To Win Her Favor by Tamera Alexander | Blog Tour and Kindle Giveaway

Can Maggie prove that her mare, Bourbon Belle, can take the top purse in the inaugural Peyton Stakes, the richest race ever run in America? Find out in Tamera Alexander’s To Win Her Favor. To give her that chance—and to save Linden Downs from being sold to the highest bidder—Maggie must marry a man she’s never met. A man she never would have chosen for herself.

Celebrate the release of To Win Her Favor with a Kindle Fire and book giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire HD 6
  • A copy of To Win Her Favor

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 10th. Winner will be announced May 11th on Tamera’s blog. Plus stay tuned for more opportunities to win after May 11 with a special Pinterest contest—more details coming soon!

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To Win Her Favor (Zondervan, May 2015)

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.

Learn more and purchase a copy at Tamera’s site.

Tamera Alexander

{More About Tamera Alexander}

Tamera Alexander is a best-selling novelist whose deeply drawn characters, thought-provoking plots, and poignant prose resonate with readers. Having lived in Colorado for seventeen years, she and her husband now make their home in Nashville Tennessee, along with their two adult children who live near by. And don’t forget Jack, their precious–and precocious–silky terrier.

Find out more about Tamera at http://tameraalexander.com/.
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What if sacrificing your dream was the only way to get what you really wanted?

In Tamera Alexander’s riveting new novel, a young woman caught in a marriage of convenience must sacrifice everything to save her home, her land, and the people she truly loves.

4/1/2015 || Seattle: Against the backdrop of one of the most turbulent times in American history, the post-Civil War era, one woman struggles against prejudice, injustice and suffocating conventions of the 19th century to pursue her dream. Tamera Alexander’s To Win Her Favor (Zondervan/May 12, 2015/ISBN: 9780310291077/ $15.99), the second stand-alone novel in the Belle Meade Plantation series, is already receiving high praise. According to Library Journal, “Strong characters, a sense of the times and the themes of love, friendship and the importance of loyalty and determination make To Win Her Favor a triumph.”

Maggie Linden lost nearly everything in the Civil War — including most of her family. She’s about to lose her stables and land at Linden Downs and her thoroughbred racing hopes as well. A gifted rider in a world where ladies never race, Maggie is determined that her mare, Bourbon Belle, will become a champion. Indeed, her only hope of saving Linden Downs is if the horse takes the top purse in the inaugural Peyton Stakes, the richest race ever run in America. To give his daughter a chance, Maggie’s wily father makes a barter. But his agreement includes one troublesome detail: Maggie must marry a man she’s never met — a man she never would have chosen for herself.

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. With “No Irish Need Apply” signs greeting him at every turn, Cullen finds starting over proves much more difficult than he wagered. When Maggie Linden’s father makes him an offer he shouldn’t accept, he finds it impossible to refuse.

In this page-turning tale, Alexander includes revealing insights about the challenges females faced in the 19th century and the courage it took to overcome them. In marriage, women were to be passive, obedient and cooperative. But in horse racing, women weren’t even allowed to participate. White men owned the blood horses, and young slave boys were the ones who jockeyed the magnificent thoroughbreds. Women and girls weren’t allowed— at least, not without a fight.

To Win Her Favor captures a challenging and pivotal time in American history when social and racial tensions ran high in the years following the Civil War. The Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 granted freedom to slaves in the 10 states still in rebellion, but it didn’t outlaw slavery, nor did it grant citizenship to ex-slaves. But Freedmen weren’t the only ones who suffered enormous abuse and ridicule. Irish immigrants, like Cullen, were scorned by society and routinely ridiculed alongside Freedmen in both newspapers and daily life.

While revisiting this chapter in American history can be painful, Alexander, a Southerner herself, believes it’s important to learn what the era can teach us about ourselves and others. Her latest novel encompasses not only themes of forgiveness and extraordinary courage, but it also explores burgeoning love and the intimacies of marriage between a man and woman who didn’t choose to be together. And yet, because they hold the key to each other’s dreams, they struggle to make it work.

Alexander hopes ultimately readers will close the covers of To Win Her Favor motivated to search their own hearts in relation to prejudice and have the courage to take whatever steps are necessary toward healing the divide.

