Review: Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson


I loved that fact that this book was a clean romance without jealous beaus and mishaps directed at backstabbing. I could feel the characters situations. When there is silence, I feel anxious. When there is laughter, I laugh. When there is an awkward situation, I wiggle in my chair with awkwardness and smile because I really enjoyed how the situation played out.

Edenbrooke took me less than 2 days to finish. It would have been one day except I started the book late at night. I was quite captured by its hilarious situations and witty conversations between our heroine, Marianne Daventry and the main man, Philip Wyndham. The book was not cheesy and the romance was not over the top. Marianne lived in Bath with her grandmother when she received a letter by her twin sister, Cecily who invited her to Edenbrooke. She was eager to travel to the beautiful countryside but was ambushed by a dangerous highwayman who shot her coachman and snatched her precious necklace carrying a photo of her deceased mother. She meets a handsome gentleman when she was looking for aid for her coachman. Although their first impressions of each other were not the best, both begin to warm up to each other. To the surprise of Marianne, the gentleman, Philip also happens to be at Edenbrooke where they then begin serious yet a little flirtatious encounters. Overtime, they start to each other’s company and could talk for hours about almost anything. And to the heartbreak of Marianne, she finds out that Philip is also the same man her twin sister, Cecily wants.

Marianne Daventry was a great heroine.Marianne struggled with the recent abandonment of her father who went to France to mourn for her mother. She had the mindset that her twin sister Cecily was the “sun” while she was the “moon”. She was scared that her great and intimate friendship with Philip would disappear when Cecily arrives. She struggled with the thought that Cecily will always get what she wants .Ultimately meaning Philip.  She had such an innocent personality. She liked twirling when she was happy. She liked painting just like her mother. She liked exploring new places and indulging herself in the beautiful landscape of Edenbrooke. She had witty remarks and a wonderful sense of humor.

“Were have you been all morning? Scampering around the countryside like some farmer’s brat again?

“No I only do that on odd days, Grandmother. I spend my even days learning how to milk cows.”

She was also not your regular proper lady.

“It seems like men are permitted to do so many fun activities—like fencing and hunting—while ladies are suppose to sit quietly in the house and practice the embroidery all day.” I casted him a pained look. “Do you have any idea how boring it is to embroider?”

Philip was my kind my character. The loss of his older brother and his status made him very guarded in the beginning of the book. Although he was first presented as a rude and snobbish man, he quickly was able to redeem himself. You find out that he is very caring and quite a gentleman. With Marianne, he is playful and kind. With Marianne’s father away, he took on the responsibility of protecting her.

In Philip’s eyes was such a look of warm affection that I blushed to have everyone see it

His way of expressing his feeling to her was so touching. When you read parts where he glances at Marianne or simple just longingly stares back at her, you know he really loves her. His reactions to Marianne’s silliness really compares to my similar reaction.

He pressed his lips together and looked off in the distance, as if trying to regain his composure. When he looked at me again, his eyes were brimming with laughter.

Simply put, this book is worth reading. The characters are funny, witty, lovable. A good clean romance with exciting tension between Marianne and Philip. 5/5 — Sophie


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