"A strong historical romance"
In 1823, Meggie Sherbrooke still loves the younger
brother of her sister-in-law Jeremy Stanton-Greville as she
has over the last six years. However, Jeremy looks at
Meggie with the fondness of an older "almost cousin" and
does not return her deepest feelings. Inadvertently, he
hurts Meggie, who is still dreaming of becoming his wife,
when he introduces her to his betrothed Charlotte Beresford.
Earl Thomas Malcombe courts a sad Meggie and she soon
agrees to marry him. However, he overhears her telling her
dad about her unrequited feelings for Jeremy leading to
Thomas' anger and jealousy, as he wants Meggie to love only
him. The newlyweds travel to his home only to have to deal
with a homicide and a murder attempt on Meggie. Her family
arrives to keep her safe, which adds to increased jealousy
on the part of Thomas. Will his feelings cause the end of
the relationship with the woman he loves who now knows the
difference between puppy love and adult love?
PENDRAGON, the "Bride" series next generation tale, is
a strong historical romance that continues the Sherbrooke
saga. The story line is fast-paced while the characters
retain their depths and qualities that make them unique.
Though Thomas is a strong male lead, his feelings of
inadequacies towards his beloved make him human though may
frustrate some readers; Meggie's lack of male understanding
(in spite of four brothers) lasts several chapters too
long. Still Catherine Coulter provides her numerous fans
with a gratifying novel that contains the magic of the
Sherbrooke stories and the pleasant knowledge of more to
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 20, 2001