Series: Hundred Oaks #4
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on December 3, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, YA
Source: ARC borrowed thru Around the World ARC Tours
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…
~ First, I have to say how very much I like Miranda Kenneally. I’ve had the opportunity to meet her and she’s genuinely interesting and down to earth. She impressed me, in person, and in her last book Things I Can’t Forget, for not being afraid to tackle sensitive or controversial issues. So, not that I’ve got the author love gushing over with, let’s get to my praise for Racing Savannah!
~ I heart stories where there is love across “class” lines. The idea that love is the great equalizer appeals to me.
~ Savannah lost her mom to breast cancer and now her father is dealing with huge medical debt and a pregnant girlfriend. Money is not something that comes easy for any of them, and they all work hard to keep their heads above water.
~ It’s kind of refreshing to have a main character not rolling in money. Savannah doesn’t even have a cell phone, and she doesn’t spend all day whining about it.
~ Jack is the golden boy of his family, but he works hard too- he’s running the family farm for a year as a trial run. A lot of times rich people in books are stereo-typed as not working hard for what they have, but it’s been my experience (as a not-rich person) that rich people have just as much of a chance as being hard working, greedy, spoiled, lazy, mean, etc., as poor people.
~ This book has some sexual ten…..sion! Savannah doesn’t want to screw up her dad’s job with the Goodwins and Jack’s trying to prove himself to his father.
~ It takes a huge staff to maintain the Goodwin estate, and I love how much they gossip about the family. Because that’s what people do.
~ Rory is adorable with all his ridiculous screenplay ideas. If he’d been in the running, as much as I like Jack, I would have been hard pressed to choose Jack over Rory. Can I have both?
~ For Savannah, money is a huge deal- it often is to those who don’t have much. Her struggle to come up with money to even take the ACT/SAT test, let alone the college application fees, is a very real problem facing young people. My family was wealthy by any means, but I didn’t have to struggle to pay to take the SATs or apply to the colleges I wanted to. Those fees were something that I’ve taken for granted, it’s sobering to realize that they are another obstacle for some teens to achieve their dreams of further education.
~ In some ways, this book reminded me of Pride and Prejudice. Savannah is surprised to discover that someone as gorgeous as Vanessa could like someone as poor as Rory, Jack, despite liking Savannah, is very aware that he has a family duty to run the horse farm well and not mess with the staff. Because of her past dealings with rich people, Savannah is wary of them.
~ Savannah is such an eavesdropper! And of course when one eavesdrops, one may hear things they wish they hadn’t.
~ I know nothing about horses, but now I know a little more. Kenneally made a subject that I didn’t think I cared about interesting. I loved the training Savannah does with Tennessee Star and her jockey training.
~ Despite some of Savannah’s prejudices, the girl knows her own worth! She’s not afraid to demand what she wants in a relationship, or to walk away if she doesn’t get it. She is the kind of character I want my nieces reading about in YA books. Love is wonderful, but it’s not enough and you shouldn’t settle for less than you deserve.
~ My only issue with the book is that someone gets away with sexual harassment and worse. I really would have liked to see the cops called. That is all.
~ Perfect, perfect, lovely ending.
~ And to Miranda Kenneally’s dad: I second the idea for you to write Tattoos of the Clinically Depressed. I will be happy to purchase a copy!
Savannah- horse whisperer.
Jack Goodwin- crown prince of the Goodwin family.
Rory- groom for the Goodwins, friend to Savannah.
Vanessa- as nice as she is gorgeous.
Danny Barrow- Savannah’s dad. Head groom for the Goodwins.
She Who Must Not Be Named- Danny’s pregnant girlfriend.
Yvonne- laundry dictator.
Colton- one sleepy teenager.
Kelsey- cheerleader, Jack’s ex and a bit of a jerk.
Brent- beefy wrestler.
Abby Winchester- daughter of a very important family.
Marcus Winchester- Abby’s older brother.
Shelby Goodwin- Jack’s little sister.
Gael- lead trainer, helps train Savannah.
There were a lot of midnight moments! The Wedding, because we get to see some old characters. The Truth or Dare scene. I love that Savannah doesn’t even get the dare out completely before Jack acts on it. And the meeting between Mr. Goodwin and Savannah towards the end had me tearing up a bit.
Stop the Clock
Miranda Kenneally should already be on your automatic read list, and this fourth book in the Hundred Oaks series just solidifies that. The book is fairly unputdownable.
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