by Julianne Donaldson

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“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

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PublishedShadow Mountain (March 27, 2012)
Audiobook NarratorEmily Elizabeth Hamilton
RuntimeUnabridged 9 Hrs. 10 Min.
Audiobook Runtime9.13
Audiobook NarratorEmily Elizabeth Hamilton

About the Author

Julianne Donaldson

Debut novelist Julianne Donaldson is a hopeless romantic. Her degree in English has only fueled her passion to write. She and her husband live in Salt Lake City, Utah, with their four children, but she takes every opportunity she can to travel the English countryside.

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Sweet Romance
By , Submitted on 2019-02-10

This book is all of the sweetness of a romance without any of the worldliness. Such a well written story. You suffer along with the characters and you soar with them as well. Not usually a hopeless romantic but this book makes me feel like one.

Read this one, don't listen...
By , Submitted on 2019-01-02

Audiobook narration on this really takes away from the story. The narrator over enunciates everything, let alone having a very forced accent, and its maddening. Grab the book or download it on your kindle/kindle app.
It's also written in the first person which sometimes works, but I struggled with this one. It is however a fun story and squeaky clean!

Fantastic clean regency romance novel!
By , Submitted on 2018-12-07

I found this book when looking for clean romance novels on https://bit.ly/2PpLCyH . I had seen the book in catalogs and such before but hadn't read it just yet. I don't love first person novels. However, I was more than pleasantly surprised by this book. It was darling, and the characters were each well written. Since reading this book I have read all of the remaining books that Julianne Donaldson has published and am impatiently waiting/hoping she will have another one out soon!

Fabulous story and writing
By , Submitted on 2018-04-24

With Jane Austin flavor, this author does not disappoint. Exciting, funny and heartwarming situations keep the reader engaged in the characters as their motivations are revealed slowly through the book. Excellent writing!

By , Submitted on 2017-11-07

I normally don’t read these kinds of Victorian romance books but I could not stop listening to the audio book. I was addicted and throughly enjoyed it.

Wow, wow and another wow!!
By , Submitted on 2017-07-24

GET THIS BOOK!! ⭐️ IT IS A M A Z I N G !! ⭐️ Did I mention Wow yet? This book needs to be nominated as a classic or official written art!! Ooooo, even better someone needs to make this into a movie!! ⭐️ Simply brilliant!! ⭐️

More than 5 Stars!
By , Submitted on 2015-12-01

I so thoroughly enjoyed this book and everything about it! So much so, that I wish I could give it more than five stars. So much so, that I am reviewing it after it's been out three and a half years. So much that I am reviewing it, not because someone asked if I'd be interested, but because I desperately wanted to. So here goes . . . Edenbrooke is a fabulous book full of laughs and tingles. Donaldson's writing is enchanting--the language both modern and yet perfect for the time period, a Regency novel that is comfortable, not stuffy. It's funny with a hint of intrigue. I don't know if she does so purposefully, but I enjoyed how Donaldson pays homage to Pride & Prejudice, Beauty & the Beast, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and even a little of The Princess Bride. Marianne is independent and a bit sassy, fun-loving and intelligent. Philip is kind and thoughtful, playful and genuine. He's also good at picking up hints and knows how to give impeccable gifts. He's the perfect hero, and I look forward to reading Heir to Edenbrooke. But what makes it different from other Regency sweet romance books that I loved? First, I especially enjoyed the circumstances of their meeting. Second, how Marianne is so unlike the women she is surrounded by and how that attracts Philip. And third, the dance scene. Ahh! Read it. You'll love it!

Thoroughly enjoyed this book
By , Submitted on 2015-09-12

I loved this book! I literally couldn't put it down and read it in one day! I loved that she made me laugh and cry all at the same time!! I have read both of her books now and truly wish there was more for me to read!!

Loved It!
By , 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 , 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."


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 , Submitted on 2015-02-25

This is my favorite book and I highly reccomend it to anyone who loves a great romance:)

By , 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! :)

A MUST-read!!
By , 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.

A Heart Warming Romance
By , 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.

Better Than I Could've Ever Asked For
By , 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 , 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!

Mesmerizing start to finish!!!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

A book that is hard to put down! Very enchanting and beautifully written.

Fun Jane Austen Spin-off
By , 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'.

This book is Historical Fiction at it's best!
By , 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 , 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.

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