Monday, 14 April 2014
Review: Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: December 3rd, 2013
Savannah has lived with her dad in the servants quarters at a lavish horse farm her entire life, which is just about how long she s been in love with the farm owner s son. A sexy cowboy and heir to a fortune, Jack Goodwin has never noticed the farmhand s daughter before. But thanks to her new haircut, makeup, and contact lenses, Savannah looks like a whole new girl when she returns from a year at boarding school. But Jack has been dating the beloved daughter of one of Mr. Goodwin s potential business partners. Seeing his son s relationship as crucial to a multi-million dollar racetrack deal, Mr. Goodwin will do anything to keep Jack and Savannah apart. On top of it all, Savannah is trying to figure out how to tell her father she doesn t want to go to college. Her mother died of breast cancer when Savannah was eleven years old, and all she wanted was for her daughter to get a good education. Her dad isn t about to let his daughter give up college so she can race horses...Will Savannah keep all her promises?
Racing Savannah is the fourth book in Miranda Kenneally's Hundred Oaks series and is perhaps the best since Catching Jordan. As with all Kenneally's books, it has a a strong leading female character, important messages and swoonworthy boys. Everything a YA reader needs!
Savannah has moved to Tennessee with her father and pregnant stepmonster, and they end up working looking after horses and waiting on a wealthy family, the Goodwins. Savannah soon sets her sights on becoming a race jockey, and she also has her eye on Jack, her new boss and resident golden boy. Savannah has a lot going on in her life - unending grief over her mother's death years before, a bleak educational future and a desire to better herself and have the life she thinks she deserves. She struggles and muddles through, thanks in part to her new group of friends at Hundred Oaks.
I liked the male lead this time around, though I wasn't enamoured with him and he's definitely not my favourite Kenneally boy - Henry still holds that little accolade! Jack's a decent guy, but I'm not sure he really gets where Savannah's coming from. They're from two very different worlds that never truly seem to mix, and I think it's because of that that their chemistry seems forced and doesn't jump off the page.
One of my favourite parts of this book was when previous Hundred Oaks characters were mentioned and revisited. I love knowing where Jordan (Catching Jordan), Parker (Stealing Parker) and Kate (Things I Can't Forget) are up to with their lives; where they're working and how their respective relationships are faring. It's like a big Hundred Oaks family and Kenneally does a great job of tying everyone together.
As always, Miranda Kenneally's books are fun and easy to read, while being relatable and realistic at the same time. Racing Savannah shows that it's possible to be whoever you want to be, do whatever you want to do and succeed. This one doesn't quite reach the dizzying heights of the brilliant Catching Jordan, but it gives it a good go. If you haven't yet read these books, what are you waiting for? Hundred Oaks awaits you with open arms!