Edenbrooke 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

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, MMarianne 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.

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  1. 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 She writes historical romance when she is not busy with her four young children and husband Edenbrooke is her first novel.

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  1. Update 12 30 12Readers, please note that this is a negative review and contains negative elements, namely because I despised the book I have gotten a lot of negative feedback from readers telling me their opinion and what I should or should not write in the review Please note that I am not going to change a word of this review, and further repetitive comments WILL be deleted, since they all seem to be from the same people, or at least, focused on the same point I encourage readers who are unhapp [...]

  2. Being the clean romance, Jane Austen lover that I am I LOVED Edenbrooke.What a fabulous way to spend a morning Edenbrooke was a book I couldn t put down I picked it up to read just a few pages before getting out of bed but didn t quit reading until I finished the book While there may never be another Mr Darcy it is possible that his twin is found roaming the grounds of Edenbrooke.Squeaky clean, full of romance, humor and great characters this is a book I highly recommend Perfect for lovers of Ja [...]

  3. I will admit that I have an unfair, blanket aversion to Deseret Book fiction I m not sure why or how the stereotypical cringing came to be, but it exists for me, nonetheless Having acknowledged that, I was already wary at my first introduction of this book, but since I ll try any clean read, so if it s recommended to me by someone I love, and doubly if there is talk that it is in any way Austen esque, I curled up ready forwhatever.I would have to strongly disagree with the general claim that th [...]

  4. Edenbrooke is a sweet, unabashedly romantic story set in Regency England Marianne Daventry, age 17, has always felt overshadowed by her confident, beautiful twin sister Cecily While Cecily is enjoying the social life in London, Marianne has been rusticating in Bath with their grandmother for the last fourteen months, since their mother died and their father took himself off to France to grieve alone Grandmother makes an unexpected offer to make Marianne her heir, to the tune of 40,000 pounds, [...]

  5. 3.5 starsBff and I have a long and complicated history We were introduced by our mothers soon after my family had relocated to her hometown My mother, ever anxious for me to make friends, called me over to point out her new friend s daughter, a girl about my age with long, curling blonde hair, wearing a frilly dress, and twirling.I was not impressed.This is a story that s been told many times, and not just b c we did eventually become the good friends our mothers had hoped we would, but also b [...]

  6. Love Each time I read this I seem to fall in love just a little bit It really is one of my very favorite regencies I remember when it first came out I was drawn to its beautiful cover, it really fits the story so well Marianne is a likable heroine, a bit blind at times and so modest that she couldn t possibly imagine that anyone would chose her over her beautiful twin Cecily After the tragic death of her mother, she is separated from her twin and sent to live with her grandmother in Bath Unlike [...]

  7. Marianne Daventry is an innocent 17 year old whose mother died the year before in a riding accident Her father s scarpered off to France to grieve, her twin sister s in London with family friends enjoying a season, while poor little Marianne is wasting away with boredom at her grandmother s in Bath Her gran, a cranky and unpleasant old biddy, decides to disinherit her no good scoundrel nephew and bestow her fortune of forty thousand pounds on Marianne, as long as the girl will learn to behave li [...]

  8. I hope you do not let anyone else s expectations direct the course of your life Julianne Donaldson, Edenbrooke O Edenbrooke, O Edenbrooke There are some books that come along that you know you will instantly love, and Edenbrooke is exactly that for me Reading this story was equivalent to eating chocolate This book was just delightful This story had everything you want in a Regency romance endearing characters, dashing hero s, humorous and quick witted dialogue, and villains that will leave you s [...]

  9. UPDATE As amazing the second time, if not A.M.A.Z.I.N.G I would give it than 5 stars if I could It really was a proper romance like it says it satisfied, than satisfied, my romantic wishes and I am such a hopeless romantic I loved the whole story and some parts came as a complete shock It kept me on tender hooks which is always the best way in a story I loved all the major and minor characters The heroine, Marianne, is the best heroine Being my age, I could relate to her very easily and in co [...]

  10. This was a very well done Regency period novel Other reviews are drawing parallels to Jane Austen That s a fair assessment based on time period only Let me share a shocking secret with youReady I do not love Jane Austen novels There, I said it I do not love Jane Austen novels It feels good to have that out in the open I don t feel light or free when I read those books I feel weighted down I don t like the societal customs I don t find the romance engaging and I am bothered by the language I know [...]

  11. This book had been recommended to me ever since I joined , and by so many people that I have lost count When it finally arrived in the mail about a week ago, I pounced on it like a tiger and started jumping up and down in excitement And if it hadn t been for all the furniture, I might even have twirled Hahaha just kidding, I don t ahem twirl So, with exceedingly high expectations after having heard Edenbrooke praised to the skies for so long, I plunged in it wholeheartedly, prepared to be utterl [...]

  12. Oh, qu bonitoooooo.Ha sido de las mejores novelas rom nticas de poca que he le do La autora tiene una delicadeza y sencillez escribiendo que me ha sorprendido muy gratamente, transmitiendo mucha dulzura y picaresca a la vez Sobre todo por sus personajes, que est n muy bien construidos y adecuados a la poca Me fascina ese juego social, tan hip crita muchas veces, pero divertido y caballeroso al mismo tiempo que se llevaba por aquel entonces DAiss, Marianne y Philip han sido adorables.Un gran acie [...]

