Today I am very excited to be part of the blog tour for the latest book in the Hundred Oaks series by Miranda Kenneally. I have read & loved each of these books which has made Miranda skyrocket to the top of my auto-buy list. In my stop you will see my review of the novel, along with a great Top Ten List from Miranda and an exciting giveaway for you to enter. To see all the stops on this tour be sure to click the banner above or CLICK HERE!
by Miranda Kenneally
Series: Hundred Oaks #4
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on December 3rd 2013
Source: From the publisher for review
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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 love for Miranda Kenneally’s work will never cease to be a high point in my life every time I pick up one of her novels. She always incorporates the right amount of athleticism, romance and friendship in her stories and gets the reader so wrapped up in her characters lives. She nailed it again with Racing Savannah, and while I did feel like the characterization of our MC wasn’t quite what I had hoped it to be, I loved this story and everything that it stood for.
We meet Savannah, who is a new addition to the Hundred Oaks gang. She just moved into town with her father and his newly pregnant girlfriend because her father got a job as a groomer at Cedar Hill Farms. The one rule that was enforced upon her as she began living at the farm was to stay out of the lives of the Goodwins (the owners of the farm) because they value their privacy. But once she meets Jack Goodwin, who is 17 years old and acting as owner of the farm in practice for his future, she can’t keep her eyes off of him. As always, we are given a pretty swoon worthy romance. For much of the novel I was frustrated with Jack and his inability to do what he wanted for fear of disappointing his father but the stolen moments that him and Savannah found were really great. Along with the budding romance we get to watch Savannah settle in and make some strong friendships along the way. I had worried that the camaraderie I have come to expect in these novels wouldn’t be present in this one because Savannah is new to town but Miranda made sure it was there in full force. Rest assured that you still get all the inside jokes and awkward moments that were present in the previous novels.
We also get glimpses of some of the characters that we have come to know and love. Will and Parker make a very special appearance and even Jordan, Sam and Ty take the stage here and there. I can’t stress enough how much I love seeing characters that I have loved in the previous books. Through Miranda included these scenes that they are in we have really gotten to watch them grow up and see all the different, sometimes unexpected, places that life has taken them.
I did find myself longing for more of a connection to Savannah through the first half of the novel. I’m not sure what was missing there, but something kept me from becoming completely lost in her story. But as the story goes on we come to see that she she is an incredibly headstrong girl. She knew what she wanted and she wasn’t afraid to go after it. I loved watching her excel in a predominantly male sport and her love for horses had me actually feeling for the animals as well. This is quite the feat because I am not an animal person at all, but I have to admit that I loved Star (the horse that she begins to train and later jockey.) This horse had an attitude! I didn’t know much about horse raising/racing/grooming but I think I learned a lot from this novel. We learn about the good and the bad of the sport, there are some people out there who put the horses through some pretty cruel things just to earn a buck.
Another strong addition the a series that I have come to love so very much, Racing Savannah is a must read, just like everything else by Kenneally. I can definitely see animal lovers finding a special place in their heart for this one and of course people who love themselves a good romance will as well. As a last little note I have to say to Miranda that I came out of this really wanting Kelsey’s story. So uhh, just think about that please.
Miranda Kenneally’s Top 10 Movies
I cannot believe you gave me this topic, Jenni! It’s just going to show everyone what a huge nerd I am. If you are as big a nerd as me, will you please let me know in the comments below? ☺
1. Independence Day: If this is on TV, I drop everything to watch it, no matter what.
2. Deep Impact: I always tear up when the astronauts are going to make a suicide run at the asteroid and the lady astronaut says: “At least they’ll name high schools after us.”
3. The Lord of the Rings-Fellowship of the Ring: God, I love Legolas.
4. The Lord of the Rings-Two Towers: God, I love Aragorn. Especially when he whispers, “A hobbit lay here.”
5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King: God, I want to be the center of a Legolas and Aragorn sandwich.
6. Star Wars: My favorite whiny Luke line is, “But I was going into Tosche Station to pick up some power converters!”
7. The Princess Bride. “Mawidge…”
8. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. “Captain! There be whales here.”
9. Zoolander: Funniest. Movie. Ever.
I honestly can’t decide on a 10th movie. I love all of the Harry Potter and Twilight movies. They are glorious.
Thanks for having me here today!
I’m going to go out on a limb here, Miranda, and guess that you are a Lord of The Rings fan? Thanks for sharing!
As part of the tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours, Miranda is offering up a $25 iTunes gift card for giveaway!
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