The Valcourt Heiress

The Valcourt Heiress

by Catherine Coulter

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Overview

Set in King Edward's medieval England, this exciting historical romance delivers the trademark wit and vivid characters that fans have come to know and love from #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780515150063
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/01/2011
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 303,087
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.78(h) x 1.02(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Catherine Coulter is the author of the New York Times-bestselling FBI thrillers The Cove, The Maze, The Target, The Edge, Riptide, Hemlock Bay, Eleventh Hour, Blindside, Blowout, Point Blank, Double Take, TailSpin, KnockOut, and Whiplash. She lives in northern California.

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"Coulter is a multitalented author who moves from traditional Regency romance to modern-day thrillers with ease. After decades she returns to the Middle Ages with a sprightly tale that showcases her hallmark sense of humor, skill for crafting a clever mystery, and ability to create "witchy" characters who draw on the atmosphere of the era. Readers will be enthralled through the surprising, smart climax of this enchanting romance."
-Romantic Times

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The Valcourt Heiress 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 143 reviews.
goguins66 More than 1 year ago
I was looking for a light read, and got vacuous. The original plot was solid enough but became untethered with the addition of "magick" and other silliness. The entire second half of the book is so confusing and ridiculous that I found myself skipping chapters in the hope that Ms. Coulter would get back on track. She didn't. The result was a completely unsatisfying read.
Sparkle461 More than 1 year ago
This book was not of her usual caliber. The plot dragged, there was no real chemistry, sexual or otherwise between the hero and heroine. The magic in it doesn't make sense and feels like a random plot line that was thrown in as an afterthought. The book was so boring and the characters so uninteresting that I could barely finish the book. I am sorry I spent the money on it, what a waste.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The plot unfolds too quickly. The relationship between the two main characters never fully develops. The ending is rushed and totally unsatisfying.
Anonymous 2 days ago
awesome+book
Berly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Okay. It was a mindless, but fun romance. Totally historically inept, but a good twist at the end I didn't see coming. Quick read. Entertainment only. No literary value.
zibilee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When the father of Merry the Valcourt Heiress dies unexpectedly, her long-absent mother returns to sell her and her fortune to the unpleasant and malicious Jason of Brennan, a fact which Merry finds repugnant. Running away from both Jason and her mother, Merry, dressed as a stable boy, is kidnapped mid-flight by a vicious man and his band of thieves. After she's rescued by a mysterious nobleman, she again runs away, only this time she decides to hide in the nobleman's retinue and take her chances on a new life. As it turns out, this nobleman is none other than Garron of Kersey, the new earl of Warham Castle. Garron is returning to Warham to take control of the castle and its people after his brother's murder. But when Garron arrives, he discovers the castle largely abandoned and the few survivors tell the tale of the invasion and slaughter of Warham and its people by a man known only as the Black Demon. When Merry comes to understand what's happened at Wareham, she begs the remaining residents to keep her identity secret and sets about repairing the damage wrought at Warham, helping Garron restore order in his lands. Merry is a playful and headstrong young girl who is unschooled in the ways of love, and as Garron's interest in her begins to rise, he questions where this girl has some from and what she is doing ruling the kingdom beside him. But Merry and Garron's new found peace and happiness aren't without obstacles. The faceless Black Demon is still unidentified and on the loose, and Merry's mother, rumored to be a powerful witch, is still ruthlessly searching the countryside for her daughter. The Valcourt Heiress is a delectable romp where historical fiction shares the spotlight with fantasy, melding together to form a tale of both high adventure and taut intrigue.Once again, I made the mistake of judging a book by its cover. It happens all too frequently that I dismiss a book out of hand because the cover doesn't fit my parameters of what I think I should be reading. And looking at this cover, I expected it to be a bodice-ripping romance that would hold little interest for me. After reading the book, I have two points to make. The first is that I need to be a little more open-minded and less judgemental about the types of books I read, and the second (and I feel more important) is that publishers really need to work on more successfully matching the covers of their books to the material inside. This book has nothing even remotely to do with the design on the cover. There is never even a scene in the book like the one depicted on the cover. Publishers, stop doing this to us! You lose readers this way! Okay, I'll stop with the ranting and get on to the reviewing.I hadn't been expecting it but this book was a lot of fun to read! Coulter has a way of interspersing her action sequences among the