HomeGroupsTalkZeitgeist
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson
Loading...

Edenbrooke (edition 2012)

by Julianne Donaldson

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
1642272,634 (3.95)6
Member:lovekad
Title:Edenbrooke
Authors:Julianne Donaldson
Info:Shadow Mountain (2012), Paperback, 264 pages
Collections:Lovekad
Rating:****
Tags:None

Work details

Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson

None.

Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 6 mentions

Showing 1-5 of 22 (next | show all)
4.5

I really loved this book. The word that kept coming to mind was delightful. I was frequently laughing out loud and smiling to myself as I read. This is definitely one I will come back to again and again.

I loved the characters and imagery and the depth of the relationships. I loved the overall experience.

Now for the criticisms.

the first 90% of the book was just SO GOOD! But the last 10% fell apart for me. I thought it was way too over the top. The rescue was too coincidental, which just never sits well with me. I think, well if they were just one second to late -at any point- then it all would have been lost. The only way I can deal with dumb luck built on dumb luck (Clumpett happens to be in hearing range, tells people, her father and Philip happen to be in the country and happen to come across William and co. and they happen to stumble on the right inn) is if it's attributed to divine intervention. I felt Donaldson missed a great opportunity here.

The declarations of feelings were way too melodramatic and drawn out. And even worse, this book tumbles headfirst into the same misunderstand-makes-smart-characters-stupid pit that most of its kind fall in. I could understand the misunderstanding itself, but I didn't think her actions were in line with her personality; I felt that Marianne would have confronted Philip or continued to hope, especially when he continued to behave so encouragingly. Then the constant self denial in the face of almost everyone else's encouragement of his affection was too much to believe. I kept thinking, WWLBD (what would lizzie bennet do)? She would have hoped and aggressively sought out the truth. She would have been forthright and certainly combative if she felt she was being used or played with. She would have been real. I reject anything less.

Philip's declaration was too pretty, flowery and girly, not at all realistic.

The abduction itself should have been omitted. The nephew's character made me question the uncle, especially as it all started by his eavesdropping. Why was this never fleshed out?

The ending was too neatly wrapped up; while I love escaping in reading, I don't want a total suspension of reality, where suddenly characters betray their own interests and personalities to fit the resolution (grandmother, cecily, etc).

I know this is nitpicky, but at the beginning of the book, I thought the twirling was sweet, but by the end, I thought it was overemphasized and therefore too childish.

I thought this was a Christian historial romance. While I loved that morals and virtues were common themes and upheld well, I don't recall any direct reference to Jesus and faith. So I was a little disappointed there.

On the whole, I will forray into Edenbrooke again and again, but I will likely end right before the orchard abduction or at the end of chapter 22, before william comes home alone. This book was so good, and for a first novel, it gives me so much hope for what this author will create. Particularly because I actually read her second book, Blackmoore, first; I already know how much she improves from one book to the next. ( )
  lyssa73 | Aug 2, 2014 |
Altogether decent Regency Romance. Bonus points for banter and for a courteous gentleman suitor. (Sometimes I find the genre forced in regards to gentleman suitors.) ( )
  ewillse | Mar 23, 2014 |
Altogether decent Regency Romance. Bonus points for banter and for a courteous gentleman suitor. (Sometimes I find the genre forced in regards to gentleman suitors.) ( )
  PatienceFortitude | Mar 6, 2014 |
Altogether decent Regency Romance. Bonus points for banter and for a courteous gentleman suitor. (Sometimes I find the genre forced in regards to gentleman suitors.) ( )
  PatienceFortitude | Mar 6, 2014 |
Altogether decent Regency Romance. Bonus points for banter and for a courteous gentleman suitor. (Sometimes I find the genre forced in regards to gentleman suitors.) ( )
  PatienceFortitude | Mar 6, 2014 |
Showing 1-5 of 22 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
Dedication
First words
Quotations
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English

None

Book description
Haiku summary

No descriptions found.

When Marianne receives an invitation to spend the summer with her twin sister in Edenbrooke, she has no idea of the romance and adventure that await her once she meets the dashing Sir Philip.

(summary from another edition)

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
128 wanted1 pay2 pay

Popular covers

Rating

Average: (3.95)
0.5
1 1
1.5
2 3
2.5
3 7
3.5 3
4 17
4.5 4
5 13

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Contact | LibraryThing.com | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 92,768,766 books! | Top bar: Always visible