Meggie Sherbrook has been desperately in love with her "almost cousin", Jeremy Stanton-Greville, for 6 years. Her feelings are not reciprocated and she becomes heartbroken when he marries another woman.Then Thomas Malcombe enters into her life. The new Earl of Lancaster is instantly smitten with Meggie amd asks for her hand in marriage. Although Meggie is in love with another man, she accepts his proposal because she admires him and likes him very much.
After their marriage Thomas finds out about Meggie's feelings for her "almost cousin" and vows to make her love him and only him. But first he must make sure that she lives long enough to learn to love him.
After arriving at Thomas's home in Ireland, Meggie is confronted by an unwelcoming family. Soon afterwards several attempts are made upon her life. Thomas and Meggie must learn who wants her dead and why before they can truely begin their new life together.
This report prepared by Jess
Jove, Jan 2002, 7.99, 352 pp.
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 come.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner