Irish Thoroughbred (Irish Hearts, #1)
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Irish Thoroughbred (Irish Hearts #1)

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Adelia Cunnane's uncle had written her. So Adelia had left Ireland to join him on what he had described as the finest horse farm in Maryland.

Adelia agreed with her uncle about the farm. But what should she think about its owner, Travis Grant?

She knew that he could master his strongest horse. She had seen his eyes soften at the bi...more
Paperback, 189 pages
Published 1981 by Silhouette Books
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Reviewed by Kati Dancy
Reprint/Publisher: Silhouette
It all started in 1983, at my parents’ beach house. I was 12, and bored through and through on the one rainy day we had during our beach vacation. My mom suggested I go to the book shelves where renters had left books behind to share, to see if I could find something to entertain me for the afternoon. It was there that I spotted my very first “grown-up” romance novel. Oh sure, I’d read “Fifteen” by Beverly Cleary and had of course read quite a f...more
Oh goodness me how I do love a fiery quick romantic read. Nora Roberts (or her author conglomerate of which I suspect "she" is - because no one person could put out such a vastly different and large amount of excellent books on their own) has a way of just drawing me into a story until I'm crying and laughing and loving every moment. This book was just a trifecta of awesome for me from the Irish brogue of the wee lass to her spitfire temper and the backdrop of a horse farm. I was enchanted from...more
Aurian Booklover
Adelia Cunnane has lived on a small farm in Ireland her whole life. When her parents died in a car accident when she was young, her aunt came to take care of her and the farm. Even though she was never unkind to Adelia, there was also no read love showered on her. It was hard work. Now her aunt has died as well, and Adelia has to sell the farm to pay the taxes and such. She has only one living relative left, an uncle who went to America while she was a toddler. Adelia hardly remembers her uncle...more
As Nora Roberts' first published work, this fares well.

I may be partial to this book because Ms. Roberts is one of my favorite authors, and tops my list in the romance genre.

This book has a simple plot. There wasn't much of a conflict. There's the common theme on Silhouette novels about the hero being too macho to the point of being unreasonably dominant and the heroine to be such a "nice" and feminine girl, which, of course, may reflect the trends of the 80's, when the book was published.

Es una novela corta y rica de leer.
Al finalizarla habìa pensado darle 2 estrellas ya que aunque Travis está al máximo, sentía que le faltaba "mas"... Dee me parecía muyyyy inocente y aunque tiene su carácter no lograba entender esta ambibalencia entre sumisiòn y fortaleza...

Pero buscando un poco mas sobre esta novela me encontré con la sorpresa... ES LA PRIMERA NOVELA DE NORA ROBERTS Y ESTÁ ESCRITA EN 1981. Osea que así las cosas cambiaron 180°.

Estamos hablando de una novela de hace 32 años.
Megan Falke
This book was wonderful. Not my normal reading material, set back in the 80s. Took me a while to figure out the time period, could have been mentioned in the beginning, but I was too focused on continuing the story to stop and go back.
I did find reading the lead females name a little trying. Adelia.... I usually just cut off the "ia" and called her Adel. Made reading easier, because my mind just couldn't read that name fast enough for my liking. I stuttered over it non-stop.
I loved Travis. He wa...more
Tukang Kueh Keren
mungkin karena ini buku perdananya Nora Roberts, jadi ceritanya masih amat menarik...tapi aku memang suka banget sama karakter Adelia ini
Melissa Larkin
Great book! Loved the romance, drama, horses, and the storylines between the characters. A nice quick read to unwind to for sure.
Inés Izal
Historia corta, pero intensa. Tiene una buena trama, pero se queda coja en el final...
Feb 01, 2012 Mafi marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
mais um da Nora..como se ja tivesse poucos dela para ler!
Sejak berumur 10 tahun,ketika kedua orang tuanya meninggal dalam sebuh kecelakaan, Adelia Cunnane harus bekerja keras bersama bibinya di lahan pertanian milik mereka. Kehidupan sangat keras bagi mereka, tidak ada waktu untuk bersenang-senang. Ketika bibinya pun meninggal dunia, Adelia menjadi sebatang kara di Irlandia. Salah seorang pamannya, Paddy Cunnane, yang menetap di Amerika, mengajaknya untuk datang ke Amerika dan tinggal bersamanya.

