Review & Giveaway! Race Girl by Leigh Hutton


Race Girl
by Leigh Hutton
Publication: April 3rd 2016
Category: YA
Genre: Contemporary, Romance

My Rating:

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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 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*


~My Thoughts~

Race Girl is a story about a sixteen year old girl named Tully and her dreams of becoming an amazing jockey. Her mother is killed in a horse racing accident, which strikes fear into her heart and her father’s. He refuses to let her follow in her mom’s footsteps, however money is tight and the fear of losing their farm outweighs the fear of getting on a horse. As if things weren’t bad enough, Tully finds herself smack dab in the middle of forbidden love. Can she face her fears and pull out the win?

This is a sweet, emotional story that I enjoyed. Is it my favorite type of book? No, but I love the Canadian show Horseland and I wanted to dive back into that kind of world. Was it my favorite book of the year? No, I can’t say it was, but the story was complex enough to keep my attention after the first few chapters. It was refreshing to read something that I wouldn’t consider to be in my wheelhouse.

For anyone that loves to read about horses and family, this is a really good story that will have you clutching your heart at times, giggling at others, and rooting for Tully to make it all happen.

~About the Author~


Leigh Hutton is a former Courier-Mail journalist, dirt bike racer and horse show jumper. Leigh was born in Canada and lives on rural property in southeast Queensland, Australia, with her husband and three young children. When she isn’t writing, managing the relocation and restoration of historic ‘Queenslander’ homes, wrangling the kids or swilling coffee, she loves to read, watch smart TV and movies, ride her motorbike and daydream about gorgeous horses. Her family spell racehorses at their property and making friends with each one is also a favourite pastime of Leigh and her children. Leigh is especially passionate about promoting the growing number of girls and women in all action and equestrian sports, and is thrilled to be drawing on her experiences to bring you the exciting novels of The Go Girls Chronicles . . .

Book one, REV GIRL, OUT NOW!


Book three, RACE GIRL, out April 3rd, 2016!

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