Kentucky Sunrise [NOOK Book]

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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. . .
Kentucky Sunrise

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. ...

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Overview

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. . .
Kentucky Sunrise

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.

And Don't Miss The Books That Started It All!

Vegas Rich
Vegas Heat
Vegas Sunrise

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781420123159
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 27,232
  • File size: 822 KB

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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  • Posted April 25, 2014

    Perfect ending

    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.

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  • Posted February 19, 2013

    highly recommend

    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.

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  • Posted February 8, 2013

    Great book

    This was one of the best book ever!!!!!! Will tell a
    Everyone to read this.

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  • Posted February 1, 2013

    Wonderful conclusion to rivetting series

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    Rockshard

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    Steel

    (The den at at the mrs murphy series)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2012

    Wavepool, Honeypaw, Windypaw, and Midnightpaw's Descriptions

    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)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2012

    Midnightstrike

    "Um, yah, so bye," he stammers than dashes out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2012

    Shadow

    I don't know. Maybe I could resume being leader's protector?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    Coyotestream

    She saw Rockshard and wondered where he was going. She started followin ghim silently, now she saw the pawprints.


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    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2012

    Willowleaf to Cliffrock

    Velvetstar already chose a different cat for medicine cat position. Sorry.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2012

    Spiritwhisper

    "Okay, I guess you're right. But Stoneeye? I don't think he likes me to be honest." She said. "But thanks, anyway. Im looking forward to the cerimony. Bye!" She said as she left the den.~Spiritwhisper

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2012

    Applekit to Velvetstar

    Look at my post in result one. Please reply!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2012

    Prairesky

    I do know all the herbs. I know that this position is more immportant than others because you interpet signs from Starclan. I was once trained as a med cat until my dad made me be a warrior. I will do the best to serve Horseclan. ~Prairesky

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    To velvetstar

    Whos medcat

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    Velvetstar

    He sighed and limped, trying to stay as far away as possible, ignoring the cold. She followed them silently -Velvetstar-

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2012

    Great

    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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  • Posted November 1, 2008

    Great Book!

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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2007

    I was disappointed

    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....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2007

    HORSE LOVER DELIGHT

    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.

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