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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Silhouette (June 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373281501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373281503
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #520,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nora Roberts is a bestselling author of more than 209 romance novels. She was the first author to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. As of 2011, her novels had spent a combined 861 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List, including 176 weeks in the number-one spot. Over 280 million copies of her books are in print, including 12 million copies sold in 2005 alone.

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Adelia Cunnane stared out the window without seeing the magic layer of clouds. Some formed into mountains, others glaciers, flattening and thinning into an ice-encrusted lake; but, for one experiencing her first air journey, she found the view uninspiring. Her mind was crowded with doubts and uncertainties that merged with a strong pang of homesickness for a small farm in Ireland. But both farm and Ireland were now very far away, and every minute that crawled by brought her closer to America and strangers. She knew, with a sigh of frustration, that nothing in her life had ever prepared her properly to cope with either.

Her parents had been killed in a lorry accident, leaving her an orphan at the tender age of ten. In the weeks that followed her parents' death, Adelia had drifted though a fog of shock, turning inward to ward off the agony of separation, the strange and terrifying feeling of desertion.

Slowly, a wall had been constructed around the pain, and she had thrown herself into the work of the farm with an adult's dedication.

Her father's sister, Lettie Cunnane, had taken over both child and farm, running both with a firm hand. Although never unkind, neither had she been affectionate: she had possessed little patience or understanding for the unpredictable, often tem pestuous child.

The farm had been the only common ground between them, and woman and child had built their relationship with the dark, fertile soil and the hours of labor it required. They had lived and worked together for nearly thirteen years; then Lettie had suffered a paralyzing stroke, and Adelia had been forced to divide her time between the duties of the farm and caring for an invalid's needs. Days and nights had merged together as she waged the determined battle to shoulder the increasing responsibility.

Her enemies had been the lack of time and the lack of money. When, after six long months, she was again left alone, Adelia was near the point of exhausted desperation. Her aunt was gone, and though she had worked unceasingly, the farm had had to be sold for taxes.

She had written to her only remaining relative, her father's elder brother, Padrick, who had emigrated to America twenty years previously, informing him of his sister's death. His answer had been immediate, the letter warm and loving, asking her to join him. The last sentence of the missive was a simple, gentle command: "Come to America; your home is with me now."

So she had packed her few belongings; sold or given away what could not be taken with her, and said goodbye to Skibbereen and the only home she had ever known……

A sudden movement of the plane jolted Adelia back

from memory. She sat back against the cushions of her seat, fingeri ng the small gold cross she always wore around her neck. There was nothing left for her in Ireland, she told herself, fighting against the flutters of her stomach. Everything she had loved there was dead, and Padrick Cunnane was the only family she had left, the only link with what she had once had. She pushed back a surge of sudden, unaccustomed fear. America, Ireland— what difference did it make? Her shoulders moved restlessly. She would manage. Hadn't she always managed? She was determined not to be a burden to her uncle, the vague, shadowy man she knew only from letters, whom she had last seen when barely three. There would be work for her, she reasoned, perhaps on the horse farm her uncle had written of so often over the years. Her ability to work with animals was innate, and she had absorbed a varied knowledge of medicine through her experiences, her skill being such that she had often been called on to aid in a difficult calving or stitch up a rent hide. She was strong, despite her diminutive stature—and, she reminded herself with an unconscious squaring of shoulders, she was a Cunnane.

Surely, she told herself with more confidence, there would be a place for her at Royal Meadows where her uncle worked as trainer for the Thoroughbred racing stock. There'd be no fields needing plowing, no cows needing milking, but she'd earn her bread and butter if she had to work as a scullery maid. She wondered suddenly, with a small frown, if they had scullery maids in America.

