The Wyndham Legacy (Legacy Series #1)

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A classic Regency romance from the #1 New York Times bestselling author.

The first novel in Catherine Coulter's acclaimed Legacy trilogy.

From a New York Times bestselling author comes the first book in a spell-binding trilogy of the Regency period. As a child, Marcus didn't suspect that his half-cousin, Josephina, would one day reign sovereign over his future. As heirs of the Earl of Chase, the two receive a double-edged ...

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Overview

A classic Regency romance from the #1 New York Times bestselling author.

The first novel in Catherine Coulter's acclaimed Legacy trilogy.

From a New York Times bestselling author comes the first book in a spell-binding trilogy of the Regency period. As a child, Marcus didn't suspect that his half-cousin, Josephina, would one day reign sovereign over his future. As heirs of the Earl of Chase, the two receive a double-edged inheritance--and a legacy that will bind their fates, for better and worse. LG Alternate.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Unexpected plot twists, witty dialogue and an engaging cast of secondary characters contribute to the charm of a new Regency romance by the author of The Heiress Bride . The Earl of Chase's illegitimate daughter Josephina Cochrain, nicknamed ``the Duchess'' by her antagonistic cousin Marcus Wyndham because of her precocious self-possession, unexpectedly becomes both legitimate and an heiress upon her father's death. His nephew Marcus receives the title but little else; Josephina inherits most of the money but will lose it all unless she weds her obnoxious cousin. The two protagonists are quite predictable, although Josephina at one point embarks on a course of action completely out of character, but Coulter surrounds them with memorable eccentrics, and the action never slows. Attempted murders, hidden treasure and a special secret of Josephina's known only to her faithful manservant Badger all ensure that this first volume in a planned trilogy creates plenty of situations for subsequent novels to explore. Doubleday Book Club main selection; Literary Guild alternate. (Jan.)
Denise Perry Donavin
The earl of Chase finds a way, despite the strictures of entailment and primogeniture, to leave nearly his entire inheritance to his illegitimate daughter, Josephina. The will leaves his nephew Marcus all of the entailed lands and residences with an allowance of only 200 pounds per year; Josephina inherits almost everything else. If the two marry, the estate can run smoothly. However, the earl's will also stipulates that if the pair do not marry, the estate will be passed on to distant American relations. The "colonials" hear the news and dash over; meanwhile, Josephina has traveled to Paris (where the earl is helping to restore a monarchy to France) and maneuvers her cousin Marcus into marriage. Their return home is tumultuous because of the interloping Americans, who wish to break up the marriage and search for buried treasure--the Wyndham legacy. Lots of wordplay and other frolicking fill the pages of Coulter's pleasant, sure-to-be-popular historical fiction.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515114492
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/1994
  • Series: Legacy Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 670,768
  • Product dimensions: 4.26 (w) x 6.84 (h) x 1.23 (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 7, 2010

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    Still Makes Me Giggle

    Don't let the austere cover fool you on this one! I've loved this book since the first time I read ten years ago. It has the right combination of gothic mystery, hilarious conversations, and romance. You'll laugh out loud when you read the dialogue between the Duchess and Marcus (the rascal Earl) and one truly unflappable valet by the name of Spears. I've re-read it so often I've had to purchase it several times...thank goodness for e-books. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Posted July 4, 2010

    Easy read

    Nice, light, romantic story, good plot twists. Great for recreational reading even if a little predictable. I will certainly read the other books in the series just to see what happens to the very likeable characters.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2008

    One of the ABSOLUTELY BEST novels

    What can I say? It's sitting in by collection library, well-used, worn and loved.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2013

    Another Coulter hit. A delightful book with a great cast of char

    Another Coulter hit. A delightful book with a great cast of characters. Can't wait to read the other two books in this trilogy and hope that

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  • Posted September 20, 2011

    A must read -

    If you love a good period romance, then this is the series for you. Catherine Coulter knows how to write em!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2004

    Maddening start¿Suspenseful and Amusing Ending

    Although I could empathized with the circumstances surrounding heroine (Duchess / Josephina) being emotionally withdrawn in the beginning, as a child, however as a woman her stoic ¿ self taught freeing herself from passion, unmoved by joy or grief, and submit without complaint to unavoidable necessity ¿ was maddening for the hero (Marcus). Although Marcus was full of resentment and exceedingly verbally abusive throughout most of the book, however, in the end he took as much as he gave once Duchess¿ character developed some backbone and became feisty. My goodness, that practical joke he played on the Duchess with his hypothetical mistress coming to visit with them had me laughing out loud ¿ that is, once I finished reading the scene. At first I wanted to clobber him too, but afterwards when I found out the truth I could not stop laughing at the new, lively, spirited Duchess. The sub characters, especially Aunt Wilhelmina, had me busting out the seams every time she open her mouth and covered up her supposed ¿Tourettes Syndrome¿ with shrewd rhyming responses. Duchess AND Marcus made a good tag team against her imaginary syndrome in the end. Once Marcus came to accept his ¿doom¿ to be Earl of Chase through marriage to Duchess; his character developed into a very caring and considerate lover, generous friend and playful husband. I felt the same as the sharp-witted maid, Miss Maggie, did¿the villain deserved more of a slow, excruciatingly painful demise. In my opinion, he got off too easy. If you¿re looking for an entertaining read, you¿ve definitely found one in CC¿s Wyndham Legacy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2004

    Love it!

    This is truly one of the greatest books I've read. The main characters are so rich in personality and I really appreciate the silent strength of the servents. The transformation through love at the end just makes you want to cry. Catherine Coulter demands a wide variety of emotions in this book. This is to be considered a must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2002

    Best Trilogy yet!

    This has been my favorite Trilogy of Cathrine Coulters. She makes you want to laugh and cry and cheer and be angry. The end will amaze you.

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