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Friday, May 10, 2013


About the book:
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 she 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.

With her twin sister in London, her grieving father somewhere in France, Marianne was sent to Bath to stay with her grandmother.  Bored and  wanting to escape an undesirable suitor, she is excited for the opportunity to join her sister at a country estate.  Her trip to Edenbrooke, however, is fraught with drama and excitement  as her carriage is attacked by a highway man and she is rescued by a handsome stranger.  When she finally arrives at Edenbrooke, she's surprised to discover that her mysterious rescuer has his own ties to the estate.

I hate first person and it got tiresome here with Marianne's thoughts and wonderings.  She easily believed the worst of the man she professed to love: assuming he was off cavorting, etc.  All the secrecy stuff got old, but as is with many Regency-themed novels, there is drama and romance, misunderstanding and froth.

This was a nice debut novel. I wouldn't call it brilliant or fantastic or the best book ever, like many of its 5 star reviewers do, but it was entertaining, sweet, easy to read, clean and a nice diversion.

Thanks to the publisher for the opportunity to review this book.  You can learn more about Julianne Donaldson here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 4/13

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3/5 Stars


  1. Really excited to someday read this one. :) It sounds like a sweet read, Holly - thanks for sharing your take!

  2. Glad you enjoyed it, I like the premise. I'm a fan of Regency novels myself.

  3. This sounds like an easy book to escape into. I like Regency and once in a while I crave romance in my novels, so this book would be good for one of those times!