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Fern Michaels
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Sept. 30 2009 Kentucky Series (Book 1)
Nealy Coleman is no longer the troubled teenager who slipped away from home thirty years ago with her illegitimate child. She's now rich, sophisticated and renowned in the racing world. And she's come back to SunStar, her family's thoroughbred horse farm to confront the secrets of her past. Nealy's shocking return will change everything for her two brothers; for her daughter, Emmie; and for all the Thorntons and Colemans who have connections to SunStar. As the truth about her family is revealed, Nealy will find herself faced with the greatest challenges of her life - challenges that will test her courage in unexpected ways and reveal what is truly important.

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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.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of paper Sept. 11 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Did someone actually edit this piece of garbage? Michaels creates a winsome character struggling for love and acceptance and then turns her into a flat stereotype, gives her an equally flat husband, and basically abandons the child the character has supposedly suffered to save. There isn't one real relationship in the whole novel, and the racing world plot line is laughable. The last third of the book, where she introduces the rest of the family and tries to tie the book to others in the series, is just a mess.

In the introduction, Michaels herself admits that she has stretched the facts around the racing world, but the stretching and errors are cringe-worthy. You don't get your jockey license by riding one horse in one race. You don't truck a horse in the night before a big race. You don't make up silks in any old colour you want. And you sure as heck don't win the Triple Crown as a jockey at 48. Why bother to make it a novel about the racing world if it's all junk?

My sister read this book and called it "National Velvet for Dummies."
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2.0 out of 5 stars Started off good... Jan. 22 2004
By Kala
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I got this book, Kentucky Rich, along with its sequel, Kentucky Heat, a few days ago and just finished the first book. It took awhile to get through and I ended up skimming a lot of it.
The book starts off interesting, with a prologue about Nealy Coleman coming back to the home she was driven off of 30 years earlier to "dance" on her dying father's grave and to make him pay for mistreating her.
The novel then goes to "part 1," which goes back 30 years to talk about how 17 year old Nealy and her 2 year old daughter ran away from home (at the urgings of her two brothers, Pyne and Rhy) and ended up at Blue Diamond Farms, where the owners, Maud and Jess, take them in. It follows Nealy's growing up and eventually taking over the farm.
Part 2 is 30 years later, and starts with the prologue and Nealy's reunion with her brothers and dying father. This is where the book really starts to fall on its face. The plot here gets mind numbingly boring, even confusing at times when the author brings back dozens of characters from two of her other trilogies (which I have not read, so I am not familiar with them).
Nealy as a herione is rather unlikeable. She's immature, even at the end as a 50-something year old woman. She's often cold and heartless. I couldn't garner any sympathy for her and her actions often made me say "What the heck??"
The romance in this book is practically unmentioned. Nealy meets the hero in the first part of the book, barely interacts with him during the entire "part 1" and the two are married at the end. Part 2 opens with basically "Oh yeah, Hunt died and actually his and Nealy's relationship wasn't really love, he was having affairs and didn't deserve her." Uhh... what??!
It's also obvious that Fern Michaels knows practically nothing about horses.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time Dec 3 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This has to be one of the worst books i have ever read. Her plot is seriously lacking in real content, her characters are shallow and one dimentional and her writing is crude and predictable. I found none of her characters well planned out, especially the focus Nealy, who comes of as cold, unknowledgable and arogant.
Fern Michaels reaseach is seriously lacking as well. There is no way of knowing the running ability of a newborn foal. And what happened to the prep races for the derby?? Plus the idea of breeding in a 'family' is not only 'unorthadox' it's absurd. Horses do not form families (ie mother, father, child) naturally, they form herds in which a stallion is dominant over several mares. After the colts are old enough to survive on their own, the stallion chases the off, as to eliminate compition. A stallion could care less whether his offsping did wells at the track or not. And there is not way that you would bring the parents of a three year old race horse to the track with it.
Racing fans:if you'd like a wonderfully written book that is well researched try Horse Heaven by Jane Smiley.
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2.0 out of 5 stars An okay story, but... Nov. 28 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
...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 thrown in the mix more than half-way through. It was very confusing!
The other problem I had with this book was the multiple plots and climaxes. Nealy's young, the Kentucky Derby is a big deal, that whole story line climaxes and is resolved in a few pages. On to the next, and the next, and the next. All the characters end up being underdeveloped and shallow, sometimes doing things you wouldn't expect (would her daughter REALLY have hidden out for a week after the problem on the cruise? It just doesn't fit the character!).
The story was interesting, but there were just too many flaws. I won't be returning for the rest of this trilogy.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Written for teenagers, not adults Oct. 29 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Despite enjoying some of Michaels' other books, I found this to be very disappointing. The entire plot is just too goody-goody and predictable. The caliber of writing is at about the 8th grade level, and the overall quality of this book in terms of plot, depth, and style is best for teenage readers.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Bland Sept. 29 2002
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I haven't read any of her books before so it might have counted against it but I didn't really enjoy this book. The plot is quite cliched and I thought way too much of the plot was carried off in conversations. Overall, there wasn't much fluency and the writing wasn't that good. I thought it was a bit unbelievable from being able to adopt Nealy and Emmie right down to winning the races. I guess that's what you calll fiction. Anyway, I have read better books. I can safely say it was a waste.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love Wins the Race
This is my first Fern Michaels book and it won't be my last. Hailing originally from Baltimore, the home of the Preakness, I grew up loving the sport but from afar. Read more
Published on Sept. 20 2002 by Terry Bennett
3.0 out of 5 stars Michaels begins a new trilogy...
Nealy Coleman Diamond has returned home to SunStar after having fled 30 years ago with her illegitimate daughter. Read more
Published on Aug. 11 2002 by Mimmi
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
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 more
Published on June 24 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars Kentucky Rich
As a professional in the thoroughbred racing and breeding industry, I was horrified at the inaccuracies and absurdities portrayed in this book. Ms. Read more
Published on May 24 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Colemans and Thorntons the never ending saga goes on!
In another great narrative chronology, Fern Michaels weaves the saga of the Coleman-Thornton families into Kentucky and the arena of thoroughbred horseracing. Read more
Published on May 22 2002 by J Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars New York Times Best Seller
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 more
Published on May 18 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read
I'm a native Kentuckian and have been around horse farms and horses all my life. This book was so right on it made me homesick for Kentucky. Read more
Published on May 15 2002
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