Thursday, January 9, 2014

Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally [ARC REVIEW]

TITLE: Racing Savannah
(Hundred Oaks #4)

AUTHOR: Miranda Kenneally
PUBLISHER: Sourcebooks Fire
PUB DATE: Dec 3 2013
Summary from Goodreads:

"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 doesn’t matter where you dance. It’s only who you’re with.”

Racing Savannah is a sweet, light, not-overly-dramatic romance story. Savannah and Jack have the issues of a common couple facing the difficulties of economic status and social standing differences. One is underprivileged and trying to get by as best as they could, the other a rich kid being moulded to be a fitting heir to the family business.

To be honest, there is nothing much to say about this book. It is the kind of story that you read to take a break from heavily set plotlines of other books you are usually reading. It is also the kind of story that you read if you are in the mood for a bit of light reading. It’s quick and yet it is pleasant.

I’m a little confused over this bit though: The Goodwin family estate’s staff always keeps telling Savannah to stay off the main house because Mr. Goodwin doesn’t approve of such, but I keep seeing Savannah casually stepping in without any fuss. And the Goodwin’s are genuinely nice people. Is that the message? Then why say so when it doesn’t even apply? I mean, the staff could just make the rule itself or say they feel embarrassed about overstepping their boundaries with being employed to such a nice family, and not have to use the good name of Mr. Goodwin over such rules. (I’m rambling, so I’m probably not making sense, apologies. LOL)

I’ve said this over my other reviews of the books from the Hundred Oaks collection but again, the glimpses of the protagonists from the previous books are a sight I am always happy to catch. It’s nice to see that the stories are moving forward to the next generation. I like looking back and feeling nostalgic over how the other characters are moving on and having futures with their chosen partners.

Generally, one of the things I like most about Miranda Kenneally’s books is the sense of security in the relationship between the protagonists. They can be friends with the opposite sex and hang around without malice. It’s nice to see that the deep development of the friendship doesn’t go off with the drama of becoming a third party threatening the blooming romance. You know, since oftentimes authors would steer things that way.

I have to admit that even though I found this enjoyable, it didn’t have the kind of touching impact I felt with the other books from the Hundred Oaks, specifically Stealing Parker which was my favorite.

*Thank you, NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for the copy of Racing Savannah.

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