Win Place Show


University of Michigan is Lucy Granger’s current home, workplace, and escape from her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. Her family is highly involved in charity events plus any and all events that make up the Kentucky Derby weekend. Lucy dreads the homecoming and encounters with her ‘friend’ Nate Hawthorne. He’s now the most eligible bachelor, and his family’s brand of bourbon is exclusively being served this year for the big weekend. Bring on the mint juleps! The couple’s history dates back to their childhood, their feelings are mutual; however, numerous miscommunications keeps those feelings at bay. But, all bets are off on Derby weekend. They typically hook up and then go their separate ways. Will this annual event be a repeat, or will Nate’s determination to move things further this year pan out?

And they’re off!! Ms. Crowe takes readers along for a wild ride with “Win Place Show.” The knowledge of all things Louisville, Kentucky seeps off the pages and engages readers from the get go. The author’s knowledge lends a lovely realism to the story. Childhood friends with unresolved feelings isn’t an original theme, but the addition of emotional injuries from their youths kick up the story. Bourbon, Derby weekend, local “royalty” with all the flashy fashion statements, and high stake betting make this a highly entertaining read. The Characters that support the feisty main couple add nicely to this story. Readers will appreciate the final resolve of two people who meet in the middle. This is a steamy read with enough angst to please the masses.

Viola Robbins