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From Publishers Weekly
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.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
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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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."
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.Read more ›
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.
What Nealy doesn't plan on is having to face legal snafu's caused by her father's lack of a will, and her bumbling brothers. And the long line of folks who seem to be lining up at the door waiting to get paid, and to pay their last respects...
Fern Michaels has long been known for her family sagas, and those who are familiar with her Texas and Vegas trilogy's will be thrilled with the Kentucky series. While Ms. Michaels pulls us through a whole range of emotions, the characters weren't as real life as I thought they could be, and I have to admit that I was disappointed in the romance in the book, what little there was of it. However, it was a good solid story, and gives a terrific insight into the life of horse racing, the thrills and chills to be experienced. Being a Kentuckian myself, I have to say she did a wonderful job on the descriptions of the state and the horse country. For those who love sagas, you'll enjoy this book. But if you're looking for a true romance, this isn't it.
Most recent customer reviews
...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