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Product Details

  • Series: Sherbrooke (Book 5)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Jove; Reprint edition (January 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515127213
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515127218
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #943,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews Review

Whoever said eavesdroppers never hear anything good was never privy to the titillating conversation Spenser Heatherington, Lord Beecham, overhears at a party. But then, there's nothing retiring or at all usual about Helen Mayberry, daughter of eccentric Lord Prith. Helen is a statuesque blue-eyed, blond Aphrodite who owns her own inn and has read everything academic and otherwise on the art of discipline. An inveterate womanizer, Heatherington determines--based on a conversation he wasn't supposed to hear--that he would love to teach Helen what he knows about the subject and maybe learn something new in the process. When Helen tells Heatherington that she wants him for her partner, he wholeheartedly agrees but is dismayed when she further explains that she needs his skill to help locate a mythical golden lamp rumored to make its possessor all-powerful. But both are overwhelmed by their responses to each other--a passion that cannot be denied--in the middle of a fox hunt, in a rundown shack, on the floor of her father's study.... Marked by The New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter's trademark wit and sensuality, The Courtship is a keeper! --Alison Trinkle

From Publishers Weekly

Set in Regency England (though not a Regency romance), Coulter's latest historical novel describes, with delectable humor and sexuality, the romance between the beautiful Lady Helen and the Spenser Heatherington, Lord Beecham. A libertine, Spenser has vowed that he won't marry and produce an heir until just before he's ready to meet his maker. But his resolve wavers when he meets Helen, an inn-keeper who enchants every man she meets. At first, Helen would rather have Spenser as her partner than her lover, but she soon changes her mind. Helen's powerful discipline not only engenders great enjoyment for her and Lord Beecham in the bedroom, but in less steamy situations provides levity for the reader. In addition, a mystery subplot--concerning what might have happened to Aladdin's Lamp had the Knights Templar brought it back to England during the realm of Edward I--is intermixed with the love story. The novel reintroduces several beloved characters from Coulter's The Sherbrooke Bride and The Hellion Bride, who add to the droll good times. Coulter's romances may sometimes miss the mark, but she's in top form here, with a good-guy hero in pursuit of a worthy heroine. Readers will wish them years of delightful torment, silk cravats and all. (Jan.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Catherine Coulter is the author of the New York Times-bestselling FBI thrillers The Cove, The Maze, The Target, The Edge, Riptide, Hemlock Bay, Eleventh House, Blindside, Blowout, Point Blank, Double Take and TailSpin. She lives in northern California.

Customer Reviews

What a terrible and boring book.
I have read every Coulter book she has written and I must say I have my favorites, but this is definitely a keeper for me.
The characters were completely lacking in charm or depth and there was virtually no plot.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on January 5, 2000
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In 1811 London, Spenser Heatherington, Lord Beecham, overhears two ladies discussing discipline. One is Alexandra Sherbrooke, but her unknown companion intrigues the infamous rake even though he has no idea what she looks like. Later on, Spenser meets the source of disciplinary wisdom, Lady Helen Mayberry, a beautiful amazon, who runs a tavern.

Though he thinks she wants to make love with him, she needs him to be her partner. Still, as the duo exchanges opinions on discipline, they fall in love. Spenser asks Helen to marry him, but she tearfully refuses because she is already married to a spouse who has disappeared. There is also a mystery involving a lamp that he tries to help Helen find. This keeps the pair working together and in close proximity, creating a situation where neither adult has the discipline to keep their hands off the other.

Catherine Coulter has written her best novel in several years as she takes a satirical poke at her own Regency books. Using two secondary characters from previous tales, Ms. Coulter writes a witty, humorous story filled with odd characters whose eccentricities will charm the audience. The lead couple is an endearing pair that will garner much empathy with their constant battle of the sexes. Ms. Coulter makes the Regency fun with this clever and ironic tale.

Harriet Klausner
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By gladis johnson on February 4, 2000
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I have read every book by Coulter. I thought they couldn't get any worse than Mad Jack, but I was wrong. I have been trying to read this book for 2 weeks, and I finally made it to page 73 before I gave up. It rambles on and on with no sense of purpose. I definitely will read reviews before I buy another Coulter book. I was very disappointed with this one.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Karen E. on January 19, 2000
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I LOVED this book! It was hilarious -- I found myself laughing out loud quite often. The storyline is delightfully refreshing, loaded with splendid sexual innuendos which kept me in stitches, and of course Coulter is a master at dialogue and characters' interactions. This book is NOT TO BE MISSED. Two thumbs up!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn on January 15, 2000
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I am a long-time fan of Catherine Coulter. Her "Impulse" was the first romance novel I ever read and I was hooked immediately. I've read every book she's ever written and she made me interested in the genre. With this in mind, I'd like to say I loved this book.
When I was about half-way through with this book, I could see that the only problem a person could have with it is the amount of sex in it. There was a great deal. But if you don't like sex, or are disturbed by it, you shouldn't be reading romance novels. That said, it was a charming novel.
Unlike previous reviewers, I found the characters and the plot to be very well drawn. Helen Mayberry and Lord Spenser Beecham are the protagonists, introduced in Mad Jack and The Sherbrooke Bride respectively. Helen is a self-proclaimed spinster and Spenser a womanizer.
The premise--Lord Beecham overhears Helen talking about "domination"--making a man worship the ground she walks on-- and instantly wants her as a lover, believing her to be a woman married to an old English lord, with a slew of lovers. The wordplay between the two characters is the most entertaining part about it. Unlike other books, Beecham isn't the only one thinking about sex and Helen doesn't instantly swoon when Beecham talks to her. Helen is a very strong woman, she runs her own inn and no one will persuade her from her purpose--recovering an ancient lamp.
When he tries to seduce her, instead of being shocked and appalled, she shocks him by seducing him right back. She's not coy at all, rather she's straightforward, independent, and delightfully refreshing. He seems like a rake at first, but turns out to be amazingly intelligent.
Ms. Coulter also brings back Alexandra and Douglass Sherbrooke whose antics would amuse anyone. Although this novel is not her best, it's wonderfully entertaining and a great read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By magoosmom on July 14, 2006
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When you find yourself double-checking the bookjacket to see if the author you have enjoyed in the past could really have written this, it is not a good sign. I can't even get into the book. I have read Catherine Coulter before, and while she isn't my favorite romance novelist, I have had only enjoyable experiences thus far. That ended when I picked up this book from the library.

The dialogue is awful. There is no flow, they just randomly say things out of their mouths. There is no context for it either, no reason given for anything they say. And since what they say is so unbelievably corny, trite, or odd, you really need some kind of frame to put it in for it to have any meaning. I gather from the reviews that this contains characters from her other books, so maybe the context is there.

The whole conversation about discipline in the beginning pages also has no context. I found myself trying to picture this and trying to figure out what in the heck she really meant by discipline. Did it mean what I think it meant? Or something else? It wasn't super clear.

The man's character gives you nothing to work with. He's a womanizer and yet, he spills out a story about avenging his housemaid's demise. Then he immediately blurts out "Why did I say that?" Why indeed? When he is questioning it, I know I'm in trouble.

And what is up with the whole "big girl" repetition? First, a big girl in my mind is someone with larger proportions--not necessarily someone tall. The "big girl" is gorgeous, but we have no idea why because the descriptions he pants about her don't describe anything. Just picture a goddess. There ya go. Got it? Good.

Unfortunately I'm not going to make it to the whole "point" of this book, something about a treasure. I cannot, simply cannot get past these pages.
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