Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Review: Edenbrooke

Title Edenbrooke
By Julianne Donaldson
Genre Romance
Pages 264
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 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.

What's lacking
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.

Favorite moment
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.


  1. I was wondering if this was going to feel Austen-y or be a fluffy read. I did hear good things about it in other reviews too. I might check it out at some point. :)

  2. I thought Marianne was a bit ridiculous as well, but I liked the fun fluffy book!

  3. Agreed -- this wasn't anything amazing (or believable!), but it was light and fun. I like this kind of thing every once in awhile.

  4. I thought this was a fun book. But apparently I don't remember it very well because I don't remember a maid, or a gun. :) I agree it was a little silly, but I was ok with that.

  5. Ha ha! I knew you'd find something. :) I'm glad you liked it overall, though. Did you like the last chapter and a half?! My favorite!

  6. I'd never heard of this but now I definitely want to read it. I am so in love with that cover! I've been reading a lot of historic fiction this year, so hopefully I can get around to this one soon. :-)

  7. Well if you like it I have no excuse not to read it now :D

  8. I`d never read this book, but love the cover and the book sound like a great reading :) Love historic fiction, so maybe I will like this too:)

  9. Hmm since I'm a teen perhaps I might relate to Marianne a little more? If not, this still sounds like a light, fluffy read - just what I'm kinda in the mood for at the moment actually! Probably cos it's summer ;)

    Catherine :)
    The Book Parade

  10. Ut oh. It's time for me to pony up and read Matthew Swift. It's first on the list for September. I promise. :)

  11. Silly is okay. I love a good, clean, light read. Glad to see you're back to posting!