Edenbrooke

Edenbrooke

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by Julianne Donaldson
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Inspirational publisher Shadow Mountain launches the G-rated Proper Romance line (romance “at its very best—and at its cleanest,” the introduction promises) with this delightful and completely engrossing Heyeresque Regency debut. The newly widowed Mr. Daventry sends his beautiful, elegant daughter Cecily to have a season in London and ships her “quiet and dull” twin, Marianne, to her grandmother’s home in Bath. When Marianne is allowed to visit the beautiful Edenbrooke estate and reunite with Cecily, she is overjoyed, despite her anxiety about the social niceties she abhors. But her journey turns tumultuous and she unexpectedly meets Philip, a devastatingly handsome man with an irresistible sense of humor and a great many secrets. When Philip’s true identity is revealed, Marianne must confront her fears as well as her growing affection for him. This beautiful love story will warm (only) the reader’s heart. Agent: Laurie McLean, Larsen/Pomada Literary Agents. (Apr.)
The Huffington Post

"Shadow Mountain Publishing debuted its new spin on the Romance novel recently...and its enchanting debut title Edenbrooke...has proven itself to be a winner right out of the gate."—The Huffington Post
Austenprose.com

"Ms. Donaldson shows great promise. As a debut novel Edenbrooke was delightful and diverting. She particularly excelled at the witty repartee between the main characters and developed the second string beautifully to support the narrative."—Austenprose.com
The Horn Book

"Delightfully witty dialogue is engaging... our heroine operates slightly outside the expectations of a “genteel” lady of her time. And unlike many romances which drag the characters through conflict, prolonging their joy until the finale, this refreshingly straightforward tale provides tender interludes throughout. This debut novel captures all the charm of the Regency period — while offering plenty of romance for readers who crave a bit more than the tight-lipped love scenes written by 19th century writers."—The Horn Book

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609089467
Publisher:
Shadow Mountain Publishing
Publication date:
03/27/2012
Series:
A Proper Romance
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
82,146
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
15 Years

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Grandmother gestured at the pile of letters on the table. “There is a letter for you there. From London. Read it and leave me alone for a few minutes.”

I picked up the letter and walked to the window, letting the sunlight fall on the familiar handwriting. When Papa had brought me to Bath, he had found an even more suitable situation for my twin sister, Cecily. She had been staying with our cousin Edith in London for the past fourteen months and seemed to have enjoyed every moment of it.

For being twins, Cecily and I were remarkably different. She excelled me in every womanly art. She was much more beautiful and refined. She played the pianoforte and sang like an angel. She flirted easily with gentlemen. She liked town life and had dreams of marrying a man with a title. She was ambitious.

My ambitions were quite different from hers. I wanted to live in the country, to ride my horse, to sit in an orchard and paint, to take care of my father, to feel that I belonged, to do something useful and good with my time. But most of all, I wanted to be loved for who I was. 

