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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Abridged edition (Sept. 30 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441808159
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441808158
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 13.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,573,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By V. Walker on 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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By Kala on Jan. 22 2004
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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By A Customer on Dec 3 2002
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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By A Customer on Nov. 28 2002
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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By A Customer on Oct. 29 2002
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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By A Customer on Sept. 29 2002
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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