The Valcourt Heiress

Whenever I read a Catherine Coulter romance, it seems familiar – as though I’ve read it before.  The Valcourt Heiress follows the same formula that has brought success to Coulter who churns out at least two books a year – specializing in medieval romance and FBI thrillers.

Her romance formula works well:  feisty, beautiful, young heroine with glamorous locks (blond, raven, or red) who is smart, talented, independent, strong-willed, knows how to heal with herbs, and is the exception to the usual simpering, ignorant, compliant type of that era – meets a young, virile, handsome, equally strong-willed hero who is the exception to the brutish clout of the era. She asserts her will; he asserts his.  Eventually, the conflict is resolved in bed.  Usually, an outside villain tears them apart – she is rescued – and then they live happily ever after.

The Valcourt Heiress adds a mother with magic powers, and a heroine who has more wealth than the hero.

My favorite part – other than the bed scenes – is the wording.  Mayhap we still talked about byblows, used fragrant rushes on the floor, and cursed with “by St. Timothy’s teeth.”

On a rainy day – give me a box of chocolate and a good romance.