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The Valcourt Heiress (Medieval Song #7)

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Set in medieval England, this lively historical romance delivers the trademark wit that fans have come to know and love from the #1 New York Times-bestselling author.

When Garron of Kersey returns home from the king's service to claim his title as Baron Wareham, he's shocked to find Wareham Castle very nearly destroyed by a man called the Black Demon.

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Published (first published October 1st 2010)
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Melanie
It has been a LONG time since I have read a Catherine Coulter book, so I was very excited to find out that she has FINALY written (note: not REWRITTEN) a historical and I was so lucky to snag an Early Reviewers copy (from LibraryThing) of it! The book arrived and I just could not wait to start. The cover photo was great! Now all it needs is for the book to be as well, right?

To start, I must state that I respect the author and I loved her historical romance books (note: PAST tense). My favorite o...more
TJ
Years ago, when Ms. Coulter wrote historical romance, I loved her, in fact she, along with Julie Garwood, are the reason I started reading Historical Romances at all. That is why I am so disappointed to report this one doesn't hold a candle to her earlier works. In fact, if her name were not on the cover, one would never believe this to be the same author who wrote all those wonderful Viking or Bride series. They entrance and intrigue, this.... well, bores. It's not that the basic story line is...more
Amy Sanders
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Heather
I felt this was an okay foray back into historical romance for Catherine Coulter. While it is a step above what she has been writing lately (I won't even go into her suspense novels of late), it lacked the charm that her early novels had. Merry was quick witted, but I didn't really like her enough to be waiting with baited breath for her HEA. Her hero was a strong man, and fair, but really - if you knew your people were in danger, would you really allow an unknown woman to keep something that bi...more
Sherri
3 stars out of 5
Catherine Coulter has always been a favorite author of mine but it has been years since I picked up one of her romance novels. So when I received this I was pleasantly surprised. It has that fairy tale quality to it that makes it an enjoyable romance read.

Merry flees her home to avoid a forced marriage arranged by her mother. She is almost abducted in the woods but is rescued by a mysterious nobleman, , Garron of Kersey the new earl of Warham Castle. Merry and Garron work togther...more
Emily
Grrrr. When there are so many books to read, I get highly irritated when I spend time reading a bad one. I picked this up because I have enjoyed Catherine Coulter in the past. I have only read her historical romance novels, and I was in the mood for something light since I just finished The Woman in White. She usually has great characters with great chemistry and predictable but enjoyable plots. This book, excuse my bluntness, sucked. Big time. I kept waiting and waiting for the book to be engag...more
Kate (BiblioWino)
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C.
I read this book quickly only because I kept hoping it would get better. There was good material in there, somewhere, I feel sure. It never delivered, though. The dialogue, as others have noted, was distractingly unnatural. Stilted in the extreme, not to mention the bizarre accents she had her lower-class characters indiscriminately using. The characters were flat. The story did not hang together at all -- no one's motivations made any sense, there was no sense of cause-and-effect, actions didn'...more
Clare
The Valcourt Heiress - Merry - is hiding from her wicked fiancee and plotting mother in the household of Sir Garron. Garron is a man's man, tough, smart and forced to take over his dead brother's property as he comes home to find his home wrecked and half the village killed, while a portion hides in the woods. Merry, who has been hiding all long, slips into the household as one of the villagers and seamlessly fits it. She becomes the chatelaine/housekeeper for the property, giving people hope an...more
Kit★
Went to the laundromat one day and realized I'd forgotten to bring a book, so I ran up to the dollar store and saw this and grabbed it. I've always liked Coulter, she was my intro to HRs, and I'll always have a fond spot for my first. I was hoping that at the very least, I would like this one better than I liked The Penwyth Curse. This was picked for me for the November monthly Pick It For Me challenge. All in all, it was a little silly, and definitely not the most historically accurate, but I d...more
Robin
This is the first time I've read Catherine Coulter, and the first few pages surprised me in their clumsy triteness for a woman so practiced in story telling. It is also not historical fiction in the sense that it is woven and rooted into the time with real dependence on the political/cultural realities and currents of the time. Even the social history, customs and terminology are no more than a deft touch here or there to make the novel feel of a different time without being much the wiser about...more
Shannon
Ok, so I have no shame in admitting that I have been an avid reader of Catherine Coulter's formulaic historic romances (and her modern thrillers) since I was in junior high. I have always loved them for a quick escape from the world ... good books to disappear into for a couple of hours and come out the other side with some fun characters and stories to remember.

That being said, this book didn't quite fit the bill. Either this one in particular was just poorly done, OR my memory of the fun in re...more
Mary
This book was SO disappointing. I love Coulter's FBI series and have thoroughly enjoyed her smart, funny Regency books. But this seemed so poorly written that I couldn't wait to be finished! Jumping from one point of view to another multiple times ON ONE PAGE makes for a confusing read. And then the weird magic in the last third of the book? Ugh. I don't mind fantasy at all, but this magic didn't even make sense. Basically, this book was a waste of my time and really tarnished my view of Coulter...more
Mollie *scoutrmom*
Jul 12, 2012 Mollie *scoutrmom* rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of historical romance
Shelves: romance, read-in-2012
Though the writing was excellent and the referrals to characters from earlier stories were present, I did not think the plot of the book was realistic for its time period. The magic scenes in an otherwise mundane world were not believable. The reactions of the king, based on what I know from reading of him through multiple historical fiction authors, were unrealistically romantic.