more mild and introspective scenes that I really enjoyed. This tactic made the writing feel very smooth and had the effect of making the books feel very pleasingly layered. A lot of the character creation was done in a progressive way as well, so it felt that as I was reading, I was coming to know more and more about the people who populated the book. Instead of having everything thrown at me all at once, I gradually got to feel more and more comfortable with the characters and all their habits and nuances. I especially liked the budding relationship between Merry and Garron and felt that it also evolved in a pleasing and unique way. It's not often I read books that heavily feature romance, but I kind of felt that the romance between these two characters was almost slipped in casually, and instead of being the prime focus of the book, it came off as a satisfying undercurrent.One of the things I really liked was the continuing intrigue the Black Demon provided. Coulter had a way of reaching back and pulling this storyline off the back burner several times and bringing it into sharp relief throughout the tale, giving the book more than a
thewalkinggirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 apart for me.I enjoyed watching Merry and Garron's banter with each other and with the soldiers and servants, so when they were separated by the kidnapping ruse for almost half the book, the momentum of the romance was lost for me.It was a lot less misogynistic and rapey than Coulter's early 90s historicals, so I'll call that a major plus, and the light tone and fast pace made any of the really? moments I had quickly forgotten. I just wish there had been more time spent on Merry and Garron together before the "I love you. The end." part.
cyderry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the story of Merry who is the daughter of the Earl of Valcourt. Upon his death, Merry becomes a pawn of her mother, a reputed witch who is planning to sell her daughter and her inheritance to Jason of Brennan. Trying to escape her fate (dressed as a boy), Merry struggles with Jason's men and is rescued by Garron of Kersey. Following him to his new holdings in Warham, Merry convinces the residents of the ravaged property that she can help them if they shield her identity.Upon the arrival of Garron in Warham we learn of an attack by the Black Demon that killed nearly all the inhabitants and destroyed all the goods of the estate. The evil force was searching for silver coins that Garron's older brother supposedly stole before his death. The Story progresses as Merry and Garron both take on new roles at Warham and eventually the mystery of the Black Demon and Merry's mother both unite for a climax that is a bit predictable.I enjoyed the book but the romance wasn't concentrated enough, the mystery was lacking in the clues department, and overall, the characters were a bit one dimensional. I think that needed a bit more editing and character development.
Morphidae on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found a lot lacking. The characterizations were flat. I never got a real sense of who Merry and Garron were and didn't care all that much about them. I didn't feel like they were ever in any real danger or why they ended up together. The magic felt tacked on. There was no reason for there to be magic and the only person who had it was the main villain. And the villain only did it for the money? You didn't find out anything about the magic system, either. There were plot twists - and I use the term lightly - that were solved with a passing paragraph. Lastly, the dialogue and mannerisms were too modern. I gave it five stars out of ten because it was an easy read and I liked that the heroine made lists.
regencyera on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Let me preface this by saying that this review is on the ¿uncorrected proof ¿ that I received from Putnam Books.This is an important qualifier because I pray to whatever deity has time to listen that the final book released bares no resemblance to The Valcourt Heiress I read. Because the book I read is terrible. Awful. Stinky. A waste of paper. A waste of time. A waste of energy. A waste of shelf space. I can honestly say I haven¿t read a book this terrible in a very long time. Run, don¿t walk, away from this book. Definitely don¿t buy it. If you want to torture yourself with reading it, check it out at the library. There are better ways to spend your hard-earned money. There are definitely more worthy books. I wish I had something positive to say about The Valcourt Heiress, but nothing comes to mind except that the cover is very attractive. That¿s it . Nothing more. I have nothing positive to tell you. Honestly, when I started I didn¿t know who was responsible for putting this horribly written book in my hands. I couldn¿t believe a publisher would let this tripe out for review. (I still can¿t believe it!) It reads like a first draft. I knew from the first page it would be tough read since the sentence structure is appallingly simplistic. The story is uninspired. The characters don¿t meet the high standards of caricatures; they are simply one-dimensional. Actually, one-dimensional is too interesting a description.The story starts out with ¿she¿, aka Merry, running away from home since her mother is forcing her to marry. Perhaps not identifying the woman would have worked if the sentences had been better written, but alas, they were not. So I¿m merely irritated time and again about ¿she¿ this and ¿she¿ that. Then we meet our ¿hero¿ and another random character who I immediately realized must have his own book. It¿s a completely random and awkward