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Catherine Coulter
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 355 pages
  • Publisher: Jove Books; Reprint edition (Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515150061
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515150063
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.6 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CC at her best 24 Jan 2011
I love CC's historical romances - they are full of humour, historical details of everyday life and great characters. The Velcourt Heiress was a welcome return of CC's medieval romances. Having read all of her similar books I have never found another author who matches her skills. Well, maybe Johanna Lyndsey would be the nearest... but no one else and I am a prolific reader!! The storyline was good and it was great to hear of previous characters on the peripheral of the story. The characters with their quirks were funny! My only criticism would be towards the end when the introduction of a twin broke off the momentum somewhat and spoilt the storyline. I think CC could have done with a better alternative as this one just did not flow! Despite this, I loved this book and would recommend anyone who enjoyed CC's earlier historicals to grab this one!!
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My First Coulter, But Not My Last 6 Oct 2010
By Dianne E. Socci-Tetro - Published on
The Valcourt Heiress - by Catherine Coulter

When Garron of Kersey comes back to claim his new castle Wareham Castle and his vast properties, he is surprised to find almost everyone dead and the people who are left starving and with little hope. Oddly there is one maiden left who he doesn't know but seems vaguely familiar to him. Her name is Merry and the others left at the castle have taken to her quite well. Garron believes the lies she has told and that she is the bastard daughter of the slain priest that used to live in the castle. Merry knows that Garron knows that she isn't who she seems. But they are both content to let the lies stand until the castle is put to rights. There is death, destruction, and a very nifty witch thrown into the mix as well as a good old fashioned romance

I have never read a book by Catherine Coulter, but my best friend had been encouraging me to read her, so when I had the chance to read this book I felt that since I love historical romance why not? I am so glad I did. It was so entertaining, so vividly drawn, and the characters felt so real. I don't usually like anything written earlier than the Regency; sometimes I will indulge in a Viking historical though. But now I am anxious to see if Catherine has any other Medieval books under her name. The plot was one that I have not really encountered in this manner. Yes I'm sure if you are a historical fan you have read the "beautiful frightened maiden hiding out as a lad" plot before. But I'll bet you haven't read it done quite like this before.

I loved this book and although I was going to send this to my pal, I think this may be a keeper for me! The comedic oaths to all the saints was nearly enough to make this a keeper. But the story is what really does it.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed but at Least I did not pay for the hardcover 28 Nov 2011
By Myra Thomas - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Words cannot express what a disappointment this book was. I was on a Thanksgiving long weekend medieval romance reading marathon. I had just completed Maya Banks Highlander trilogy which I greatly enjoyed and wanted to make sure that my weekend reading did not end with a bad read, so I made sure that I went to known author. I have not read one of Catherine Coulter's books in longtime since she does mostly contemporary book now which I do not read. I am so disappointed that I'm near to tears. I have not ever written review and feel compelled to do so since there is not one under the kindle books. I had not thought to check under the other book formats for a review but I did check with my favorite romance magazine for a review and they gave this 4 stars and it was nominated for best British Isle romance. What romance? There was none and not even good sex. The good sex was a brief memory the hero had of a mistress. The one sexual encounter between Garron and Merry was painful and not enjoyable for her. It's like she took a sexless regency romance and threw it in the medieval time to justify powerful witch storyline. The story starts out with potential and then it falls flat. The humor fell flat. The characters nor the relationship was not developed and was as if the author stopped caring about her characters and wanted to get the book done. It seemed that she wrote the main portions of the book intending to go back to fill in gaps to complete the story but had decided that she had the prerequisite number of pages needed and just let it go. I found it very hard to believe that is the same person that wrote the Song Trilogy. This became so ridiculous that I had to place my kindle on audio mode just to get through it. I think this is the first time that I have had an overwhelming need to get my money back.
28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars So not worth the money 1 Nov 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on
I just finished this book and I have to say that I'm beyond dissapointed. I love Catherine Coulter's medieval books so much, that I was beyond excited when I saw that she had one being released this year. I jumped at it and added it to my Amazon cart right away. I was so excited when it was finally released that I ended up buying it at a store (spending a few more dollars on it...Amazon has the best prices on media) and not actually Amazon, so that I could start reading it rigt away. What a huge mistake!!!!!

This is one of the worst books I've read in a long time. The characters were flat, boring, and just plain silly. I found myself not caring about any of them a few chapters into the book. I started wishing they would all just die so that I could be done with it already (when I spend my money, I read a book to the end). The story took forever to go anywhere, and by the time it did, I just didn't care what happened to anyone.

The entire story was boring and predictable. The characters were so poorly written, that I couldn't believe any of the people actually knew or liked one another. And, this was supposed to be a romance, remeber that...the two main characters were not likeable or believable as a couple. No spark at all.

The only positive things I have to say for this book are that the font was very readable, the paper quality of the hardcover was nice, and the cover art was beautiful. These things do not a good book make.

Bottom line, save your money. If you want to chance it, get it at the library. At the very least, wait for the paperback. That way, you'll only be out $7.99, and not feel like a true sucker for spending money on this book.
38 of 48 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT waste your time in reading this (dare I call it BOOK?)! 14 Oct 2010
By bookworm2bookworm - Published on
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)! 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 it was 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? It cannot be just me! Catherine Coulter wrote this? 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! 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! I honestly wish I could give zero stars for this book. If you absolutely MUST read it, get it from the library. This isn't worth your hard earned money. And just so you know, I LOVED reading her Trilogies (Wyndham; Bride; Song), so I DO NOT HATE the woman, I just think she got sloppy, lazy and she cared nothing about these characters.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cant go on....... 4 Jan 2012
By T. Pierce - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I totally agree with you Myra....i made it through page 103 and had to stop. This book is not interesting at all and i had to go back and reread things to try to figure out what the characters were saying. The dialogue was scattered everywhere and i couldnt understand the characters thinking or frame of mind. There was no romance/sex up tp page 103 and the characters were not even thinking of each other in a romantic fashion. Never read Coulter and probably never will. I am very disappointed. I guess i will stick with Bertrice Small, Johanna Lindsey and Philippa Gregory for my historical stuff. Bummer.
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