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I loved this book, as I do all Nora Roberts stories.
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A delight to read and I found myself enjoying the characters and the story from the very first chapter.
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This book was very well-written (save some equine inaccuracies) and probably deserves 4 stars.
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99 of 104 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 17, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book consists of two stories. Irish Thoroughbred (written in 1981) was supposedly Nora Roberts first story. NR fans will appreciate seeing her earliest work. It definitely has the seeds of her quality character development and romantic chemistry. However, it is qualitatively different from her later work -- and less enjoyable. The female character, Adelia, is almost the stereotypical romance heroine, completely dependent on her male employer/captor/whatever. The male lead, Travis, is also stereotypical in that he repeatedly makes "attack" advances on her, but only shows any real human emotion towards the end of the story. Both characters lack the complex development we so much enjoy in her later stories.
The second book, Irish Rose (written in 1988), continues with the story of Dee's cousin, Erin, and Trevor's neighbor, Burke. This story has a stronger female lead, though the true Noraholic will still see Erin as somewhat weak compared to later books. Here we have a young Irish girl brought to the US under the employment of the male lead who also wants to sleep with her. Burke is a better developed character that Travis. Though still pretty cliched, its a better read than Irish Thoroughbred. For a true 5 star read (and Nora at her BEST),though, check out Irish Rebel!
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Dana on June 6, 2000
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Irish Hearts was a great read! Both stories in this novel revolve around raising horses and racing them. The first story is about Travis and Adelia "Dee". I was hooked on this couple right after the first chapter. Dee is a feisty Irish and her temper turns Travis on even more. Needless to say this couple is hilarous! The second story is about Burke and Erin. Burke is so laid back and wants Erin so much he will do anything to have her, but he doesn't realize he has fallen in love with her. Both stories in this novel are wonderful! I don't know much about horses, and was surprised to find myself cheering for the horses at the races. I felt like I was in the stands myself! Both couples our so easy to like and you can feel yourself losing yourself in their stories. I'm looking forward now to starting the next novel to go with this book. It is called Irish Rebel and it picks up with Travis and Dee's daughter, Keeley. Hope all enjoys Irish Hearts as much as I did!
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Gwen Sigelmier on June 21, 2000
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For a rather late Nora Roberts fan (only the last 4 years or so) it was quite nice to find some of her early works in a reissue. The first story in this book acquaints us with Travis and Dee Grant, parents of Keely from Irish Rebel. I usually make it a point of reading books in their chronological order, so I was kind of miffed when I realized I had read Irish Rebel before this. However, this story was truly wonderful and an excellent example of how timeless Nora Roberts' writing is. The second story in the book, Irish Thoroughbred, was not as great. The relationship between Erin MacKinnon and Burke Logan doesn't really seem to develop, but follows the standard romance novel form of: man of the world sleeps with innocent virgin then decides to marry her but cannot admit his love for her while she desperately wants to feel loved, not just wanted. The story moves quickly, but one is left feeling a little unconnected with the main characters. Overall, the book is certainly worth the buy and is a must for Nora Roberts collectors.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Kati on June 15, 2000
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Irish Thoroughbred was the first romance novel I eve read, and it definitely got me going on my favorite hobby. I have read literally hundreds of romance novels,some good and some not so good.
Nora Roberts is my favorite author. I buy every novel she writes without ever even reading the back or the inside cover. Irish Throroughbred is a satisfying, lovely story that captivates the reader from the beginning. Nora is almost always at the top of her game when she writes Irish characters. BUT...Irish Rose, well, it was all so familiar to me. It started to come back to me, a gambler, who won a farm from a man named Cunningham, where had I heard this before? That's right! In a far superior novel, True Betrayals. Honestly, that was the only thing that I had against this novel. It is so incredibly similar to another, far better novel that she wrote later.
The stories themselves are charming and the heroines and heros are enjoyable. I would recommend the book to anyone, keeping in mind that she has some far better outings later in her career.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "24heineck" on July 20, 2000
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Irish Hearts has all the love a romance novel could need... This was two books in one, Irish thoroughbred and Irish Rose. I only have one complaint, that is both stories had too many simularities. The first stroy line, Irish thoroughbred, was about a woman, Adelia, whom comes to America to be with her uncle after her aunts passes away. Adelias uncle Paddy, works on one of the finest horse ranches in the states, and takes Adelia under his wing. Almost as soon as Adelia arrives she starts falling in love with Travis Grant, the owner of the horse ranch, Royal Meadows. The romance and the way they came together was heart warming and and truly a page turner.
The second book was a continuation of the the first story but this one was called Irish Rose. This one has Adelias cousin Erin McKinnon and Burke Logan added to the story line. Adelias family and neighbor Burke take a trip back to Ireland, and ends up bringing her cousin Erin home with the help of Burke needing assistance back home in the states. But same as the first story the two were in love before you could say when. Not that it made the story bad, and don't get me wrong the two stories were great and the romace was great, but they were very simular. I can say you would be missing out if you didn't read this book. And after you buy this one buy the sequel to Irish Hearts, Irish Rebel.
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