Review: Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson

Marianne Daventry misses the country. She misses her home, her father and her sister. Most of all she misses her mother, who died a year ago in a tragic accident. Bored and suffocating while staying with her grandmother in Bath, England, Marianne doesn’t waste a moment accepting an invitation to stay at a gorgeous country estate known as Edenbrooke.

But from a harrowing attack by a highwayman to the unexpected attention of a handsome gentleman, her trip to Edenbrooke is nothing she expects.

Local author Julianne Donaldson has created a lovely, romantic and clean Regency love story that will thrill Jane Austen fans and anyone who loves the never-ending conflict and intrigue of a good romance. Marianne is a likable, memorable and endearingly flawed character and her gentleman counterpart, Sir Phillip, well, the phrases “devastatingly handsome” and “swoon worthy” come to mind. Donaldson does an excellent job of creating smoldering romance without being racy and the last third of the novel is so exciting it’s hard to put down.

This novel is the first in a new brand of novels by local publisher Shadow Mountain, known as “Proper Romances, ” which are “everything a romantic novel should be, without all that other stuff…” Looking forward to more!

Endenbrooke is available at Deseret Book, Seagull Book, Barnes & Noble and Costco. Also available on-line from Shadow Mountain and Amazon (click the link to buy now).

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