Jadilah Adelia tiba di sebuah perternakan kuda bernama R...more
Ditinggalkan bersama bibi yang berwatak keras setelah kematian kedua orangtuanya saat berumur 10 tahun, hidup Adelia Cunnane benar-benar berat. Bekerja keras setiap waktu tanpa ada ekspresi terima kasih dari bibinya membuat hidup Adelia terasa sepi. Seorang paman Adelia yang berada di Amerika Serikat, Paman Paddy, mengajaknya untuk tinggal bersamanya. Dan Adelia pun terbang melintasi benua, dari Irlandia menuju Amerika Serikat.

Karena terbiasa bekerja keras di Irlandia, ia tidak kerasan berdiam...more
Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Menjadi yatim piatu saat berusia 10 tahun, tinggal dengan bibinya yang tidak memiliki perasaan sayang, hidup dalam pertanian yang keras, dimana setiap hari adalah kerja, itu adalah kehidupan Adelia 13 tahun kemudian, dan tiba2 sang bibi sakit, 6 bulan kemudian meninggal, membuat Dee sebatang kara di kampung halamannya di Skipbereen, Irlandia.
Dengan pajak pertanian yg tinggi, Dee terpaksa menjual tanah pertaniannya, menulis surat kepada paman yang sdh 20 tahun meninggalkan Irlandia, tinggal di Am...more
At first, I had rather mixed feelings regarding this book. I realize, of course, that this was Nora Robert's first work and that it was published in 1981, so I didn't expect it to be very good.

Regarding the plot: I had few problems with the plot up until the marriage thing. It came kind of completely out of nowhere. I mean, Uncle Paddy saw them kiss once in a frenzy of happiness over Majesty having won a very important race and suddenly it was his dearest wish in life for Dee and Travis to get m...more
As a fan of Nora Roberts, I was curious about her very first novel.

Irish Thoroughbred was written 30 years ago, and it's obvious that times have changed.

Keeping that in mind throughout, I conclude it's a good romance for it's time, and great for a debut novel.

I cringed at Travis' treatment of Adelia. He's her boss, and so backing her into a corner and planting one on her (a kiss that is) not just once (although that's all it takes) but whenever the mood struck him, is considered sexual harrassme...more
Duncan Mandel
Adelia (Dee) Cunnane goes to live with an uncle in America after the death of her aunt who she lived with in Ireland. Dee has struggled to keep the family farm and finally agrees to sell it and goes to see her Uncle Paddy. He's a thoroughbred trainer at Royal Meadows, reportedly one of the finest horse ranches in America. When Dee arrives, she whole-hearted agrees with that account and takes a job as a groomer. She's as happy as she's been in years, until she meets the owner, Travis Grant.
Nabila Amr
Hierbei handelt es sich um einen der ersten Romanen von Nora Roberts, daher kommt er an die neueren Romanen überhaupt nicht ran. Dennoch ist es eine schöne nette Liebesgeschichte. Thema ist typisch: Mann trifft Frau, verlieben sich in einander, aufgrund Missverständnisse dauert es etwas länger bis diese zusammen finden. Nora Roberts schreibt wie immer flüssig und fesselt einen an ihr Buch. Eine entspannte Geschichte zur Entspannung.
Irish Thoroughbred is a novel best categourized as a Mills N Boon format at best. There is one self independent , hot headed and innocent girl fall in head over heels over the owner of the farm she works in while staying with her Uncle. Both love each other and hesistant in confronting their feelings to each other . Light reading A better time pass than most of the TVs shows
It was a quick read. It wasn't very long but i liked the story. But it was too short and the last 30 pages were rushed

Adelia was an interesting character to read about. She lived in Ireland her whole life, but after her aunt died and she lost her farm she came to live with her uncle in America. And there she find a new home. She was fascinated by the Molls, the washing machine and a lot of other things. And sometimes her reactions made me smile. Her love for horses is an amazing thing and her wa...more

