The Sherbrooke Twins (Bride Series)

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The Sherbrooke family saga continues with James and Jason Sherbooke, identical male twins who look exactly like their beautiful Aunt Melissande, and not at all like their father, the earl, which riles him to no end.

James, twenty-eight minutes older than his brother, is the heir. He is solid, is James. He's a student of astronomy, rides like a centaur, and unlike his brother Jason, enjoys learning the ropes of managing his father's estates. He no longer sows excessive wild oats,...

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Overview

The Sherbrooke family saga continues with James and Jason Sherbooke, identical male twins who look exactly like their beautiful Aunt Melissande, and not at all like their father, the earl, which riles him to no end.

James, twenty-eight minutes older than his brother, is the heir. He is solid, is James. He's a student of astronomy, rides like a centaur, and unlike his brother Jason, enjoys learning the ropes of managing his father's estates. He no longer sows excessive wild oats, as his neighbor, Corrie Tybourne-Barrett, a brat he's known since she was three years old, looks forward to doing since she turned eighteen. When she nearly shoves him off a cliff, sneering all the while, James hauls off and spanks her.

A promising start. Then, unfortunately, the earl, Douglas Sherbrooke, is shot at. This leads to Georges Cadoudal, a Frenchman in the employ of the English War Ministry with whom Douglas had dealings some years before. But Cadoudal died in 1815, fifteen years earlier. Were there children who might want revenge against Douglas? But the question is why: Georges and Douglas parted friends -- at least Douglas believed that they had.

Adventures compound; Corrie hurls herself into the thick of things. As for Jason, he swims like a fish, loves horses, wants to start a stud farm, still sows more wild oats than a man should be allowed, but finally meets a girl who stops him in his tracks. And then what happens?

You will have to read the book to find out.

The continuing saga of the Sherbrooke family. James and Jason Sherbrooke are the identical twin sons of the Earl of Sherbrooke, but they have very different personalities. When the Earl is shot at, his sons work together to find out who is trying to kill their father, and find love along the way.

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Publishers Weekly
Those who are drawn to the humor and cozy family dynamics of Coulter's Bride series (The Sherbrooke Bride, etc.), starring the lovable Sherbrooke family, will relish this new installment, which focuses on dashing identical twins James and Jason. The twins have had their share of sexual escapades, and though they think they still have a few more years to sow their "wild oats," romance sneaks up on them. James finds himself drawn to his tomboy neighbor, Corrie, who transforms from duckling to swan for her first season in London. Meanwhile, Jason waltzes into love with the alluring and mysterious Judith McCrae. But the twins' romances are put on hold when someone tries to kill their father, Douglas. Suspicion revolves around a man named Georges Cadoudal, a French spy who died 15 years earlier. Douglas suspects that Cadoudal's children may be trying to seek revenge, but he doesn't know how to track them down. Those new to the Sherbrooke family may be baffled by the mystery surrounding Cadoudal, but they'll be thoroughly charmed by James and Corrie and the affectionate banter among the family members, though some of their gags grow old after a while. A clever surprise ending wraps up the mystery subplot neatly and will ensure that many readers return for the next entry in Coulter's Sherbrooke saga. (Mar.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
In this continuation of the Sherbrooke family story begun in her "Bride" saga, Coulter focuses on identical twins Jason and James and their romantic lives. Jason is drawn to his young neighbor Corrie, who is in her first London season. The tale switches to the men's father, the earl, after someone shoots at him. A large part of the novel involves protecting the earl from further harm while trying to find out who shot him and why. Jason is kidnapped and rescued by Corrie, while James meanwhile falls in love with the mysterious Judith. The ending wraps up the mystery very neatly while allowing for more books in the series, ones that will likely feature James. Anne Flosnik reads professionally and competently, although there are no pauses between chapters, which can make plot changes confusing. For romance and popular fiction collections.-Mary Knapp, Madison P.L., WI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739441275
  • Publisher: Doubleday Direct
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Series: Bride Series

Meet the Author

Catherine  Coulter

Catherine Coulter is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 70 novels, including historical, contemporary romantic suspense and her wildly popular FBI thrillers The Cove, The Maze, The Target, The Edge, Riptide, Hemlock Bay, Eleventh Hour, Blindside, Blowout, Point Blank, Double Take, TailSpin, KnockOut, Whiplash, Split Second, Backfire, and Bombshell.  She lives in Northern California.

Biography

The author of dozens of bestsellers, Catherine Coulter made her Romance debut with 1978's The Autumn Countess, a fast-moving story she describes as "a Gothic masquerading as a Regency." Six more Regency romances followed in quick succession; then, in 1982, she penned her first full-length historical novel, Devil's Embrace. She counts several trilogies among her most popular historicals, notably the Bride Trilogy -- which, in turn, spawned an ongoing story sequence featuring the beloved Sherbrooke family of Regency-era England.

