Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Edenbrooke- Book Review

 From the very first sentence this book pulled me in, drawing me into the lives of two beautifully flawed people. "It was the oak tree that distracted me." A very simple sentence, but right after reading those eight words, I settled down and prepared myself to read for hours, because i just knew Mrs. Donaldson was going to tell a marvelous story; and I wasn't disappointed at all. The story was captivating, a fun-read, and interesting, all pulling together to make a lovely story.
          This book was a little cliche, and by that I mean that the storyline isn't something that was "something I have never read before." I mean, one sister giving up the guy for the happiness of the other sister... one twin being amazing and getting all the attention, while the other get's overlooked and pushed into the background.... and other things like that, but Mrs. Donaldson wrote in such a way that it was quite forgivable. Even the fact that "they" fell in love in less than two weeks was somehow forgiven.
           Marianne was different from the heroins in the Jane Austen novels. Austin's heroins are perfect, or at they may have one huge fault, but they are perfect society girls {for the most part, don't quote me on that!}. Marianne was a girl who just wanted to run in the woods, live in a cottage in the country with animals, and twirl any time she wanted. She didn't do anything right. She couldn't even twirl without falling into a river or getting stuck in interesting places. {haha} She acted like a dork, couldn't flirt to save her life, and didn't want to go out in society.

          Philip was a mad flirt. And he was arrogant. and I love him. He was simply wonderful, even with his short-comings. I felt that he was perfect for Marianne {obviously} and even though he was difficult and angrifying. (it's a new word, peeps, means making the reader angry, basically, but in only one word.), and rude occasionally, although he was extremely sweet once you really got to know him, mysterious, gentle and  wonderful, and you know what? The whole book through I imagined him as Richard Armitage And I *cough cough* really love Richard. :) So I guess that made me absolutely love Philip. (in fact, Hannah, we should produce a movie of this book and cast Richard as Philip. Yes? :)

          This is the story of a girl who finds love even though she resisted in every step of the way. Of a girl who just wanted to live a simple life. Of a man who wanted to find a wife by himself. Of a girl willing to give up love and happiness for her sister. 

          Edenbrooke is definitely a book that I will read again many times, and one I highly recommend!

          The storyline did have several twists in it that I loved and were very creative. And it had me laughing like crazy constantly.

          Edenbrooke was delightful and wonderful and my rating {1-10) would be an 8. There was no swearing (that I remember), only very slight violence and a couple kisses. 


  1. This is such a lovely review! I love your lovely thoughts on this lovely book :)

    Huh, I never really imagined Richard as Philip, but if he could play a really great flirt, I'm sure he'd be wonderful :) I've only ever seen him as a haughty yet moral man.

  2. Great review! I will add it to my to-read list!


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