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Edenbrooke | [Julianne Donaldson]

Edenbrooke

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. From a terrifying run-in with a highwayman to a seemingly harmless flirtation, Marianne finds herself embroiled in an unexpected adventure filled with enough romance and intrigue to keep her mind racing.
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Publisher's Summary

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, Marianne finds that even the best laid plans can go awry.

From a terrifying run-in with a highwayman to a seemingly harmless flirtation, Marianne finds herself embroiled in an unexpected adventure filled with enough romance and intrigue to keep her mind racing. Will Marianne be able to rein in her traitorous heart, or will a mysterious stranger sweep her off her feet? Fate had something other than a relaxing summer in mind when it sent Marianne to Edenbrooke.

©2012 Julianne Clawson Donaldson (P)2012 Shadow Mountain

What the Critics Say

"Delightful and completely engrossing Heyeresque Regency debut....This beautiful love story will warm (only) the reader’s heart." (Publishers Weekly)

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    DARA "Beautiful" Niagara Falls, NY USA 08-18-13
    DARA "Beautiful" Niagara Falls, NY USA 08-18-13 Member Since 2011

    ~~~"HOPEFUL ROMANTIC"~~~ ***Love All Romances.....Especially Detailed Historical Type*** ~~ "Reviews Should Never Contain Spoilers"~~

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    "Delightful Story"

    This book is reminiscent of stories like Pride and Prejudice. Its is a sweet, elegant, and clean regency romance. This book is set in the first person which does take a while to get accustomed to but I think it adds to the intimacy of the story. Because this is a "clean" romance, the flirtation between Marianne and Philip is allowed to blossom into love beautifully. This book is filled with joy, anguish, mystery, danger, jealousy, yearning, anger and love. It is a sweet feel good romance that I will revisit again.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    kathy Richardson, TX, United States 11-20-13
    kathy Richardson, TX, United States 11-20-13 Member Since 2011

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    "One of my new favorite books!"

    I was nearly dissuaded from purchasing this audio book as there were complaints about the voice of the reader. I am so glad I went through with the purchase as I thought her voice and reading were fine! This book was just such a treat! I could not stop listening! I liked the story itself more than Blackmoore, which I also enjoyed tremendously! I will be watching for more books by this writer!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Spark 06-20-13
    Spark 06-20-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Enchanting Story"
    If you could sum up Edenbrooke in three words, what would they be?

    I love this book! I've read it many times and decided that I would love to listen to it too. I love the performance/reader for this book. She does an outstanding job. It made me love this story even more. It's a beautiful heartwarming story!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Edenbrooke?

    It's hard to pick just one. I enjoy the setting of the story, in the beautiful country of Edenbrooke. Marianne is so oblivious to Philip's feelings and it is wonderful to see how it all comes together. When Marianne paints the picture of Edenbrooke and Philip wants it is touching. It's a lovely story!


    What does Emily Elizabeth Hamilton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She does an amazing job, I love her English voice and how it transports you back to the Victorian era in a realistic and dreamy way.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Phillip writing the love note.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth United States 07-19-13
    Ruth United States 07-19-13 Member Since 2010

    I love clean books of all sorts. Love mysteries, fantasies epic to kids stories, fairy tales, romances, humor, and historical fiction

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    "Charming and Witty Romance!"

    First off I just must say that I LOVE this book. I've actually bought 2 copies of the paperback and petitioned Audible to get the book on Audible. I sent one to my mother and will loan the second one out to a neighbor today. You will never find a sweeter more charming romance. I do wish they had chosen a British narrator. The performance was okay. I realize that this is Ms. Donaldson's first book. As regency romances go the language is a little more modern and the British reserve perhaps a tad lacking, but that hardly matters because the story is great. As a romance this excels! Miss Marianne Daventry is impetuous, passionate and loves horses and country life. She is also always getting herself into an embarrassing situation. Sir Philip Wyndham is dashing, handsome and smitten with Marianne. She is young and terribly naive and a little clueless. I also must say that this is a sweet regency sort of romance and is completely clean. My sister said to me "What more could I want in a book? It has a library, horses and a handsome gentleman!" It does have more though. It has a highwayman, a lost locket, some misunderstandings, a little jealousy and a delicious lesson in romance. If you love sweet, witty romances you will LOVE this as much as I do. After I read it the first time, I picked it up to look at a couple of the really hilarious scenes and ended up rereading it entirely. Don't miss out on this wonderful story!

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Brooke Barclay Ogden, UT United States 07-08-14
    Brooke Barclay Ogden, UT United States 07-08-14 Member Since 2013

    I love to be carried away into something happy and fantastical.

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    "LOVED this one! Good clean romance!"
    If you could sum up Edenbrooke in three words, what would they be?

    Good clean romance


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the characters, and I loved that the romance was the center of the story. It was clean and well written with excellent visual descriptions and full of engagement. It made chore time a pleasure! I've listened to it twice in a week and plan to keep it forever. :)


    Have you listened to any of Emily Elizabeth Hamilton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not. Her performance was good, and easy to listen to. If it was any complaint, it may be that I don't exactly think her voice matched the main character in my own head.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES!


