Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Source: Blog Tour
Release Date: December 3rd, 2013
Series: Hundred Oaks #4
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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 thoughts on RACING SAVANNAH, while mostly positive, are hard to organize. Because of that, I have made two lists, one for Pros and one for Cons. Bottom line is you liked Miranda Kenneally’s other works like I do, you will be a fan of this book!
Pro: The relationships. Everyone knows how much I love romance, and this book delievered that. However, that was not the best point in this pro. RACING SAVANNAH dealt with the non-romantic types of relationships as well (which we need more of in YA!) like familial and the bond between friends. This book really explores the various types of love in live, whether it is with a parent or just a friend and I thought that was fantastic.
Con: Pacing. I had a few issues with the pace of the story. The true plot of the story, which involved Jack and Savannah, moved rather slowly. Although I would generally appreciate that, the focus on other characters was a bit distracting from the true story. However, it is with the inclusion of these minor characters that I liked the book so much so take from that what you will.
Pro: Horses! I love horses, they are amazing beasts. Kenneally is either very familiar with the subject or did a lot of research because everything I know seems to be spot on with reality. It made the story all the more believable and realistic.
Pro: Classes. Going to get a bit off topic for a second, bare with me. The main reason Historical Romance is a favorite of mine is because of the huge focus between romance-usually between one poor and one rich character. RACING SAVANNAH did just that and it was dealt with awesomely. I am a huge fan of the “you can love someone no matter who they are or what they do” so it was great to see that in a YA novel.