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Continuing the saga of the Colemans and the Thorntons as recounted in Texas and Vegas, this latest novel puts the next generation center stage and is the first in a projected new trilogy. Thirty years after escaping her father's repressive Virginia home with her illegitimate daughter, Nealy Coleman Diamond returns to his deathbed, scrabbling to find answers to why Josh Coleman was so hateful and abusive. In the intervening period, she's become a woman of means, succeeding in the man's world of thoroughbred racing in Kentucky. Once all the secrets have been revealed and she's taken revenge on the scoundrel who impregnated her, will Nealy be free to find true love at last? As usual with Michaels's sagas, the characters range from the kindhearted to the blackhearted, with scarcely any halftones between. The plot verges on the melodramatic, but it moves too quickly to pall. It helps for readers to be interested in racing, since Michaels knows her Secretariat from her Man O'War. The audience for her previous works is probably waiting at the starting gate for this one. Doubleday and Rhapsody Book Clubs featured alternate; Literary Guild alternate; author tour; Brilliance Audio.
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This riveting tale begins with Nealy Coleman's declaration, "I came here to see you die," to her bedridden father shortly before his death. The story then flashes back 30 years to her life as an abused 17-year-old single mother and Josh Coleman's threat to send two-year-old Emmie to an orphanage. His threat resulted in his daughter and granddaughter running away to Kentucky, where they find a home at the Blue Diamond Farm. Laural Merlington provides an excellent reading of this tearjerker, handling male, female, and announcer voices and Southern accents with equal ease and proficiency. Her delivery is evenly paced, and each character's voice is easily distinguishable. This professionally produced program is highly recommended for all public and academic libraries. Laurie Selwyn, Law Lib., Grayson Cty., Sherman, TX
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
...not for those who have not read the previous series -- the Texas and Vegas series. I haven't read those books, and I suddenly felt that there were all these unknown characters... Read morePublished on Nov. 28 2002
Despite enjoying some of Michaels' other books, I found this to be very disappointing. The entire plot is just too goody-goody and predictable. Read morePublished on Oct. 29 2002
I haven't read any of her books before so it might have counted against it but I didn't really enjoy this book. Read morePublished on Sept. 29 2002
I had read the Texas Series by Fern Michaels many years ago. I have to say that that series was better written. However, the Kentucky series is still entertaining. Read morePublished on June 24 2002
As a professional in the thoroughbred racing and breeding industry, I was horrified at the inaccuracies and absurdities portrayed in this book. Ms. Read morePublished on May 24 2002
In another great narrative chronology, Fern Michaels weaves the saga of the Coleman-Thornton families into Kentucky and the arena of thoroughbred horseracing. Read morePublished on May 21 2002 by J Morgan
No. 4 on the New York Times Best Seller List...way to go Fern Michaels!! You had my attention from the first page on. Read morePublished on May 17 2002