After the tragic death of her mother and then her father’s inability to deal with his loss, Marianne Daventry is shipped off to Bath to live with her grandmother. Bored to tears by Bath, and missing the beauty and tranquility of the country and her home, Marianne wishes to escape the drudgery of Bath.
When an invitation from her twin sister, Cecily arrives inviting her to the countryside estate of Edenbrooke, Marianne quickly accepts. Traveling with her maid, they are accosted on the road by a highwayman, who steals a precious necklace given to her by her grandmother before her maid Betsy is able to shoot haphazardly at the robber, which in turn scares him off. When they arrive at a nearby inn, with their injured coachman, and nursing injuries themselves, a confrontation with a mysterious gentleman sets the stage for a mad and romantic adventure in the countryside.
Marianne must decide whether or not she is willing to listen to her heart, and fall in love with the man of her dreams, or remain in the shadows of her twin sister Cecily, who is known as the beauty of the family and a successful flirt.
I absolutely loved this book! There were some parts that were often predictable and quite silly. But at the same time, I found myself laughing at some of the antics of Maryanne. And found myself entertained from the beginning to the end. The book was completely romantic! I found myself, lightly blushing and grinning like a goon at some of the scenes. I even had to read out loud a few sections to my BF, so he could fully appreciate the lines too!
I found myself absolutely enchanted with Maryanne, although sometimes, I wanted to knock some sense into her; her thoughts and decisions were a little naive at times. But, I loved how there was a great balance between her being a proper gentlewoman and also somewhat of a tomboy. I could see quite a bit of myself in her, truth be told. Phillip who is the heir to the estate, is probably my most favorite character in the novel, and completely swoon worthy! I found myself laughing at his antics, and the way in which he would tease Maryanne relentlessly. One of my favorite parts of the novel, is when he teaches Maryanne how to write a love letter; it will completely make you melt!
The language and writing style of the novel fits with the time period, and although the writing and storyline are a little more simple than say, an Austen or a Brontë novel. I still got the feel of the Regency time period.
After all is said and done, if you’re looking for an enjoyable read, with lots of laughs, swoons and a feel good attitude upon completion, I highly recommend this book.
I’m looking forward to reading the companion novel, BLACKMOORE, as well as the prequel to EDENBROOKE, called HEIR TO EDENBROOKE.