The Valcourt Heiress

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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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Overview

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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Garron of Kersey returned home triumphant, expecting to receive a barony for his royal service. Instead, he stands stricken at the sight of his castle in ruins. His few remaining servants tell him that a ruthless man dubbed the Black Demon ravaged the grounds in search of gold supposedly hidden by the returning warrior's brother. Brave Garron discovers, however, that he has one new, mysterious ally: A beautiful, enigmatic woman who calls herself Merry. Together, they will restore the estate and solve more than one looming mystery. A new romance by a regular on Barnes & Noble bestseller lists.

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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594135101
  • Publisher: Gale Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Pages: 510
  • Sales rank: 1,418,377
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Catherine  Coulter
Catherine Coulter is the author of the New York Times-bestselling FBI thrillers The Cove, The Maze, The Target, The Edge, Riptide, Hemlock Bay, Eleventh Hour, Blindside, Blowout, Point Blank, Double Take, TailSpin, KnockOut, and Whiplash. 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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  • Posted September 18, 2010

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    Readers will enjoy Catherine Coulter's exciting thirteenth century tale

    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

    11 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 9, 2010

    Nonsensical...in a very bad way

    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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2010

    Don't bother

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2012

    Not her best.

    The plot unfolds too quickly. The relationship between the two main characters never fully develops. The ending is rushed and totally unsatisfying.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 1, 2011

    Classic Coulter

    If you love Catherine Coulter's historical romance you will love this story. I also love how she adds in the true historical fact to her stories. You will love the characters and the rich landscape she pens in her latest historical romance.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2013

    A quick read - enjoyable

    This is a pretty well-written book - I enjoyed the details of Middle Ages life - how things were done - what they ate - how they lived. The characters were not particularly well developed. The story line was pretty engaging though. Worth the read.

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  • Posted March 6, 2012

    Another great fantasy....

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2011

    Another Great Read

    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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  • Posted December 28, 2011

    Very Engaging - great read!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2011

    A good read

    I always enjoy a Coulter novel.

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  • Posted March 17, 2011

    Much better than I expected !

    Well written, edge of the seat plot that moved right along. Very likable, richly developed characters. I thought the book too expensive, but downloaded it by accident. I was prepared to dislike it, but couldn't! It's on my favorites shelve.

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  • Posted February 14, 2011

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    Wonderful stroy of the 13th's century

    If you like stories of old England back in the time of King Edward or Henry, you'll enjoy this book. Kidnappings, deceit, Earls and Heiresses and castles to manage. Absolutely wonderful story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2010

    boring!!

    don't waste your money

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