Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Tamera Alexander and Southern History- Guest Post

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, the second stand-alone novel in the Belle Meade Plantation series, is 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!” Cindy Woodsmall, New York Times bestselling author says it’s "…captivating beyond expectation!"

About the book:
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 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 tiny, troublesome detail: Maggie must marry a man she’s never met — a man she never would have chosen for herself.

From Tamera:
Born and raised in the South (Atlanta, GA), I’ve long held a strong connection with Southern history. And what historical event defines the South as much as the War Between the States? Family homes became headquarters for troops. Churches and schoolrooms became hospitals for the wounded. And the hills thick with pine and meadows lush with grass became hallowed ground with the blood of the dead and dying.

The years of Reconstruction forged a steel in the hearts of surviving men and women for a new life, a
new country, and I find myself fascinated by what they accomplished in the face of overwhelming odds. And remember, ultimately, so much good came from this time of suffering in our history too. So many advances in medicine, botany, mental health and social justice, to name a few.

At it’s heart, To Win Her Favor is a passionate love story. Not only romantically, but in the true historical events that found their way into the pages of this novel. Cullen and Maggie’s journey in To Win Her Favor explores questions of race, faith and loyalty and offers perspective on how Reconstruction affected racial relations, social status and economic fortunes in the post-war
South — with a moving romance woven throughout. 
More about To Win Her Favor here. 

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1 comment:

  1. While the romance genre is not one of my favorites, I adore everything Civil War so I might have to give this one a look!