“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.” — Publishers Weekly
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.
Praise for Edenbrooke:
“A heart-pounding love story. I couldn't stop turning the pages
until I finished it. A must-read for all romantics!” — Mary Mull, wife of New York Times bestselling author Brandon Mull
“Edenbrooke is so much more than a page-turning tale
of love and intrigue. It's the kind of book you read time
and time again and recommend to everyone.”
— Kodi Wright, wife of New York Times bestselling author Jason F. Wright
“Edenbrooke combines charming characters and a lovely
setting for a delightful read. It was hard to put down!” — Lynette Dashner, wife of New York Times bestselling author James Dashner
- 2012 Best Novel by a New Author — Whitney Awards
- 2012 Book of the Year Award Finalist — Foreword Magazine
- 2012 Honorable Mention — Great Southwest Book Festival
By Regina, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Couldn't put it down and hated to go to work as I had to. Hope there are more to come!
By Shauna, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I LOVE LOVE LOVE Regency Romance!
They are SO AMAZING!
If you have read Sarah Eden's books you will ABSOLUTELY LOVE this debut novel by Julianne Donaldson!
That same era!
That same genre!
That same great talent!
That same proper romance with enough to make you smile but not so much to make you blush!
Marianne is bored and being hounded by an unwanted suitor.
Now she has a chance to get away from it all and find adventure in the English countryside manor of Edenbrooke.
On the way you will cross a terrifying run-in with a highwayman, harmless flirtations, and a mysterious stranger.
Just the kind of adventures to take away Marianne's boredom.
"Fate had something other than a relaxing summer in mind when it sent Marianne to Edenbrooke."
An AMAZING READ!
Don't plan on doing anything else once you pick up this WONDERFUL STORY for your heart will be captured with each page until you finally read the ending....and even then you will still want more :)
By Korree , Submitted on 2015-02-25
This is my favorite book and I highly reccomend it to anyone who loves a great romance:)
By Korree , Submitted on 2015-02-25
I have been wanting to read this book for a long time and when I finally got money, I decided to purchase it! I COULDN'T PUT EDENBROOKE DOWN! I am going to re-read it over again and again! I am making everyone I know read it too! I love it!!!!! Nicely done Julianne Donaldson! :)
By Tiffany, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Edenbrooke. The most refreshing and deliciously clean romance novel I have read in a while. Couldn't put it down - read it in less than 24 hours. Inspired by such titles as Pride and Prejudice, North and South, and Emma. But a much easier read. By Julianne Donaldson.
By Jena, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I love Regency Period stories and when I read Edenbrooke, I was glad to have recieved it as a gift to add to my collection. I love Jane Austen and have all of her books, though I have often felt that her stories needed more conversation and interaction between her main characters. Edenbrooke does that for me. There is plenty of both so that the reader can really feel the connection between the characters falling in love and what they love about each other. It leaves you in anticipation and hope for them. And of course, there is the heart wrenching mis-understanding moment that leaves you aching for the beloved characters. The humor is more than delightful and will leave you laughing out loud. I absolutely loved it and recommend it to all my friends and family.
By Whitney, Submitted on 2015-02-25
This book in phenomenal. For a long time, about seven years, The Secret Journal of Brett Colton was my favorite book. This topped it. That takes a lot. I would LOVE for this to be a movie. Just reading it makes me feel like I've seen it already! So wonderful.
By Tara, Submitted on 2015-02-25
A beautiful story with wonderful characters. The best romance I have ever read. I am sure there are many women now in love with Phillip and I am happy to join their ranks!
By Melissa, Submitted on 2015-02-25
A book that is hard to put down! Very enchanting and beautifully written.
By Carol, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Fun, enjoyable, delightful, read. You may notice not only scenarios from Jane Austen's works but you may also recognize -right away in the first two pages- a reference to a song from 'Oklahoma'.
By Sheila, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I LOVED this book! It has one of my favorite romances I have read in a long time! The characters, Marianne and Philip's relationship, reminds me a lot of Mr.Darcy's and Elizabeth's from Pride and Prejudice; except the male protagonist is a lot nicer. His sense of humor drew me to him from the very beginning. I read this book in less than 12 hours. This is fast when you take into account I was also doing laundry, cleaning house, blogging and taking care of my kids. I love a romance with sexual tension (without the sex), intrigue, strong and well written characters, and a beautiful setting as Edenbrooke. This book is Historical Fiction at it's best! I can promise you, once you read this book, you will be recommending it to all of your friends.
By Kyle, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I have done a lot of reading in this genre and I have to say that this is one of the most fabulous work I have picked up. So impressed that this is a debut novel for the writer and I so look forward to more. My heart was pulled back and forth the entire time and I couldn't put it down!!! A must read for any romantic.
By Susan, Submitted on 2015-02-25
This is not on the same level as Jane Austen (sorry!). However that said, the story was engaging. I re-read it to catch subtle details in the story that were very sweet. There were a few corny parts that kind of distracted from the story for me. It seemed to wind up very quickly at the end, particularly with her sister. Seemed a little too "neat". Again, that said, still a fun, quick, read.
By Jessica, Submitted on 2015-02-25
My husband and I read it together and it was way better than watching a movie together. He even loved it.
By melanie, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I absolutely love this book. I read this book in one day! I just couldn't put it down. I haven't found a book worth reading in such a long time, I think I was hungry for something just like this. I have actually read this at least 6 times since I purchased it 2 months ago. It has a beautiful love story, it's written well and has great characters. Love, love, love.
By Rachelle, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I absolutely loved this book. Julie incorporated the perfect mix of humor, intrigue, and romance to weave this tale set in the regency era (think Jane Austen). The story is fresh, the characters are beautifully written and I love Marianne Daventry's personality. The hero has great depth and is so much more than a handsome face. I don't usually read a book more than once because there are just too many books! But this one has earned that right and I look forward to reading it again, just as soon as I can get it back--everyone in my family is reading it!
By Morena, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I coudn't stop reading it untill I finish it.
By Holly, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I bought this book at the recommendation of the salesperson at the store. I took it with me a recent trip to Europe. I set it aside until my flight home from Zurich to DC. It was a long flight and I had been fighting jet lag for days. As I started to read the book, the story unfolded. I couldn't put it down. I fought the urge to fall asleep, due to the jet lag. In fact, I couldn't put it down or fall asleep until I finished reading it. I found the story very well written, interesting and compelling. I recommended it to my teenage daughter as soon as I got home. Well done!
By Nicole, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Other than a few silly implausible scenes Julianne Donaldson has written an entertaining romance. Phillip is the dashing hero we’d all love to have fall for us. Marianne with her independent strong willed ways torn between family loyalty and a love she wasn’t expecting is a heroin we can admire. I look forward to reading more by Ms. Donaldson.
By Janella, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Twins, Cecily and Marianne Daventry lost their mother 14 months ago and their father has Miss Cecily stay with Lady Caroline in London while Marianne must reside with her grandmother in Bath. Marianne soon receives an invitation to visit Edenbrooke along with Cecily, who dreams of marrying the heir of Edenbrooke. On her way to the county estate, Marianne finds herself in a few unexpected encounters.
Lovely romance story set in the Regency era. The book contains some funny dialogue and very well developed and interesting main characters.
The reason for the four stars is that I really didn't care for Cecily and think some secondary characters could have a little more depth to them.
Look forward to reading Donaldson's future books!