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Her Last Race By Kim Schaumburg,

  • Title: Her Last Race
  • Author: Kim Schaumburg
  • ISBN: 9781612960241
  • Page: 351
  • Format: Paperback
  • The year is 1993 Women jockeys are no longer a novelty in the world of horse racing, but they still have to fight hard for respect in a male dominated sport that heeds its own rules Nikki Summers has spent too many years toiling as a second rate jockey at an obscure track in Oregon, as she slowly pays her way through college with hopes of becoming a veterinary doctor WhThe year is 1993 Women jockeys are no longer a novelty in the world of horse racing, but they still have to fight hard for respect in a male dominated sport that heeds its own rules Nikki Summers has spent too many years toiling as a second rate jockey at an obscure track in Oregon, as she slowly pays her way through college with hopes of becoming a veterinary doctor When tragedy forces her to question her motives for participating in such a brutal sport, she heads south to finally confront the mother who abandoned her as a child, Rachel Nottingham, Northern California s top Thoroughbred trainer and infamous hardass Their confrontation inspires Nikki to recall her original goals and resume riding with a newfound ruthlessness, while Rachel finds herself torn between maternal regrets and her obsession with winning With pride and profession on the line, the story gallops toward the finish on a course beset with mother daughter conflicts and ethical dilemmas.
    Her Last Race The year is Women jockeys are no longer a novelty in the world of horse racing but they still have to fight hard for respect in a male dominated sport that heeds its own rules Nikki Summers has

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    1. youtube watch v JJWmjUMarch 2012 this is a finalist for the Dr Tony Ryan book award Congratulations Kim thoroughbredtimes natiYou were compared to Dick Francis for one thoroughbredtimes nati The Brooklyn Backstretch brooklynbackstretch did an article about Her Last Race yesterday Sept 20,2011 This is a novel about a female horse jockey named Nicole Nikki Summers and Her Mother Rachel Nottingham Nikki races horses in Westover Meadows, Portland, Oregon Being a horse jockey, in mainly a man s world [...]

    2. I won this book from a contest on Being a lover of animals and having once owned Quarter Horses which we kept as our pets and pleasure riding, I am anxious to read anything which involves our four legged friends.Rachel Nottingham is the top thoroughbred trainer in Northern California and has a well known reputation as being difficult She lost her mother at a young age and was reared by her father, also a horse trainer But when Rachel finally admitted to her father that she was pregnant at sevent [...]

    3. I was given the book by the author, Kim Schaumburg through a giveaway I was thrilled to receive the book so quickly and couldn t wait to tear into it I was not disappointed The author clearly knows the horseracing field that she writes about The central characters are well developed and the book itself is a real page turner The complex relationship between mothers and daughters takes on a new spin in this novel I learned much about the sport, the author s obvious love of horses, and look forward [...]

    4. Her Last Race dives deep into the world of horse racing This said, it is still easy to follow for someone who did not grow up on the backside of a racetrack, or even so much as looked at a Daily Racing Form Her Last Race not only draws attention from horse lovers, but the story line of the mother daughter relationship draws in a new type of reader as well Readers will be able to relate to many different aspects of the book Women can look at the theme of women empowerment that is evident througho [...]

    5. I am one of those girls that never went through a horse and pony phase, so I was very curious what this book would bring, and perhaps a bit worried as well But once I got started I was just constantly enthralled The author s background provides a fascinating, true to life insight into the world of horse racing, as well as a touching story about an estranged mother and daughter who despite their vehement dislike of each other end up discovering that they have in common than they ever expected Bu [...]

    6. The best thing about the book is it takes you right into behind the scenes of Horse Racing Although, I don t know much about horse racing I enjoyed every bit of it.The main problem about the story is its predictable It can be said I knew Nottingham s Nightmare Lucifera will be tamed by Nicole there will be an accident which will either make the mother daughter come closer or it will take them far apart Personally I like tragedies .Nevertheless, this is really well written, one should not feel an [...]

    7. If you like a good story and appreciate character development in a novel, you ll love this book The author has created a realistic blend of fiction and stark reality as she weaves a tale of human greed and compassion within the horse racing industry This novel is fast paced and holds the reader from beginning to end For a first novel, it s impressive and leaves the reader hungry for books by this talented writer.

    8. This first time writer has done a great job she has been compared to Dick Francis I think she is at least as good She has real first hand knowledge but develops her characters well If Susan Sarandon was a little younger, I could see her playing Rachel.when you read it you will see what I mean Great job ps I m not going to regurgitate the synopsis or spoil the ending just read it

    9. This strongly written novel brings the reader a behind the scenes look at the fascinating and often brutal world of horse racing The author describes her characters owners, trainers, jockeys, agents and others with unsparing detail, warts and all The horses also play a starring role, each with personality From the beginning to end, I found the book a compelling read I also learned a lot

    10. This is a great race track story by one who lived the life Wonderful insight into horse and human relationships The story could be set anywhere where people get too caught up in their work This is not a backstretch tragedy but an insightful perspective of the all encompassing nature of the racing world.

    11. The Author first hand knowledge of horses and the racetrack gives insight to well formed characters With crisp and humorous dialogue that keeps the reader wanting This novel will appeal to readers with diverse interests Its been a wonderful surprise reading this new Author book I will be watching for her next release

    12. I really enjoyed this book, it rekindled my love of horses and reminded me of a time when I d read anything and everything that had to do with horses.This book had a great story line and excellent character development, with an ending that was touching and everything that you hoped for The author obviously had a lot of knowledge and experience with the topics she wrote about, which made it enjoyable because they were true The harshness of horse racing, it isn t something we think a lot about bu [...]

    13. Free book from a giveaway It was hard to get started because the terminology was so unfamiliar to me I expected to have things explained to me, and, when that didn t happen, I looked terms up online But once you get used to it, it s a good book Written for people active in the field, but a good book.

    14. A fascinating look at horse racing in the USA which gives a great insight into the characters and horses that inhabit this world The story of a mother who gives up her daughter and goes onto become a successful race horse trainer and the daughter who also goes into the racing industry as a jockey, and the trials and tribulations they have when reconnecting.

    15. nThis book is a great literary novel about a mother, daughter and a racehorse they both love I really loved this novel

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