In 1988, Coulter tried her hand at contemporary romance with a twisty little page-turner called False Pretenses. Her fans ate it up and begged for more. Since then, she has interspersed historicals with contemporary romantic thrillers (like the novels in her bestselling FBI series) in one of the most successful change-ups in the history of romance publishing.

Good To Know

Suspense writer Catherine Coulter tells us her top ten sleuths and her top ten heroes. We think you'll be as intrigued by her answers as we were ...

TOP TEN SLEUTHS:
Hercule Poirot
Jane Marple
Columbo
Inspector Morse
Jack Ryan
Indiana Jones
Pink Panther
Sherlock Holmes
Sid Halley

TOP TEN HEROS:
Harry Potter (Every Single Book)
Colin Firth as Darcy
S.C. Taylor from Beyond Eden
Lucas Davenport
Dillon Savich
James Bond (Sean Connery)
Jack Bauer
John McClain (All Die Hard)
Shrek (l & 2)
Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Interviews & Essays

A Heart to Heart Interview with Catherine Coulter

Heart to Heart: How did you come to start writing historical romances at a young age?

Catherine Coulter: In early 1981 (while still wearing a training bra) after writing four Regency romances, a "what-if" idea came to me for a much bigger, full-blown historical romance. That idea became Devil's Embrace, title selected by my husband. It was followed by its sequel, Devil's Daughter. (I always wanted to do a harem book -- what fun!)

HtoH: What reading inspired you?

CC: I grew up reading everything from Nancy Drew to Will Durant. My very favorite author was Georgette Heyer, which fit right in with my interest in history, especially the Napoleonic era. Since I knew the time period well and worshipped Heyer, I naturally began writing Regency romances.

HtoH: In the field of historical romance, you're credited with pioneering the linked series with recurring characters. How and why did you start that trend?

CC: Back in the Dark Ages (1985), I happened to run into Jennifer McCord (a book retailer) at a conference. I started whining that I wanted to use a character out of Midnight Star in the next book. She said, "Why not? Go for it." What an epiphany! So the Star series was born. Since that series, I've written the Song, Magic, Legacy, Viking, Sherbrooke, Night, Baron...goodness, that's oodles of books. Then, of course, there's the FBI series -- to date, eight thrillers, with lead characters Savich and Sherlock appearing in each of the books. I personally love to find out what's been going on with characters I've already met in previous books, and, evidently, so do readers.

HtoH: These days you alternate writing contemporary suspense thrillers and long historicals. How is the writing process different for each genre?

CC: When writing the FBI series, I have to be completely focused because I want the reader to keep turning the pages. Every book has to be tightly plotted, with no unnecessary scenes -- every scene in a thriller has to move the plot forward. Verisimilitude is essential to keep the reader solidly in the story. In the historical romances I can go off on fun tangents when the spirit moves me -- if I want to attend a cat race, why then the reader and I go to the McCaulty racetrack in Southern England. There's also usually a mystery in the historicals since my brain works that way, but naturally, the romance is at the center. There's also lots more humor in the historicals. By alternating between two such disparate genres, I'll never get burned out.

HtoH: Do you have a preference?

CC: No. Once I've finished the thriller, I'm ready to change and lighten up, and vice versa.

HtoH: Who is your favorite character in The Sherbrooke Twins?

CC: Hands-down it's Corrie Tybourne-Barrett -- she's a pistol.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2007

    and outstanding book

    this was a great book though the end could have been developed a bit better i got so in grossed in the book that i could not put it down till the very end it is a deffient page turner that will have you gessing to the very end

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2006

    a toss up

    The Sherbrooke Twins by Catherine Coulter Reviewer: Pamela Ackerson, author of Home of the Braves trilogy I never thought I would see the day when I read a book by Catherine Coulter and was disappointed. The first 20 or so pages was great and then the book draaaaaaagggged. I almost didn't bother to finish reading it. In my head I kept thinking, this is Catherine Coulter it has to get better than this. So I read on and fought my way through the center of the book and zing! About three-quarters of the way through the book, There she was! I knew Ms. Coulter would show her head and writing expertise! The last quarter of the book, woohoo. That's what I was expecting. A great read. Was it worth reading through the slow part? Yeup.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2005

    Disappointing

    I couldn¿t wait for the Twins book to come out -- what a let down. The heroine personality was nasty and just didn¿t seem to be fit to be a Sherbrooke Bride. The book was easy to put down and the story line was slow. It was hard to believe that James loved or even cared for Corrie until the end. I usually enjoy Catherine¿s books but this was very disappointing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2004

