Book Review: Irish Thoroughbred by Nora Roberts

Irish Thoroughbred by Nora Roberts

Silhouette Romance/Simon & Schuster, Inc

1981 by Nora Roberts

Contemporary Romance/Women’s Fiction


An Irish lass comes to America and finds love in the first novel in the Irish Legacy trilogy—the first book ever published by #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts. For Adelia “Dee” Cunnane, her uncle’s invitation is a dream come true. He wants her to come to America to work with him at one of the most respected stables in the country. Starting as a groomer puts Dee in constant contact with the horses she loves—as well as Travis Grant, the stable’s proud owner. And as the lush Maryland horse country begins to work its charms on Dee, so does Travis, pulling her into a turbulent passion with unexpected consequences…




From 1981 print, available in eBook 2012, limited hardcover edition March 2018


An oldie but goodie

The Irish Thoroughbred is Nora Robert’s first book and is still a good romance to read. I have the paperback from when it was published in 1981 and once I did a reread I remembered the story right away. The Irish Thoroughbred is set on a horse farm in Maryland. The heroine of the book moves to the farm from Ireland to live with her only living relative, her uncle. She meets the owner of the farm and sparks fly from their first meeting. Their arguments become undeniable attraction and builds into a deeper emotion. There’s an arranged marriage yet there’s a sweetness to it. The hero, Travis, is overbearing and a bit of a jerk but also a protector. Dee is feisty, has a sharp tongue, and is perfect on the farm with her special connection to horses. With that said, the main couple is likeable. The story is a bit dated, but that just makes it all the better to read. Enjoyable read!



He smiled, and his thumb traced her lips with a teasing lightness. “At times, Dee, you can be surprisingly docile. Then, just when I think you’ve been halter broke, you start bucking again.”

Drawing away, Adelina straightened her shoulders. “I’m not a mare to be pulled about on a lead line.”

Smle became grin. Travis tousled her hair before taking her hand and pulling her from the room. “Maybe you’ll find it depends who’s hold the line.”



Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including The Liar, The Collector, Whiskey Beach, The Witness, and many more. She is also the author of the bestselling In Death series written under the pen name J. D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.


Thirty-six years ago, the book that started it all hit bookshelves. Today, Irish Thorougbred is out in a gorgeous limited hardcover edition.


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