A gifted rider in a world where ladies never race, is determined that her horse will become a champion. But the one man who can help her has vowed to stay away from thoroughbred racing for good .
Any Irish-born son 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 start a farm, 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 annual Drayton Stakes at Nashville’s racetrack––the richest race 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.
Cullen and Maggie need each other in order to achieve their dreams. But their stubborn, wounded hearts––and the escalating violence from a "secret society" responsible for lynchings and midnight raids––may prove too much for even two determined souls.
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 (and seven finalists), 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 seventeen years, Tamera 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 precious—and precocious—silky terrier.
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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.