    Any additional comments?

    Keep these ones coming, Audible! :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    KK Washington, DC 10-25-13
    KK Washington, DC 10-25-13 Member Since 2012

    KK

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    "In Love with Edenbrooke"

    I'm not sure if this deserves 5 stars. Maybe 4.5, but I'm rounding it up because I still feel all warm and fuzzy after finishing it. This book isn't perfect, but I found myself smiling so much when I was listening to it, I just fell in love with it.

    I loved Phillip and Marianne and all of their teasing. I was on the verge of being annoyed with Marianne at times, but I could never hold onto it. Her naivety was understandable. At only 17, she had been completely sheltered her entire life. Her mother died a little over a year before and her father abruptly left in his grief, sending his twin daughters to stay with different relatives. Her twin sister embraced London and life in the city, but Marianne longed to go back to the country as she stayed in Bath with her curmudgeonly grandmother. There she learned absolutely nothing about men or the outside world, preferring to seek out nature instead of being a elegant young lady in search of a husband. So, for me, a lot of her confusion about Phillip and his intentions and the way she took absolutely everything everyone said at face value made sense. Not that it wasn't still frustrating, but it was believable.

    Will definitely read this again someday!!!!

    Audiobook review: From the start, that woman's voice annoyed me. She sounded like someone for whom English wasn't her first language, mimicking a British accent while speaking very slowly and deliberately in a fake falsetto. I loved the story so much that eventually it stopped grating on me, but it wasn't the best. Much preferred the voice of the woman who did the Blackmoore reading. Though I much preferred this book to Blackmoore, which was good, but a mega-downer.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paige M. Overton Ventura, CA USA 10-04-13
    Paige M. Overton Ventura, CA USA 10-04-13 Member Since 2012

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    "A Very Enjoyable Listen"
    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book. This is one I will definitely listen to again. The narration was "ok". I found her voice annoying at first, but got used to it and then just enjoyed the story. I love a good romance - a REAL romance of LOVE rather than LUST. This was a clean romance - you don't need sex to make a great witty fun-to-read(or listen to) story. This book gave me that gitty feeling that I remember having as a teen reading Pride and Prejudice. This wasn't quite the level of Austen, but nonetheless a very good book. I just downloaded her second book, Blackmoore, and look forward to enjoying that one as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States 11-08-13
    Amazon Customer COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States 11-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great in print format..."
    What did you love best about Edenbrooke?

    I loved the light hearted story and the witty dialogue.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Edenbrooke?

    I enjoyed Marianne and Phillips meeting in the Inn. Their dialogue was clever and fun.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her English accent was terrible. Her male characters, particularly Phillip, sounded like they had bad French accents. I spent my time wondering if it was better that they had bad French accents versus a terrible English one. Her reading and inflection did not bother me, so perhaps she is better suited to reading a novel set in America. As long as the story doesn't contain many immigrants.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Emily Charlottesville, VA, United States 07-01-13
    Emily Charlottesville, VA, United States 07-01-13 Member Since 2013
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    "The narrator was detrimental to the story"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The book yes - the audiobook - no.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Julianne Donaldson? Why or why not?

    Yes I would be willing to try another of Julianne Donaldsons books, I have pre-ordered her new book (in print) - as for the audio version, I would need her to find another narrator.


    What didn’t you like about Emily Elizabeth Hamilton’s performance?

    Her voice was monotonous, no character definition and way to whiny. If Julianne is trying to portray Marianne as a strong female - Emily Elizabeth's voice was not the one to use


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes


    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Anna DEDHAM, ME, United States 01-19-14
    Anna DEDHAM, ME, United States 01-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Regret purchase and time spent"
    What would have made Edenbrooke better?

    The story, characters, and writing lacked any depth or engaging characteristics. The book would need to be rewritten. The first piece of advice for improvement would be the showing and not telling are important to storytelling. The the book consists of the lead character/narrator explaining what she is like, what other characters are like, and not much else. I felt like I was waiting for her to tell me, as the reader, I was enjoying the reading experience.


    Has Edenbrooke turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes. On exception, I find the themes purported to be in this novel to be a comforting and nice change to other, more weighty subjects. The incredibly high number of favorable reviews made me believe this book would be well done. This made me giddy, for the high majority of these sorts of books are not. Now I don't even feel comfortable believing the 600+ overwhelmingly favorable reviews when they are available to vouch the book.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Emily Elizabeth Hamilton?

    To be honest, she simpered and whined like the book required. If she hadn't been as juvenile as the book suggested, it might have been less angering. She did the character of Marianne and the flawed tone of the overall book justice, I suppose.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Edenbrooke?

    I don't even know where I'd start. The only one I would keep is when the highway-man attacked.


    Any additional comments?

    I feel tricked. It was guilty disgust rather than guilty pleasure.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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