Kentucky Sunrise Hardcover – Oct 2002
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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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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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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