Kenneally fails to tackle the difficult themes in her novel, glossing over issues of class, coming of age and nontraditional family dynamics. She redeems her story with characters that value their self-respect — a refreshing choice.
Savannah lives with the rest of the hired help. Hoping to get a job as an exercise rider in the stables, she prefers the company of horses to people. When a lucky break gives her a chance to demonstrate her skills, she gets the attention of the owners — and their smoking-hot son. Jack lives in the manor house on the hill. He’s got a playboy reputation tempered by intense business skills earned from helping his dad run their horse racing farm. When a troublesome horse leaves the trainers stumped, Jack turns to Savannah — and is amazed by her success. (SOURCEBOOKS, Dec., 304 pp., $9.99, ISBN: 9781402284762, PB, 13 & Up)