The Valcourt Heiress

The Valcourt Heiress

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by Catherine Coulter
     
 

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Set in King Edward's medieval England, this exciting historical romance delivers the trademark wit and vivid characters that fans have come to know and love from #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter.

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Set in King Edward's medieval England, this exciting historical romance delivers the trademark wit and vivid characters that fans have come to know and love from #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This seventh installment in hardworking Coulter's (Knockout) Medieval "Song" series employs stock characters (including a wicked witch for a mother), loyal household retainers, a plucky, resourceful heiress named Merry, a villain called the "Black Demon," a benevolent queen, a medley of wastrels, a conveniently separated-at-birth twin, and Garron, one of King Edward's strong-willed yet honorable guards. With a talent for saucy humor and a tumultuous 13th-century backdrop, the author ably turns such formulaic material into the winsome account of Merry's escape from an arranged marriage. Beginning when Merry flees her mother and joins Garron at Wareham castle, the novel details the woman's efforts in aiding his people, the lies she spins to conceal her identity, and the consequence of revealing the truth. Most chapters conclude at the cliff's edge, and there is little doubt that Merry will eventually achieve her desires, but Coulter's irresistibly escapist storytelling more than makes up for the predictable plot and one-dimensional villains. Fans of lighter historical romances and readers intrigued by an era when honor, power, land, and notions of duty were bound by the mandates of royalty will relish this tale. (Oct. 5)
From the Publisher
"Coulter is a multitalented author who moves from traditional Regency romance to modern-day thrillers with ease. After decades she returns to the Middle Ages with a sprightly tale that showcases her hallmark sense of humor, skill for crafting a clever mystery, and ability to create "witchy" characters who draw on the atmosphere of the era. Readers will be enthralled through the surprising, smart climax of this enchanting romance."
Romantic Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780515150063
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/01/2011
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
417,786
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.78(h) x 1.02(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher

"Coulter is a multitalented author who moves from traditional Regency romance to modern-day thrillers with ease. After decades she returns to the Middle Ages with a sprightly tale that showcases her hallmark sense of humor, skill for crafting a clever mystery, and ability to create "witchy" characters who draw on the atmosphere of the era. Readers will be enthralled through the surprising, smart climax of this enchanting romance."
-Romantic Times

Meet the Author

Catherine Coulter is the author of the New York Times bestselling FBI thrillers The CoveThe MazeThe TargetThe EdgeRiptideHemlock BayEleventh HourBlindsideBlowoutPoint BlankDouble TakeTailSpinKnockOutWhiplashSplit SecondBackfireBombshell, and Power Play. She is also the author, with J.T. Ellison, of the New York Times bestsellers The Final Cut and The Lost Key.

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The Valcourt Heiress 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 126 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1278, considered by many to be a witch, the widow of the Earl of Valcourt, Abbess Helen of Meizerling Abbey sells her daughter Marianna de Luce de Mornay to the highest bidder, the malevolent Jason of Brennan. Rather than marry the evil Jason, Merry sneaks out of the castle wearing a lad's garb, but is caught by the Earl of Wareham, Lord Garron. Merry manages to escape again, but follows Garron and his retinue to his keep. At Wareham, Garron is stunned by the massacre that greets him. Few survive the horror. Merry sneaks into Garron's keep and masquerades as the dead priest's illegitimate bastard daughter. Caring for others, Merry tries to help the survivors, which brings her to the attention of Garron. He realizes she is The Valcourt Heiress and plans to escort her to the king. Instead she seduces him, which forces the honorable Garron to have to wed her. However, her odious mother kidnaps her and holds her prisoner until she is released and returned to Wareham. However, her behavior is totally the opposite of her first time here, but Garron knows something is not right as Merry is nothing remotely like the woman he fell in love with; especially when Helen arrives allegedly to negotiate. This is an engaging medieval romantic suspense starring two fascinating lead characters and an evil Abbess who steals the show with her machinations. The story line is fast-paced from the moment Merry sneaks out of the castle and never slows down as the diabolical Helen insidiously works her schemes by taking advantage of the psyches of everyone who crosses her sphere. Although good and bad are drawn to the extremes, fans will enjoy Catherine Coulter's exciting thirteenth century thriller. Harriet Klausner
goguins66 More than 1 year ago
I was looking for a light read, and got vacuous. The original plot was solid enough but became untethered with the addition of "magick" and other silliness. The entire second half of the book is so confusing and ridiculous that I found myself skipping chapters in the hope that Ms. Coulter would get back on track. She didn't. The result was a completely unsatisfying read.
Sparkle461 More than 1 year ago
This book was not of her usual caliber. The plot dragged, there was no real chemistry, sexual or otherwise between the hero and heroine. The magic in it doesn't make sense and feels like a random plot line that was thrown in as an afterthought. The book was so boring and the characters so uninteresting that I could barely finish the book. I am sorry I spent the money on it, what a waste.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The plot unfolds too quickly. The relationship between the two main characters never fully develops. The ending is rushed and totally unsatisfying.
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gretchenkristine More than 1 year ago
Really good book. Kept me interested from beginning to end. Another.great book by her. Makes you feel like you are there.....
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Once again, Catherine Coulter wrote a great book that I'm so glad I bought. I recommend anyone to buy and read.
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RPM23 More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down and read it in one day. It's an engaging read and the characters are well developed. I hope there's another book building on this one in the future.
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I always enjoy a Coulter novel.
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