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

Hannah Hooton
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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Inheriting a racehorse destined to run in the Grand National is the kick up the butt Pippa Taylor needs to get her life out of a rut. But while she leaves the city behind for the countryside and takes a secretarial job for a fiery-tempered racing trainer, she doesn't foresee falling in love as a particular hazard of country-living. Oh, how wrong a girl can be...

***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



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"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!”

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    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
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,398 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 www.hannahhootonbooks.blogspot.com or follow her on Twitter http://twitter.com/hannahrhooton or like her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hannah-Hooton/377046932312867

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    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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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised 20 Aug. 2012
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    I am not particularly into Horse Racing but decided that I would read "Keeping the Peace". I loved the way this was written the way you are gradually drawn in to all the aspects of the story. Pippa inherits a run down house in the country and also a couple of Race Horses. She has to make decisions that will ultimately change her life. Swapping a City Life for that of the country. Keeping her horses is a luxury she really can't afford especially as she has to try to renovate the cottage before putting it on the market.
    She decides her best course of action is to move into the cottage while she does the renovation herself leaving Ollie her boyfriend Ollie behind in London. She manages to get a job as a secretary at The Aspen Valley Stables where her horses are although she knows nothing about horse racing. Her relationship with Ollie is far from perfect and the gaps widen as she becomes involved in her new life.
    Beautifully written I will definitely be looking for more books by Hannah Hooton.
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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
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    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
    4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story 15 Aug. 2012
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    I thought this was lovely book. Pippa's uncle leaves her an inheritance of a rather dilapidated cottage and two race horses. She ends up moving to the country to do up the cottage and try to fulfil her uncle's dream of having one of those horses win the Grand National. It was fairly typical chick lit in the sense of being a story where boy meets girl and they don't like each other to begin with but soon you realise that they are falling for each other. However, the characters were very likeable and the story was engaging and light hearted. Although based around horse racing, you don't need any knowledge of this to enjoy the book.
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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 a breathe of fresh air 3 Jun. 2012
    By carol21
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    I really enjoyed this book read it at two sittings, Pippa moves from the busy streets of London to the countryside to work to keep a race horse that she has just inherited. while working at the stables and restoring the cottage she has also inherited she falls for the trainer. the characters are natural, the racing scenes not too much and as a person who hates sex scenes that are very graphic this book was a breathe of fresh air literally. I really loved the fact that Pippa found her "artistic" spirit come back when she moved into the countryside. well worthy reading
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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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    3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read, Well Written 12 Dec. 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition
    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.

    I enjoyed this book, instantly liking our main characters Pippa and Jack. Pippa had me laughing at the daft things she does and her bad driving skills. But I think what I enjoyed most was the way the author depicted the scenery, I could really visualise the beautiful countryside.

    I thought the storyline was good, and enjoyed the other characters involved in the book too. I found it was fairly fast paced to read with only a couple of 'slow' moments. I was a bit will she/won't she at points but was glad that it ended the way I wanted it too. I'd quite like to read more about Pippa and Jack if there was a sequel.
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