Author: Julianne Donaldson
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Shadow Mountain (March 27, 2012)
Genre: Historical Romance
My Rating: 5 Stars!
Marianne Daventry will do anything to escape the boredom of Bath and the amorous attentions of an unwanted suitor. So when an invitation arrives from her twin sister, Cecily, to join her at a sprawling country estate, she jumps at the chance. Thinking she'll be able to relax and enjoy her beloved English countryside while her sister snags the handsome heir of Edenbrooke, Marianne finds that even the best laid plans can go awry. From a terrifying run-in with a highwayman to a seemingly harmless flirtation, Marianne finds herself embroiled in an unexpected adventure filled with enough romance and intrigue to keep her mind racing. Will Marianne be able to rein in her traitorous heart, or will a mysterious stranger sweep her off her feet? Fate had something other than a relaxing summer in mind when it sent Marianne to Edenbrooke.
I have seen mention of this story being a retelling and while I don't quite agree with that because it very much is its own story, it is very reminiscent of something right out of an Austen novel and is something all fans of Austen should immediately pick up and devour.
I found myself surfing my movies shelf looking for something like Jane Eyre, or Pride and Prejudice the other night and not quite finding something new but still along those lines, I decided instead after having it on my book shelf for more than a year, to pick this up instead.
I'm so glad that I did because not only was I immediately swept into the wonderful world of England during the 19th century but with wonderful characters that were easy to like and relate to.
With a sweet burning romance that was not only clean but completely heart pounding in it's sweetness and with it's tender moments. I truly did not want this to end but at the same time couldn't turn the pages fast enough to see how it would end.
I absolutely adored this and plan on reading pretty much everything and anything else this author comes out with. It gave me exactly what I was looking for and so much more.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*