Kentucky Sunrise

Kentucky Sunrise

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by Fern Michaels

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In this edge-of-the-seat finale to the trilogy that has reunited the Coleman and Thornton families, New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels sets our pulses pounding as horsewoman Nealy Coleman faces her greatest challenge--to produce another Derby winner and show the world that a determined woman never quits. . .

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In this edge-of-the-seat finale to the trilogy that has reunited the Coleman and Thornton families, New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels sets our pulses pounding as horsewoman Nealy Coleman faces her greatest challenge--to produce another Derby winner and show the world that a determined woman never quits. . .

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When it comes to men, Nealy is very content with her new husband, lawyer Hatch Littletree. When it comes to horses, she 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--even if means taking on another colt as her own personal project. Nealy's determined not to let Emmie's poor judgment undermine the reputation of the business she worked so hard to build. But the damage to her relationship with her daughter may be irreparable, as Emmie fights a secret battle with a crippling illness and fears of losing custody of her child.

Now, with the ghosts of the past haunting them both, Emmie and Nealy engage in an unstoppable rivalry, two headstrong women engaged in a battle of wills, each determined to win--no matter what the dangers, no matter what the cost.

In Kentucky Sunrise Fern Michaels captures the adrenaline rush of the sport of kings while sending a family toward a shattering climax, where the difference between winning and losing in all aspects of life lies in the choices of the heart.

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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. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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Kentucky Sunrise 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Mcduzzy More than 1 year ago
A must read as the perfect ending to an amazing trilogy. A story of love, passion and resolution for a woman dealing with a less than ideal beginning.
mlw25 More than 1 year ago
I hav loved the entire saga. This was a little different and I loved every minute of it. I felt like I was back with my literary family.
samieOH More than 1 year ago
This was one of the best book ever!!!!!! Will tell a Everyone to read this.
susieQMI More than 1 year ago
These books just kept getting better and better throughout the series. Be sure to read them in order. Really felt like I knew the characters personally after a couple books Don't miss this series. Also read the Texas series about same family. Michaels does a magnificent job of tying all of the branches of this fascnating family together though they reach all over the country.
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Rockshard trudged through. He was tired and freezing, but he kept going. He saw a few pawprints, mostly filled in by snow. He knew those must be the foxes or Velvetstar. He kept going.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(The den at at the mrs murphy series)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wavepool: a dappled stone grey tom with blue eyes. His mate is Willowleaf and he is open to mentoring. He is loyal, strong, and brave. Honeypaw: a golden shecat with darker gold paws, tailtip, and stripes. Her eyes are a warm, golden-amber color. She needs to become a warrior. She is adventurous, good under pressure, and bold. (Preferred warrior names: Honeyfrost, Honeyglaze, or Honeysky) Windypaw: a fuzzy blueish white shecat with cerulean eyes. She needs to become a warrior. She is curious, kind, and obediant. (Preferred warrior names: Windystreak or Windybreeze) Midnightpaw: a black tom speckled with flecks of silver, grey, an white. He has pale green eyes. He needs to become a warrior. He is shy, quiet, and trustworthy. (Preferred warrior names: Midnightstrike or Midnightstorm)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent series of books. The charactors were so real and true to life. I wish the series did not come to an end. I can see myself reading these books a second time!
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1mjl1 More than 1 year ago
I very much enjoyed reading this book. I would highly recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read all three of the kentucky series. After i read the second book i couldn't wait for the third to come out in paperback, i had to buy the hardback to see what happened next. All three book had you on a roller coaster ride of ups and downs. Bring your tissue box along for these books. I gave all three of these books as a xmas present to a close friend who said she had never read such a great series in her life. These were exceptional reads and we were both sorry not to see a fourth book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Kentucky Series was not as good as the Vegas or the Texas Series. I did not care for Nealy at all. She put way too much emphasis on the horses and not much to her family. She might have been a success in her career field but to me she was a total failure as a mother and wife. There were several times I wanted to just give her a good swift kick. I felt sorry for both Emmie and Nick. I thought that both Hunt and Hatch deserved better. I just didn't care for her character at all. I do wish that both Maude and Jess would have lived longer. Would love to see a book where Emmie revives Blue Diamond Farms and comes to surpass her mother in greatness. The only time I felt sorry for Nealy was in the very beginning of the series, when she left home with Emmie and ended up at Blue Diamond Farms.....All in all I think that Nealy ranked right up there with both Seth and Josh Coleman....
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was disappointing. After I finished reading the book, I felt I had wasted my time. I was not able to feel for the characters. The author kept going back and forth between so many characters, it was hard to keep my interest. I kept thinking the story was going to get better, but when it ended so badly, I wanted to throw the book away.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just realized I hadn't read the Kentucky Sunrise, so am currently reading it. Can't wait to see how it ends. I've loved the Texas, Vegas and now Kentucky trilogys. It's amazing how Fern Michaels inter-twines all these families, characters into these 9-10 books. I read all of her novels and enjoy them immensely.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read all 3 books but then again I did not finish Kentucky Sunrise because book I had there was a few chapters not printed so I'm waiting on paperback to come out. I love Fern Michaels writing. Ihave read many of her books and she is really great. I especially Liked these 3. I hope to be a writer someday but don't know how to start.Anyhow great books Ms. Michaels Keep up the good work
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nealy is a complicated woman who definitely loves horses. This third story of Nealy Coleman is compelling and kept me glued to the book for 2 days. The story ended much too soon for me.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Nealy Clay Littletree accompanied by her new husband Hatch, returns to Blue Diamond Farms, currently run by her daughter Emmie Coleman. However, Nealy is disappointed with the poor conditions of the horse farm and appalled over the thoroughbred chosen to represent Blue Diamond at the Derby. Being a half owner along with Emmie, Nealy begins efforts to invigorate Blue Diamond into her the operation. 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. Harriet Klausner