Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Staff Pick: Edenbrooke

By Julianne Donaldson

In Julianne Donaldson's charming debut novel, Marianne Daventry is living with her elderly grandmother after her mother's death and her father's subsequent removal to France. Her elegant, adventurous twin sister Cecily is in London enjoying the Season, while Marianne is slowly languishing in Bath. When Cecily extends an invitation for Marianne to visit her at Edenbrooke, a country estate, Marianne eagerly accepts.

During the carriage ride to Edenbrooke, Marianne and her maid are accosted by a highwayman and thus begins Marianne's tumultuous, life-changing visit. She meets a mysterious stranger who may or may not be a gentleman, is pursued by a fortune hunter, learns about love letters, and falls into a lake TWICE.

Humorous, romantic, and lighthearted, Donaldson's Regency novel is easy to devour. There are shades of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer in it, though the characters' speech is less formal and the plot moves along much quicker. It's also very clean, for those readers who are squeamish about explicit love scenes.

Verdict: If you like romances, this one will leave you laughing and smiling. Big doses of wittiness, romance, and lively intrigue make this book a fast and satisfying read.

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