December 9, 2013

Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally

Release Date: December 3, 2013 by Sourcebooks Fire
I received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley. 

Description: 
They’re from two different worlds.

He lives in the estate house, and she spends most of her time in the stables helping her father train horses. In fact, Savannah has always been much more comfortable around horses than boys. Especially boys like Jack Goodwin—cocky, popular and completely out of her league. She knows the rules: no mixing between the staff and the Goodwin family. But Jack has no such boundaries.

With her dream of becoming a horse jockey, Savannah isn’t exactly one to follow the rules either. She’s not going to let someone tell her a girl isn’t tough enough to race. Sure, it’s dangerous. Then again, so is dating Jack…

My Review:
I've enjoyed Miranda Kenneally's previous books, and Racing Savannah is another great addition to the Hundred Oaks series. It could be read as a standalone, but it's more fun if you read the other 3 books first and get to know those great characters.  In Racing Savannah we get little glimpses into where they are now! 

I really like Savannah. She's tough and unafraid of going after what she wants in life. She stands up for herself and doesn't let anyone treat her poorly. Family is important to her, and she works hard to help her dad as much as she can financially. Over the course of the novel, she demonstrates growth as she  learns not to judge rich people all the same. 

I found myself alternately loving and hating Jack (much like Savannah!). He's not perfect, and he makes some mistakes, but ultimately he does redeem himself and show some character growth, too. Also, Savannah and Jack have great chemistry, and the kissing scenes are definitely swoon-worthy!

The secondary characters are a nice addition, especially Rory and Vanessa. I love that Savannah is able to have a close guy friend that is purely platonic - no love triangle here. And Rory and Vanessa's blossoming relationship is just too adorable. 

I don't really know much about horse racing, but it was fun to live vicariously through Savannah in that world. The setting was well-described and I felt like I was there. It really made me want to visit Franklin, Tennessee again. 

Pick this one up if you're looking for an engaging coming-of-age story with a sweet romance and realistic characters. 


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