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The Courtship

(Sherbrooke Brides #5)

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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  2,164 ratings  ·  67 reviews
Dear Reader:
You met Heatherington in The Sherbrooke Bride and Helen Mayberry in Mad Jack. Now the two get together to track down a mystical treasure that Helen calls King Edward's Lamp.

Helen is a big girl - only two inches shorter than Heatherington - a resolute taskmistress, owner of her own inn. She adores her father, Lord Prith, and wants to find the lamp more than anyt
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Published June 20th 2006 by Brilliance Audio (first published 2000)
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A (Is For Awkward)
Oct 12, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-oct
This book almost requires a special category of "WTF". The book wasn't a very good romance imo. It had the pieces to be one, but mostly it was lust, random quickies, and lots and lots of talk about "Dominance" in ways and settings that mostly didn't make any sense. Oh and a random magic lamp mystery/murder plot that sounded taken from disney's version of Alladin (it sure didn't have anything to do with the original tale, despite all the allusions the book gave to that). I honestly don't even kno ...more
Miss Lily
I read "The Courtship" in audio format on CD-- and the last of any of the books about the Sherbrookes. There were, like most in the series, some absurd plot trails, but overall, I think there was more plot going on in more layers than in most of the other books in the series, which was refreshing. Helen is an interesting character, and is written fairly consistently. Heatherington seems to be almost a "bad guy" in the opening scene, but turns out to be someone quite likable. I enjoyed "The Court ...more
Amy Sanders
Nov 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Cindy
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Courtship is one of the books in Catherine Coulter’s Sherbrooke series which are historical books which include plenty of romance and adventure. The heroine is Helen Mayberry and the hero is Spencer Heatherington, Lord Beecham. While neither of the lead characters are Sherbrookes themselves Alexandra and Douglas Sherbrooke play significant roles in the story as well as Ryder and Sophia Sherbrooke. Helen has for years researched the local legend of King Edward’s Lamp which is reputed to be ma ...more
Rainelle
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Catherine has done it again. This book blew my mind. What an awesome book. I found it entertaining, funny, romantic and delicious. The two main characters: Helen and Spenser, what a hoot. I love how much, Spenser could not get enough of Helen. Helen character was a well respected woman. I love that for her. Oh but then Helens father, Lord Prith and the Butlers and the help, I loved. Flock and Teeny, I could not get enough of. I laughed so hard when it came to their characters. Good job. I look f ...more
Blue Rose
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my current favorite historical romance series, though it was written years ago. This book was about an abnormally tall lady who finally found a man she could look up to. And a man who found a lady who made him want to marry now instead of when he was close to his end of years. There was also a fun quest for a certain magic lamp. The hint of supernatural and whimsy keep this series fresh and fun.
Delacey
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Maybe 2.5 stars. Read this several years ago and did not care for it. Boring with annoying characters. The whole discipline thing, while memorable, seemed like it was trying to push boundaries a decade before the whole BDSM in indie novels started to appear, yet there is nothing titillating about it, and it is just plain annoying IMO. Not sure if I will ever reread this., but I do own the book, so maybe on my next reading of the series I will, but shall not this time around in 2019
Juli Cowan
Dec 06, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
No, just no. The plot is tedious and stupid. Do not waste your time. And if the plot wasn’t enough to make me to dislike it, an unnecessary drugging and kidnapping by our hero almost caused me to hurl the book across the bedroom. Lord Beecham refers to Helen as his "Big Girl", Helen develops unique "disciplines" for her employees. Yeah, NO, just NO.
Margaret
Jun 03, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I gave this one star so it showed I read the book, but it is absolute drivel. The book has a very boring, miniscule plot with some sex thrown in. Can you tell I thought it was trash. I only finished it because it was the only book I had around.
Emmylou Abejuela
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very entertaining read. I simply had to reread several chapters several times, still laughing after each time.

Poor Spenser. Helen is definitely your match.

I would have tried all of Lord Prith's champagne concoctions at least once.

