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The Valcourt Heiress (Medieval Song #7)

3.35  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,007 Ratings  ·  255 Reviews
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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Oct 05, 2011 Melanie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Nov 29, 2010 Amy Sanders rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 21, 2010 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Mar 16, 2011 Emily rated it did not like it
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
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Jan 04, 2016 Anna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Did not like. Will be put in my donate pile. Maybe someone else will like it.
Nov 01, 2010 Clare rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
May 10, 2011 Shannon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 06, 2011 Mary rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Oct 08, 2015 Rebecca rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the first half of this book up to the first part of their time in London. However, after that the story just got too weird and at least one of the big "surprises" was fairly obvious - perhaps not the fine details but the basic idea was fairly apparent (I am leaving off the specifics to avoid spoilers).
Also, all this nonsense with the witch got out of hand. I've read several other books in Catherine Coulter's medieval series and have been pleased overall. But this book strayed too far
Mollie *scoutrmom*
Jul 12, 2012 Mollie *scoutrmom* rated it really liked it  ·  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.
Laurel Bradshaw
I am not at all sure I want to dignify this book with a review. I am utterly perplexed by all the 5-star reviews, and all I can say is this is SO not my genre. Romances (not the same thing as love stories in my categorization) are silly. This book is sillier than silly. I can't call this historical fiction by any stretch of the imagination, so I have settled on fantasy. As far as romances go, this one was pretty tame with one utterly unbelievable sex scene. If I hadn't been listening in the car, ...more
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
Nov 15, 2010 Kimberly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 03, 2014 L8blmr rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 21, 2011 Joann rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 08, 2016 Jennie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
By all the Saints' hoary elbows and praise St. Cuthbert's padded belly but I'm tired of hearing about keeping lists and tiny braids woven into larger plaits.

Bless the Saints of books that I'm finished!
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
Mar 24, 2014 Sue Rabish rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Elaine Mcdonald
It was just ok, not a book I really enjoyed.
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
Mar 05, 2011 Zbft rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 30, 2011 Laurie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, audio
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An Odd1
Jan 31, 2011 An Odd1 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
*** "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
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  • Castles In The Air (Medieval, #2)
  • The Marriage Prize (Medieval Plantagenet, #3)
  • Knight of Desire (All the King's Men #1)
  • One Touch of Scandal (Fraternitas Aureae Crucis, #1)
  • The Knight and the Rose
  • The Seduction of His Wife (Hallaway Sisters, #1)
  • Never Trust a Rogue (Heiress in London, #2)
  • In Pursuit of Eliza Cynster (Cynster, #17; The Cynster Sisters Trilogy, #2)
  • Viking Warrior
  • Days of Gold (Edilean, #2)
  • Rushed to the Altar (Blackwater Brides #1)
  • Passion Play (River of Souls, #1)
  • A Gentleman Always Remembers (Willowmere, #2)
  • Stolen Promise
  • Traitor's Kiss/Lover's Kiss (Pennistan, #1 & 2)
  • How to Tame a Lady (Daughtry Family, #2)
  • Love Me, Marietta

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Medieval Song (7 books)
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  • Fire Song (Medieval Song, #2)
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  • Secret Song (Medieval Song, #4)
  • Rosehaven (Medieval Song, #5)
  • The Penwyth Curse (Medieval Song, #6)

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