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Catherine Coulter , Anne Flosnik
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Book Description

Nov. 20 2006 Bride Series (Book 7)
Dear Reader: It’s time for a bit of cat racing, a sinister mystery, and a light touch of gothic menace. Add the signature Sherbrooke grit and wit and voila, you have Pendragon. Here’s to the next generation - Tysen Sherbrooke now has four sons and Meggie, age nineteen. Her almost-cousin Jeremy Stanton-Greville - Sophia Sherbrooke’s brother, and the man Meggie has held in silent adoration since she was thirteen years old - unknowingly breaks her guileless heart. Deeply depressed, she rallies with a hasty marriage to Thomas Malcombe, the earl of Lancaster and a brand-new card in the Sherbrooke deck, in the spring of 1824, despite a very nasty rumor involving a local girl. Thomas takes his bride to Pendragon, a castle on the southeastern coast of Ireland. A monstrous old place, filled with very eccentric folk, Pendragon nonetheless charms Meggie, until she discovers that she’s there for a reason that could lead to disaster. I hope you like Meggie Sherbrooke’s story and getting together with the Sherbrooke clan again. Feel free to email me at ReadMoi@aol.com or write me at P.O. Box 17, Mill Valley, CA 94942. Catherine Coulter

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Coulter's latest Regency-era romance continues the saga of the Sherbrooke family, relayed in her Bride Trilogy (The Sherbrooke Bride, etc.). While attending her first London ball, 18-year-old Meggie, daughter of Reverend Tysen Sherbrooke, encounters an old schoolgirl crush, her "almost-cousin" Jeremy. Certain that she is now old enough to be truly in love, she's devastated when her affections aren't returned. In an attempt to get over Jeremy, she hastily marries Thomas Malcombe, the earl of Lancaster, a man who has been scarred by his history with untrustworthy women. Meggie must win over her husband, even as she battles her nasty mother-in-law for control of the estate. Her troubles don't stop there, however; someone is trying to kill her, and she and Thomas must discover who and why. Although fans of the series will undoubtedly enjoy revisiting the charming and eccentric Sherbrooke family, new readers will find themselves at a loss to explain some of their bizarre behavior (the family's tradition of cat racing, for instance). Several of the novel's plot points are left unresolved as well such as the reason behind Mrs. Malcombe's antipathy toward Meggie and the motive behind Thomas's younger brother's rakish behavior. Despite the occasional charming moment, this slight story falls short of Coulter's usual standards. (Jan.)Forecast: Over the years, Coulter's fan base has expanded to include devotees of contemporary romantic suspense and thriller novels, but these readers won't find her latest a worthy introduction to her historicals. Coulter's long-time fans, however, will pluck this one off the shelf before the dust has a chance to settle.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

Review

“A good storyteller…Coulter always keeps the pace brisk.”—Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“Ms. Coulter is a one-of-a-kind author who knows how to hook her readers and keep them coming back for more.”—The Best Reviews

“Coulter is excellent at portraying the romantic tension between her heroes and heroines, and she manages to write explicitly but beautifully about sex as well as love.”—Milwaukee Journal

“Coulter instinctively feeds our desire to believe in knights in shining armor and everlasting love—historical romance at its finest.”—BookReporter.com