The characters make the reading worthwhile.
Domino (aka Meme)
not the best read by Coulter. she might want to give up writing the medival series. the plot wasn't very good and i kept getting angry cause it seemed a bit ridiculous. i mean, i love her work but this one was dissapointing. the events in the book didn't seem realistic, even for that day. and some of the things the characters said were just annoying. the first four in this series were great. i recommend those and not this one.
Jennifer Garner
After looking at this book for months on the clearance shelf at B&N, I decided to get it. Starting out, I was not interested in this book at all. It was hard to follow along with, in addition to understanding the rank and royalty of the characters. It was not until I was at Chapter 10 did I start enjoying it. So if you have started reading it, I would at least give it that long before you completely give up on it. Merry, the Valcourt Heiress and Lord Garron are great characters. I really did...more
Kimberly
I saw this at the library and picked it up glad to see that she had a new historical romance novel. I was disappointed to find that it just did not have the same flair and humor of her earlier HR books. I skimmed through it and read the ending. The imposter added a nice twist, but I didn't think it was worth the time to read that whole thick book.
L8blmr
I feel so much like a traitor! Back in the day I was practically addicted to Coulter's historical romances. When I discovered that she had returned to her roots I was thrilled and very excited about reading this book. Well...

There were occasional glimpses of the kind of writing Ms. Coulter is certainly capable of, but not nearly enough. The hero and heroine were likable but many of the peripheral characters were more like caricatures and the plot was just a mess. I was particularly disappointed...more
Joann
So, never having read a Catherine Coulter book I felt it was my duty as a good librarian to at least try some popular fiction writers, and see what they offer. This was a disappointment--cliches, formulaic, predictable.
Ruth
Good. Interesting story - includes some magic. Not as sharp and witty as some CC. Didn't care for the audio reader Anne Flosnik.
Sue Rabish
Romance and Suspense

Romance and Suspense

Another great story from one of my favorite authors. Merry as we come to know her is a wealthy heiress with a problem. Her mother is a witch and up to no good. So, she steals away and meets up---through some unexpected circumstances with our hero Garron. Together they rebuild a castle, solve a mystery and fall in love and do so with and without the help of some very interesting characters. And, there is a twist...but I won't tell. Enjoy the adventure! For...more
Elaine Mcdonald
It was just ok, not a book I really enjoyed.
Rebecca
I haven't finished this book yet, but I'm not sure if I want to keep reading. It's not bad, per se, but it just got very boring for me around page 150.

The main character Merry is a mysterious figure who showed up in a distraught village and suddenly took charge helping the townsfolk with her kindness and practicality. The other protagonist is a brave, clever prince who doesn't trust her but is going to fall in love with her (presumably). They're likeable enough characters, but very predictable....more
Jessica
A young woman flees her home to avoid the forced marriage arranged by her wicked witch mother. In a nearby woods she is rescued from kidnappers by a brave young knight. After some days working together to restore the young knight's home, which was destroyed by the woman's betrothed, the woman and the knight start to fall in love. Before they can be married, however, the young woman is once again kidnapped--this time by the evil witch who is her mother. This is pretty much where the story fell ap...more
Zbft
I just finished the book (on tape) and all I can say is it's not one of her best - herowise. I like the plot, it kept me guessing though a time or two some turns made me raised my eyebrows. I guess because I am used to her well crafted plots that its odd to read a common turn in her writting. I can't really comment about historical acuracy since I am not an expert but the court drama and the power it weilds I think is one of the best part of the story.
The characters, now most of them are a hoot...more
Laurie
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An Odd1
*** "The Valcourt Heiress" by Catherine Coulter is the daughter of a witch in 1278, the time of King Edward of England. The romance is fun until magick (sic) drains the life. Brave Lord Garron rescues Merry, disguised as a lad, from kidnappers. He finds his late brother's people massacred and the castle vandalized in a search for silver coins. Experienced manager and apprentice healer, Merry convinces the keep that she is a learned orphan who can help fix the destruction. The couple make lists,...more
Kimberly B.
I received an advanced copy of The Valcourt Heiress through Goodreads' First Reads program.

This was the first book I've read by Coulter and I can't say I'm inclined to read any more. The Valcourt Heiress is okay and I liked it well enough, but I wasn't impressed with the writing. It really has more the feel of an outline than a fleshed out novel as far as the characters are concerned. If Coulter had done more character development and character interaction (mainly between Merry and Garron), I wo...more
Bookmom
Lord Garron, on the way to the family estate he now owns due to the death of his brother, stops to rescue a lad from kidnappers. During the fight the lad takes off. When Garron arrives at his holding, it's to find that the Black Demon had come looking for silver coins Garron's brother had stolen, killing or driving off most of the people and destroying everything. Only a dozen starving elderly remain.

Merry is kidnapped from her home just as she's trying to run away and is forced to dress as a la...more
Marion Marchetto
A visit by the Black Demon in search of a horde of silver that was supposedly stolen leaves Wareham Castle decimated: the Earl (Arthur) is killed as are most of his subjects with the exception of a handful of decrepit and starving elders. Into this desolate landscape of hunger and thirst arrives Garron Kersey - Arthur's brother. He is preceded by a young woman who calls herself Merry. The young woman is taken in by those still at Wareham Castle. But Merry is hiding her true identity as she is th...more
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