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Edenbrooke (A Proper Romance)

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4.35 of 5 stars 4.35  ·  rating details  ·  19,479 ratings  ·  5,339 reviews
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, M ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Shadow Mountain (first published March 2012)
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Grace
Update 12/30/12

Readers, please note that this is a negative review and contains negative elements, namely because I despised the book. I have gotten a lot of negative feedback from readers telling me their opinion and what I should or should not write in the review. Please note that I am not going to change a word of this review, and further repetitive comments WILL be deleted, since they all seem to be from the same people, or at least, focused on the same point. I encourage readers who are unh
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Rachel
I will admit that I have an unfair, blanket aversion to "Deseret Book fiction". I'm not sure why or how the stereotypical cringing came to be, but it exists for me, nonetheless. Having acknowledged that, I was already wary at my first introduction of this book, but since I'll try any clean read, more so if it's recommended to me by someone I love, and doubly if there is talk that it is in any way Austen-esque, I curled up ready for...whatever.

I would have to strongly disagree with the general cl
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Inspired Kathy
Being the clean romance, Jane Austen lover that I am I LOVED Edenbrooke.

What a fabulous way to spend a morning. Edenbrooke was a book I couldn't put down. I picked it up to read just a few pages before getting out of bed but didn't quit reading until I finished the book. While there may never be another Mr. Darcy it is possible that his twin is found roaming the grounds of Edenbrooke.

Squeaky clean, full of romance, humor and great characters this is a book I highly recommend. Perfect for lovers
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Kathy
September 2012: Just as good, if not better the second time around. I just love Philip!

April 2012: I loved this. I really loved the cover, I thought it was beautiful and really made me want to read the story and get lost in the setting. I liked it even more once I’d read the book. I loved the writing, it flowed really well and was written in a way that you’re able to get lost in the story and forget that you’re reading. I loved the main characters Philip and Marianne. Philip was very swoon-wort
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Kristina Brownell
This was a very well-done Regency period novel. Other reviews are drawing parallels to Jane Austen. That's a fair assessment based on time period only. Let me share a shocking secret with you...Ready? I do not love Jane Austen novels. There, I said it. I do not love Jane Austen novels. It feels good to have that out in the open. I don't feel light or free when I read those books. I feel weighted down. I don't like the societal customs. I don't find the romance engaging and I am bothered by the l ...more
Soph
(UPDATE: As amazing the second time, if not more!)

A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! I would give it more than 5 stars if I could!

It really was a 'proper romance' like it says - it satisfied, more than satisfied, my romantic wishes and I am such a hopeless romantic!

I loved the whole story and some parts came as a complete shock. It kept me on tender-hooks which is always the best way in a story.

I loved all the major and minor characters. The heroine, Marianne, is the best heroine! Being my age, I could relate to
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Shannon
I absolutely LOVED Edenbrooke. I won an ARC in a blog giveaway and cracked it open yesterday...I was immediately so captivated that I didn't want to put it down. I wasn't able to finish it in one sitting, but rather had to muster the self control to put it down in order to tend to my 21-month-old throughout the majority of the afternoon, but I immediately picked it up again after putting him to bed and read late into the night. I finished the book this morning and I can tell you that I was thoro ...more
Anne
Oct 16, 2014 Anne rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All the hopeless romantics of this world!
Recommended to Anne by: Soph, Alice, Becca, Kathryn, Tadiana, Tweety, Maria, Beth & so many others!! Thank you all!
This book had been recommended to me ever since I joined Goodreads, and by so many people that I have lost count. When it finally arrived in the mail about a week ago, I pounced on it like a tiger and started jumping up and down in excitement. And if it hadn't been for all the furniture, I might even have twirled... ;) Hahaha just kidding, I don't *ahem* twirl.

