About the Book:
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.
This is perhaps one of my favorite "marriage of convenience" stories. Cullen very quickly became a favorite hero as he fights against the odds and prevalent prejudices to prove himself worthy of Maggie's father's approval and Maggie's love. Once Maggie overcomes both her own prejudices and her doubts about Cullen love is allowed to finally spark between them- and oh how the sparks fly! The passion these two share makes the pages smoke (although it is clean). However, tensions rise as both have secrets and hidden agendas that cause hurt and mistrust between them. As they learn to fully open their hearts and wounds begin to heal, their commitment to each other deepens and both see their ultimate dreams fulfilled. As always, I also thoroughly enjoyed how Alexander truthfully portrayed both the beauty and struggles of living in the deep South during a very tumultuous time in history.
This review contains my own thoughts and opinions regarding this literary work. I have not been compensated in any way by the author or publisher.
Tamera Alexander is a USA Today bestselling author and one of today's most popular writers in the historical fiction genre. She and her husband live in Nashville, Tennessee, not far from the Southern mansions that serve as the backdrop for six of her award-winning novels. For more about Tamera's books, visit www.TameraAlexander.com.
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