Advance Praise

“Strong characters, a sense of the times, and the themes of love, friendship, and the importance of loyalty and determination make this a triumph.”

~ Library Journal starred review

“Tamera Alexander is one of my favorite authors, so I expect a lot from her novels. To Win Her Favor is captivating beyond expectation! This novel has everything readers are looking for — rich characterization, page-turning intrigue, a heartwarming romance charged with tension and more!”

~ Cindy Woodsmall, New York Times and CBA bestselling author of Amish fiction

“Rich with historical detail and fully developed characters, this novel held me spellbound until the last page. If you read one historical novel this year, make it To Win Her Favor. It will linger with you long after the last page.”

~ Colleen Coble, USA Today bestselling author of the Hope Beach series and The Inn at Ocean’s Edge

“The challenges and dynamics of the unlikely relationship between a southern lady and handsome Irishman sizzle with tension and passion. . . . A moving story of overcoming post-Civil War obstacles and racial discrimination, readers won’t be able to put down the book until the last page.”

~ Jody Hedlund, bestselling author of Love Unexpected

To Win Her Favor is a beautiful love story, not to mention a story of faith that shines through in the darkest circumstances. From the very beginning, I lost my heart to Cullen and Maggie and yearned for the moment when they would lose their hearts to each other. Add to everything else a sleek thoroughbred named Bourbon Belle, and this novel quickly galloped its way onto my list of favorite books.”

~ Robin Lee Hatcher, bestselling author of Love Without End and Whenever You Come Around

About the Author

Tamera Alexander is the USA Today bestselling author of numerous books, including A Lasting Impression, A Beauty So Rare, To Whisper Her Name and From a Distance. Her richly drawn characters and thought-provoking plots have earned her devoted readers worldwide, as well as multiple industry awards.

These awards include two Christy Awards for Excellence in Christian Fiction, two RITA awards for Best Inspirational Romance, three Gayle Wilson Awards of Excellence, two Bookseller’s Best Awards and being listed among Library Journal’s Top Christian Fiction, among others.

After living in Colorado for 17 years, Alexander has returned to her Southern roots. She and her husband now make their home in Nashville where they enjoy life with their two adult children who live nearby and Jack, a precocious terrier.

To keep up with Tamera Alexander, visit www.tameraalexander.com, become a fan on Facebook (tamera.alexander) or follow her on Twitter (@tameraalexander) or Pinterest (tameraauthor).

Suggested interview questions

What made you choose to set your new novel, To Win Her Favor, during the tumultuous years following the Civil War?

—What is the central message of To Win Her Favor?

—What was it like for African Americans in the south during this era? Were they the only ones who faced racial discrimination in this country?

—In the book, Cullen McGrath is an Irishman trying to start a new life in Tennessee while overcoming not only discrimination but also a haunted past. Why is he so angry with God?

—Some of the scenarios in the book paint a gritty picture of this unsettled time. Why do you think it’s important we not gloss over this chapter in American history?

—Many Kentucky Derby winners today trace their lineage back to thoroughbreds at Belle Meade Plantation in the 1860s and 70s. Describe the horse racing culture of the 19th century and what part it plays in your story.

—As a southerner yourself, how do you embrace the culture of the south while still acknowledging its difficult place in the American story?

—What can this era and the story in To Win Her Favor teach us about forgiveness?

—Your heroine, Maggie Linden, has lost all four of her brothers in the war and her mother shortly thereafter. Why do you think God allows such hardship and grief to affect those who love him?

—Have you ever felt like something bad that happened to you was a punishment for past choices?

—Like many women throughout history, Maggie finds herself in a position where it seems her only way to save her dreams and family fortune is through a marriage of convenience. What do you think you might have done if you were in her shoes?

—You’ve said Kizzy is your favorite character in this book; tell us about her and why she captured your heart.

—Do you have a favorite way to celebrate the completion of a new novel?

—What kind of impact do you hope To Win Her Favor will have on readers?

Tamera Alexander is available for interviews to promote the release of To Win Her Favor. To request a review copy, schedule an interview or for more information, please contact Audra Jennings, audra@litfusegroup.com.

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  • Leigh Walther says:

    Can’t wait!!!

  • Jackie Robertson says:

    Sounds like a great book.