Wednesday, August 7, 2013
By Julianne Donaldson
Recommended by Jessica
First sentence It was the oak tree that distracted me.
Marianne has been exiled to live with her grandmother in Bath while her sister get to live in London. Never one for flirting and socializing, Marianne is content enough, but when a invitation to stay at the estate Edenbrooke comes, Marianne is excited. When she meets the dashing Phillip things only look better, until she discovers that he's already spoken for...by her sister.
What it has going for it
Truthfully, I thought it was more reminiscent of a Regency Romance than an Austen, but, hey, I loved those books when I was a teenager. Marianne was a little unbelievably ridiculous but while I couldn't relate to her now I definitely could have as a teen. While the ending had me raising a "yeah, right" eyebrow, I still enjoyed the book. It's light and fluffy and just plain fun.
I mentioned the ridiculousness and there was plenty of it but that hardly gets in the way. There were a few overused words that started to get on my nerves as well but all in all it was a fun read.
For some reason I adored Marianne's maid. Any scene with her in it, especially with the gun, amused me.
Yea or Nay?
Yes. For a good clean fun read I'd highly recommend it.