Racing Savannah

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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 ...

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Overview

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 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..

Praise for Miranda Kenneally:

"Kenneally's books have quickly become must-reads."—VOYA

"Fresh, fearless, and totally romantic."—Sarah Ockler, bestselling author of Twenty Boy Summer and Bittersweet on Stealing Parker

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/14/2013
Kenneally’s (Things I Can’t Forget) equestrian-themed romance is energized by another winning heroine: pragmatic and hardworking Savannah Barrow. The 17-year-old keeps her spirits up even though she’s been forced to move with her father and pregnant stepmother from West Virginia to ritzy Cedar Hill Farms in Tennessee, where her father is the new head groom for horses entered in the Kentucky Derby and other prestigious races. Savannah is immediately attracted to the farm owner’s son, Jack, but also intimidated by the class divide between them. She focuses her attention on saving money for a future that includes college and training Tennessee Star, a willful thoroughbred who will be sold unless he starts winning races. Savannah’s relationship with Star, her steamy but clandestine romance with Jack, and her budding career as a jockey help her confront her fears and recover from her mother’s death years earlier. Kenneally’s story about considering the importance of one’s own happiness should appeal to a wide audience; despite some bumps in the road, there’s never any doubt that all will end well. Ages 13–up. Agent: Sara Megibow, Nelson Literary Agency. (Dec.)
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""Kenneally's equestrian-themed romance is energized by another winning heroine . . . Kenneally's story about considering the importance of one's own happiness should appeal to a wide audience; despite some bumps in the road, there's never any doubt that all will end well."" - Publishers Weekly

""Kenneally has established herself as a writer of romances with some interesting complexity along with the swooning, and there's certainly plenty of swooning and steamy pleasure here. Additionally, Savannah herself is genuinely brash and not just saucy, and the Tennessee milieu is vividly evoked." " - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

""The author's knack for weaving forbidden romance, breezy dialogue, and details of this lesser-known sports venue places it in the winner's circle for reluctant readers and chick-lit fans." " - Booklist

School Library Journal
12/01/2013
Gr 9 Up—This predictable teen romance set on a horse ranch in contemporary Tennessee will engage readers with a strong female protagonist and accessible writing. Spunky Savannah falls for the ranch owner's son while helping an underperforming horse live up to his prestigious bloodline. The characters are complicated with a bit of backstory and the writing keeps things moving with everyday dialogue and abbreviated descriptions. The plot conflicts seem too easily resolved, although interpersonal conflicts like parental disagreements and Savannah's resentment of her father's pregnant girlfriend take more twists and turns than the equine problems. Regrettably, the portions of the book on horse racing are too vague and brief to satisfy any particular interest in horses. The novel contains sex and sexual situations appropriate for teen audiences. The author's obvious endorsement of college-level education will appease those who would like fun stories to contain some sort of moral and the tacked-on theme of taking the "road less traveled" gives the book somewhat illusory depth. Nonetheless, fans of the author's previous titles will probably appreciate this entertaining if formulaic read. —Erin Reilly-Sanders, Ohio State University, Columbus
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402284762
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/3/2013
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 65,326
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Growing up in Tennessee, Miranda Kenneally dreamed of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliché!), or a UN interpreter. Instead she writes and works for the State Department in Washington, D.C., where George W. Bush once used her shoulder as an armrest. Miranda loves Twitter, Star Trek and her husband. Visit www.mirandakenneally.com.
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  • Posted December 4, 2013

    I am seriously so smitten with this series...and with each book

    I am seriously so smitten with this series...and with each book I grow to love it more and more! :D While I loved the three previous books, I definitely have to say that Racing Savannah is my favourite so far!! :D I absolutely LOVED IT!!!

    Savannah was an AMAZING narrator!!! I loved that she was so true to herself, and that she knew that even though she was poor, she still had value! Too many heroines...and people in real life, too, don't value themselves enough, but Savannah definitely didn't have that problem, and I totally loved her for it. I was so proud of her throughout this book, and I absolutely loved that she stood up for herself the way that she did. Savannah is one of those characters that you just have to love, not only because she's an amazing person, but also because she's the kind of person we all should aspire to be more like. I really hope that we see more heroines in YA like Savannah because she's fantastic.

