I really enjoyed this book. Once I got through the inital cat racing scene (I don't personally care for cats at all:), the story flew by. The hero's love for the heroine makes the story worth the read. I did realize after the book was over however, that I missed getting to know him that well. You meet this childhood family, and see his actions regarding his wife, but his main conflict was unrequited love, not some inner struggle.
I still definately recommend this story. Especially if you have read Tysen's story from earlier in Coulter's series. Who doesn't love a man head over heals for a woman?
Pendragon is the seventh book in the Sherbrooke series. Meggie Sherbrooke is eighteen years old and ready to be presented to society. She travels to London to stay with her Uncle Douglas and Aunt Alex for her first season. At her first ball, she glances across the room, where her attention firmly lands on a familiar gentleman. He is her almost-cousin Jeremy Stanton-Greville, whom she had an all-consuming crush on the summer of her thirteenth year. One thing leads to another, and Meggie discovers he is betrothed to another and her young heart gets trampled on.
After the season is over, Meggie just wants to go home and lick her wounds. She has no desire to find anyone else to take Jeremy's place or mend her broken heart. She is resigned to become an old spinster and race cats. After just leaving church with her little brother Rory, she runs into Thomas Malcolmbe, Lord Lancaster. His father had passed away six months ago and is just now seeing to his estate. He takes one look at Meggie and wants her, but she has other ideas which baffle him. He has no idea why Meggie isn't interested. Thomas usually has no problem enticing the ladies. He is handsome, intelligent and wealthy. What's not to love?
After a couple of months, Thomas proposes and Meggie accepts. Here is where the story takes a very bad turn. Thomas becomes a butt-head and Meggie has the most god-awful wedding night. Really, trust me, it's bad. Meggie, the champ that she is, just picks up the pieces and continues on. If it wasn't for Meggie's golden personality, I would have hated this book and not finished it. Thomas was too wishy-washy in his feelings for Meggie. One minute he loves her and believes that she will be loyal to him and the next he wants to punish her and teach her a lesson. He irritated and annoyed me most of the book. There is a mystery plot involved as well, but it does nothing for the story. It seemed contrived and very unrealistic. I really enjoy Catherine Coulter's writing. She usually has a way of keeping me turning the pages quickly. Unfortunately, this was not one of those books. Hopefully the next one will be better.
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Catherine Coulter always writes a great historical story.