Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson

You guys! Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson ended up being a huge surprise. I didn’t know what to expect when I had a chance to read a review copy – historical romance written without sexytimes? Interesting.

So, as it turns out – Edenbrooke didn’t need the sexytimes to bring on some massive, spine-tingling sexual tension. Seriously.

Marianne Daventry ends up staying at the Edenbrooke estate, owned by family friends. She is at loose ends after losing her mother and is somewhat lost as to what her purpose should be. As the book chronicles Marianne getting to know herself at a gorgeous country estate – her musings are peppered with interactions with a man who began as a mysterious stranger with a bad first impression. By the end of the book he becomes much more.

So, I think it took me over forty minutes to read the last 15ish pages of the book. I kept reading the same paragraphs over and over again, relishing seeing the HEA but hardcore dreading seeing the story come to an end. The warm fuzzies abounded.

What more proof do you need that Julianne Donaldson is definitely an author worth reading? I can’t recommend the story, writing and characters more. I promise you won’t miss the lack of sexytimes. Promise.

I plan on pushing this on my mother soon, and I know I’ll definitely be reading it again in the future! Edenbrooke by Julianna Donaldson is totally a keeper, y’all.

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  • Carrie at In the Hammock Blog April 21, 2012, 7:45 pm

    this sounds excellent! i’m adding it to my to read list!
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  • Lisa! April 22, 2012, 9:02 am

    A love a good “finding her own way” novel. And spine-tingling tension? YEAH PLEASE I’LL HAVE SOME OF THAT.
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  • Sarah (The Brazen Bookworm) April 22, 2012, 3:01 pm

    Agreed! I was pleasantly surprised, and thought it was pretty sensual despite it’s non-sensuality. (PS: Welcome back!)
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  • Brian B May 2, 2012, 5:19 pm

    Ha ha. Haven’t read it but your second opening line cracks me up. Great review!
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  • April Books & Wine May 6, 2012, 8:10 pm

    I kind of feel trepidation at the lack of sexytimes, you know me and how much I love reading about the XXX, ha ha.

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  • Helen M Cook June 17, 2012, 11:37 am

    This is a fascinating story. Reminds me of Jane Austin, perhaps it is the time of the setting. I am still reading it and anxious to finish it. I will certainly keep it in my library.
    Helen Cook


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