Saturday, December 14, 2013

Racing Savannah (#4 in Hundred Oaks Series) by Miranda Kenneally

I'm so excited that I was able to able to finish Miranda Kenneally's latest novel, Racing Savannah, before the end of the year!  I had no other choice...I got it in the mail late last week, after having ordered it off of Amazon for only $5.99, and of course had to read it immediately! Miranda has become one of my favorite authors!

From Goodread:

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:

Miranda has this way of writing about teenagers that every girl can pretty much relate to.  Early on my family struggled financially, and while it got better as I got older I still had to work throughout most of high school and miss out on a lot of weekend activities.  Which wasn't a big deal for me, I've always been one to appreciate a nice paycheck ;).  Anyway, Savannah not only had a struggling family but also struggled with the fact of other people having more than she did...she judged them for it.  Now, I admit I did that too in elementary school.  Around 6th grade when my fellow classmates were getting their first cell phones, I was jealous.  I wanted a cell phone, but my parents couldn't afford it.  That's just a silly example of course, but it sucks being around people who have more money than you and can do things you can not afford!

Jack, Savannah's love interest in this one, I will admit sort of pissed me off.  While he bettered himself near the end, I didn't like him, and I was sort of hoping for a bit there that she would end up with her best friend Rory...but then he found Vanessa, who let's be honest was just perfect for him!

Savannah's dad sort of made me mad too, maybe because I'm used to having two parents that have always supported in pretty much whatever I set my heart out to do.  I get it...he was worried about her getting hurt racing the horse, but at one point he kind of crushes her dreams pretty badly...and quite honestly, I have no idea how I would bounce back so easily from a blow like that!

Overall rating:

I can definitely see Racing Savannah becoming one of those family friendly horse movies that get released every so many years.  You know the ones right? Like Secretariat and Seabiscuit. 

Miranda once again wrote a great story, where I think a lot of people will be able to relate to the character.  I do wish more could have been described on Rory's character...because the reader gets this information that I, personally, sort of wanted to know an outcome for.

Other than that, I did enjoy this one!  Miranda is definitely an author I would recommend to young readers!  Especially her novel Catching Jordan! WHICH REMINDS me, Miranda did something EXTRA awesome in Racing Savannah!!!! We find out how all her past characters are doing!!!!!!!!  Jordan and Sam make an appearance! And OH MY GOODNESS, Will and Parker make a HUGE appearance!!!! It's awesome!!

So anyway as you mind be able to tell, I definitely recommend this one! Check it out on Amazon and Barnes and Noble (however, Amazon is cheaper!  Only $5.99, versus the $9.99 Barnes and Noble wants!)

Thanks everyone! :)

The Romance Bookie

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