    Also, I absolutely loved Savannah's relationship with the horses! And of course, I loved her relationship with Jack, too. ;D Sometimes the boy got on my nerve, but like I said, I was proud of Savannah, and in her interactions with Jack, she definitely made me proud...Jack did in the end, too. All in all though, I loved Jack...and if I were Savannah, I would've been smitten with the charismatic cowboy, too. ;D I honestly just loved the characters in Racing Savannah, they were great! I really enjoyed getting to know them, and I loved getting to see the siblings of a few of the previous characters growing up, it was pretty neat.

    Racing Savannah actually takes place a few years after Things I Can't Forget, but we did still get to see our favourite characters from the previous books, they're just a little bit older...trust me though, you will LOVE that you get to see them! I was totally giddy and squeeing when I saw what the characters were all up to. ;D

    Overall, I absolutely LOVED Racing Savannah! It's my favourite in the Hundred Oaks series so far, and I thought that Savannah was an amazing heroine! She was strong, funny, and just all-around awesome! I think she's one of the best YA heroines out there, and I loved reading her story. I can't wait for more from Miranda Kenneally because the Hundred Oaks series just keeps getting better and better!

    * I was provided with an ebook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, and to participate in RACING SAVANNAH's blog tour. All opinions are my own.
    * This review also appears on my blog and on other social media sites.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2014

    The end

    Im not spoiling it but at the end it tells you what happened to the catching jordan chatacters

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 13, 2013

    Racing Savannah is the fourth of Miranda Kenneally¿s books I¿ve

    Racing Savannah is the fourth of Miranda Kenneally’s books I’ve read, and I enjoyed it as much as I did the previous three books in the Hundred Oaks series. I specifically enjoy this series because each book brings in new and/or familiar characters in a setting that is already well-known to the reader, but every time with a brand new story. I would even go as far as comparing it to watching a new season of a well-loved tv series.

    I finished this delightful read in less than a day. Halfway through the first chapter I already felt right at home in Savannah’s world, and I was captivated by and totally in love with the Goodings’ farm and their horses. That’s right. I didn’t let anything get in my way of finishing this book the same day I started it. By now I’m so used to this author’s easy-reading style of writing I devoured this novel in mere hours. What stood out for me is how extensively the author did her research on professional horse racing and horse mannerisms. If I didn’t read in the afterword that all the interesting tidbits she shared about horses throughout the story came about because of her thorough research, I would’ve easily believed that she was sharing her personal experiences growing up around horses with the reader. I’m saying Savannah’s story had a very realistic feel to it. Not only because of the horses, but also because of Savannah’s impoverished background.

    Savannah is an amazing character and one that could serve as inspiration to young women everywhere regardless of background. I loved almost everything about this girl. She’s down-to-earth, yet confident and sure of her choices. She makes mistakes but learn through it. She reaches out to others and puts her unborn sibling first; and though her family is dirt poor and she’s caught scrubbing floors by her love interest, she holds her head high and doesn’t back away from a challenge. But most importantly – and this is what made her an unforgettable character in my opinion – is that she understand her self-worth and never feels she needs to be validated to be appreciated. She shows respect to her dad and his pregnant girlfriend even though she doesn’t always agree with their choices and decisions. Also, she never hesitates to place her trust in people, although she’s been hurt before. There’s so much more I can say about Savannah as she’s a multilayered character, but then I’d go on forever. Apart from Savannah, there is actually an entire cast of characters worth mentioning. But to keep it short I’ll just say that each and every character contributed to the overall awesomeness of this book.

