June 27, 2012

Review: Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson

Author: Julianne Donaldson
Paperback: 240pgs
Published: March 27, 2012
Publisher: Shadow Mountain

Marianne Daventry will do anything to escape the boredom of the town she lives in 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 the 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 thief 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 she 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 have officially made it to my 100th review, and the first thing I have to do is say a huge thank you to GCR follower brendajean for recommending this book, Edenbrooke, to me.

Let me tell you how GOOD this book is: I picked it up this morning on my way to work, and finished it by the time I got home. And while I was at work, I couldn't stop thinking about it and it actually hurt me to put it down!

The author, Julianne Donaldson, does the most incredible job of just creating these characters that you instantly fall in love with and care deeply about. Marianne, our heroine, is the woman who refuses to be stuck in the box that everyone else places her in. She doesn't want to be "the elegant lady" she's supposed to be, and refuses to change. Her character is strong, witty and so loveable.

And then you have Philip. What can I tell you about Philip?....I'm in love with him, lol. Philip is the man that every girl dreams of - he is hilarious, he's charming, he's caring - he's perfect. I can't tell you too much about the drama that ensues between Philip and Marianne, but suffice it to say that it will sweep you off your feet.

This book made me laugh, made me cry, and most of all, made me smile. I mean, literally smiling like 99% of the time. Thank you brendajean for suggesting I read this book, and thank you Julianne Donaldson for writing it. I am a fan for life :)


  1. Yes, I completely fell in love with Philip too! Such a fantastic hero, and so kind to Marianne. He completely made the book for me. Glad to hear you liked this one so much. :)

  2. Excellent review -- so good that I went out and bought this book right away! It looks like just the sort of book I would love! Thanks for the review.

  3. Great review, Edenbrooke sounds like a great story and I'm happy to have heard about it.

  4. This book sounds so good! I love historical romances, and the way you describe it in your review I can't wait to buy it. Great review! =)

  5. Just the blurb and your review has me putting this on my TRL. I love books like this. Thank you for introducing me to a new Author and a new book. :)
    Carol L.
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  6. Wow! I'm going to have to add this to my TBR list. It sounds fantastic!

  7. Thanks for posting this....the book trailer (one of the best I've seen) had me very intrigued, and now after reading your review, I'm adding it to my book wishlist. Any period piece that is compelling is a win in my book! :D


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