Jennifer HOot
it wasn't good than the other books.. hard to get into it..
Cindy Miller
I loved the humor in this book between Spencer and Helen along with the cross over characters from the previous Brides books, Alexandra giving Helen ideas in how to discipline their men, what a hoot!
Brenda Allen
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love the Bride series, Can't put them down and when I'm done i want more.
Chayong
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I dove into this book because I’ve loved Catherine Coulter. Except this start was so boring that I sped read through it. It has a pleasant ending.
Ruth
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! Very humorous characters!
Shea
This book although consider part of the Sherbrooke series is not directly about any of the Sherbrookes. Alex, Douglas, Ryder and Sophie Sherbrooke all make appearances. I enjoyed this book mainly due to the female lead, Helen. She is a very independent woman who owns and runs her own inn. I appreciated that she was not one of the normal virginal women on a hunt for a husband. She is, instead, on a personal quest to find a magical lamp. She happens to meet the man of her dreams because she believ ...more
Linda
Jul 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though I love the bawdy, tall, outrageous Helen and the way she captures the heart of the self appointed gift to all women, Hetherington, I quickly tired of their three day marathon lovemaking. Ms. Coulter has woven the Sherbrooke's in and out of this story, which is quite fun. After reading three of the series before this, I loved visiting with the characters I grew to care for. Helen is the rare independent woman of her age who runs a no nonsense inn, where she has developed a punishment ...more
Patricia
Mar 19, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I was really disappointed in this book. I love the way Catherine Coulter writes. Her characters are human and funny. They are serious when the situation calls for it but I always laugh in her romance novels. I love that I can sit back and read without having to think too much and just enjoy the characters as they are. In this novel, I felt the plot was rather silly. The love scenes were somewhat ridiculous and too many. Ms Coulter's stories usually flow smoothly and have you wanted to find out m ...more
ElizabethRose
This was a fun treasure hunting story! As a history major, the opportunity to study primary sources is always enjoyed, and when you find one yourself it's even better. It was cool to see Helen and Spenser discover the clues and hunt for the magic lamp. The love story was adorable too. Both participants entered into it with no plans of falling in love and they just so happen to be perfect for each other. The Sherbrookes make another appearance although no Colin and Sinjun, but I'm sure they'll be ...more
Jessi
Helen Mayberry is repeatedly described as a big girl. Mostly because she's so very tall. But not taller than Spenser Heatherington, Lord Beecham. He's just a bit taller. Enough, he believes to make a good partner for her. Not in marriage, of course, but he won't immediately fall into lust like so many of the shorter men do.
The two are wrapped up in the mystery of King Edward's Lamp. It is supposed to grant wishes. A neat little touch of mysticism.
Love seeing characters from the previous brides
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Laurel Horner
Jun 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-on-itunes
Very nice story woven with mystery. I am waiting for the lamp to do something though. Interesting how Spenser just assumed Helen was not a virgin instead of asking her since they made such a big deal out of virginity in all the other books. Want to know why it is a good thing these men in all these books are only lasting a couple minutes at a time and they are saying the women don't have any knowledge of sex sounds like that is a little backwards!!
Lindsay
Apr 22, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Really disappointed with this book. The first portion is one step above soft-core porn, with obsessive attention to a certain sexual fetish. Even the most hard-core fetishists don't talk abou it that much! The rest of the book is building up tired gender-stereotype strawmen and knocking them down. Boo. And I so like Catherine Coulter.
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I do remember this book, and thought, I like a big girl who can take care of herself. I don't know how accurate this is for the time period, but then I think, Helen is not an aristocrat. She's petite bourgeoisie so it's possible. Regardless, I liked the sparring between Helen and Heatherington. A fun read with a happily ever after. What more can a historical romance need?
Lynne Tull
This was a really interesting book. There was a little intrigue, a little romance, a little humor and more than a little lust! I kept thinking while I was reading it...it felt like a Georgette Heyer novel with a "tongue in cheek" take on Anne Rice's "naughty" books. Of course, true to her word Ms. Coulter keeps the Sherbrooke's involved. They provide more comic relief. I recommend it...
Cynthia
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Another great tale in the Sherbrooke Bride Series!

Helen Mayberry is such a deliciously drawn character with all her levels of 'discipline' and her tom-boy attitudes.

Just too bad King's Edwards Lamp doesn't really amount to much other than a grand adventure for Helen and Lord Beecham.

Can't wait to continue the series!
Cath
This was soooooooo boring. I stopped reading after chapter 12.
Spencer kept thinking, dreaming, blabbering about his "big-girl"....mehhhh
My first Catherine Coulter book and I'm not impressed. There are 3 more on my book stack...my oh my.
A 1 star rating is rare for me, but this book just isn't good enough.
Cheryl
Jul 02, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
one of the few books I have thrown away after reading. Badly developed and completely superficial characters, repetitive (and pretty graphic) sex scenes, and a story that just tries too hard and doesn't ever succeed...
Stacey
Sep 19, 2008 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
This is a story every man should read about how to pleasure a woman. Previous to this, all of Coulter's historical romances involved a virgin bride. Not this one! It's full of sexual encounters thus far..... :) Nice night read. Ha!
Pam
I enjoyed this book very much. The characters were funny together. They were also very steamy together. There is a great mystery about an ancient lamp too. Spencer is a very funny and persistent hero.
Jeanette
As always, I loved the interaction between the characters and how the characters from the previous books in the series keep popping up. I felt the plot dragged on too long but other then that Catherine Coulter remains a fav of mine!
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