racing and the power of faith and love. The writing was fantastic, with well developed, engaging and enduring characters. The storyline was well thought out, mesmerizing, and an absolute delight to read. Another hit for this author! A definite must read for anyone and all fans of Inspirational Historical Romance, horse racing, Post- Civil War era, and just an awesome Romance. Another WOW, moment!! *Received for an honest review from the author* Rating: 5 Heat rating: Sweet Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
WishEnd More than 1 year ago
To Win Her Favor may be my favorite book from Tamera Alexander to date. There were so many emotions that were pulled from me as I read this story. This was such a turbulent time in the South's history. The way people were treated... It just galls me. Then there were all these families who had lost so much and just kept on losing even after the war. Maggie and her father were in the middle of it all. Then to have a woman, Maggie, who grew up knowing one world, one life, to be faced with something quite different and a marriage she could have never foreseen... It was a challenge for her to let go of her presumptions and prejudices. I loved how these characters changed. How they learned from each other and to love each other. How some of the town came together.  The story had so many different themes. There was forgiveness that had to take place between Maggie and Cullen, between Cullen and Ethan, Maggie and Ethan, and others. Then there was trust that had to be earned and the struggle that these characters went through to really let go. Then the prejudices and those that had to take a stand, those that chose to open their hearts and to love. It was a beautiful story. There was plenty going on in this story. There was a lot of romantic tension. Probably the most that I've read from this author, especially since it was between a married couple. There was quite a bit of danger and I felt an underlining suspense through the entire story. There was some terrible violence and some some things that happened that were very devastating. But the joy. Oh, the joy! The hope. The love that held this story and these characters together was wonderful and it's what balanced out the bad. Those are the things that always do and make life worth living, even when it's hard. There were several parts that felt like little jewels of wisdom that influenced these characters. Here are some snippets that stood out to me:      "If there's one thing I've learned, ma'am, and it's a lesson that cost me dearly, it's that one always has a choice."            (Location 1167, Kindle ARC)      "The time is coming, Mr. McGrath, and in fact is already upon us, when a man will have to boldly stand for what he believes, or everything he holds dear will be taken from him."           (Location 722, Kindle ARC)      "There are moments in my life I wish I could go back and do again, but I can't. Because once a moment is past, it's past. There's no gettin' it back. And this is one of those moments for you. As hard as it is right now, as much as I wish we could stop it and start it all over again . . . we can't. If you don't do this now, Kizzy, you may not get another chance."           (Location 4812, Kindle ARC)      Sad, how the color of one's skin so defined the path of a person's life. Both in freedom for opportunities, and in boundaries.      She prayed, especially in light of the recent war, that it wouldn't always be that way.           (Location 4494 of Kindle ARC)      "The best way to beat somebody is to show them who you are, and to succeed by doin' what they say you can't."           (Location 4824 of Kindle ARC)  To Win Her Favor was full of heartbreak, prejudices, and challenges. It was also full of hope, love, and the joy that comes when you forgive and fully love. It was a beautiful story. Inspiring and heartfelt. One of the best from Alexander yet. Content: There is some violence and some marital intimacy that was well done. I would consider this clean for the genre. Source: I would like to thank the publisher, Zondervan, and Author Tamera Alexander for my complimentary review copy through NetGalley, which did not affect my review in any way.