Ginny Kennedy returns home to Newmarket: the family’s racing stable is in need of
work, to say the least, and Ginny is determined to win the coveted Dewhurst Stakes
at the end of the season. Not only does she have to cope with being a woman in a
man’s world, she has to cope with her next door neighbour, rival trainer Julien Larocque.
When her world takes a sinister turn, Ginny must decide who she can and cannot trust.
Hannah Hooton was brought up in Zimbabwe, but now lives in Norwich. She has been
involved with horses and the racing industry all her life. She said the only reason
she missed the 2010 Grand National was because a friend was getting married then.
Her family know not to invite her to anything during Royal Ascot and Cheltenham Festival
weeks. Her two books have thoroughly authentic racing backgrounds. Both are romances.
I have read Keeping the Peace : I am not normally a romance reader, but I enjoyed
this. Hannah Hooton is a good observer of character, and although there are no surprises
in the plot, that is half the attraction of genre fiction: it’s the getting there
London girl Pippa drives into the country to explore her inheritance from her uncle:
two racehorses and a cottage. They are, all of them, more or less useless, and Pippa
decides to sell the lot. She's not interested in the tall, dark, offhand trainer,
Jack Carmichael. Of course she's not. She has a perfectly good boyfriend: that is
if you count a selfish, social climbing "resting" actor as a perfectly good boyfriend.