Kentucky Rich

Kentucky Rich

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by Fern Michaels

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New York Times bestelling author Fern Michaels took readers on an emotionally rewarding journey when she created the Colemans and Thorntons, the unforgettable American families of her TEXAS and VEGAS series. Now, the next generation of Colemans and Thorntons are back in an exciting new trilogy that combines the heady thrills of Kentucky horse racing with


New York Times bestelling author Fern Michaels took readers on an emotionally rewarding journey when she created the Colemans and Thorntons, the unforgettable American families of her TEXAS and VEGAS series. Now, the next generation of Colemans and Thorntons are back in an exciting new trilogy that combines the heady thrills of Kentucky horse racing with strong, accomplished women who fight for their dreams. Kentucky Rich

Josh Coleman left behind the unfinished family business when he took to his deathbed at SunStar, the thoroughbred horse farm he'd built from nothing. But now that unfinished business cannot be ignored—because his long-lost daughter has come back to settle an old score.

Nealy Coleman no longer resembles the teenaged waif who slipped away the middle of the night with her illegitimate child, Emmie, thirty years ago. This Nealy is rich, sophisticated, and renowned in the racing world—a woman to be reckoned with.

Nealy's shocking return will change everything for her two brothers, Pyne and Rhy; for her daughter, Emmie; and for all the Thorntons and Colemans, who have strong connections with SunStar. And when the truth about her father and a family's troubled past is revealed, Nealy will find herself faced with the greatest challenges of her life—challenges that will test her courage in unexpected ways and reveal what is truly important.

In Kentucky Rich, Fern Michaels surpasses herself once again, with a novel as rich and lush as the Kentucky bluegrass country itself. . .a story of stunning power that ushers in an extraordinary new trilogy.

Editorial Reviews
Nealy Coleman was only 17 and deathly ill when she took her baby, Emmie, and fled into a snowstorm before her father could carry out his threat to send her little girl to an orphanage. Fate guided them to Maud Diamond's stud farm, where Nealy's sad story and her talent for working with horses earned her a place in the old woman's heart and convinced Maud that Nealy alone could chose the right mare and stallion to produce the farm's third Kentucky Derby winner. That's just the beginning of Nealy's amazing journey as she makes a place for herself in the dynamic and demanding world of horse racing, finds and loses love, acquires wealth and polish, and finally comes to terms with her father and family, too.
Publishers Weekly
Continuing the saga of the Colemans and the Thorntons as recounted in Texas and Vegas, this latest novel puts the next generation center stage and is the first in a projected new trilogy. Thirty years after escaping her father's repressive Virginia home with her illegitimate daughter, Nealy Coleman Diamond returns to his deathbed, scrabbling to find answers to why Josh Coleman was so hateful and abusive. In the intervening period, she's become a woman of means, succeeding in the man's world of thoroughbred racing in Kentucky. Once all the secrets have been revealed and she's taken revenge on the scoundrel who impregnated her, will Nealy be free to find true love at last? As usual with Michaels's sagas, the characters range from the kindhearted to the blackhearted, with scarcely any halftones between. The plot verges on the melodramatic, but it moves too quickly to pall. It helps for readers to be interested in racing, since Michaels knows her Secretariat from her Man O'War. The audience for her previous works is probably waiting at the starting gate for this one. Doubleday and Rhapsody Book Clubs featured alternate; Literary Guild alternate; author tour; Brilliance Audio. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
This riveting tale begins with Nealy Coleman's declaration, "I came here to see you die," to her bedridden father shortly before his death. The story then flashes back 30 years to her life as an abused 17-year-old single mother and Josh Coleman's threat to send two-year-old Emmie to an orphanage. His threat resulted in his daughter and granddaughter running away to Kentucky, where they find a home at the Blue Diamond Farm. Laural Merlington provides an excellent reading of this tearjerker, handling male, female, and announcer voices and Southern accents with equal ease and proficiency. Her delivery is evenly paced, and each character's voice is easily distinguishable. This professionally produced program is highly recommended for all public and academic libraries. Laurie Selwyn, Law Lib., Grayson Cty., Sherman, TX Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

Publication date:
Kentucky Series , #1
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.05(d)

Meet the Author

FERN MICHAELS is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of the Sisterhood series, Mr. and Miss Anonymous, Up Close and Personal, and dozens of other novels and novellas. There are over seventy million copies of her books in print. Fern Michaels has built and funded several large day-care centers in her hometown, and is apassionate animal lover who has outfitted police dogs across the country with special bulletproof vests. She shares her home in South Carolina with her four dogs and a resident ghost named Mary Margaret.

