Thursday, January 9, 2014

Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson

"Marianne Daventry will do anything to escape the boredom of Bath and the amorous attentions of an unwanted suitor. So when an invitation arrives from her twin sister, Cecily, to join her at a sprawling country estate, she jumps at the chance. Thinking she'll be able to relax and enjoy her beloved English countryside while her sister snags the handsome heir of Edenbrooke, Marianne finds that even the best laid plans can go awry. From a terrifying run-in with a highwayman to a seemingly harmless flirtation, Marianne finds herself embroiled in an unexpected adventure filled with enough romance and intrigue to keep her mind racing. Will Marianne be able to rein in her traitorous heart, or will a mysterious stranger sweep her off her feet? Fate had something other than a relaxing summer in mind when it sent Marianne to Edenbrooke." (Description from

I found this book by luck. Twice a day the library pulls holds from users who placed them online. As I was making my way down the "D" section in fiction I pulled this book for a user's hold. I looked at the covered and thought, "hmm, this feels like a Jane Austin type book". Then I read the back and got excited about reading a history romance book. So, as I usually do, I placed a hold on the book myself and waited the next few weeks to come through. 

When I finally got the book. I had just finished "Fallen Crest Public" by Tijan and was reeling from the ending. It was a great ending and had me thinking all sorts of crazy things. So, I needed a book to help calm my racing thoughts. I was right to turn to "Edenbrooke".

Donaldson wrote such a wonderful, classic romance. I just loved reading it and watching Marianne develop as a character. But more importantly, I loved how strong she was in self. Sure, she questioned herself and wondered at times about many things. But she knew who she was as a person and was loyal to a fault. Sir Phillip was also a classic book boyfriend. Handsome, attentive, and interesting.

I would recommend this to those who love a good romance or historic fiction.

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