Author: Julianne Donaldson
Provided Synopsis: 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.
Review: Do you love Regency romances akin to the work of Jane Austen or Georgette Heyer? Do you want a couple that can make you smile with their complete adorableness, or who can make you laugh with their dialogue? Do you want to know why I am practically screaming ‘Book Boyfriend Alert’ over Philip Wyndham? Then read this book!
When Marianne Daventry travels from her grandmother’s house in Bath to the country estate of Edenbrooke it is to spend time with her twin sister. Never could Marianne have imagined the encounter she would face on the road, or the man she would meet in an inn, or how the estate and the people there could move her beyond the grief she has inhabited over the loss of her mother and abandonment of her father to see herself for her own worth. Marianne was fooled, confused, and naïve; at times you want to jump into the book to shout some sense into her so she might see what is right in front of her eyes. But I could deal with her because of Philip and the joy he brought to every page he was on. He is a male lead that lights up the world with his charm, his goodness, and the fire of his passion. I want him to write a love letter to me. I want him to dance with me at a country ball with the same intensity and passion veiled behind his eyes. In comparison to Philip, the other characters in this book were good but in no way memorable. Marianne might be the narrator, but without him she can fall flat on some occasions.
Edenbrooke excels when Marianne and Philip spend time together to be themselves and learn about one another. The book falters, however, when it attempts to do more than it needs to in the case of a conflict that was not built-up enough to be substantial enough to the plot; it did not warrant its inclusion. Still, I would recommend this book to admirers of the two authors I mentioned at the beginning of this review, or to those who want to fall in love with a male lead. Philip Wyndham is worth it.