Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Publication date: March 2012
For: Book Group
When Marianne is invited to visit with her sister at a country estate, she is more than happy to escape her life in Bath. What she doesn't expect is to be completely thrown off balance by a young man who manages to surprise her at every turn. And when her sister arrives, intending very much to snag the man of the house, things begin to get a little bit more than interesting.
Things I Liked:
As I mentioned in my favorites from 2012 post, this book reminded me just why I love to read Jane Austen and old fashioned romance stories. I loved the way the love story developed between Phillip and Marianne. It was slow, sweet, and good. I loved the period details, though they were pretty light and I enjoyed watching the story unfold. I found myself completely immersed, especially in the interactions between the two. The dialog was lively and the chemistry between them felt perfect. Honestly, I just felt so good and happy after reading it, that I don't care about its flaws. A darn good read.
Things I Didn't Like:
I know the writing and style were not at the same level as Jane Austen or even Heyer. The plot was pretty predictable from the beginning; it stretched believability a few times. But, as I mentioned, I noticed none of this and simply enjoyed the ride. I love to be able to do that sometimes.
Anything Jane Austen or Georgette Heyer
BOOK CONTENT RATINGS:
Overall rating: *****
I really need to read more historical fiction like this. Any great suggestions?
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