introduction that doesn¿t advance the story and confused me. Do I have to re-familiarize myself with characters from the Song series, which was written over 20 years ago? I did quick research and found out that Severin¿s not from the original series, but from the randomly tacked on books added to the series years later. And yes, Severin¿s randomly added for a few pages at the beginning, only to play no significance later. Confusing.Garron and Merry are the h/h and I have no interest in either of them. They are not interesting characters, not because they don¿t have potential, but because Catherine Coulter doesn¿t write coherently to establish any chemistry.Garron rescues Merry from villains at the beginning but is unaware of that fact since he thinks he¿s rescued a boy. Merry follows him to his castle which has been attacked leaving its inhabitants in dire straits. When he returns (for the first time after inheriting it) his people are pleased since he¿s saving them from starvation. Merry sneaks in and somehow gets all Garron¿s people to lie for her. Why? I have no idea. There¿s an explanation but it¿s weak. Very, very weak and unbelievable. They love their master, but will lie about the identity of some random chick they don¿t know. I really don¿t see that happening.I¿m not going to bore you with summarizing the plot because I would make it sound interesting. It¿s not. The secondary characters are boring and one-dimensional. The villains are stupid and boring. The story is boring. The ¿twist¿ at the end was not surprising, probably because I didn¿t care.I am really surprised and appalled at how badly written it is. That¿s what surprises me the most. The Catherine Coulter I used to read could write and she told interesting stories. This Catherine Coulter cannot write. Not even a little bit.I really hope that a significant rewrite was made to this book but I doubt it. A book doesn¿t get to proof stage without being close to finished.
bookworm2bookworm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 respected the author and I loved her historical romance books (note: PAST tense). I am not a fan of contemporary romance, or thriller so I¿ve never read her FBI series. I KNEW her historical books, and this review is based on the ¿uncorrected proof¿ that was provided by Putnam Books. I will NOT go into the summary of the story as you can read it for yourself. Now, I wanted to like this book, I really did. That said I cannot believe this got published. This, to me, reads as a rough draft of a book, and even as such, it needs a LOT more work to make it anywhere near interesting, much less believable. It is very slow paced; it took too long for the conflict to get resolved, and totally predictable. Oh, and the dialog!!! It was just awful, boring, bland and unrealistic! The characterization is thin, silly and underdeveloped as well as totally ONE dimensional! Not one solid character or developed plot. Not one single enjoyable moment, character, or storyline! I've never read a book where the characters lacked so much personality and chemistry! As for the romance? What romance?! I so wanted to care for Garron and Merry, but I found them so boring, so bland, so one dimensional and plain silly! Try as I might, I really didn't care for their story. The people, plot- totally unbelievable. Page after page, I just kept reading; shocked that such uninspired trash actually got published! How bad can it get, I kept asking myself? Guess what? It actually gets worse and worse, as you keep reading it. I had to debate whether to continue reading or just give up! I grew more angry, disgruntled as I plowed through. By the last page, I felt cheated! Am I to believe that Catherine Coulter wrote this book?! Did Ms. Coulter do any research in order to write this? Did she do ANYTHING in order to throw this mess my way? This is a disjointed story that left me confused, rolling my eyes in frustration, wondering how a veteran author could write this, and then allow such shabby work to be published? She might as well have PHONED IT IN! It cannot be just me! Catherine Coulter has forgotten how to write! Seriously!!! I am embarrassed for her! It is truly one of the worst books I have ever read and a huge insult to my intelligence. Actually, it's quite possibly THE worst one. Totally, absolutely ridiculous!!!!! What a waste of paper, time and money! A huge disappointment! I would not let the PRISONERS read this and I think you should have more fun reading David Lee Roth¿s ¿Crazy From the Heat¿! To the reader who is reading this review, DO NOT read (dare I call it BOOK?)! I do NOT recommend it. PLEASE do not buy it! You will be greatly disappointed. I honestly wish I could give zero stars for this book. If you absolutely MUST, get it from the library. This isn't worth your hard earned money.
missiek on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fast paced romance set in Medieval England, late 13th century. Has lots of quirky romance turns, court intrigue, and descriptions of life from the time. Thoroughly enjoyed reading. Started and it read so smoothly that I was half way finished before I realized it.
keeneam on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this boo at first and fund the heroine likable and fun, and a good fit for the hero. Things moved a little faster than I am used to, but when the magic and the witch became involved, the book became to weird and less enjoyable. The the "twist" was really odd and took me way out of the book. I usually enjoy Coulter's historical romance, but I would have been disappointed if I had bought this book. I would have read it, but nor purchased it, especially at the cost of a hardback book.