So, with exceedingly high expectations after having heard Edenbrooke praised to the skies for so long, I plunged in it wholeheartedly, p
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Malin
Dec 04, 2013 Malin rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one, it sucks!
Marianne Daventry is an innocent 17-year-old whose mother died the year before in a riding accident. Her father's scarpered off to France to grieve, her twin sister's in London with family friends enjoying a season, while poor little Marianne is wasting away with boredom at her grandmother's in Bath. Her gran, a cranky and unpleasant old biddy, decides to disinherit her no good scoundrel nephew and bestow her fortune of forty thousand pounds on Marianne, as long as the girl will learn to behave ...more
Cherine
My favorite read of 2012!! Actually it tops as one of my favorite reads ever. Julianne Donaldson is so a kindred spirit! I am in love with Philip maybe even more than my beloved Mr. Darcy :)
Fred Donaldson
I don't really read romance novels, so I lack a frame of reference. Edenbrooke tells an exciting regency story while giving insights into the main character. I stayed up really late in order to finish the second half of the book. It really is like nothing I have ever read--in a good way. This book is special.
Kara
6/5/12 SO SO GOOD! I absolutely LOVED this book! I started it this morning and I just couldn't stop reading. :) I haven't enjoyed a book that much in a while. I laughed, I nearly cried, my heart pitter-patted through many deliciously romantic moments, I was completely sucked into the world of Edenbrooke and charmed by the characters. I could easily read this one again and again even right now. :) Definitely one of my very favorite books ever. I look forward to more from Julianne Donaldson!

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Cathy
One of my favorite books of all time! I can't believe I just said that. But I haven't stayed up all night reading a book in a VERY long time. This one did it to me. Why? Donaldson hints at some of it herself in the Q & A section at the back of the book. She loves the Regency Era, (who doesn't) but she wanted to make it more accessible to modern readers, so she eliminated the sometimes entangled 1800's language and kept it simple. She also streamlined the plot for accessibility, leaving out t ...more
Angie
This is one of those books I hesitate to rate since everyone seems to love it and I didn’t. It’s the same old story with a new title. Self-admitting less attractive younger women unknowing to herself falls in love with dashingly handsome and rich heir to an estate. The same man her beautiful blonde, blue eyed, supposedly refined older twin sister (along with several other eligible girls) has been trying to ensnare for over a year. He falls for less refined twin but has to convince her his love i ...more
Lisa
I officially have a new boyfriend. His name is Philip and he makes my heart flutter. Of course, Philip loves Marianne, so that could be a problem. I just won't think about that.

Anyway, Edenbrooke is the most charming and delightful book I've read in quite awhile. I loved everything about it! I snorted with laughter (especially on page 32), swooned so hard my heart was literally pounding (pages 143-145 come to mind), felt like crying (page 175), and swooned all over again (pages 229-255, and most
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Julie
I had heard good things about this book, so I was excited to read it, but a big red flag started waving the minute I read "Praise for Edenbrooke" on the back cover. Mary Mull, Kodi Wright, and Lynette Dashner, all WIVES of bestelling authors, were the people quoted who loved the book. I'm not sure how being a spouse of a writer automatically makes you a credible critic to put on the back of the book, but you should have seen my face when I kept reading "wife of New York Times bestselling author ...more
Angie
Originally reviewed here @ Angieville.

Okay. So there's a difference between retellings and readalikes, yes? Retellings (which I adore when done well) take the original story and carry it into hitherto unexplored places. Perhaps Mr. Rochester becomes a washed up rock star. Or Beauty becomes a drug dealer's neglected daughter. Robin Hood can actually be a very reluctant, very bad archer indeed. And Captain Wentworth can pilot ships through the sky rather than the sea. Anything is possible. As long
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Melissa
May 20, 2012 Melissa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone!
WOw! Oh wow! I haven't read a book that drew me in like this in a while! I was hooked from the beginning and I did not put this one down! Yay!!! I have found a new author to love!! The characters in this book were great! They had depth and strength and were well written. The mystery and conflict was done so well. I had no idea what all the secrets were about. And the dialog!!! Oh the dialog was delicious! Move over Darcy, Phillip is here! Oh man this book is a "to buy" so I can read it over and ...more
Kathryn
A sweet, lovely (and clean!) romance. I think I would have LOVED it if I read it as a young teen-actually, it reminded me of something I would have written then. (Not sure this is a compliment to me or to "Edenbrooke" though!)

Reading it today, less naive about love, and more knowledgable about history (and truly great writers like Jane Austen), I found much of it too predictable, our heroine at times far too oblivious to her own feelings, our hero rather unbelievably perfect (not that I minded
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Allison
Edenbrooke is absolutely delightful. I wish more publishers out there would pick up romance stories like this, without the prerequisite sex scenes. There is none of that here, and instead we are treated to a romance that focuses much more on the emotions of the characters and how they fall in love. So it's a love story, not just a romance. In my experience, those are quite hard to find.

