In the prologue of Fern Michaels novel, the first of a planned trilogy about the next generation of families created in Texas and Vegas, Nealy Coleman returns home to Kentucky to confront her hateful and brutal father.

Nealy ran away 30 years ago to save her silent daughter, Emmie, from being institutionalized by her father. Nealy and brothers, Rhy and Pyne, worked hard on the horse farm with no appreciation from their father.

Nealy and Emmie are rescued by another Kentucky horsebreeder, Derby winner Maud Diamond and her beloved, Jess Wooley. On Mauds ranch, Nealys gifts as a horse trainer and her emotional survival skills support a victorious rise for the Triple Crown. But the past and its dark secrets must be settled before Nealy can live her own life. Michaels fans will look forward to the following novels in this series. (Oct., 336 pp., $24.00)

Reviewed by: 
Gerry Benninger