Suddenly she is rich. With the help of Philip Thornton, the handsome Bostonian, Sallie is transformed into Vegas' most elegant first lady. Philip gives her two sons, Simon and Ash. One will bring her great joy, the other, heartbreak.
Enter Fanny Logan...the small-town beauty from Pennsylvania who finds her destiny in Las Vegas, where she creates a multi-million dollar clothing empire and finds happiness and heartbreak as the wife of Ash Thornton, and the daughter Sallie never had.
Complications abound: Ash Thornton's life centers around his greatest triumph - Babylon, the magnificent casino that will lead to his downfall. Simon Thornton's search for meaning takes him to the battlefields of World War II to the trading rooms of Wall Street, and finally back to Nevada where he falls in love with the wife of his rival.
©2008 Fern Michaels; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!! Even though I don't read many books by Fern Michaels, I am so glad I didn't miss this one. I laughed, I cheered, I cried, I got angry, I wanted to get in the pages and interact with the characters. I came to know each one personally and they are difficult to forget.
The beginning of this novel is awful! The Narrator really makes the main character seem like a dumb blonde. However, as the novel moves on, it has enough interest that I could stay with it when I didn't feel like listening to anything challenging.
Fanny should not have wasted her life on ash
My first book from this author
I guess she was okay
It was tedious to listen to from about half way
I guess the second half was no match for the first half.
I enjoy Fern Michaels' sagas. It introduced some very interesting characters and it made me want to finish it to see what happened to each one.
It's been a few months now since I've listened to this novel, but I can clearly recall how painful it was to continue listening to it. Not wanting to waste an Audible credit in vain, though, I managed to trudge through it.
CONS: First of all, the classification as "historical romance" is a little misleading. The timeline is much later than my usual preference, although it's still history I suppose. It begins in the very late 1800's or early 1900's (can't remember exactly) and extends quickly into the 40's then 60's. The heroine shifts about halfway through the story, after a miserable outcome with the first. The men are all, well....jerks, except for one, and he gets, rather, the short end of the stick in terms of everlasting love with the first heroine.
The main plot - if there really is one - is just so all over the place it's hard to keep track; I wouldn't really consider there to be any bona fide sub-plots either that would perhaps excuse this serious case of literary ADHD. It's long, dreary, and utterly depressing. The characters are so hateful, ignorant, stubborn, naive, and miserable that I don't see why this is even classified as romance. There is no happy ending to this; it's just a family dealing with one overly superficial "problem" after another until it dies an awful death, leaving you wondering why you just wasted so many hours of your life.
PROS: On a positive note, the author did a great job portraying WWII Dogfights. I'm a Navy vet (former Airdale), so I love anything dealing with naval aviation. Some of her war scenes were very engrossing and believable...before the story reverted back to the soap opera that it is, though. Maybe the author is in the wrong genre; she should write military dramas.
I've always been under the impression that people who read/listen to books classified in the historical romance genre want some drama, mystery, tension, a little heartbreak, turmoil - all that good stuff - but ultimately want two people to fall in love, or die in love...whatever, as long as they're in love, a resolution of love, if you will. We may also just want a break from modern life; we want to be part of a time in history that we "romanticize" (even though we know we're wrong) as being simpler - whether it was or not. This book does not have any of those characteristics, and I sincerely think it should be taken off of the historical romance classification.
I am definitely not interested in reading any of her other Vegas Rich or Texas novels, and I'm from Texas so that's pretty sad.
I liked this book so much that I am now listening to the series. The narrator did a great job with all the different caracters. I laughed, I cried and I was genuinely happy. This is a great book, if you are looking for a great listen, then pick this book.
I thought this book was ridiculous and the reader's voice thoroughly irritating.
I'm an audiobook junkie. I've listened to hundreds of books in the public domain, and I use my one audible credit per month with care.
Laurel Merlington was great. I Will read another book from Fern Michaels, but not anytime soon.
Definitely helped keep the characters straight. There are quite a few.
Written well. Great narration. Super depressing story line. Just when you think there is a little light, hope, or even fight coming into the plot, it gets more depressing.
"Great story of a family"
really enjoyed listening to this, a bit predictable in places but still a pleasure to listen to
just a little quiet in places (but that might be might be my device?) love the sound effects when talking to the dead etc
Am truly enthralled by all of Fern Michael's works. Keep up the good work Fern!
"Waltons meetings Ewings via Bonanza!!"
The first in the Vegas series, introducing Sally Coleman and her family. Sally is a singer in a bingo hall in Las Vegas circa early 1900s. She is left a ridiculous amount of gold and money and it remains a curse rather than a joy. She marries her teacher out of convenience rather than love and the rest of the story follows this decision as her sons grow and become pilots in the war, and her husband becomes more bitter and detached. Who will succeed the empire and will they continue in Sally's philanthropic vein?
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