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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington Pub Corp (T) (October 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073942985X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739429853
  • ASIN: 1575667630
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 15.3 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,036,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

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.
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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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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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By Susie Rigsby on Nov. 20 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is my first Fern Michaels novel to read. I purchased the book because I live close to Kentucky and I enjoy novels involving horses and dogs. This one looked like a winner to me after reading the book cover. I thought the ending was a little strange. Not many people will dig up the remains from out of the graves, horses or human. Still, it was her story so to each their own. I could feel the characters and the pain of Emmie. I could also understand the perfectionist in Nealy. But more than anything, I enjoyed the plot and thought the story flowed very well. Family situations like this one that Michaels wrote about actually does exist in the world today, so it was a believable story to me. I think perhaps when reading a work of fiction, one should take into consideration that the words are only fiction and concentrate on the story. We may not the like the characters, or care for the outcome, but if the story is good and you can feel the emotion...want to keep turning the page, then Michaels has accomplished what she set out to do...write a good story. I'll be checking the library for some of her other works. I, for one, do recommend "Kentucky Sunrise" for a good read.
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Format: Hardcover
Nealy Clay Littletree accompanied by her new husband Hatch, returns to Blue Diamond Farms, currently run by her daughter Emmie Coleman. However, Nealy is disappointed with the poor conditions of the horse farm and appalled over the thoroughbred chosen to represent Blue Diamond at the Derby. Being a half owner along with Emmie, Nealy begins efforts to invigorate Blue Diamond into her the operation.

Emmie resents her mother's cavalier attitude and interference. A rivalry that somewhat existed before Nealy's arrival with Emmie trying to outdo her mother's success explodes into full war between the two relatives. Ultimately, the business cannot go on like this and a final confrontation between mother and daughter over who runs Blue Diamond is imminent with their personal relationship on the line as well.

The final tale of Fern Michaels' Kentucky trilogy is an exciting relationship drama that focuses on the poignancy of two women who love one another yet perhaps love the farm more. This leads to an unhealthy competition for top dog (horse?) in what may prove to be a destructive relationship if they are not more sensitive to the other's feelings. The story line is typical of Ms. Michaels' extended Texas-Vegas-Kentucky orb and many of the same characters appear in this novel adding to the enjoyment of fans, but also takes a trots down a surprising track.

Harriet Klausner
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Format: Hardcover
I picked up Kentucky Sunrise at the library hoping to find a new author I would enjoy. I am a Kentucky girl and grew up around horses. I will say that Ms Michaels knows horses but she left me utterly confused about the motivation of her human characters. Maybe I need to read the preceding stories so that I will understand why the characters behave the way they do, but the plot development in this book was very difficult to follow. And the epilogue at the end made absolutely no sense unless it was the setting for the next book in the series. I am not motivated to go and read the first two books in this series and would not recommend Kentucky Sunrise.
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By A Customer on Jan. 18 2004
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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