Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally

Posted January 12, 2014 | 29 Comments

Racing Savannah by Miranda KenneallyRacing Savannah
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Series: Hundred Oaks #4
Published by: Sourcebook Fire
Publication Date: December 3, 2013
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

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…

Giddy up! A Miranda Kenneally book with horses! This was the book that ultimately made me start reading the series. When I saw what Racing Savannah was going to be about, I knew I had to start the Hundred Oaks Series so that I wouldn’t be so behind when this one was released. Little did I know how obsessed I would become and read them all in such a short time. I went on a serious binge. I can’t help it though, they are too dang addicting! It is literally almost impossible for me to stop reading once I start. So of course, I completely devoured Racing Savannah. I know this is going to come as a complete shock, but I loved it!

When I read the blurb, I didn’t recognize any of the names from the previous books, so I thought maybe this book would be totally detached from the others and wasn’t sure how I felt about that. That is, until I started reading it! I absolutely love what Kenneally did with Racing Savannah. It takes place about four years after the first three books, but there are definitely connections to those characters. Familial connections. It’s like Hundred Oaks: The Next Generation. Okay, I’m kind of exaggerating, but you get my drift. Plus, previous characters do make an appearance in a big way and it made me downright giddy!

Alright, but as for Savannah and Jack … loved them. Mostly Savannah, though. I can’t help but love a girl who knows how to properly handle a horse. She grew-up riding and exercising race horses, and when she moves to Cedar Hill Farms with her groomer dad, she gets an opportunity to take it to the next level: Jockeying! The move to this new place, new school, and new friends, pushes her to want more for herself. She realizes that she wants a better life, and it’s up to her to go after it.

Jack owns Cedar Hill Farms. Well, technically his dad does, but Jack is looking to eventually take over the family business. There is a major rule that must not be broken, though: don’t date the staff. I understood why they felt that was a good rule, and I agree with it. I thought Jack was going to be douche, and he did have a moment or two of that, but I understood why and where he was coming from. But overall, he was a pretty good guy. I enjoyed his and Savannah’s relationship, and thought they were cute together.

And in true Kenneally fashion, there were great supporting characters. Rory, oh Rory. Loved him and his friendship with Savannah! He was hilarious. And Vanessa! I loved seeing her all “grown-up”, and the fact she becomes such a good friend to Savannah made it even better.

So yes, Racing Savannah gets nothin’ but love from me. I was kind of spoiled being able to read all four books in such a short time, but now I feel depressed because I have to wait months for the release of the next one.

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29 responses to “Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally

  1. Why haven’t I read this one yet Christy? I love Miranda’s books and I grew up around horses, so I’m completely befuddled as to why this isn’t already in my hands. Must change that immediately! Looking forward to meeting all these characters, but Rory in particular. He sounds like a trip:) Fabulous review!
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  2. I love Miranda’s books!, the first one is my favorite!,and the third one is mhy second favorite and second is third favorite for now, but that might change once i finish the fourth one i am halfway through it, and i am really excited haha

    • Christy

      Haha yeah, I liked this one more tan the 3rd one, but the 1st two books are my top favorites of the series.

  3. Christy

    I loved the Vanessa and Rory connection to the previous books! I just saw the 4th book on Edelweiss, so I HOPE I get it soon!

  4. I LOVE reading a series one after the other, too!!! When I first started reading I thought it was always like that then I found out the harsh truth (ha!).

    I still freaking need to start this series and I think I’ll be able to this year! I’ll have to watch for them when they go on sale – at least I know the library has them.

    I WILL read them in order (no, I don’t read books out of order or skip – I meant to get back to you on that one comment…. grr).
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  5. I haven’t read the others (need to!) but I didn’t realize that Vanessa was a part of another book. Which one in the series? I’m with you, I loved how great Savannah was and my favorite was Rory, he was hilarious. I’m really glad I started with this one even though it’s out of order because it gave me a great impression of Kenneally!
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    • Christy

      You meet Vanessa in the 1st book. Her older brother is big part of the story. Then Rory’s older brother is a big part of the 2nd book and a little in the 3rd. If you enjoyed this one, then I’m pretty certain you’ll enjoy Catching Jordan too.

  6. Loved this one! Love the whole series! I really enjoyed getting a look back at all the characters. Savannah was a great character and I loved her with Jack. Not dating staff is a good rule in general but I think the dads wanted them apart more because of their money backgrounds and what not. So glad Jack finally stood up to his father.
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    • Christy

      I didn’t get that feeling from his dad. I thought he would’ve been fine with them dating from the beginning if she hadn’t been part of their farm, and wasn’t trying to close that deal. I thought it was more for not looking bad or getting a bad reputation for ‘dating’ or taking advantage of employees like that other family did. Keep it professional. I thought his dad was a pretty stand-up guy. He never said anything disparaging toward her or her family, he was always kind and respectful to Savannah. Just wanted boundaries set, which is a good thing with a teenage son, especially running a huge business like that. lol. As for her dad, I just think he didn’t want to stir up trouble because they couldn’t afford to, especially because they were so new there. And he underestimated Savannah. But yeah, I was glad they stood up to both of them, even though I’m sure the dads already had an idea what was up. Which is why it wasn’t an ordeal when they did put it out there.

      Btw, the 5th book is up on Edelweiss now!

      • I think it was more Jack’s reputation too that Samantha’s father didn’t like. I just didn’t feel like it was all because she worked for him. It felt like more to me. But yes I forgot about that deal. I think a big part of it was he wanted Jack to date the daughter of the deal guy. LOL It has already been awhile since I read it so I forgot all their names. Ooohhh the 5th books on Edelweiss! I try to stay away from there but I might have to go request!
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        • Christy

          Yeah, I don’t really understand how he got the rep with the staff when he said he’d only dated a couple girls and had been in a long distance relationship with that one. Hmm. Now I wonder …

          Yes, you need to go sneak a peek!

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