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…
It was really nice to jump back into the Hundred Oaks Series. I’ve read the first three books years ago, and since I’m joining a blog tour for the sixth book in the series, I figured it’s time to revisit and catch up with this series.
Almost all of the books in the series feature one sport. The first one had football, the second book was softball, the third one happened around summer so it was summer camp instead. This book had horseracing, which I couldn’t relate that much. It’s not really a popular sport in my country. This meant I had some minor conflicts with the book, which we’ll get into later. Racing Savannah tells the story of Savannah Barrow, a high school student whose father works as a head groom in a farm owned by a rich guy. She’s much of a horseracing enthusiast as she practically grew up riding them as an exercise rider. But since her father needed to move in for his work, she’s back to square one as she moves from West Virginia to Tennessee two days before her senior year. She meets Jack Goodman, who turned out to be the son of the owner of the farm. Jack basically has the responsibility of the farm, which served as his training ground. With Star, a kind of problematic horse, as Savannah and Jacks common ground, romance blooms between them.
“But you’re kind of like a great book…you know, you pick up a book at the bookstore because it has a beautiful cover…but it’s what’s inside that pulls you in.”
I actually enjoyed reading this book. It was fun to learn some things about horses and horse riding. I’m not too familiar with some terms but I caught on pretty quick. The characters were pretty interesting as well. Savannah was really strong-spirited and pretty much responsible. I love her relationship with her dad. Jack was kind of hard to like at first, at least for me. His character wasn’t as transparent as Savannah’s. He’s also a bit confusing at times, which was kind of annoying to me, especially his on-off attraction to Savannah which made him look like a player. His character wasn’t as swoon-worthy as the others.
Overlooking that, the plot was actually well-written and I loved it, especially the family aspect of the story. It’s really heartfelt and warm. I also loved the cameos of the other characters from the previous books in the series. I got so excited when I saw that Will and Parker were here in the book! Overall, despite some reservations, I still enjoyed reading this book. Miranda Kenneally works magically when it comes to sweet contemporary romances.