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Kentucky Sunrise [Hardcover]

Fern Michaels
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October 2002
Kentucky Sunrise finds Nealy once again hellbent on producing a Derby winner and on showing the world that she's not a quitter. Newly married to lawyer Hatch Littletree, and with her daughter Emmie running the family's famous stables, Blue Diamond Farms, Nealy should finally be content. But returning to Blue Diamond Farms for a family reunion sends Nealy reeling. Emmie has let the farm slide, and she has picked a small, gutsy colt to send to the Derby - a nice horse, but clearly the wrong one. Suddenly Nealy is back in the game, ready to prove she's not too old to back a winner - even if it means taking on another colt as her personal project. Nealy's determined not to let Emmie's poor judgment undermine the reputation of the business she worked so hard to build. But the damage to her relationship with her daughter may be irreparable, until a stranger walks into her life, holding out the promise of hope for the future.
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Prolific novelist Michaels completes the saga of the Coleman and Thornton families with this follow-up to Kentucky Rich and Kentucky Heat. She focuses on the relationship between Nealy Coleman, a one-time runaway unwed mother who became the indomitable horsewoman-proprietor of Blue Diamond Farms, and her daughter, Emmie. Nealy's prestigious stables were run with a perfectionist's firm hand until her recent marriage to lawyer Hatch Littletree left Emmie in charge. Emmie not only fails to keep up appearances at the farm but also chooses the wrong horse to train for the Derby, where there'll be a mammoth family reunion. Mother and daughter's lifelong rivalry suddenly becomes a struggle for control of the family estate. Emmie, who inherited her mother's strong will, is battling an undiagnosed illness and a secret fear of losing custody of her own child. When she finds out she has rheumatoid arthritis, she goes for an extended stay at the Rehabilitation Center in Las Vegas, founded by her aunt Fanny. Nealy abandons retirement to try and reestablish the reputation of her beloved stables. Another familial crisis surfaces when Willow, Nealy's ex-daughter-in-law, is wanted on a murder charge and demands that Hatch's law firm represent her. When Emmie returns to Kentucky, the power struggle turns ugly. There is, of course, a stunning Derby day climax. Long on action, colorful dialogue and coincidence but short on subtle characterizations and sense of place, the book will satisfy Michaels's many fans, if not win her new ones. Featured alternate selection of the Doubleday and Rhapsody Book Clubs, alternate selection of the Literary Guild; audio rights to Brilliance Audio.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Nealy Coleman Diamond Clay Littletree returns to Blue Diamond Farms in Kentucky, where her life as a world-famous breeder and jockey began, only to find the farm she entrusted to her daughter, Emmie, has fallen into disrepair. Stricken with rheumatoid arthritis, Emmie goes off to rehab, while her mother assumes the reigns of management, and soon the women are in thorny conflict over the prospect of two new horses as well as differences of character. Emmie believes that she can never be her mother, an assessment Nealy agrees with, thinking that her daughter has never worked hard enough to achieve all that she has, while Nealy has had to scrape and claw for every success. Nealy also has her somewhat distant husband and son to worry about while all this is going on. The third installment of Michaels' Kentucky horse opera is billed as the conclusion, but there are enough lose ends for another title in this popular series. Patty Engelmann
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Valentine Feb. 15 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I read The Shoemakers Wife and wanted to try another of her books. This is the first in a series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Someone Have Said 'No Thanks'? June 20 2007
By Judy R
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Wow, every single character in this series was a coffee addict! Nah, scratch that, every single character in this series was the same character! They all had the same likes and dislikes, they all spoke the same, all were topic jumpers. Conversations did not flow, everyone spoke in the same 'tone'. How do you like a series of books where you don't like any of the main characters.

The racing scenes improved with the second and third books, she must have read the reviews for the first, but still weren't great. I've never heard of a racehorse owner who races a horse in only three races then retires them to stud and expects to get top notch stud fees when her horse only ran in and won three races! Yeah, they said that there was a loophole to get around running preliminaries and just going straight to Derby, but you have to get your horse ready for the track it's racing on, ready to run against 18 other horses, ready for the crowds, etc.

I didn't feel sorry for any of the characters with any of their dilemas, I felt more like they deserved what they got. Nealy, the main character, was immature and nasty to everyone around her. Emmie, her daughter, was like a seven year old child throughout the entire series, a major screw up and a major disappointment. All the characters just seemed really two dimensional, immature, and snobby rich people.

Let's not forget the paragraphs I skipped due to the explaination of every detail of every food that was served for dinner, how it was made, how good it was, etc. If I want that, I'll read a cookbook!

I doubt I'll ever pick up another Fern Michaels book seeing that these three, while a quick read, bored me to death and had me guffawing and rolling my eyes constantly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kentucky Sunrise June 17 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I LOVE this series!! If you started with the Texas series, instead of this book, which is the last book in the series, I think you will find that these characters have a lot of depth and you become very involved with their lives. Once I started, I could not put these books down!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Series Feb. 14 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I never thought about it but after I read the reviews, I guess someone who hadn't read the entire series might be lost but this is one of the best series of book I have ever read. If you start at the beginning with the Texas series the books are fantastic.
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1.0 out of 5 stars AWFUL ... don't waste your money Jan. 18 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is terrible. The characters are scattered and impossible to follow, the plot (what plot?) is horribly scripted, and it's a complete waste of money and time. I'd been considering reading it for some time, and now I'm sorry I spent money on it.
If you're looking for a good horse story/mystery read Tami Hoag's DARK HORSE. Tami Hoag KNOWS horses ... she's an avid competitor herself. Fern Michaels obviously knows nothing about horses or horse racing. She'd be better off writing Harlequin Romance novels ... they are short and it would be much less painful.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Kentucky Sunrise Nov. 20 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I picked this book up to read while i stayed at the beach. It was very hard to follow, as i havent read the others, and rather well i dunno kinda boring. i love horses and racing more than anything in the world and it is rather obvious that the author doesnt know much about either subject. It seemed kinda repetitive and something about the story bothered me deeply...but im not sure what. if you want great horse reading buy Seabiscuit by laura H. it is a beatufully written story and interesting to follow!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Won't be reading the rest of the series! Aug. 22 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I only bought this book because of the horse racing connection. My guess is that the author has never been to a horse race in her life, much less done any adequate research on training and what it takes to become a jockey. Even for the reader without any knowledge of the horse racing industry, this is a very poorly written book, the ending is something a child would come up with, the characters evoke no emotion whatsoever from the reader, and their development is non-existent.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Awful Aug. 20 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
No empathy for the characters, no knowledge of horses or horse racing and the book was difficult to follow.
Do not read this book if you love horses or horse racing. It has little to do with any of it and it is very obvious that Fern did not do much research into either.
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