Irish Thoroughbred (Irish Hearts Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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The first book in the Irish Legacy trilogy—and the first book ever published by #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts.


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For Adelia “Dee” Cunnane, her uncle’s invitation is a dream come true. He wants her to come to America to work with him at one of the ...

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Overview

The first book in the Irish Legacy trilogy—and the first book ever published by #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts.


AVAILABLE DIGITALLY FOR THE FIRST TIME



For Adelia “Dee” Cunnane, her uncle’s invitation is a dream come true. He wants her to come to America to work with him at one of the most respected stables in the country. Starting as a groomer puts Dee in constant contact with the horses she loves—as well as Travis Grant, the stable’s proud owner. And as the lush Maryland horse country begins to work its charms on Dee, so does Travis, pulling her into a turbulent passion with unexpected consequences…


Irish Thoroughbred includes teasers for the Irish Legacy novels, Irish Rose (Book Two) and Irish Rebel (Book Three).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101589182
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/10/2012
  • Series: Irish Hearts Series , #1
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 162
  • Sales rank: 9,979
  • File size: 502 KB

Meet the Author

Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 190 novels. She is also the author of the bestselling futuristic suspense series written under the pen name J. D. Robb. There are more than 400 million copies of her books in print.

Biography

Not only has Nora Roberts written more bestsellers than anyone else in the world (according to Publishers Weekly), she’s also created a hybrid genre of her own: the futuristic detective romance. And that’s on top of mastering every subgenre in the romance pie: the family saga, the historical, the suspense novel. But this most prolific and versatile of authors might never have tapped into her native talent if it hadn't been for one fateful snowstorm.

As her fans well know, in 1979 a blizzard trapped Roberts at home for a week with two bored little kids and a dwindling supply of chocolate. To maintain her sanity, Roberts started scribbling a story -- a romance novel like the Harlequin paperbacks she'd recently begun reading. The resulting manuscript was rejected by Harlequin, but that didn't matter to Roberts. She was hooked on writing. Several rejected manuscripts later, her first book was accepted for publication by Silhouette.

For several years, Roberts wrote category romances for Silhouette -- short books written to the publisher's specifications for length, subject matter and style, and marketed as part of a series of similar books. Roberts has said she never found the form restrictive. "If you write in category, you write knowing there's a framework, there are reader expectations," she explained. "If this doesn't suit you, you shouldn't write it. I don't believe for one moment you can write well what you wouldn't read for pleasure."

Roberts never violated the reader's expectations, but she did show a gift for bringing something fresh to the romance formula. Her first book, Irish Thoroughbred (1981), had as its heroine a strong-willed horse groom, in contrast to the fluttering young nurses and secretaries who populated most romances at the time. But Roberts's books didn't make significant waves until 1985, when she published Playing the Odds, which introduced the MacGregor clan. It was the first bestseller of many.

Roberts soon made a name for herself as a writer of spellbinding multigenerational sagas, creating families like the Scottish MacGregors, the Irish Donovans and the Ukrainian Stanislaskis. She also began working on romantic suspense novels, in which the love story unfolds beneath a looming threat of violence or disaster. She grew so prolific that she outstripped her publishers' ability to print and market Nora Roberts books, so she created an alter ego, J.D. Robb. Under the pseudonym, she began writing romantic detective novels set in the future. By then, millions of readers had discovered what Publishers Weekly called her "immeasurable diversity and talent."

Although the style and substance of her books has grown, Roberts remains loyal to the genre that launched her career. As she says, "The romance novel at its core celebrates that rush of emotions you have when you are falling in love, and it's a lovely thing to relive those feelings through a book."

Good To Know

Roberts still lives in the same Maryland house she occupied when she first started writing -- though her carpenter husband has built on some additions. She and her husband also own Turn the Page Bookstore Café in Boonsboro, Maryland. When Roberts isn't busy writing, she likes to drop by the store, which specializes in Civil War titles as well as autographed copies of her own books.

Roberts sued fellow writer Janet Dailey in 1997, accusing her of plagiarizing numerous passages of her work over a period of years. Dailey paid a settlement and publicly apologized, blaming stress and a psychological disorder for her misconduct.

