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Keeping the Peace (Aspen Valley Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Hannah Hooton
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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Book Description

***WARNING***: To keep it real, some characters engage in sexual activities and use language which some readers might find offensive.

London waitress, Pippa Taylor has no interest in horses or country-living. But when she inherits Peace Offering, a hopeless racehorse, she embarks on a career change in order to see her late uncle’s wish to run him in the Grand National come true.

But having talked her way into a job as racing secretary to champion National Hunt trainer, Jack Carmichael and moved to the West Country, Pippa finds herself faced with more daunting obstacles than even the Grand National can throw at her. And that’s before her tempestuous relationship with her new boss can be considered.

Moody, fiery-tempered and particularly easy on the eye, Jack’s moral code is threatened by Pippa’s arrival. After a Christmas they would both rather forget, danger and deception threaten Pippa’s life in the country and as her time at Aspen Valley Stables draws to its conclusion she discovers Peace Offering is not the only thing she must fight to keep.

An Amazon bestseller, inducted into A Drop of Romeo Hall of Fame and Some Kind of Wonderful Awards runner-up for Best International Romance


"A romance mystery thriller all rolled into one, with a touch of comedy to lighten the tone. Best buy!"

“You had me at the edge of my seat... The story was comical, suspenseful, dramatic, romantic and SPICY. Keeping the Peace, a story that’s going to be one of my personal favourites.”

“Every aspect of this book was perfect. I’m recommending this to everyone I know.”

“This book is absolutely flawless. I will NEVER look at horses the same anymore. Neither will I for jockeys or trainers, especially the latter.”

“[Keeping the Peace] is one of the most wonderful books I have ever read! I have never read a racing-based novel which feels so true to read. It is the perfect romance novel!”

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1212 KB
  • Print Length: 358 pages
  • Publisher: Aspen Valley Books (18 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007T6LRCS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,415 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Hannah Hooton burst onto the contemporary romance scene with the release of her debut novel, At Long Odds, in January 2012. This was followed by the multi-award winning, bestselling Aspen Valley series, so far consisting of the first four instalments, Keeping the Peace, Giving Chase, Share and Share Alike, and Making the Running.

The inspiration for these novels came while combining her wanderlust with her love of horse racing when travelling around Australia working from one racing stable to the next as a strapper (not to be confused with stripper).
She has now settled in East Anglia, UK, having recently completed a BA Honours degree in Writing and Film Studies.

Hannah won the Cambridge Writers Short Story Competition 2014 with Carvings For Sale, a snapshot of the evolving and turbulent African country where she grew up.

Hannah's passion and mild obsession with horses has forced her to plan her own life around the racing calendar. Her family are well aware not to expect an appearance from her at functions during the likes of Royal Ascot and Cheltenham Festival weeks. Writing racing romances allows her to further research her passion and she is privileged to have made some firm friends in so doing.

Hannah is currently working on the fifth novel in the Aspen Valley series.

To keep up to date with Hannah's writing and to sign up for her newsletter, visit her website or follow her on Twitter or like her Facebook page

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
When I started this book I thought it was for horse-mad teenage girls. However, there were
a couple of steamy sex scenes and a lot more F-words than this sort of book needed.
But then I suppose some young girls do swear as much as Pippa does in this story.
So I give it 3 stars for teens, but only 2 if it was meant for adults.

Also I think teens would be bored (however horse mad) by the blow by blow commentaries
on the races the horses ran in. I started to skip these bits and the chit chat between Pippa
and her friend on the phone and their nights out . They acted like 17 year olds, although they
were 10 years older. I then skim-read to the very predictable ending.

Not a book or author for me, and I am glad it was free when I got it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 20 May 2012
By niki
Format:Kindle Edition
Reading this book makes me want to go and learn everything about horses! Suddenly i want one for myself too. Hannah is a brilliant writer and should check her other works too!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Loved This Book! 16 Aug. 2014
By Hisboss
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I have not read a book for ages that has had me in fits of laughter one minute and then shedding a tear the next.

Hannah has the most wonderful way of illustrating her characters and circumstances surrounding their daily lives - story telling at its most magical.

The storyline was great; city girl inheriting a cottage and two racehorses from her uncle which changes her life so completely. It is a romantic but so down to earth saga that gives Bridget Jones a run for her money. Our Heroine is dippy, a real softy, yet feisty too when her buttons are pushed!

I could not put this down and had to keep on reading to find out the next bit of drama.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love love loved this book! 5 May 2014
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Fab book - thoroughly enjoyed - as a racing enthusiast the racing content was accurate and so refreshing to read a book related to racing aimed at women. Great story line.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic story 14 Nov. 2013
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This was one of the best story's I've read in a very long time being a horse lover myself it had me engrossed from the beginning . I'd recommend this book to everyone
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A romance novel suitable for men! 27 July 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I was a bit sceptical to begin with when I was recommended this book for the racing content. Not as dark as Dick Francis - the romantic aspect and quirky heroine ensure that, but I found it surprisingly enjoyable. Had me chuckling to myself at points reading Hooton's dry-humoured turn of phrase and I was glued to my Kindle during the realistic and tense race scenes. The characters were well-rounded - the protagonists had relatable flaws as well as being likeable, though I found the antagonists slightly two-dimensional. Was in no doubt the author knew what she was talking about when it came to racing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, great story, great read. 19 July 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Love horses, but never knew much about racing. This book was not only an exciting depiction of the racing world and the races themselves, but full of well-rounded characters and an interesting storyline. The romance was hot and me intrigued. Couldn't put it down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely 15 May 2013
By Ann
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I really enjoyed this book, read it whilst on holiday and it has a happy feel to it. Will try more books by this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Found that I couldn't put this book down. Really like the "will they won't they" story line. If you like romance stories, this is a good read.
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,,well..done. will recommend. Can't wait to read next book
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