Written By: Jennifer .M.

TITLE:  Edenbrooke

AUTHOR:  Julianne Donaldson

GENRE: YA | Adult | Fiction | Romance | Historic Fiction


SETTING(S) : 1816 Bath | London | Kent | England | Edenbrooke

SUBJECT: Love  | Love Letters | English Society | Sisterhood

MAIN CHARACTERS: Miss Marianne Daventry,  Miss Cecily Daventry, Betsy, Lady Caroline Wyndhams,  Mr. William Wyndhams, Mr. Philip Wyndhams, Mrs. Clumpett, Mr. Clumpett, Mr. Kellet, Mr. Whittles, Mr. Beaufort, Aunt Amelia and Grandmother

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.  Continue Via Goodreads


 MY REVIEW:  Marianne Daventry recently has lost her mother and has been sent to her grandmothers in Bath while her sister Cecily is enjoying London society.  She is bored out of her mind and hopes to be reunited with her father as the one year anniversary fastly approaches; but is left disappointed.  She one day receives a letter from her twin sister Cecily extending an invitation from the Wyndhams who have a country estate in Kent.   This is her one hope of being reunited to a piece of her family that she thought has forgotten her and to escape Bath society.  What new hopes will await for her in this country estate called Edenbrooke?  Will she become a Lady or gain a match that her grandmother hopes she will receive while visiting the estate?

The beginning of the novel was to not to my taste.  The scene is painting out with Marianne and her Aunt Amelia quote on quote enjoying a gentleman’s company name Mr. Whittles.  He is reading them some of his poems about Marianne.  As the scene unfolds the author description of the gentleman’s gruesome behavior of over sylvan.  I found myself crawling with discussed and almost completely decided to return this book.  But I am glad I did not.  After restarting, over coming the initial shock and going through the first chapter the novel took my interests.

It might be over descriptive and the characters actions might not make sense to some readers.  Example of a characters actions in question is Marianne; she is a free spirit young lady and when she is over joy she twirls.  These thoughtless acts at times gets her in trouble.  I believe thats what attracts some of Marianne’s suitor towards her being a girl who goes off the trail.  The reader along with Marianne is not included with the other characters schemes.  So we are as unaware of what is going on; that is one reason why I like the book.  The reader is discovering English society and Marianne’s true feelings along with Marianne.

One complaints I found online was that it took to long to tell Marianne’s story.  That you got pieces of it but I believe the author did it on purpose.  By having each detail slowly being discovered and unclear or unfamiliar it painted a character who was unsettled, hurt, abandoned that is Marianne.  Her lack of or control over the protection of her heart was caused by her abandonment of her father and never able truly grieve over her mother.  She need that sense of family or whole to truly grieve and gain the concept of love. She was all over the place and not behave like any well brought young lady because she was not introduced to English 19th century society.  If she was not stuck in bath with her grandmother and aunt as companions maybe she would be able to witness how civilized society behaved.

I believe the characters were likeable, the plot interested and enough mystery within that at the end I thought it was a sweet novel and I could not put it down.  I like that it focused on one suitor and that their was mystery involved in regards to why Marianne’s coach was stopped by highway man on her way to Edenbrooke.