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Title:
Kentucky sunrise
Author:
Michaels, Fern.
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Publication Information:
New York, NY : Kensington Books, 2002.
Physical Description:
295 pages ; 25 cm
General Note:
Sequel to: Kentucky heat.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781575667638
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Book

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times Bestseller. When it come to horses, Nealy is never satisfied. Nobody can measure up to her standards as a trainer, not even her daughter, Emmie, who now runs the family's famous stables, Blue Diamond Farms. 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. Nealy's determined not to let Emmie's poor judgment undermine the reputation of the business she worked so hard to build. Now with the ghost of the past haunting them both, Emmie and Nealy engage in an unstoppable rivalry -- no matter what the dangers, no matter what the costs.


Author Notes

Fern Michaels is the pseudonym for Mary Ruth Kuczkir. She was born on April 9, 1933, and grew up in Hasting, Pennsylvania.

Michaels is an American author of romance and thriller novels, including at least 90 bestselling books with more than 150 million copies in print. Her USA Today and New York Times bestselling books include Family Blessings, Pretty Woman, Crown Jewel, Take Down and About Face. She writes the Texas quartet, the Captive series, and The Sisterhood series.

(Bowker Author Biography) Fern Michaels has been writing novels for twenty-five years. She has written sixty-seven books, many of which have been "New York Times" bestsellers. She lives in South Carolina.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Booklist Review

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.


Publisher's Weekly Review

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. (Oct. 1) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved