Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally follows a high school girl named Savannah whose family moves to Tennessee after accepting a job to work for a rich family in their stables. Savannah, hoping to make some extra money, wants to work with the horses. There she meets Jack Goodwin, the son of her employer, who encourages her to become a jockey for an anxious horse.
Miranda Kenneally’s books have always been a hit or miss for me. Some, I really love. Others, not so much. However, I heard a lot of positive reviews for Racing Savannah and that many people considered it their favorite in the Hundred Oaks series. While it isn’t my favorite of Miranda Kenneally’s books, I overall enjoyed reading it.
One of the reasons I really enjoyed this book was how the sport played such a huge role. I liked how this book is big for the setting where it takes place and learning about a sport I’m not as familiar with like football or soccer which are featured in some of the other books in this series.
I also enjoyed the romance, although it wasn’t my favorite in the series or the most memorable that I’ve read in a contemporary book. This book definitely utilizes the rich boy-poor girl trope, so if you enjoy that story line, you’ll probably enjoy this book.
Breathe, Annie, Breathe
Breathe, Annie, Breathe follows Annie, a girl devoted to running a marathon after her boyfriend passed away unexpectedly. While training for the marathon, Annie meets Jeremiah, the younger brother of her trainer. Although hesitant to start a new relationship, Annie begins to develop feelings for Jeremiah.
One of my favorite Booktubers, Heather from Bookables, mentioned how much she loved this book. Like I mentioned earlier, Miranda Kenneally’s books are always hit or miss for me. I actually only downloaded this book to my Kindle because I wanted to round out the series. Much to my surprise, this became my favorite book in the series!
I think this book stands out to me among Kenneally’s other books because the plot feels a lot more solid, not random (but cute) events strung together of the love interests. I liked how Annie’s story not only emphasized the sport, but her emotions and growth after her boyfriend’s death.
I also really liked the relationship in this book and it’s probably my favorite in the Hundred Oaks line-up. I feel like some of the relationships happen at the very end, so we don’t see them develop more as a couple unless they are featured briefly in another book. I like how we saw Annie and Jeremiah’s relationship progress throughout the book and it made me appreciate them more as a couple.
What is your favorite Hundred Oaks book?