Meet the Author


Julianne Donaldson grew up as the daughter of a U.S. Air Force fighter pilot. She learned how to ski in the Italian Alps, visited East Berlin before the wall came down, and spent three years living next to a 500-year-old castle. After earning a degree in English, she turned her attention to writing about distant times and places. She lives in Utah with her husband and children. You can find her online at www.juliannedonaldson.com.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down it was so fantastic. I hated returnig it to the library. Will definitely have to buy my own copy soon. Like others, I finished reading this story (at 2:20 am) and immediately read it again the next day. I have since recommended it to both my book club, my 71 year old mother and my 15 year old niece. This story made my heart sing... Oh if only... sigh...
wdwbobbie More than 1 year ago
To my pleasant surprise I read this book in one sitting and mourned when it was over. I did not want to leave the wonderful world Julianne had created when she wove her characters into my heart. I quite literally laughed, smiled and cried my way through this little book and my heart soared that so many emotions could be present without the underlying lust and sex that too often shows up in in the books we read. I recommend this book to everyone. Can't wait to read her next work and I'm indebted to my friend for passing along a good book they knew I would enjoy! This is one of the best novels I've read in a while. When I put it down I had no regrets and enjoyed every second while reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the most refreshing book I have read in a while. The characters just came to life and you were lost in what happens next, sitting on the edge of your seat. You could feel every emotion that Marianne and Philip felt like you were right there in the midst of what was happening. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down! I can't wait for this authors next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely wonderful book - I couldn't put it down and read it in one night! I found myself laughing out loud several times...and getting teary-eyed as well. If you are a fan of romance set in the 1800s, you will LOVE this book - I can't wait for her next book - I'm definitely a fan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book so much I read it a second time as soon as I finished the first! How refreshing to have a wonderful, witty, passionate romance story without any smut. Looking forward to Ms. Donaldson's next novel.
CHarvey More than 1 year ago
I've become very selective, especially when it comes to historical fiction since it's so hard to find one that feels authentic. Edenbrooke was beautifully written. Julianne Donaldson's prose was witty, entertaining, authentic, and all around amazing. Her heroine was absolutely endearing. It tickled my Pride and Prejudice itch perfectly. In fact, I immediately re-read my borrowed copy and then bought it for myself. I only wish that Donaldson had other books out for me to read, but until she comes out with something else, I'll keep rereading Edenbrooke and then hit up my Austen collection. Well done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written romance. Funny at times and nicely paced. Best of all, no bedroom scenes!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a delight! Marianne and Phillip join the ranks of my favorite characters and I am anxious to read more from this talented author. If you are looking for a period appropriate story this is a great choice.
ZaBeth More than 1 year ago
Debut novelist Julianne Donaldson has written a proper romance novel. Edenbrooke is the glorious British estate where Marianne Daventry is sent to visit her social butterfly sister, who has been staying with the friend of their deceased mother. From the very beginning of the novel we understand that Marianne is a head-strong young women. We also understand that the apple did not fall far from the tree when we are introduced to her wealthy and wickedly sharp-witted grandmother. (The letters exchanged between these two ladies will make you laugh aloud.) What made me love this novel is that Donaldson gave Marianne one very interesting and unusual characteristic, she likes to twirl. You know, where you put your arms out to your side and spin around until you are dizzy. Unfortunately, there isn’t much in Marianne’s life at the moment to make her happy enough to spin. Her mother died. Her grief-stricken father fled to France. Her twin sister was sent to London while she was sent to live with her socially strict grandmother. But then she meets Phillip. Phillip is a mysterious gentleman who immediately starts flirting with Marianne and organizing her life. She can’t tell whether to be bemused or bothered. To tell anymore of this story would give away too much of Donaldson’s enjoyable plot. I can tell you that Donaldson’s command of witty dialogue proves that this is one novelist who understands human interaction. In one whispered phrase in Marianne’s ear, she can invoke all the tingly passion that other authors can only inspire with graphic description of lust. Edenbrooke is a romance story that protective mothers would feel comfortable letting their teenage daughters read, and yet its characters and plot are intricate enough that hardened romance readers will never miss the lack of sex for there is plenty of passion in these pages.
bookrunner More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. The story was well written, intriguing, funny, clean and I could not put it down! I can't wait to read her next book.
LAWonder More than 1 year ago
Jane Austen could not have written it better! What n amazing historical fiction! I couldn't wait to read the next chapter. It was truly well-written with humor and yet I wept along with the character as her heart broke. It drew one whole thoughts and feelings into the story and one became connected with the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best novel I've read in some time. It was fantastic. I blew through it in one day, I could not put it down. This book has the perfect combination of laughter, sorrow, and angst. Highly recommend this book. Can't wait to see what else this fabulous writer comes out with. I will be anxiously awaiting her next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've tried to get into Romance and "Regency" novels before but always came away at least a little disatisfied. But, I loved this novel. The lead characters were appealing and the dialog was great. Very romantic without sex.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In this charming book, you will find yourself whisked off into elegance of the early 1800's country side. Although this is Julianne Donaldson's first book, it is written with the charm and elegance of a far more experienced author. Marianne Daventry goes to the beautiful estate of Edenbrooke. Her twin sister Cecily is hopeful to be the bride of the eldest brother in the family. But when she arrives, Cecily is detained.  Things take an unexpected turn as Marianne gets lost in the country and the estate. Horse back rides, chess games and day to day activity, will make you wish you were born 200 years late.  This is a perfect clean book for kids, and yet older generations will still enjoy it. Who couldn't? With 240 pages filled with beauty and elegance.  Edenbrooke offers the perfect book for any age, personality and book taste. There is also a FANTASTIC book trailer of youtube Just type 'Edenbrooke Booke Trailer' and it will show up. The only negative is that it was too short.  I would recommend this to anyone! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One way I measure a book's worth is by how often, if ever, I reread it. Edenbrooke has already earned itself a second, third, and fourth read. I found it to be a story that rereading only increased my appreciation. I anxiously await Ms. Donaldson's next work. This is definitely a keeper.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book! It is rare these days to find a romance book that I feel good about recommending to both my 14 and 11 year old daughters to read. And it's even rarer that we ALL loved it!!! This book would be a perfect choice for a Mother/Daughter book club. Thank you for such a fun story. I hope that there will be more to come!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best romance novels I have read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
reminded me of jane austen. a beautifully written novel! the plot and romance were just right.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am in love with this book! It has been a while since I have read a truly amazing novel, and this one is a winner. I couldn't put it down and finished it within a matter of hours. Then I just had to read it again, it was that good! You can't help but love the characters and want to find out what happens to them. It is a must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book. It was so nice to read a book without having to worry about the language and sexual escapades. This is what romance really is. Thanks, Marianne, for a respectable and proper romance story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. It was beautifully written and had humor, wit, romance..just a wonderful love story. This is definitely a re-read!
Liz51 More than 1 year ago
Marianne must tame her wild ways to inherit from her grandmother. She accepts an invitation from her twin to join her and her friends at Edenbrooke to learn the ways of a proper lady. On the way to the estate, she is attacked by a highwayman and her adventures begin. The story captures the reader and continues to hold that attention to the delightful conclusion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a sweet love story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am so in love with the 1800 England era, and this novel did not disappoint! I felt like I was right there in Edenbrooke myself! I also have to say I truly respect the author for her choice of words without it becoming raunchy. Well done! I am excited to get lost in the next one!