  13. My favorite read of 2012 Actually it tops as one of my favorite reads ever Julianne Donaldson is so a kindred spirit I am in love with Philip maybe even than my beloved Mr Darcy

  14. This is my umpteenth time reading Edenbrooke and I love it and each time Julianne Donaldson is a fabulous author and storyteller If you are a regency era fan this is the next book you need to grab and read Warning you probably won t want to put it down once you start so don t start when you have lots going on or you will either putting everything off or rushing to finish it so you can read Lol I love both of the MCs Marianne is a sweet girl who is hurting from losing her mother and being separ [...]

  15. I adore Georgette Heyer and her Regency romances and was excited that I might find a new favorite author in this book I drove my little Volvo home from the library in a flurry of excitement to get started on this book This is where the story turns sad I had to abandon this book and I am a little leery of posting my scathing review here because it was recommended by a friend and I don t want to hurt anyone s feelings That said based on the reviews LOTS of people loved this book and I m one of the [...]

  16. MARAVILLOSA La pareja protagonista es ADORABLE Su historia de amor PRECIOSA La autora IMPECABLE Qu placer leer libros tan bonitos

  17. I absolutely LOVED Edenbrooke I won an ARC in a blog giveaway and cracked it open yesterdayI was immediately so captivated that I didn t want to put it down I wasn t able to finish it in one sitting, but rather had to muster the self control to put it down in order to tend to my 21 month old throughout the majority of the afternoon, but I immediately picked it up again after putting him to bed and read late into the night I finished the book this morning and I can tell you that I was thoroughly [...]

  18. This is one of those books I hesitate to rate since everyone seems to love it and I didn t It s the same old story with a new title Self admitting less attractive younger women unknowing to herself falls in love with dashingly handsome and rich heir to an estate The same man her beautiful blonde, blue eyed, supposedly refined older twin sister along with several other eligible girls has been trying to ensnare for over a year He falls for less refined twin but has to convince her his love is true [...]

  19. Realmente le pondr a 3 5 pero Phillip es tan sumamente adorable que se lleva un empujoncito en las estrellitas y todo mi coraz n Es un gran nadismo que se lee muy f cilmente, con una protagonista tan inocente que a veces peca de tonta y un protagonista nacido para conquistarte casi desde el primer minuto Luego la trama es bastante sencilla y superficial y de nulo calorreo pero a veces se agradecen estos libros que no enga an ni ofrecen m s de lo que realmente son, una lectura amena, divertida y [...]

  20. This is the first book I ve read by this author It has everything you want in a Regency , a dashing hero, a beautiful heroine,traveling,shy looks,stolen kisses, a duel,trickery,kidnapping,rescuing Ahhh, this book was pure bliss as I could imagine being there at Edenbrooke and experiencing it all myself.

  21. Absolutely the best recency romance I ve read to date Emotional, clever I cried and laughed 100% recommend.

  22. Un cuquismo de poca que me ha encantado, muchas sonrisas tontas en la cara durante la lectura, el protagonista es todo un gentleman que quiero que me lo envuelvan para regalo right now .

  23. Even though I spend most of my time rushing around like a hummingbird on meth, I consider myself a true romantic at heart in that whimsical, day dreamer kind of way This book is for true romantics It s not Jane Austen and it is not necessarily one million percent historically accurate but it is funny and smart and it made me sigh and my chest all achy The hero is heroic and the heroine is sweet I loved it and have already re read it It was by far my favorite romance of 2012.

  24. I don t really read romance novels, so I lack a frame of reference Edenbrooke tells an exciting regency story while giving insights into the main character I stayed up really late in order to finish the second half of the book It really is like nothing I have ever read in a good way This book is special.

  25. Posiblemente no sea la trama del siglo, cuenta con muchos t picos, pero me ha durado un suspiro Es una historia tierna, bonita, con personajes bien perfilados y unos protagonistas que nos muestran que no es necesario llenar el libro de escenas de alto voltaje para transmitir el amor entre dos personas.Muy recomendable, una autora a tener en cuenta.

  26. Exactamente no s qu decir En cierta manera me ha decepcionado un poco Supongo que despu s del xito que ha tenido el libro, me imaginaba otra cosa una historia diferente Y, aunque no puedo decir que me a desagradado tampoco me a encantado la he encontrado demasiado inocente Y, aun as , eso es buena se al, ya que las j venes de esa poca, deb an de ser como Marianne.

  27. If I could describe this book in one word it would be cute Honestly while reading I had the most ridiculous grin on my face the entire time Most of it was because of the dialogue between Marianne and Phillip Honestly, I have never read of a couple perfect than these two, and they compliment each other really well Marianne s just a normal sweet 17 year old girl who doesn t really see herself as anything great compared to her sister, but as you read, you see that she s endearing, funny, and incre [...]

  28. Words cannot express how much I adore this book I totally relate to Marianne, her insecurities and strengths, and Phillip is the perfect hero in my mind The romantic tension is off the hook I can t count how many times I ve read it especially my favorite parts Also highly recommend the prequel novella, Heir to Edenbrooke.

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