    Now for the dreaded romance. OK, so I’m not fan, but, like a few of my other favorite authors, Kenneally knows how to write romance and keep it short and sweet. This is, after all, a love-story, but the author adds so many layers to it with family dynamics, new friendships, horse racing, and the main character learning through life’s little lessons how to make important decisions about her future, that you get so much more out of it than a mere straightforward tale of love and lust. I liked Jack’s character as well, but we don’t really get to peel away the layers on him. I loved how he had his three farm hounds milling around his feet in most of the scenes he meets up with Savannah. It added that rural lifestyle feeling to the story. That brings me to another point. I know nothing about life on a farm, much less one where they train race horses. I’m a born and bred city girl. But, and here I have to hand it to the author, she effectively managed to put me right there on the Goodwins’ farm, and she did it so well I swear I could smell the horse manure! Even at the horse races I could feel the wind blowing through my hair and the mud spattering on my legs when Savannah was racing Jack’s stubborn horse, Star.

    One of the elements of this book that touched me deeply was the family dynamics. I’m a sucker for good family set-ups in books. Bottom line: I want to feel part of it. Family is very important to Savannah, and also to Jack. In their own way, they each try to keep their family happy with little sacrifice on their part. It’s the first time I come across a novel where both the protagonist and her love interest have this in common; them both being respectful and considerate towards their parents. Jack is used to having money and having people serve his every need, while Savannah is one of the people working for Jack and his family, cleaning their house and tending to their horses. Savannah knows what it’s like not to have any money, while Jack’s future is cemented. So then, what is the common denominator that brings these two together? One very cheeky and headstrong horse named, Star. But really, it’s not as simple as I make it sound. Keep in mind that Savannah and Jack’s families can’t allow them to be together as employer is not supposed to hobnob with employee (it sounds very Romeo and Juliet-ish, but without the drama and tragedy).

    Racing Savannah is a wonderful read written by a very talented author. It has all the elements I loved from the previous books, but with new characters (and a few the reader might recognize from previous books), and an entirely new and refreshing plot. It’s not necessary to have read the previous books in the Hundred Oaks series to enjoy this one. Racing Savannah stands entirely on its own, but because I have read the first three books before reading this one, I felt I would’ve missed out on some of the secondary character relationships had I not read the other books first. Of course, it’s all up to you whether you want to start at book one or jump right in and see what this excellent book with its exceptional characters and storyline is all about. Whichever way, I highly recommend Miranda Kenneally’s books to young and old alike!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 7, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    A rich boy ¿ the girl who works for him at his stable ¿ an unfor

    A rich boy … the girl who works for him at his stable … an unforgettable story that will warm your heart.  Oh yea, I went there.  Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally is another great book in her Hundred Oaks series.  Not only does it include a sweet coming of age story, it also brings the reader deeper into the world of horse racing and shows just how big a deal it is for females.  Apparently, they’re pretty rare, and Savannah will stop at nothing to make her dreams come true.

    Moving to the Goodwin estate should be a good thing.  Better opportunities for both her and her father.  Make some money to help out with a new baby brother on the way.  Perhaps move her way up at the Goodwin stables.  But nothing prepared her for this:  Jack Goodwin, son and heir to the Goodwin fortune and becoming a female Jockey.

    But the ever present rule of “thou shalt not date the bosses son”, Savannah can’t fight her attraction to Jack.  But the dreaded question of whether Jack feels the same connection that Savannah feels is always on her mind.  If Jack will do whatever it takes to make his father proud, including dating someone that he feels absolutely no attraction to, can Savannah be even sure that Jack’s intentions are true?  Or is he using Savannah in order for him to win a race…

    Feel good books make me smile.  And yes, when I turned the last page of Racing Savannah by Miranda Keneally, I totally had a smile on my face.  You do not have to read the other books in this series to completely enjoy this book (as is the same with the other Hundred Oaks books).

    Do past characters make an appearance?  Yes…and no.  It seems Racing Savannah is a little ways into the future, where past characters are beyond the high school/early college emotional life situations.  I guess I was so committed to the story line of Savannah and Jack, that the actually reappearance of past characters totally flew way over my head…until I finally had the ahh ha (!) moment.  Yes, yes…shame on me.

