Thursday, June 25, 2015

To Win Her Favor by Tamera Alexander

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Prejudice: what place does it have in your life?  Tamera brings out the prejudices present in the 1800's in Nashville, TN against the Irish and the former slaves.  The story was based shortly after the Civil War and slavery had come to an end.  It's easy to glibly say, "Oh, I don't have any prejudices. God made us all equal." But do we always live like that or can we tend to look down on people who we think don't measure up to the bar we have set? I'm not talking just skin color or nationality either; this could include education level, personality, social skills, etc. etc.  Do we truly look at each person as being in God's image and accept them for who they are regardless?  It's a challenge for me.

This is the story of a marriage of convenience to start with: Cullen marries Margaret and becomes owner of a farm. Margaret agrees to the marriage and she gets to keep the farm which otherwise was going to go to auction.  Of course, they fall madly in love, etc. etc.  I enjoy stories like this, but I do wonder that the man is always handsome and the girl is always beautiful or so it seems.  Be that as it may, Margaret did have to work on her prejudices against the Irish to marry Cullen.

I did enjoy the book.  A few scenes could have been left out, but over all it was a good book.  I especially like how Margaret was able to not only overcome her prejudice against the Irish but against the Freedmen and become friends with them.  Of course, the heroine of the story is the horse, Bourbon Belle, who was poisoned, but came back and won the Peyton Stakes.

This book was given me by Book Look Bloggers for the purpose of reading and writing a review on it.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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