Travis Grant, seorang pemilik peternakan, mempekerjakan Adelia Cunnane sebagai perawat kudanya. Awalnya ia mengira Adelia gadis Irlandia yang penurut, tapi ternyata yang ditemuinya adalah gadis temperamental yang terlalu mandiri. Tapi sifat gadis itu malah membuat Travis tertarik, seolah menantangnya menjinakkan kuda liar. Lambat laun Travis sadar, membuat gadis itu jatuh cinta padanya bukan sekedar tantangan lagi, tapi tiket menuju kebahagiaan masa depannya!

my opinion :

adelia nya luicu banget....more
Lo termine, pensé que hoy no podría con el libro, que digo a ver, me encanto, para ser un libro tan corto no hubo ningún vació, fue perfecto, su justa dosis de drama, su justa dosis de dolor, la medida exacta de peleas
y Dee es un verdadero farolito, un fosforito, se enciende con nada y Tyler le encanta hacerla enojar, son un par de tontos

para mi es un 4.5 no le pongo 5 por una razón sencilla "yo quería hijos"

dato importante para mi la yegua de cumpleaños me derretí en esa parte

lo compre bajo el...more
This book is traditional Nora Roberts. A soft romance, a strong woman, a man to sweep her off her feet when she is least expecting it and, on most accounts, zealously refusing to be swept.

The storyline was very good, and the characterization of Adelia very well done.

My only complaint was that I was slightly disappointed that there was less passion than I was expecting. I was hoping to swept up in the romance and to feel as the characters but was let down.

I continue to appreciate Nora Roberts, al...more
Gina Mora
Maybe I'm just not into romance books right now...but this book did not hold my attention. It was very predictable. I loved the characters, which is why I finished it, but the plot was oh hum. I loved Paddy though!
Es un libro fantástico, lleno de escenas y momentos tiernos y mágicos.
No surprises in this book - sort of predictable from page one but after the dark and horrid feeling I was left with after Gillian Flynn's Dark Places this was light relief. Nothing other than drivel really but entertaining enough. I got this and Irish Rose together in one volume so I'm not whizzing through the second one 'cause that's how quickly they move. No thinking or concentration required. Quite amusing really - both are love stories following the same 'plot' - something like paint-by-numb...more
Bethanie Mccullough
Very cute book. I love Nora Roberts, and I always wanted to read her very first book. I am not really a horse person, so I think if I was I would have absolutely loved it. However, Nora Roberts is such a talented writer that she was able to keep my interest the entire book. It kinda leaves you on a cliffhanger, so I can't wait to download the second book. I also love that this book was a pretty quick read. I am a full time student, so it was nice to read something quick in between homework assig...more
I read this a long time ago, and it the story line still is with me - which is saying something as I've read probably close to a thousand romance books in my lifetime. There is a scene in which a fairly good story of the Irish fairies and little people is explained. One, very similar to what I've fascinated my child with. So, this book is dear to my heart.

Irish charachters, some romance, pooka stories, and a horse in the kentucky derby. What more could you ask for?
Dannielle R
I'm glad I came back and read this. A part of me wishes I had read the trilogy in order, but I don't feel like it ruined much of anything for me. I wasn't expecting such an abrupt ending, that's for sure. I feel like one more chapter and it could have been ended better. I think I liked Irish Rebel better than this one, but that isn't saying I disliked it. I just was more fond of the romance in Rebel, and how it was told.
This was the first one of her books I read. I got it for my birthday in the mid 80's. I absolutely loved it. I have been a huge fan ever since. It was a nice, happy relaxing read and I need that every once in awhile. I still own it and will read it again whenever I've just read something with a tad too much drama.
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Eleanor Marie Robertson was born on October 10, 1950 in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. She was the youngest of five children, also the only girl, of a marriage with Irish ancestors. Her family were avid readers, so books were always important in her life. She attended a Catholic school and credits the nuns with instilling in her a sense of discipline. During her...more
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