Brief Biography

Summerville, South Carolina
Place of Birth:
Hastings, Pennsylvania
High School

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4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book! I chose it because I like to read books that have Horses and ranch life in them. At first is was alittle hard to understand the family tree but Fern Michaels writing is so outstanding. You become so invested in these characters you feel like you know them. I did realize after I read this book that there is another series called the Texas Series and if you read those first then you will get the Kentucky Series family tree a lot better. I LOVE these books. Fern Michaels has me for a fan for life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Over thirty years ago, teenage Nealy Coleman fled her family Virginia home because she never felt welcome there and with an illegitimate infant she felt less welcome. Her father treated Nealy and her two brothers with abuse and contempt. For the next three decades, she never set foot on Coleman land, especially avoiding the SunStar thoroughbred farm. Nealy has become successful in thoroughbred racing in Kentucky.

Now her sire Josh is dying and Nealy is back to dance on his grave. However, first she must fix the legal miasma Josh and her two siblings failed to avoid when no will or estate planning occurred. Then there is the matter of dealing her way with the stud who left her pregnant three decades ago. Finally, there is the ¿extended¿ family who comes to pay their last respects or is that to get paid.

Fern Michaels fans will enjoy her latest tale in her Coleman-Thornton novels from the starting line to the final tape as she begins a new Triple Crown winner. The story line is filled with emotion as the key cast battles within themselves and among one another over events that mostly happened years ago. The characters show no range of feelings, displaying one dominant trait. For instances, 200 proof nasty highlights Josh¿s personality even on his deathbed while stupidity is the mindset of the two brothers who somehow know nothing about their successful sister in the same line of business. Still readers of the best selling author¿s Vegas and Texas series will enjoy the ride.

Harriet Klausner

Tantus_Amor_Scribendi More than 1 year ago
Call me a book snob, but Kentucky Rich by Fern Michaels was one of the most difficult books for me to get through--and not in a good way. The character development was weak, parts of the character's story glossed over and recapped, while other parts expanded on that had no real importance to the story... All around, the plot was stretched so thin that it was not worth reading. It seemed almost like Michaels was trying to stick too much into the book, causing the plot to suffer gravely as a result. In addition to the above, there was so much head-hopping from one character to another in the same scene, that it was really inexcusable. Too many minor characters became point of view characters for too short a time so that I could not care for any of them, including Nealy, the main character. In my humble opinion, don't waste your money or time on this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Grabs your interest right away! Great story about triumph over a bad childhood and success in the racing business. Anxious to read the next one in line!
tchrtutorjan More than 1 year ago
Thanks so much for adding this to the Nook color -- I read all 3 sets in hardbound and paperback but now that I have a nook was really wanting them on it! Just got the Kentucky Series == Hope Texas & Vegas are available soon! Plan to reread them on my nook now (gave books away to my mom & she loved them to!). Once again, THANKS SO MUCH & God Bless!
pumpkinJM More than 1 year ago
It took me 2 days to read this book I couldn't put it down. I love Fern's books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I very much enjoyed reading this book. I would highly recommend this book.
samieOH More than 1 year ago
She has to be one of my favorite author yet!!!!!
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The two silver foxes walk in. Mercury dropped two rabbits and a vole then he left following Steel. ~/~
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Will you give me to the foxes? Im scared
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Excellent descriptions of all charactors. Great book!
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I read this book very fast. I found it hard to put down. Kept me looking to the second in the series. I can't wait to get my hands on Kentucky Sunrise, the final in this series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is so seldam I cry when reading a book,but the tears were there so many times when reading 'Kentucky Rich'. How close to true life,the suffering Nealy went through at age 17. I would like to believe her Father was an exception to the way Father's are really like. The life Nealy had with Maud and Jess was beautiful. The strength she gathered through them really told her whole story with Emmie and Nick to the culmination with Ken. A story that can be read again and again. Thanks to Fern Michaels Sincerely Betty J. Courtney
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thoroughbred horse owner Nealy Coleman makes it clear that she will not tolerate any misbehavior when it comes to her beloved horses. She estranges herself from her two adult children after she believes their recent actions belie her basic tenet of life that the horses must come first. Thus, she fires Emmie and Nick, tossing them both off the farm.

Attorney Hatch Littletree visits Nealy¿s Blue Diamond spread where the next generation of Triple Crown winners is being birthed. Hatch provides Nealy solace at a time in which she feels so alone after the ¿betrayal¿ of her children. However, as their attraction grows, will Nealy do what she always does with human love, push it aside if it interferes with her steeds?

Fan of Fern Michaels long running Vegas-Texas-Kentucky tales will relish the latest installment, KENTUCKY HEAT. Nealy remains a complex character struggling with a lack of balance in her life as her only happiness comes from winning horse races until Hatch enters her life. Though entertaining, the story line fails to expand the Michaels mythos by adding anything new. Still readers will enjoy the newest Kentucky tale that shows the author¿s ability to provide an engaging character study.

Harriet Klausner

Guest More than 1 year ago
I really like this book and can't wait for the next one in the series. I couldn't put it down. I am from Kentucky and loved seeing a book that tells about how beautiful it is.The World of horse racing is not all glamor and the story refelected that and the hardships families face when they are estranged.