Series: Hundred Oaks #4
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on December 3, 2013
Source: Netgalley, Publisher
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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…
Readers will immediately be drawn in to Savannah and Jack’s world; the world of servants, jockeys, horse racing, and lots of money. It’s a world very unlike my own and I was drawn in from the very first page. It’s clear that Miranda Kenneally did her research with this one because everything was so authentic. I’ve never been a fan of horse racing (or even horses) but just like with football in Catching Jordan, Miranda Kenneally made everything about it supremely interesting.
Savannah and Jack might be my favorite couple from all the books so far. They come from very different worlds but from the second they meet, they like each other. I’m not talking insta-love though. They respect each other, they find each other attractive, and they grow to be friends, even when it’s frowned upon. Savannah is technically Jack’s employee so things aren’t easy for them. Their relationship is full of twists and turns and I was flipping pages as fast as I could.
As for the actual characters (not just as a couple), Savannah and Jack were both strong, smart, well-rounded people. Savannah was a little broken and unwilling to trust, at first. Jack was very overworked but he didn’t’ let it get to him. Savannah was mature, kind, and while she was selfish at times, she was also very selfless at others. Jack was rich but didn’t let the money go to his head. He was a good person.
Also, the cameos in Racing Savannah made me so happy. Racing Savannah takes place a few years after the other books so the characters are older now. There’s a big (happy) event at one point in the book that put the biggest smile on my face. Fans of the first three books will love it.
Overall, clearly I highly recommend Racing Savannah. Miranda Kenneally is an all-time favorite authors of mine and I love her books. If I could give Racing Savannah more than 5 shoes, I would. It really is just that good.
What others are saying about Racing Savannah:
Rainy Day Ramblings’ review: “Another terrific addition to an outstanding YA series!”
For Love and Books’ review: “If you like romance, YA and or contemporary this book is for you!”
Anna Reads’ review: “So, I’d say: If you liked the other books, you’ll definitely want to check this one out.”