#1 New York Times bestseller Catherine Coulter's book, The Valcourt Heiress is an action packed historical romance set in the medieval era that reaffirms Coulter's well deserved title "master of romantic suspense". The 368 page novel was released on October 5th and the list price is $25.95, hardcover.
When Garron of Kersey returns home from the king's service to claim his title as Baron Wareham, he's shocked to find Wareham Castle very nearly destroyed by a man called the Black Demon.
According to the last starving servants still clinging to life inside the castle walls, the Black Demon was looking for gold belonging to Garron's brother Arthur. Among his remaining servants is the enigmatic Merry, the bastard child of the castle's priest. Garron quickly realizes that she is much more than a servant: She reads and writes and makes lists, just as he does. Together they bring Wareham back to its former splendor.
But this is only the beginning. Did Arthur have a cache of gold? Who is the Black Demon? And the biggest question of all: Who is Merry?
Coulter's legions of fans will enjoy this fun read with lots of plot twists, several mysteries, mistaken identities, and a touch of magic too! I found it to be an intriguing read right from the start and a real page turner. You find yourself drawn to Merry, wrapped up in her efforts to hide her real idenity from Garron, hoping she'll be able to continue getting Wareham back to normal.
Just when you think you've got it all figured out, she cleverly takes the characters in a different direction. The Valcourt Heiress is the first tale by Coulter I've ever read and already I'm hoping a sequel is in the works! I've got to know what happened to Merry's mysterious mother!
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Disclosure: An advanced reviewers edition was provided and this post relates my own personal and unbiased opinions of this book.