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Fern Michaels


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Aug 1996
The first in a new quartet of sagas which explore the lives and loves of a new branch of the Coleman family, who appeared in the TEXAS quartet. From the author of WISH LIST, YESTERDAY, SERENDIPITY and DESPERATE NEEDS.
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Webster's Collegiate Dictionary defines a biography this way: A biography is the written history of a person's life. Fern Michaels isn't a person. Fern Michaels is what I DO. Me, Mary Ruth Kuczkir. Growing up in Hastings, Pennsylvania, I was called Ruth. I became Mary when I entered the business world where first names were the order of the day. To this day, family and friends call me Dink, a name my father gave me when I was born because according to him I was `a dinky little thing' weighing in at four and a half pounds. However, I answer to Fern since people are more comfortable with a name they can pronounce.
I've been telling stories and scribbling for twenty-five years. I hope I can continue for another twenty-five years. It wasn't easy during some of those years. As I said, I had to persevere. My old Polish grandmother said something to me when I was little that I never forgot. She said when God is good to you, you have to give back. For a while I didn't know how to do that. When I finally figured it out I set up The Fern Michaels Foundation. The foundation allows me to grant four year scholarships to needy, deserving students. I then went a step further and opened pre-school and day care centers with affordable rates for single moms who are having a hard time of it. Doing Fern Michaels allows me to do this and there isn't a day that goes by that I don't thank God for being so good to me. I don't know what I'm the most proud of, the books I write, the scholarships, the pre-schools or the fact that I put my kids through college on my own with no help from anyone. Probably the latter because when all else is said and done, the only thing that matters is family.

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Fern Michaels is the internationally bestselling author of the Vegas trilogy. She lives in South Carolina and has five children, two grandchildren and four dogs. She is an animal-rights activist. Her previous novels, including the Vegas trilogy, the Texas quartet, Wish List and Yesterday, are also available from Headline. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Another family saga -- with the Colemans? 28 Dec 1999
By voyage2k - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'll admit it -- I was suckered into getting VEGAS RICH because of the name Coleman. I thought to myself, "Is Fern Michaels creating an alternate history for the Coleman family, this time in Vegas?" I was half right -- there are Colemans involved, but not the ones I thought I would see from her TEXAS series. No, this deals with Sallie Coleman, Seth Coleman's younger sister, and her quest to make something of herself, thanks to the kindness of one of her clients -- Sallie's a prostitute, you see, in the early 1920s in the small and dusty town of Las Vegas. It's an interesting premise and I'll give credit to Michaels for creating Sallie's story and where her life goes from there. Had I never read her TEXAS series, I might have been completely drawn in...but I'm not. Michaels starts to occasionally drop in "crossovers" with the Colemans of Texas, and it's there I have the problem. Suddenly, Agnes Ames (Billie Ames Coleman's mother), companion to the callous Seth Coleman, has a heart! Billie Coleman flies out to see Fanny Coleman (Sallie's daughter-in-law) frequently! Sallie helps out Coleman Enterprises with her money! These intersections with the TEXAS characters don't pan out in terms of complimenting the TEXAS novels in the continuity department -- and for me, that's a glaring error. Those problems aside, it's a fair first novel for Michaels in her new series. If you like family sagas and Fern Michaels, you'll be content.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vegas Rich demands it be read in one sitting... 3 May 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The story line in Vegas Rich not only compels one to read the book non-stop, but also leaves the reader anticipating the next novel in the saga.

I particularly enjoyed how Michael's weaves the diverse personalities, intricate character traits and various themes throughout several generations while maintaining a healthy balance and resistance between the "good" and "bad" characters. The tensions this creates propell one through the book, leaving no room for apathy or boredom. By the time the reader has finished the book, he/she feels like part of the family and hates to "leave".

Michael's on-going theme of "family helping family" is a welcome value statement offseting the commentary of greed and self-indulgence that her "bad" characters manifest.

I look forward to reading the next two books of this series.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vegas Rich 23 April 2013
By Constance M. Layne - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
A very good book. I enjoyed it immensely and would highly recommend it. Anyone who bought it would enjoy it as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book. It was wonderful. 28 Jun 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Fern Michaels just keeps writing great ones. This book is fantastic. The characters are great & the plot is great. Just loved it. Would reccomend everyone get the Vegas series of books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great, Entertaining and Fast Read 29 Oct 1998
By fraulyn@aol.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I really enjoyed reading this first in the series of three family saga books. Fern Michaels does an excellent job of pulling you into the story. It's nearly impossible to put this book down...it is packed with new dilemmas, and you can't wait to see how they turn out. I just started the second in the series, and I know I will have to read all three so I know the lives of all of these characters will turn out OK. Finally, the writing style is very easy (but interesting) to read, so you move along quickly.
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