First in the Kentucky trilogy from the #1 bestselling author. “Prose so natural that it seems you are witnessing a story rather than reading about it.” —Los Angeles Sunday Times
The Colemans and Thorntons, the unforgettable American families of Fern Michaels’ Texas and Vegas series, are back in an exciting trilogy that combines the heady thrills of Kentucky horse racing with strong, accomplished women who fight for their dreams.
Nealy Coleman no longer resembles the teenaged waif who slipped away in the middle of the night with her illegitimate child thirty years ago. This Nealy is rich, sophisticated, and renowned in the horse racing world—a woman to be reckoned with.
Nealy’s shocking return to SunStar, the thoroughbred horse farm her father built from scratch, will change everything for her two brothers, for her daughter, and for all the Thorntons and Colemans who are connected to the farm. 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.
“The audience for her previous works is probably waiting at the starting gate for this one.” —Publishers Weekly
“Michaels’ Danielle Steel-like fun read has more plot twists than a soap opera, and will keep readers on tenterhooks for the next in the series.” —Booklist
“Riveting . . . [a] tearjerker.” —Library Journal
Continuing the saga of the Colemans and the Thorntons as recounted in Texasand 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.