    Needless to say, Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally is a great addition to the Hundred Oaks series.  Fans of a star-crossed lovers type reads, with a dash of horses and horse racing action, will really enjoy reading this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2013

    SUCH A GREAT BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE THIS SERIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I loved this book from beggining to end and cannot wait for the next one!!!!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2014

    Cute! Cute !

    I loved it! It was very loving but my favorite book is Catching Jordan and the other ones i recommend reading all of her books because theyre really full of love and happy endings. So in conclusion read all of them
    P.s theyre also really funny <3

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2014

    Great!

    This was a great book! I read it in two days and could hardly put it down! I am so glad that i read it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2014

    Amazing

    Miranda Kenneally did it again. She created a great book. This book is amazing. It has everything from making new friends to horses to first love. It was very interesting and holds your attention. I would recommend this book because it never fails to entertain you and is so fun to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2014

    Amaing!

    I dont normally write reviews but I love this auther so much that I thought I should. I absoulutly love this book. It was an easy read and it was so easy to fall into the story and be apart of savannah and jack's journy. Catching jordan is still my favorit but this is a very close second! Can't wait for her next book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2014

    Average.

    It was okay. Storyline wasn't indepth. Surface emotions only. Dialogue lacked imagination. Not sure of the point of having that epilogue, (I enjoy looking into the future of main characters) other than the author setting up another book. I recommend take it or leave it. The basics of a love story is here, just no real soul.

    S.A.K.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2014

    Savannah

    My name is savannah lol. But I hate my name. Doeanyonelsagrewith me that my name is stupid sounding and not pretty at all. Like for real what guy wants to makeout with a girl named Savannah. None thats what!

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2014

    Great!

    This book was a funny rmantic book.this book was really good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2014

    Amazing

    I loved it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2014

    I like the story a lot, but I felt like the ending was way to ru

    I like the story a lot, but I felt like the ending was way to rushed. It's like half the story is in the last two chapters. Could have stretched it out a little bit more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2014

    Good read

    Another great story in the Hundred Oaks series. Savannah is independent and strong and that is just how a main character should be!

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  • Posted February 13, 2014

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    So it think that you all can figure it out that if a book has my

    So it think that you all can figure it out that if a book has my name in it, I have to read it. Most characters names Savannah are stuck up and rarely do I find a Savannah that I enjoy reading. This Savannah, I like.

    Plot: This is about a girl who moves to a new town cause of her fathers job. She works with horses and wants to work her way up to become something more. In the midst of things, Savannah faces many life changes in her family as well as learning the ropes in the new town. I really enjoyed this plot. It paved a nice way for the reader to become fully invested in the story.

    Love/Friendship: Since Savannah’s job is somewhat of a blue collar job, Savannah finds herself in a new terrority of expectations. She meets this boy who is above her and not supposed to date people like Savannah. I like that this area is explored little by little in the story. Savannah learns quickly and despite the options that are given to her, she works with what she got. I adore that about Savannah. Because like her, I’m the same way. She didn’t care what people thought. She had a plan and was going through with it. The responsibility that Savannah took on are much like what I would do. She did more for others than herself and showed some true integrity.

    Ending: I like that this ending is not quite a happily ever after but sort of is. Savannah gets what she wants but she worked for it. She pushed and excelled for what she wanted.

    I think this is another fantastic addition to the Hundred Oaks series. This is truly a story that captures my expectations. Racing Savannah is great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2014

    Love it!

    Love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2014

    Love miranda

    I am so obsessed with miranda keanellys books!!! My favorite was catching jordan and i love how she incorporated catching jordan and stealing parker into this. Its my new fav! Im so obssessed with sav and jack! This is her best book yet!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    Miranda Kenneally has done it again, she hasn't disappointed me yet.

    This book is amazing! I pre-ordered this book in June and I forgot it was released on December 1st. I started reading this last night and I DID NOT want to put it down. I read this book in 11 1/2 hours. I can't wait for the next book to come out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    Fun

    Good story....well done.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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