Edenbrooke: A Proper Romance, by Julianne Donaldson – A Review In the instance of Edenbrooke, a debut novel by Juliann Donaldson. “Inspirational publisher Shadow Mountain launches the G-rated Proper Romance line (romance at its ‘very best’ and at its ‘cleanest,’ the introduction promises). Labeled “A Proper Romance,” “Edenbrooke” is the first of a new brand of romance novel by publisher Shadow Mountain, an imprint of Deseret.

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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. There, I said it. When I look into your eyes, I lose all sense of time and place. Debut novelist Julianne Donaldson is a hopeless romantic. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. For being twins, Cecily and I were remarkably different.

There were four main problems that I could tell in the efenbrooke — one dimensional character, weak plot line, non-existent setting for being edenbroole period piece, and poor writing. Catherine Morland from Northanger Abbey would be thrilled to read this bit of drama made famous in her favorite Gothic-fiction novels.

For example, after falling in a river, twice, Marianne meets the man who was so rude to her at the Inn and the banter continues. She was able to pretend she was a milkmaid and sing a silly song in front of a stranger at in inn without the least embarrassment, but have a man tell her she’s looking beautiful and suddenly she loses all her wits and that man is an arrogant, odious flirt!

Had I been in that family I believe I would have run away and tried to be adopted into the Darcy family.

Edenbrooke : a proper romance

As this book is currently one of the finalists in the Edenbroole Choice awards, and has a huge number of positive reviews both there and here on Amazon, I decided to give it a try. I re-read it to catch subtle details in the story that were very sweet.


The first half is full of badly done exposition, the author overuses adjectives, and in pretty much every scene, all the characters seem to feel an excess of emotions from joy to anger to despair, if the descriptions of their feelings and facial expressions is to be believed.

Edenbrooke is a sweet, unabashedly romantic story set in Regency England.

Edenbrooke: A Proper Romance – Deseret Book

A book that is hard to put down! The hero is heroic and the heroine is sweet. Refresh and try again.

Anger flared hard in my chest and pride reared its head. Daventry sends his beautiful, elegant daughter Cecily to have a season in London and ships her ‘quiet and dull’ twin, Marianne, to her grandmother’s home in Bath.

As a debut novel Edenbrooke was delightful and diverting. She was right — it’s charming and fun. This book is Historical Fiction at it’s best! You have forced our guest into an uncomfortable situation, manipulated us into playing along with your game, and then laughed at her discomfort! I so thoroughly enjoyed this book and everything about it! It could easily have taken place anywhere at any time. There are entire chapters where Marianne tells us of her sibling rivalry and her father leaving the family, stories that must be explained more than once.

Donaldson’s writing is enchanting–the language both modern and yet perfect for the time period, a Regency novel that is comfortable, not stuffy. Marianne is in need of a friend and someone she can talk to and trust. There is humour and laughable-out-loud scenes as well as the element of danger and mystery and of course plenty of the most romantic scenes you will have read in a long time, I can assure you!

I found this book when looking for clean romance novels on https: I would have to strongly disagree with the general claim that this is written in the style of Jane Austen. While there may never be another Mr.

Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. Thanks for telling us about the problem. This is challenge to Marianne who prefers twirling under the open sky to just about any activity. I looked at Philip in mute appeal. 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.


If that’s the makings of a “proper” romance, give me the kind with sexy times every day of the week. Unlike her sister, she prefers the quiet country life and is unhappy living in a bigger city.

Book review: ‘Edenbrooke’ is a delightful, clean Regency love story

There are some books that come along that you know you will instantly love, and Edenbrooke is exactly that for me. I was really excited when I came upon this book, but not only did it fail to titillate me, it pissed me off that the rating is this misleading. Every time I read this I secretly hope that Cecily will get her own book.

I hope you do not let anyone else’s expectations direct the course of your life. But first she has to understand her heart proped trust Phillip’s. This was the book to fit all of those criteria! Devious men, a silly sister, horses, silly relations, sorrow, love letters, a duel, books, highway men, fainting, battle of the wits, balls and hidden identity. My favorite part is in the beginning, when Marianne is edenbrookee the inn, trying to eat her dinner, and has to sing a milkmaid’s song.

Sep 15, Sophie rated it it was amazing Shelves: I hope you enjoy it. But you would never know it from the narrative. First, I especially enjoyed the circumstances of their meeting. I would understand and think it a great beginning if Marianne were described to be oroper but later she changed or something of that sort.