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Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson
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Jul 20, 2012

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bookshelves: adult-fiction, british, historical, love-story
Read from July 19 to 20, 2012

Barring the melodrama that occurred near the end, I heartily enjoyed this historical romance. Donaldson is obviously a fan of Jane Austen, not only writing a story that harkens back to the style, but also throwing in little references to Austen's specific books. Although I began to lose patience with Marianne for her oblivious nature, I thought she was an admirable protagonist, one who refused to give in to expectations. The chemistry that Donaldson creates between the lead characters is dizzying and intense, if just a bit repetitive. Donaldson's prose is a little repetitive, and the same type of flirtations go on for quite a while all while Marianne second guesses herself and kowtows to her twin sister's desires. Just get on with it already, I thought, though the ending ultimately pays off as any true Austen homage would. Recommended for readers wanting a simple, sweet romance without the lurid details.

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