“One of the genre’s great storytellers.”—Kansas City Star

“One of the masters of the genre.”—The Newark Star-Ledger

“Catherine Coulter is one of the best authors of exciting thrillers writing today.”—Midwest Book Review
--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Sherbrooke bites the dust. . . Jan. 18 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Okay, I'll admit being a Catherine Coulter fan from way back, and I truly did enjoy reuniting with Sherbrooke characters from previous books, which I do remember amazingly well considering how many books I have read since that I don't remember at all.
Frankly, I found myself alternately laughing and crying my way through this book. I cried because I thought Meggie's crush on her "almost-cousin" went on far too long and caused much pain to the husband who loved her and deserved better. I laughed when the cook sang while serving nutty buns, the butler defined everyone's worth based on their suitability to walk on his back, and the new bride drowned her sorrows with the innkeeper's wife after a less than satisfactory wedding night. The two dowager countesses, although mean-spirited at times, made their contributions to the hilarity as well.
Did I ever want to know so much about cat racing? Probably not, but the images of cats leaping to the finish line with a crowd of Sherbrookes and Malcombes and their households cheering them on provoked many a chuckle even after the book was finished.
Meggie is a worthy Sherbrooke heroine, feisty and loyal and determined to the end. What man wouldn't fall in love with her? How Thomas turns out to be such a deserving Sherbrooke consort, considering his upbringing, remains a mystery.
The murder mystery plot at the end seemed a bit incongruous in comparison with the lighthearted crazy tone of the novel. I think the book would have turned out much better had the murderer remained a comical character bent on making mischief between the two dowager countesses. And perhaps that would have left room for a bit more romance between Meggie and Thomas.
Regarding the comments of a previous reviewer that Ms.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Silly Heroine... Dec 5 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book just rubs me the wrong way. I love Catherine Coulter & was excited to pick this one up. However it was not to be.
I can't abide the heroine...Who names a romance heroine "Meggie"? C'mon! It's hard to find her sexy or beguiling with a childhood nickname attached. And yes...the cat racing got on my nerves too.
There are better Catherine Coulter's out there...no, there are some wonderful Catherine Coulter books out there, however Pendragon isn't one of them.
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1.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE April 3 2003
By Lourdes
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I had high hopes for this book. I have read many hsitorical romances and I have read Ms. Coulters FBI series. I assumed that I would love this book and would be running out to buy all her historical romances. Well you know what happens when you ASSUME.
This book was awful. The charaters were not inviting, the story was too drawn out and the cat racing. What was up with that!?!? I should have stopped right there. I think the characters had potential but the dialog was so convoluted you simply didn't care. As for the mystery, it started more than half way into the book. By the time I got to it I just wanted the pain to stop so I read the last two chapters and put the book away.
I will not be reading any more of her historical romances but I will keep up with the FBI series which also has its faults but it is much more enjoyable.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A very bad read Jan. 6 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I don't know what is happening with authors these days, but with each book they seem to get worse and Catherine Coulter is following trend. Ms. Coulter's early works such as "The Legacy Trilogy", "The Magic Trilogy" were really good, but "Pengragon" was very bad. I didn't realy care about the either of the main characters and the only reason that read the book was the fact that I spent over eight dollars for it. Maybe Ms. Coulter and others should take a break and take the time to write a book that is worth its money.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Unbearably bad read Oct. 14 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Pendragon is the fifth book in the Sherbrooke Brides series, a sequel to The Scottish Bride. I'm afraid I just skimmed through it, too much catracing and other stuff and very little writing actually on the hero and heroine. Not much on the romance. I didn't learn much about the hero, Thomas, and Meggie grown up is such an unsympathetic character I was sorry for Thomas he ended up with her. Also, I hated Calypso Magic, because I don't want a romance involving a slave plantation (I don't want to read about the exploitation of black slaves) and Jeremy is back and he still owns that slave plantation. I read too much romance and Coulter used to be a pleasant enough read but I think I'm too picky now, I don't like light historicals anymore and I don't like that wedding night thing, why do the women always act so surprised and hate it so much, doesn't seem realistic to me. If you like light historicals you might like this book but I would suggest start at the beginning of the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Meggie and Thomas are a great couple! June 26 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I really would give this book more like 3 3/4 stars, but since I can't I'll round up.
What I liked about this book was the two main characters, Meggie and Thomas. Though they got together awfully fast (she knew almost nothing about him but marries him on gut instinct) they seemed a sweet couple from the start. She's completely naive and guiless; he's handsome, charming and sweet.
Initially the mystery sounds promising, but it's resolution is a bit on the silly side. Still, I enjoyed the gothic atmosphere of Pendragon, wondering who had it in for Meggie when attempts are made on her life. Though you wonder how Thomas turned out so normal living in a house full of such strange characters - particularly his mother!
The whole cat racing thing was a bit much for me. I just skimmed those parts. Coulter always has some light device like animals or children in her stories.
But I enjoyed it enough to read it twice so far, so that's saying something.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great plot
Catherine Coulter's Pendragon is a great setting mixed into a great plot. This story is very unique and love inspiring. Read more
Published on June 1 2002 by RJOANP@aol.com
5.0 out of 5 stars Another shining star for Coulter
Having read any and every historical romance written by this author, I bought Pendragon without a second thought. Read more
Published on April 4 2002 by David Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars Pendragon... A Great read especially for cat lovers
I loved Pendragon as much as I did other Sherbrookes stories. If you are a cat lover, you will especially like this book because there lots of cats in the story. Ms. Read more
Published on March 22 2002 by pigpig
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps on Giving
It's very rare to find a series that you could pick up the first or fifth book and still find it entertaining. Read more
Published on March 22 2002 by Teresa Aylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Put It Down...
I absolutely loved this book. It was the first book that I have read by Catherine Coulter and I plan to read as many more of her books as I can find. Read more
Published on March 3 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book
I loved this book. I think it is one of the best in the Sheerbrooke series. If you are going to buy one of Catherine Coulters books buy this one. Read more
Published on Feb. 19 2002 by sarah
3.0 out of 5 stars Author asked me to stop reading her books!
I read the Bride series and loved it. Inside each of her books, she gives her e-mail address for feedback. Read more
Published on Feb. 15 2002
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