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From Publishers Weekly
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.
“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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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
I had high hopes for this book. I have read many hsitorical romances and I have read Ms. Coulters FBI series. Read morePublished on April 3 2003 by Lourdes
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 morePublished on Jan. 6 2003 by M. E. Newell
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 morePublished on Oct. 14 2002
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
Catherine Coulter's Pendragon is a great setting mixed into a great plot. This story is very unique and love inspiring. Read morePublished on May 31 2002 by RJOANP@aol.com
Having read any and every historical romance written by this author, I bought Pendragon without a second thought. Read morePublished on April 4 2002 by Patti Rogers
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 morePublished on March 22 2002 by pigpig
It's very rare to find a series that you could pick up the first or fifth book and still find it entertaining. Read morePublished on March 22 2002 by Teresa Aylor