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    1. Also Known As:
      J. D. Robb; Sarah Hardesty; Jill March; Eleanor Marie Robertson (birth name)
    2. Hometown:
      Keedysville, Maryland
    1. Date of Birth:
      1950
    2. Place of Birth:
      Silver Spring, Maryland

Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2012

    Regarding IRISH THOROUGHBRED by Nora Roberts

    I would have been pleased to write a review for Irish Thoroughbred, as I am both Irish, a lover of thoroughbreds and a Nora Roberts reader. I say I WOULD have been pleased to write had I been given the 17pg. sample that I was offered, and accepted.However what posed as a sample of the written book was nothing more than a LIST of published and planned works: no pages 1-17 of her writing nor book content. B&N... please give what you offer so that we may truly SAMPLE, hopefully enjoy, and then honestly review the book offered.NBC. Orange, CA. Avid reader,occasional writer, and new to all things ebook ~ except the written word. Thank you.

    16 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2012

    Useless sample

    I agree with others about the sample. There effectively isn't one. There is literally not one page of the story, only all the mumbo jumbo that comes before it. Please put part of a chapter in.

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2001

    A Stunning Story

    Nora Roberts book, Irish Thouroughbred, was, without a doubt, one of the best romance novels I will ever read. She masterfully weaves the story of an Irish woman who has lost everything she has ever known and is coming to America to live with her uncle on a horse farm. I won't tell any more here, so you won't have the surprise spoiled (I hate it when people do that). You had better read this book!

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2012

    Not a smart free sample

    Not one page was actually from the book, if i can read one page why would I be interested in buying it!

    10 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2012

    Where's the sample...

    I expect to read something besides credits & other titles. You need to fix this. I never buy anything before reading the sample.

    9 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2012

    YAY!!!!!

    This is 1 of my all time favorites... Thank you for adding this and the other 2 to my NOOK Collection!!! Excellent book ...

    8 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    Good story line. Very well written. A great summer read.

    Good story line. Very well written. A great summer read.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2012

    Old,old

    I have to agree with others who complain that the "sample" is not a sample. It also annoys me that B&N does not include the publishing history. At least for me, I'm less likely to buy because I don't get complete information

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2012

    Lame

    A trite, boring story...

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2005

    Wonderful and Fabulous

    FASHIONABLE DELIGHTFUL BEAUTIFUL WONDERFUL FABULOUS AMAZING GOOD FUL LOVILY BOOK I LOVE IT IT'S A VERY GOOD BOOK IT'S WONDERFFUL BOOK LIKE OTHER'S NORA ROBERTS'S BOOKS ALL OF THEM.

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2012

    Highly recommend

    Enjoyed entire series

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2012

    highly recommended

    This trilogy, Irish Thoroughbred, Irish Rebel and Irish Rose were absolutely enjoyable to read. I love ALL Nora Roberts books but these I just did not want to put down and wished it would just keep going for thousands of pages. I look forward to all her new books.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2012

    Wonder ful book

    Very well written. Irish hearts is my favorite sires

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2012

    Loved It!

    This was an excellent book! I highly recommend it to anyone! My only hang up was that it was very short.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2012

    great read for adults

    great read for adults

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    I read all three.

    I loved this book and read all three, I am now reading another series
    from the same author.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2012

    Irish incomplete

    Good storyline I enjoyed. It seemed some pages were missing however.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2014

    While slightly dated, this book is a solid read. I read it in p

    While slightly dated, this book is a solid read. I read it in print years ago. Because it is Nora Roberts first published book, I bought it digitally for nostalgic reasons. My comments are mostly directed at the other reviewers....
    Why are any of you reviewing a book you haven't yet read? I understand the "sample" may have not been what you hoped--shame on BN for being lazy. However, the book review portion of this website is just that...for book reviews. Take your comments and suggestions about the website to BN's customers service and don't mess up the ratings systems please. Those of us who use the ratings system to list potential reads are not interested in your review of a sample or of the website. We're interested in thoughtful book reviews.
    Secondly, a year ago, I may have agreed with some of the comments about ebook publication dates not being clear when there is a reprint--but no longer and certainly not about Nora's books. She has posted a lot of info on her own website about reprints and ensure this information has been made available on her newest ebook reprints. Her ebook covers and descriptions now contain phrases like "Nora Roberts First Book" and "previously printed under xxx name or date or publisher." BN is only going to put the publication date of this version of the book under publication date. That is standard. Because there's no inner cover for us to read in an ebook, it is up to the buyer to do a minimal amount of research. Apparently it's not only BN who is lazy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2014

    Rediculous Sample

    It does not even have any of the story! Only author brag pages. Horrible. Certainly does not encourage me to consider buying the book. Plus: the "Rate and Review" pop up window forced me to give it at least one star before it allowed me to post my comment! Shameful marketing strategy......

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2014

    Highly recommended

    The entire sequel was very good. Normally the 1st book is very good, then the 2nd book falls short in expectations. That wasn't the case, I am happy to say. I couldn't put the book down! HAPPY READING!

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