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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
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
Aayesha Khatri
This book was one of my first Nora Roberts book, and I nabe no idea about how to on writing a gif-less review about this, BECAUSE DAMN IT LOVED IT. SO. FREAKING. MUCH.


I just have read it over 5 times, and each time I read it, I love it more. I honestly don't know how that's possible. Nora Roberts used to write such amazing books before, I hate her newer books.

Adelia is the perfect, ideal heroine in my eyes. Sweet, innocent, but with the right about of fire and backbone, without appearing
Wow! Talk about unexpected! I knew this first book ever from NR would probably be different from her current day fare, but let's just say I get why romance books have a bad rap. Judging by this book, I can see why. First, I can't stand that it's all one-sided - no hero's prospective. Makes for a very lopsided story. A few creepy things, the hero would often compare the heroine to a teenage girl (like 15 years old) and the proceeds to kiss her senseless, literally. She would completely forget the ...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
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
Ishabelle *Sultry Steamy Reading*
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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,
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.
Roberts debut och det märks så väl att det är just en Roberts. Det är så här hennes böcker ska vara. Även om man kan ha delade åsikter om män som kysser kvinnor mest för att få tyst på dem...
This is book one in Nora Roberts "Irish Hearts" book. Adelia (Dee) Cunnane leaves Ireland after her boorish aunt dies. Only knowing hard times and hard work, she is invited to America by her Uncle Paddy. Uncle Paddy is a thoroughbred trainer on the very prestigious ranch, Royal Meadows. Owned by Travis Grant, he raises some of the finest racing horses in America. Happy as she has ever been, Dee is brought on as a groomer. She has a "horse whisper" way with the animals. Travis is a bit set back o ...more
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
Kris - My Novelesque Life

"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 birth of a foal. Yet his lips on hers demanded a submission that she was not yet ready to give -- at least not until he had spoken the words she had to hear." (F
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!
Sarah Smith
This novel, IRISH THOROUGHBRED, the beginning of the Irish Hearts series, was one that truly touched my heart, awakened my sentimentality, and spoke to my love for and interest in horses. Having ridden horses for 14-15 years -- as well as owned some myself for 12-13 years -- I felt I just couldn't resist. I had to read about these beautiful racehorses and how they effected the people who owned, cared for, and worked with them. What can I say? I am a sucker/sap when it comes to certain types of a ...more
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
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
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
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
Tam B.
This is early and I think category romance written by Nora Roberts. It could have been written by anyone.

It is a very brief story that likely reflects it's publishing date - a fiesty (read: argues), stunning Irish heroine with no life or romance experience. A silent, rich, handsome hero who manipulates her into marriage. Heroine is sure he doesn't love her but of course he does and the final scene is him admitting this.

Don't expect anything on par with NR's current writing.
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.
Ao contrário das outras obras que li de Nora Roberts onde a conexão com a história e as personagens é imediata, neste não se verificou. Não posso dizer que detestei a história, porque seria mentira uma vez que até gostei da áurea de romance que existe, mas não consegui ligar-me às personagens e ficasse completamente envolvida por elas, daí as 3 estrelas para este livro.
Espero que os dois livros restantes da saga bons o suficiente para atribuir as 4 estrelas.
A sweet love story about an Irish girl, Adelia (Dee)Cunnane, who comes to America to live with her Uncle Paddy after the death of her last relative in Ireland. Paddy works for a horse breeder/racer and Dee immediately loves the horses, especially Majestry. What she doesn't expect is the love which develops between her and her uncle's boss, Travis Grant. If you like love stories which do not contain overly descriptive sex scenes, you will love this delightful book.
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

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.
Jade aka MrsTosh
I am sorry I waited so long to get into Nora Roberts books, I love them.
She has a great way of mixing just enough romance with a dash of intrigue to keep you hooked.

A lot of her books have an Irish theme which I also love, being of Irish heritage. With this book there was a strong Irish feel with a tight family bond. Bring in an alpha male in the form of Travis Grant and you have a winning combination. After the death of her Aunt Adelia Cunnane's moves from Ireland to Maryland to live with her
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