Monday, December 9, 2013

Review: Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally

Racing SavannahRacing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Racing Savannah is the fourth book in the Hundred Oaks series, and I think it might be my favorite of all four. And I loved Catching Jordan, Stealing Parker and Things I Can't Forget, so this says a lot about Savannah. The reason it’s my favorite?


I’m not what you’d call a horse person (I only rode a handful of times when I was a kid and I’m kind of a chicken when they get too close), but I think horses are incredible. The proof is in my Pinterest boards. To me, horses are magical and intelligent, a symbol of strength and loyalty and beauty. And Savannah and Jack would agree. Oh, Jack! I’ll get back to him in a minute.

Savannah’s been riding since she was four. Her father’s career is in caring for and training horses, so it’s no surprise Savannah sees herself doing the same. Through all her struggles, horses have been the one thing she can count on. And while it may not sound like a compliment at first, Savannah shares many similarities with the horses she loves. She’s intelligent, loyal, strong and beautiful. She makes mistakes, has her fears, but she trusts and loves in spite of them.

And Jack. I think the book summary explains:

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…

Jack. You’ll love and hate him and love him again.

Like all of Miranda Kenneally’s books, I read Racing Savannah in a few short hours. Snappy dialogue, perfect pacing, and characters a reader can relate to and root for, familiar faces from the first three Hundred Oaks books. Racing Savannah is a book older teens and adults shouldn’t miss!

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