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.
I have had this book in my #TBR mountain for quite some time now. I decided this week to rescue it from falling to far down the slope and becoming totally buried. My wonderful husband purchased the book for me on Audible and I was off on a delightful journey!
Reading/Listening to this story I felt like Alice who fell into another world. From the first chapter until the last, I was blissfully immersed in the lives of these characters. I laughed out-loud, I gasped in surprise, and many times, I found myself talking out-loud to the characters, wishing they could hear me and heed my warnings!
Marianne is such a fantastic character. She is naive, yet bold with sharing her thoughts and opinions. Sometimes that gets her into trouble. She has a kind heart, she is very giving an unselfish. She quickly recognizes when someone else is in distress, and she puts aside her own hurt, to help that person.
Phillip has got to be my current favorite hero! I absolutely loved the conversations that he had with Marianne. He wasn’t put off by Marianne’s humor, or her naive misunderstandings. And the love letter he wrote… swoon!
Marianne’s grandmother is absolutely delightful. Rough around the edges with a warm, gooey heart. Her well delivered quips made me laugh out loud! She may seem put-off-ish, but it is clear that Marianne understands her prickly exterior.
This fabulous book deserves more than 5 stars! I can’t believe that I waited so long to enjoy it. I’ve already snatched up the next book from Julianne, and I’m looking forward to squeezing it into my reading schedule! Unlike my typical books reviewed, this book is listed a clean fiction. This is a light, fun read, that is sure to entertain.
(My husband purchased the audio book for me to enjoy on a long car ride)
About 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. She writes historical romance when she is not busy with her four young children and husband. Edenbrooke is her first novel.