Title: Race Girl
Author: Leigh Hutton
Series: Go Girl Chronicles #3
Source: Supplied by Author
Release Date: April 3rd 2016
Amazon currently priced at $6.99
Fresh on the heels of Michelle Payne’s historic Melbourne Cup win, comes a blockbuster Australian story about a Queensland girl and the ‘race that stops a nation’ . . .
Tully Athens has always dreamed of following in the footsteps of her hero Michelle Payne. Of living up to the Athens name and becoming the third generation of women from her family to rule the track. But Tully’s never been sure she’s got the nerve, and when her mother is killed in a horse racing accident, her whole world is shattered.
Six months later, in the heat of a Queensland summer, sixteen-year-old Tully is ready to face her fears. But getting back in the saddle leads to a whole lot more than she bargained for, with an out of control crush on the boy from their rival thoroughbred farm – the gorgeous but cocky larrikin Brandon Weston – and a forgotten filly with stardom in her eyes . . .
When faced with the most difficult decision of her life, will Tully choose to train and race her new filly in Melbourne? Or will she sacrifice it all to fight for love on the land that feeds her soul?
It’s only when tragedy rips everything from her that Tully finds a strength and courage she never knew she had, in this action-packed novel of passion, adventure and determination.
RACE GIRL is the highly anticipated third book in The Go Girls Chronicles – bestselling stories of gutsy girls in action sports, by Leigh Hutton!
*A PORTION OF EVERY #RaceGirl book sold goes to the Make-A-Wish Foundation to help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions, and to horse-welfare charity, Equine Action Qld*e their way across the wild American landscape in search of their families—all without killing each other. Along the way, the duo learns that maybe the other isn’t so terrible after all, but going months with no toothpaste isn’t exactly a recipe for romance. Will the journey be too much for their growing relationship? Will it even be worth it at all? Or will their homes and families be burned to a crisp?
Race Girl is the third installment of the Go Girl Chronicles, and it doesn’t disappoint.
Race Girl is a highly emotional book that made me cry as well as cheer with joy, and considering that I have been experiencing genre burnout with paranormal lately that a good Aussie Read was just what I needed.
After Tully’s mother tragically dies in a horse race, Tully has a lot of responsibility to shoulder, which I think is too much for someone as young as her to have to take on, her father is slipping away and into debt, the next door neighbor is trying to take their farm, and Tully is trying to make money at MC Donalds and follow her dream of becoming a female jockey, against her fathers wishes.
The whole Go Girl Chronicles are about young women overcoming odds to follow their life long dream. each book is somewhat linked with cameo appearances from characters from the earlier books but you are able to read them out of order. I absolutely love this series not only is it Aussie made, but the Author Leigh Hutton is down to earth and contributes from every sale of her books to charity.
There are a lot of Australian rural books out their but not too many based in the Y.A genre. Race Girl features a romance plot as well but it is kept family friendly so younger readers can enjoy with the lightness and not focusing on sex.
Tully is an amazing girl and role model for girls to look up to and I really hope this series continues.
I highly recommend this Aussie read and at 6.99 on Amazon it is well worth the read for young and old, horse lovers and Melbourne cup lovers. This thrill ride is for you.
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