For those of you who aren't big into any kind of romance you'll want to steer clear of this. There is not much
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Becca
I was pleasantly delighted with this book. It was recommended to me by one of my Jane-Austen-reading friends – many thanks, Sophie :) - and I can see why it was recommended. The setting, which for the most part is Edenbrooke, is a lovely place to spend an entire book. You can just picture it – the beautiful fields, the river, the stables, the grove, the old library, the dancing hall… it’s all very proper and Regency, but it isn’t stuffy, which was a relief, because some authors can have that mis ...more
Anne Osterlund
Marianne is about to become the heir of a fortune. If she can learn to be a proper young lady--a slightly implausible feat considering her recent invitation to Edenbrooke, the location’s sheer beauty, and Marianne’s tendency to need to twirl whenever she is blissfully, gorgeously happy.

Not to mention the provoking behavior of Philip. A young man who . . .

A. Threatens to make Marianne sing in public.
B. Flirts outrageously even though he knows she is incapable of it.
C. And turns out to be the obje
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Kellibid
This was so completely NOT in the style of Jane Austen (you can't just throw 21st century characters into a regency setting and have them say words like "prospect" and "wit" once in awhile and call it Jane Austen. Also I would have liked to see the words "blush" and "flirt" and their variations a few hundred less times. HOWEVER: I thoroughly enjoyed it, I found myself giggling out loud a couple times, and Philip makes me giddy. Writing-wise I give it 2 stars. But the entertainment factor I give ...more
Cheri
I loved this book!!! A new author Julianne Donaldson, writes a story that grips you from the beginning. I didn't want to put the book down!
I loved the characters and writing style!
Just finished reading this again, I think I loved it even more then the first time I read it!! I can't wait until another book comes out by this author!
Amy
I adore Georgette Heyer and her Regency romances and was excited that I might find a new favorite author in this book. I drove my little Volvo home from the library in a flurry of excitement to get started on this book. This is where the story turns sad. I had to abandon this book and I am a little leery of posting my scathing review here because it was recommended by a friend and I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. That said based on the Goodreads reviews LOTS of people loved this book and ...more
Misfit
I yield at page 22. Most annoying herione ever, and WTF is with the twirling? How many times can you put the same word in just the first chapter?

Have to make a note re: the blurbs on the back jacket. Three of them, all from wives of supposedly famous best selling authors (authors I have never heard). Since when do wives of authors qualify as book blurbers?
Aerykah
This book is so good!! I really enjoyed reading it!

I'll try to write a review later...
Jenny
A friend passed on this book, I think more to promote the author than the book.

To describe the book: Part of the blurb mentions something about the character's trip being "perfectly uneventful." What an appropriate tagline for the whole story. Even the "drama" was fluffy and insipid. What's sad is that Donaldson's writing is not bad. She has a surprisingly clean style. Why do I say surprising? Because strong writing is usually accompanied by a strong mind, but I can't see that from the silly st
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Heather
One of the first things I love about Edenbrooke is that the cover perfectly fits the story and is subtle but breathtaking. Marianne is living in Bath with her spinster grandma, separated form her twin sister after the death of their mother. Both are in the season of their life and while their father is off on his own grieving in another country Marianne is trying in vain to enjoy the quiet solitary life she's been allotted. Between unwelcome advances from a much older man and hearing all of the ...more
Heidi
My oh my...where do I begin. The first word that comes to my mind when I think of Edenbrooke is "Enchanting"...the next is "REFRESHING". Honestly this book was a true joy to read. I loved it from the very first page to the very last. Not only loved, but adored! I had high expectations for this book because of some very trusted Goodreads friends reveiws and recommendations...and I must say it most definitely lived up to every expectation for me. I can't stop thinking about these wonderful charact ...more
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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. Edenbr ...more
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“To my unsuspecting love.
When I look into your eyes, I lose all sense of time and place. Reason robbed, clear thought erased, I am lost in the paradise I find within your gaze.
I long to touch your blushing cheek, to whisper in your ear how I adore you, how I have lost my heart to you, how I cannot bear the thought of living without you.
To be so near to you without touching you is agony. Your blindness to my feelings is a daily torment, and I feel driven to the edge of madness by my love for you.
Where is your compassion when I need it most? Open your eyes , Love, and see what is right before you: that I am not merely a friend, but a man deeply, desperately , in love with you.
Longing for you.”
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“Dear Philip,

I don't imagine you will ever read this. If you do, it is bacause something dreadful has happened to me. I find myself in the hands of a dangerous man. I am determined to fight him but before I do, my heart demands that I write this note to tell you that I love you. I am sending my heart to you in this letter so it will be kept safe from whatever may happen to me tonight. I don't know if you want it or not, but it has always been yours.

With all my love,
Marianne”
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