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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great novel! Nov. 20 2002
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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4.0 out of 5 stars exciting relationship drama Sept. 30 2002
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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1.0 out of 5 stars First Time Reader Disappointed Oct. 29 2002
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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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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2.0 out of 5 stars Horse Knowledge?? July 29 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I agree with some of the other reviews.
There is hardly any empathy for any of the characters, especially for one of the main characters at the end of the book. Oh, and horse knowledge? There is no way a Kentucky Derby would end as it did here. I don't want to give it away...but for starters, lets just say a horse does not cross over a finish line..but under a finish wire.
The line of characters was also confusing, but I eventually figured it out.
However if you are like me, a book with horses in it at all keeps me entertained.
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3.0 out of 5 stars NO MOTHER LOVE HERE! Oct. 31 2002
By A Customer
The book was typical Fern Michaels. I have enjoyed all of them. This book ended strangely, I thought, with Nealy packing up the bodies of her dead horses....and dead husband....and moving away.
I can't believe she was so mean spirited towards her daughter, just because she didn't do things her mothers' way.
I was horrified with the epilogue. What mother would not try to understand her daughter, and finally give her the love she deserved. Just because she didn't want to run a race, she left her. Nealy was a b...h.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The best trilogy I have read in a long time Every book as interesting captivating as the one before.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Someone Have Said 'No Thanks'?
Wow, every single character in this series was a coffee addict! Nah, scratch that, every single character in this series was the same character! Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kentucky Sunrise
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... Read more
Published on June 17 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Series
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. Read more
Published on Feb. 13 2004 by Carol L. Riegel
1.0 out of 5 stars Won't be reading the rest of the series!
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... Read more
Published on Aug. 22 2003 by I. Scobie
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
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. Read more
Published on Aug. 20 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars Also not a fan
This is the first Fern Michaels book I've read, just picked it up on a whim. Absolutely no depth to the characters! Very hard to follow. Read more
Published on Aug. 11 2003 by Constance Sutter
3.0 out of 5 stars great summer read
This was a great trilogy. Fern Michaels did a great job intertwining the Thortons and the Colemans from her previous two trilogies. Read more
Published on July 30 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a Fan of this one!
Kentucky Sunrise follows the families of Kentucky through another run at the Derby. I found the story hard to follow and the characters did not have any depth. Read more
Published on July 20 2003 by P. Hyde
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