AoifeT on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book's plot basically is runaway heiress in disguise meets warrior lord with a problem. The problem in this case is a decimated castle. Add evil stepmother, magic, possible treasure and that's the story. The banter between the main characters was enjoyable. The mystery kept my attention and I wanted to see how it was resolved. All in All it is an entertaining book but not a memorable one. I would recommend this book to a reader of Medieval romance or Catherine Coulter fan but I would advise that you not to buy the hardcover edition, wait until it comes out in paperback.
ginger30297 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Catherine Coulter keeps you entertained in her newest novel. 'The Valcourt Heiress' is a book that will have you smiling all the way through it and should make you want to go grab one of her other books when your done!
Jaitai16 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be a let down. I have read about a half dozen books by Cathrine Coulter and she is usually a master of romantic suspense but I found not a bit of romance to be found in this book. It started out well. it seemed promising but as I got towards the middle of the book I felt that it was blah. When I read a romance novel I need to feel the chemistry between the two leads here I didn't. They were likable but I don't think they were developed enough. I didn't care about them and I think every good book has characters that you care about, that you root for. They fell flat.The love scene was truly one of the most unromantic ones I have read and no other to redeem it. I just didn't see how they fell in love. And that is what I wanted. I had minor issues with the plot. A lot of it centered around magic and evil forces but didn't go far enough to get me exicited.The antagonist are more annoying than anything. It wasn't a bad book. It was a light read and pretty fast paced. I was just hopping for more.
tmommy4 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a light read, Merry, the female lead, was headstrong and stubborn yet a bit too naive. The male lead, Garron, was an honorable yet somewhat clueless nobleman. The story seemed to drag a bit in the middle, the ending though a bit out of left field and seemed a little choppy, was workable. I was quite disappointed with the lack of love scenes. It seemed as thought though too much time was spent on the interactions between Merry and the other women, Garron and Robert (the chancelor) than between Merry & Garron. Thought it was an enjoyable read, it was not one of the beeter books I have read by Catherine Coulter.
Books007 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be disappointing. The first half of the book was pretty good although jumpy and lacking in some details. The second half of the book I had an even harder time following and became very bored.Garron and Merry were both likable characters. Merry on the run after escaping her wicked mother and an evil suitor only to be kidnapped. Garron unknowingly rescuing her and then providing a safe haven in his newly gained court. Secrets kept from Garron soon revealed and trouble finds Merry at Garron's court. The plot was sound just executed poorly. I am a C. Coutler fan but I do not recommend this book.
cattriona on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
SunnySD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Merry, the Valcourt heiress, has a bit of a problem - her father's death has left her custodial care to the tender mercies of the mother who abandoned her as a baby. A mother who promptly sells her hand in marriage. As any self-respecting heroine in this situation would, Merry runs away, only to be kidnapped. Unexpectedly Earl of Wareham after his brother's death, Garron isn't expecting to find his inheritance all but destroyed by the Retribution, the people who weren't slaughtered starving. Nor was he expecting a flaming redhead who shares his passion for list-making.A somewhat predictable medieval romance with likable main characters, plenty of villains and lots of plot twists. I enjoyed it thoroughly right up to the ending, which was a bit too out of the blue to ring true to the rest of the action. **an advance reading copy, so there were a few typos which will likely be cleaned up by the time it's published.
sboehm1977 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Normally I only read Catherine Coulter's FBI Series. Which are fantiastic by the way I can never be patient while waiting for the new ones to be released. I had been meaning to jump into her period works and I am now very glad I did this book kept me engaged the entire time. I couldnt stop reading it. From moment 1 I was wondering what was going to happen. The mystery of who the Black demon was. Who/what was going on with Mary's mother. Sorry it took so long to review. Life kept me busy, busy, busy. Hard to keep up 1 of my 2 favorite past times. Once I was able to crack the spine I couldnt put it down!
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