Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally
Series: Hundred Oaks #4
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Publication date: December 3, 2013
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Format: eBook, 304 pages
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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…
Racing Savannah was such a great young adult novel. It was the second book in my Miranda Kenneally-binge last weekend and I enjoyed it just as much as the one before. This time it’s all about a working class girl and a rich guy – and the girl and her dad just happen to work for the rich guy and his family.
Savannah and Jack were both great, relatable characters. I loved them both, but Savannah came out on top as far as I’m concerned. She was wonderful. I loved her drive and her heart. She was wonderful with animals and her relationship with one of the most difficult horses at Jack’s family’s farm was something truly special… just like Savannah’s character. Jack was a good guy in a tough spot. His father had given him a chance to run their horse farm, but he wasn’t an easy guy to please. One of his father’s strictest rules was “don’t date the staff.” I think we all know that one was doomed to be broken. Jack wasn’t all swoony all the time, but he won me over when it was all said and done.
Savannah and Jack had their issues – most coming because of the differences in their backgrounds and upbringing – but I still thought the romance was sweet and had a ton of heart. I loved watching both characters grow as a result of their time together, too. Despite their differences, they made a fantastic pair. It was a bumpy road, but it was also a real one.
Racing Savannah takes place a few years after the first few books in the series and there was a fantastic scene a little more than halfway through the book in which we were treated to an AMAZING checkin with some of the earlier characters in the series. It totally melted my heart. I mean, big time cheesy smiles for pages and pages. I get a huge grin on my face just thinking about it! <3
I love the Hundred Oaks series. I love how real and honest it is, and how Ms. Kenneally isn’t afraid to tackle tough subjects in the books. These books touch on everything from sexism to religion and abortion to the “war” between the classes. They feature characters its impossible not to fall for and a storyline I just can’t get enough of. I love the friendships and the romance. They’re truly the total package. If you’re not reading this series, you should be.