Texas Sunrise

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Billie Coleman Kingsley, beloved matriarch of the clan and founder of a fabulously successful fashion empire, is dying. As her family gathers together in this time of sorrow, the indomitable Billie offers new hope to heal the rifts that separate them. Even as her own strength fails, Billie instills courage, fortitude, and her conviction that life goes on after tragedy. From the seductive waters of Hawaii to the rustic splendor of Vermont, from the family’s sprawling Texas ranch, Sunbridge, to the exotic beauty ...

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Billie Coleman Kingsley, beloved matriarch of the clan and founder of a fabulously successful fashion empire, is dying. As her family gathers together in this time of sorrow, the indomitable Billie offers new hope to heal the rifts that separate them. Even as her own strength fails, Billie instills courage, fortitude, and her conviction that life goes on after tragedy. From the seductive waters of Hawaii to the rustic splendor of Vermont, from the family’s sprawling Texas ranch, Sunbridge, to the exotic beauty and high-tech glamour of Japan, the Colemans have been driven apart by the passions and betrayals of a new generation. But now, as they deal with the shattering news of Billie’s illness, all the Colemans must transform their lives.

“A sequel without equal…A stunning and emotional conclusion to the story of a family that readers have come to care for and love.” – Los Angeles Daily News

The blazing finale to the bestselling Texas saga finally arrives in paperback, just as Fern Michaels' latest novel, Seasons of Her Life, debuts in hardcover. For the millions of readers who have followed the Colemans in Texas Rich, Texas Heat, and Texas Fury, here is a spectacular send-off.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The final installment after Texas Fury in Michaels's series about the Coleman clan and its aeronautics and fashion empires opens with family matriarch Billie Coleman Kingsley receiving bad medical news. Meanwhile, Billie's daughter Maggie is ruining her marriage with her total devotion to her husband; another daughter, embittered and weak Susan, searches desperately for love; Maggie's son, Cole, questions his ability to lead his father-in-law's business, while his sister Sawyer forces him to confront the ghosts that haunt him. Through such family crises as death, divorce, birth and tragic accidents, staged in locales ranging from Texas to Japan to Hawaii, the family members struggle to cope with Billie's impending death and to understand her lessons about family, power and love. Readers who are new to the series may have trouble understanding how the characters are linked and why they act as they do, but already indoctrinated fans will find that Michaels provides a satisfying, though somewhat perfunctory, sense of closure. Feb.
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“A SEQUEL WITHOUT EQUAL . . . A stunning and emotional conclusion to the story of a family that readers have come to care for and love.”
Los Angeles Daily News
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455864362
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 4/24/2012
  • Series: Texas Series , #4
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 985,030
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.80 (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 May 2, 2014

    Great read

    I loved the charcters Payton, Red, Trace,Bea and the Housekeeper. It had a good plot to it as I said it was a gret read I totally enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    I greatly enjoyed it

    All 4 books are great

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  • Posted June 17, 2012

    This is one of my favorite sagas - and what introduced me to Fer

    This is one of my favorite sagas - and what introduced me to Fern Michaels' books. It follows the Coleman family over generations and countries - through triumph and tragedy - getting you hooked right from the beginning. Each character is distinctive and well-written - and the conclusion is perfectly fitting. I truly cannot count the number of times I have read through this series. Now I'm just waiting on the day the publishers decide to create an e-book format so that I can purchase them again for my Nook and thus carry them around with me at all times. Truly, the series is that good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2011

    Loved it!

    The 4 book saga goes on and keeps you hooked tooth and nail. It introduces new characters and those in the 1st story develope in amazing fashion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2005

    5 STAR READINGS OF LONE STAR STATE SERIES

    Granted, Texas is my adopted state so I have good reason to be drawn to this series by Fern Michaels. However, do believe I would have been caught up in it no matter where I lived. Voice performer Laural Merlington hooked me with her reading of the first in the series, Texas Heat. Then she reeled me in when she delivered Texas Rich, and I couldn't wait for Texas Fury. Texas Sunrise, as read by Merlington, is a more than satisfactory conclusion to her previous performances of the Coleman family saga. Hearing her reminds me a bit of seeing a really, really good play - you applaud but also wish for more. Matriarch Billie Coleman Kingsley has lived a full and fruitful life - she has built an incredibly successful business and well understood the responsibilities of wealth and power. But now, sadly, she is nearing the end. Of course, her family gathers - daughters Maggie and Susan, grown grandchildren Cole and Sawyer. Each of these individuals has proven to be less than Billie had hoped, but now with her impending death they must take another look at who they are and what they are. Will they be able to live up to her standards or will the family dynasty die with her? Sorry to see this series end, but it's been great listening all the way. Enjoy! - Gail Cooke

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2006

    Left a lot unsaid

    A lot was left unsaid such as when little Jessie dies it had already happened. And what about the weddings. They were already married when the next book came about. The only thing we actually got to read were the funerals. We got to read that but i just felt a lot was left unsaid. I would of preferred to read how little jessie was until the very end. An d i would love to read about the weddings. And what about when billie was diagonosed with cancer. We didnt even read when she told Thad. A lot was skipped and i would of preferred to read them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2005

    Fern Michaels is at it again!!

    If you have loved Michaels other Texas books you are sure to love this one as she finishes up the series that has kept you at the edge of your seats.

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    Posted September 29, 2013

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