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The Valcourt Heiress (Medieval Song, Bk 7)
The Valcourt Heiress - Medieval Song, Bk 7 Author:Catherine Coulter Twenty-four year old Lord Garron of Kersey is on his way home to succeed his late brother, Arthur, as the Earl of Wareham. But on arrival, Garron discovers his home, Wareham Castle, has been nearly destroyed by The Black Demon and his band of bad bad soldiers looking for Arthur's cache of silver coins which remain hidden. The handful of serv... more »ants who've survived includes a young girl named Merry, supposedly the castle priest's bastard, who is as clever and enterprising as Garron.
Garron is told this Black Demon destroyed Wareham because no one would tell him where Arthur had hidden stolen silver coins. Equally puzzling is the too-smart bastard Merry -- as well bred, literate and brave as any man he's ever known. Indeed, she galvanizes his people to action before he can even ask her assistance. She's a natural leader and a skilled healer, but Merry has secrets of her own...secrets that could endanger Garron and his people. He knows she's hiding something, knows she could bring more bad things down on his head, but he likes her and her fast mind and her ready wit. But can he survive the truth?« less
This is a historical romance in a medieval setting. Although marketed as part of the author's Song series, the only clear relationship is the time period and the occasional mention of characters from previous books -- none of them actually appear in this work, and thus the story can be enjoyed by those who have not read the full series. The Valcourt Heiress has some elements which will be familiar to fans of Coulter's work, with a plucky maiden heroine in disguise, a brave but conveniently clueless hero, an odd sprinkling of magical workings and a surprise twist at the end. The story is light and enjoyable, though not overly memorable. [Note, this review is based on an Advanced Readers Edition]
The is definetly not her best. This is not up to the standard that made me a Catherine Coulter fan. She really needs to go back to how she was writing when she wrote her classics like the Sherbrooke Bride series or the Star series those are the Coulter books that made me a hugh fan of Catherine Coulter. After reading The Wizard's Daughter and this book, I am very leary of anything she may write in the future. Catherine has lost her magic with the romance.
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Helpful Score: 2
I love 'older' titles by Catherine Coulter, so was excited to see a new one. Sorely disappointed. This book wasn't worth my time to read. Characters are ridiculous, and I don't at all like the magic in the story line. Amazingly, there was little to no romance in this book.
More a romantic tale than anything else, the story plot adds intrigue, a "who done it" aspect, and well defined characters. I would hesitate to call it historical fiction, but it does take place in medieval England and some attempt is made to describe the times. Except for its length I would've called it a "young adult" book. Perhaps and "early 20s" book. I am retired, so maybe I'm regressing to my younger years, but I did enjoy it.