Kentucky Rich

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Overview

Nealy Coleman is no longer the troubled teenager who slipped away from home thirty years ago with her illegitimate child. She's now rich, sophisticated and renowned in the racing world. And she's come back to SunStar, her family's thoroughbred horse farm to confront the secrets of her past.

Nealy's shocking return will change everything for her two brothers; for her daughter, Emmie; and for all the Thorntons and Colemans who have connections to SunStar. As the truth about her ...

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Overview

Nealy Coleman is no longer the troubled teenager who slipped away from home thirty years ago with her illegitimate child. She's now rich, sophisticated and renowned in the racing world. And she's come back to SunStar, her family's thoroughbred horse farm to confront the secrets of her past.

Nealy's shocking return will change everything for her two brothers; for her daughter, Emmie; and for all the Thorntons and Colemans who have connections to SunStar. As the truth about her family 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.

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780821772348
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Series: Kentucky Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 217,343
  • Product dimensions: 4.38 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Fern Michaels
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.

Biography

Born Mary Ruth Kuczkir in Hastings, Pennsylvania, Fern Michaels was married and the mother of five before she embarked on her long, successful writing career – a career that began with something midway between a challenge and a command. When her youngest child went off to kindergarten, Michaels's husband imperiously ordered her (in just so many words) to get off her ass and get a job. Long years in the domestic trenches had left her short on marketable skills, so she decided trade off her lifelong love of reading and write a book. Just like that. The domineering, unsupportive husband is history. And Michaels has gone on to pen bestselling romance after bestselling romance. Just like that..

With typical modesty, Michaels does not claim to be a great writer; however, she admits proudly to being a born storyteller. Her bulging bookshelf proves she is all over the map, producing with equal facility hot historicals, lighthearted contemporary capers, adrenaline-laced thrillers, and heartwarming tales of family and friendship. She is especially adept at writing stories about women who prevail in hard times – a reflection, perhaps, of her own struggles in her marriage and early career.

Raised to believe that the fortunate in life have an obligation to give back, Michaels devotes a lot of time to philanthropic concerns. She has established a foundation that grants four-year scholarships to needy students and has set up pre-schools and daycare centers for single mothers. She is also an avid animal lover and has been known to own as many as five dogs at a time.

In 1993, Michaels picked up stakes and moved from her home in New Jersey to a 300-year-old plantation house in Charleston, South Carolina. She and the dogs share the house amicably with a friendly ghost whom Fern has dubbed Mary Margaret. In addition to stopping clocks and moving pillows from room to room, Mary Margaret has been known to occasionally leave flowers on Michaels's nightstand!

Good To Know

Michaels confesses in our interview: "I'm a junk food junkie and a chocoholic. My desk drawers have more junk food in them than paper and pens. I chomp and chew all day long. At night I get up and eat Marshmallow Fluff right out of the jar. In between eating, I write."

Her first "sort of, kind of job" was in market research. Michaels recounts the gig's low-point in our interview: "I had a partner and we were testing a new pressurized drain cleaner. All you had to do was put this can in the drain, squeeze and supposedly the drain would open right up. It did, all right.

"The whole wall collapsed, and stuff that was in there for a hundred years flew everywhere. The lady didn't tell us the drain backed up to her kitchen drain and disposal. The company didn't care that we smelled like a sewer or that our clothes were ruined. The lady got a new bathroom, and we both got fired."

Michaels reveals some of her sources of inspiration: "Inspiration comes from everywhere. The title for Finders Keepers came from a cartoon with two chipmunks that my grandson was watching. I had a title but no story. I finally came up with one to fit that wonderful title.

"Names for characters sometime come from television. I had a character named Metaxis which is odd to begin with. There is a news anchor on T.V. who has that same last name. Sometimes it will just be a word someone says in passing, something I read or saw. There's no rhyme or reason to it. It's almost like, okay, I need something here, stay alert and it will happen."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Mary Kuczkir
    2. Hometown:
      Summerville, South Carolina
    1. Education:
      High School

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2001

    Engaging Coleman-Thornton tale

    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. <P>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. <P> 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. <P>Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    Emeraldpaw

    She came into the den with a leaf wrap in her mouth. She dropped it and slid it over to Maplejay. "I found a rabbit that i caught munching on this, but its not damaged much. It is chervil plant which can be applied to an infected wound or used the root for bellyache. I hope it helps." Nodded to the medicine cat and pads out of the den. ~€~

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2012

    Great for the horse lover!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 10, 2011

    Wonderful series as well as the Texas & Vegas series that go with it! A++

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 31, 2009

    Great Book

    It took me 2 days to read this book I couldn't put it down. I love Fern's books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2008

    GREAT BOOK!

    I very much enjoyed reading this book. I would highly recommend this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2007

    I really enjoyed this book

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 8, 2013

    Best book

    She has to be one of my favorite author yet!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    Shattergaze

    Shattergaze limped in "Emeraledpaw tried takeing a badger on her own. Me and Dapplesong barely made it on time."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012

    Treasurepaw

    She runs inside and grabs almost all the cobwebs

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    Steel/Mercury

    The two silver foxes walk in. Mercury dropped two rabbits and a vole then he left following Steel. ~/~

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    Tigerpelt to Maplejay ONLY

    You have a speaciel destiny Maplejay. You are more speaciel then I thought. There is a prophecy cats have told me about. They didn't say the prophecy but I heard there are 8 legendary cats. You are one of the 8. StarClan knows and now you know. Share this with none other. I have a warning. Watch out for the glowing amber eyes that bit. The bramble thorns that snag your pelt. Watch out for the rushing death. The enemy that striks is always watching....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    Willowleaf

    Willowleaf hissed at tge foxes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    Everkit

    Will you give me to the foxes? Im scared

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    Maplejay

    ((Back! Turns out I was gone only one day! :) ))
    "Thank you." She said, impressed. She picked it up and put it in a pile with the rest of the chervil. She turned to Shattergaze, concerned. "I'm so sorry I wasnt here. Are you all okay? Have you had it taken care of?" She asked, looking him over with a careful eye. She could suddenly see a misty looking tom behind him. Shelistined carefully to the phrophecy, but, acting like she saw nothig there.

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    ((Sorry if that post wasnt great, trying to answer everyone at once))

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2012

    cliffro ck

    Whos head med

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Velvetstar to Mapldjay

    Velvetstar came into the medicine den pulling a big bundle filled with herbs. "Here Maplejay, I gathered these last night." She said rapidly before turning and padding away. -Vevetstar-

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2012

    Love it!!!!

    I recomend it, good reading book!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2012

    Not for me

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2012

    Great reading

    Excellent descriptions of all charactors. Great book!

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