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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful gothic undertones -- Recommended Feb. 11 2002
By C. Penn
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Meggie Sherbrooke has loved her "dratted" almost-cousin since she was thirteen. Of course, over the six years intervening between the time they met and the present, Meggie almost forgot him; that is, until her coming out allows them to cross paths again. Meggie is immediately smitten, and then heartbroken, as Jeremy announces his engagement to another. Aware of her feelings, Jeremy later behaves rather badly in an effort to disillusion Meggie and free her heart to love another.
Earl Thomas Malcombe expresses his interest in Meggie, but knows her heart belongs to another. Only when medicine he brings saves the life of a younger brother does Meggie afford him the opportunity to spend time together. While she immediately captures his heart, Meggie still mourns the loss of love that never was. Kisses distract her, however, and eventually lead her to marriage with Thomas. But words overheard only an hour after their vows are spoken provoke jealousy and anger, thus ruining their wedding night.
As Thomas and Meggie travel cross country to his family home, they are delayed by a homicide, soon followed by an attempt of Meggie's life. When Meggie's family arrives to offer their protection following a second attempt on her life, Thomas' jealousy increases. Often his negative reactions create unnecessary distance in their relationship, despite Meggie's assurances regarding her commitment to their marriage.
PENDRAGON is my first exposure to author Catherine Coulter's prose, I admit to feeling a bit torn about this book. On the one hand, she creates a lovely background with strong characterizations and delightful gothic elements. Meggie's puppy love for her cousin that eventually gives way to true love with her husband is a delight to watch.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Could have been so much better Jan. 27 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ok - keep in mind, I am a fan of Catherine Coulter and have been for a long time. This one, though....could have been so much more. The plot line is there (beyond the lost love, to the strange family of Thomas, to the twist in the game), but just isn't developed. A few sentences are supposed to give you everything about Lord Kipper? Hardly! This all left me feeling very flat after finishing the book. But, what's worse - the use of language. Sentences that make no sense, sentence construction that looks like the author doesn't understand English grammer. Catherine - we know you do! Was she going for "Irish speak" or some form of speech that was different in England in the 1800's? Well, if that was the case, it is far from the mark. I kept wanting to edit the book as I went along, and it really disturbed me.
Poor Meggie - the real disservice to her wasn't how her husband or new mother-in-law treated her or the danger she faced, it was her author not playing out her story fully, and not giving good voice to any of the characters except Tysen and Mary Rose.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not one for snappy dialogue... Jan. 17 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Having read Catherine Coulter for the last 15 years, I can safely say the Sherbrooke bride series is not her best work. The current offering, Pendragon, is as flat as the previous 4 books, offering little to no insight into the main character's thoughts while still providing a thick book. Our heroine, Meggie, supposedly intelligent, tends to prattle on aimlessly, interspersing intelligent thoughts with irrelevant fluff, thus giving this reader the impression of an educated nitwit. Coulter provides no reason for these incredibly circuitous verbal trails of hers. There are no pauses in the dialogue for her to provide us with the heroine's motivation for changing track in the middle of a soliloquy. Nor are there any indications in these unnaturally large chunks of dialogue of Meggie's feelings. You see more of Thomas's feelings, or should I say 'feeling', as he has the same feeling through the entire book - betrayal. Where Coulter could have deepened the story by providing a reason for Thomas's opening comment to Meggie, about lacking a loving mother, she drops this opportunity entirely, leaving us to form our own conclusions of his upbringing. Not particularly easy when all we see is the surface of the characters. Nor does she explain why Thomas's mother behaves as she does - once again, too much verbage with not enough insight. Coulter relies too much on dialogue to carry the plot of the novel, hence there is little depth in any of the characters, as she has failed to reveal the characters' motivations to us, thus delivering a flat, pat story that follows the same formula as the previous four. Get it second-hand if you must finish the series.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Silly Heroine...
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... Read more
Published on Dec 5 2003 by Michael G. Shering
1.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE
I had high hopes for this book. I have read many hsitorical romances and I have read Ms. Coulters FBI series. Read more
Published on April 3 2003 by Lourdes
1.0 out of 5 stars A very bad read
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. Read more
Published on Jan. 6 2003 by M. E. Newell
1.0 out of 5 stars Unbearably bad read
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... Read more
Published on Oct. 14 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Meggie and Thomas are a great couple!
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. Read more
Published on June 26 2002
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 May 31 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
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