Edenbrooke (A Proper Romance) by Julianne Donaldson

EdenbrookeMarianne Daventry, fast approaching spinsterhood, is sent by her grandmother to the grand estate of Edenbrooke to learn how to be a proper lady.  When her coach is waylaid by a nefarious highwayman, her life takes a whole new direction.

It has been many years since a book has drawn me in to the extent that Edenbrooke has for the past couple of days.  I attended a book club held by my local Mormon church (one of my close friends is Mormon), and this is the book for the April meeting.  I would never have chosen this book if left to my own devices, but stepping out of my usual box is one of the reasons I love book clubs.

Anyway, although the writing and plot are average, and the period details somewhat lacking, Edenbrooke deserves your time because of the way it will make you feel.  I have not felt so emotionally invested in a couple in a romance since I first met Jamie Fraser and Claire Randall in Outlander over twenty years ago.  I laughed, I cried, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.

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