    So so effort

    I normally adore anything Catherine Coulter writes, but I was rather disappointed with this one (and also Pendragon, the other most recent in the Brides series). The 'murder' plot seemed really contrived and rather random, but I did enjoy the interactions between the main couple. Plus, I always get a little irritated with a book that really obviously sets itself up for a sequel, but that could just be me. Despite all this, the book was pretty good, though I'm definately hoping Coulter gets back to the standards of the first Bride book (which was my favorite...that and the 3rd). I'd recommend it only after you've read at least the first three books in the series, otherwise you'll be really confused about all the characters they introduce and references to past events.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2004

    Disappointing

    I normally love Catherine Coulter's books and would usually give her four or more stars. But I was very disappointed with this one. The twins seemed childish and spoiled and not at all independent. I don't think their characters were well developed. I had a hard time believing that James really loved Corrie until near the end. However, I do hope that there is a sequel with Jason's story. I would hate for it to end the way that it did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2004

    Great book.

    I loved how the boys have grown up. This one kept me guessing and I was shocked in the end. I had wished there were more of an ending, and this one was not as light and airy as the other books. Still as great read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2004

    Amazing heroes

    The sherbrooke twins are utterly lovable, honorable, and a dream. The entirety of this book was interesting and i barely put it down. The heroine, Corrie was great, witty and saucy enough to handle any situation. I would recommend this book to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2004

    Weak story, Weak Characters

    I usually enjoy a book by Ms. Coulter but I didn't enjoy this one. The twins seemed weak, as if they were raised without backbones. I missed seeing the other Sherbrookes as well. Ms. Coulter could have done better with the twin's story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2004

    Left me wanting much MORE!

    I thought this book was fabulous. I loved reading about Douglas and Alexandra's twins. It made me go back and figure out which books I still have not read in the series. Loved the ending, but made me sad as to what will happen with Jason. I am very hopeful that Ms. Coulter will provide me with the answers! I HIGHLY recommend this book and if you are new to the Sherbrooke family, I would highly recommend you going to the first book, 'The Sherbrooke Bride' and I promise you that you WILL be hooked.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2004

    Below Expectation

    The story was thready. The Twins lacked depth, their beauty not clearly defined or enhanced. I enjoyed reading about Alex and Douglas again, but missed the rest of the family. A definate disappointment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2004

    NOT UP TO STANDARD EXPECTED

    EVERY PROLIFIC AUTHOR HAS A BAD BOOK EVERY NOW AND THEN-THIS IS IT FOR MS. COULTER.NEARLY EVERY PAGE GUSHED OF THE BEAUTY THE TWIN BOYS POSSESED.BOTH TWINS WERE SHALLOW AT BEST.CORRIE SILLY AT BEST BUT YOU COULD ALMOST FEEL SORRY FOR CORRIE- HER WEDDING NIGHT WAS NOTHING MORE THAN A RAPE.THAT WAS NOT LONG AFTER HE TURNED HER OVER HIS KNEE AND SPANKED HER. NOT DONE WELL MS. COULTER.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2004

    I WANT TO KNOW MORE

    This book was really good. I really enjoy reading Ms. Coulter's work. I'm glad Corrie and James got together they seem great for each other. The only thing that left me dissapointed was not knowing what happens to Jason. I know Ms.Coulter is a busy woman but a sequal to this book that went more into Jason's character would be awesome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2004

    Engaging Historical Romance

    I love stories about twins--anything with twins or triplets just fascinates me. I've never read this author before, but I liked her writing very much--a fast, fun read. I really loved 'I Sleep At Red Lights: A True Story of Life After Triplets,' by Bruce Stockler, a warm and very funny memoir about being the Dad of triplets plus an older sibling. A real page-turner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2004

    A great writer pens a fantastic romance

    In 1830 Lord James Sherbrooke, older than his twin brother Jason by minutes, thinks that though she is eighteen, Corrie Tybourne-Barrett is a pest and has been all his life. Corrie dresses like a boy as she wildly rides throughout the countryside. James¿ parents decide that Corrie needs a season and his dad Douglas will select the wardrobe her...................................... When James sees Corrie in a dress he first needs to recover from the shock that she has breasts before he can catch his breath as she is beautiful. Meanwhile Jason races home after a visit from the Virgin Ghost that warns him that his beloved parents are in trouble, which proves prophetic when someone shoots their father. As they try to keep dear old dad safe, James falls in love with Corrie who loves him back and Jason falls in love with Judith McCrae who he met at a gala. However, the family remains unsafe as someone wants Douglas dead and the plan is a perfect snake in Eden scheme.............................. This is an exciting late Regency romance starring two fabulous antagonists who turn into loving protagonists though his early on spanking of her seems inappropriate. The story line starts off like a typical sub-genre entry, but turns into a terse suspense once the first attack occurs and goes even tauter when treachery places the family and Corrie in danger. Catherine Coulter has provided a wonderful tale that hopefully will lead to a fabulous sequel.................... Harriet Klausner

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