Author: Julianne Donaldson
Published: March 27, 2012
Genre: Romance, Historical Fiction
Goodreads Description: 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.
I learned about Edenbrooke through one of Brookie’s posts when she mentioned how she has re-read it four times already. Being someone who rarely re-reads books, I was curious as to what she saw in it.
I’m a sucker for a good Regency drama, and this book had the whole shebang. I ate it all up: the horse rides through the countryside, the balls and dancing, and the uncertain romance. I’ve never actually read a Regency drama, but this book had everything I could hope for in one. I could easily picture it as a movie and actually decided to listen to the Pride and Prejudice 2005 movie soundtrack while reading halfway through the book 😂.
Marianne’s love interest was the perfect gentleman and hard not to fall in love with. I appreciated that the romance wasn’t exactly insta-love on Marianne’s part. Even though the book spanned across a short period of time, I felt that the two got to know each other pretty well before making any declarations of love. The meaningful conversations coupled with the frequent eye-gazing melted my heart.
I also respected Marianne’s loyalty to her sister. As someone with sisters of my own, I understood Marianne’s thought-process and probably would have made the same decisions she made throughout the book. Even though she was jealous of Cecily at times, she was never hostile to her and had her sister’s good-fortune in her mind.
I didn’t mind it, but some people may not like how predictable this book was. I was able to predict the ending a few chapters into the book, however there was one plot twist that I didn’t see coming.
Also, the ending was a bit rushed. A lot of the major questions weren’t answered until the last two chapters of the book. I can forgive it though since it was a pretty short book
and I loved everything else.
This was a charming Regency romance that I didn’t expect to
like love as much as I did.
i loved it