Panství Edenbrooke

Panství Edenbrooke➻ [Reading] ➽ Panství Edenbrooke By Julianne Donaldson ➰ – Oaklandjobs.co.uk V jime n historick rom n jako stvo en pro nevyl iteln romantiky Marianne Daventryov odj d na venkov za sestrou Cecily, aby unikla nudn sez n v Bathu a nadb h n ctitele, kter se j hnus Zat mco Marianne V jime n historick rom n jako stvo en pro nevyl iteln romantiky Marianne Daventryov odj d na venkov za sestrou Cecily, aby unikla nudn sez n v Bathu a nadb h n ctitele, kter se j hnus Zat mco Marianne tou po klidu a kr sn p rod , Cecily m v pl nu okouzlit pohledn ho d dice panstv Edenbrooke Jen e kdy je p i p jezdu jej ko r ne ekan p epaden nezn m m mu em, Marianne zji uje, e nam sto rozj m n ji ek tajemstv k rozlousknut Kdo byl ten podivn p ita liv cizinec A dok e udr et sv srdce na uzd , kdy se j sest in vytou en mu zal b v c, ne je vhodn. so soft so lovely Update 12 30 12Readers, please note that this is a negative review and contains negative elements, namely because I despised the book I have gotten a lot of negative feedback from readers telling me their opinion and what I should or should not write in the review Please note that I am not going to change a word of this review, and further repetitive comments WILL be deleted, since they all seem to be from the same people, or at least, focused on the same point I encourage readers who are unh Update 12 30 12Readers, please note that this is a negative review and contains negative elements, namely because I despised the book I have gotten a lot of negative feedback from readers telling me their opinion and what I should or should not write in the review Please note that I am not going to change a word of this review, and further repetitive comments WILL be deleted, since they all seem to be from the same people, or at least, focused on the same point I encourage readers who are unhappy with this review to STOP READING, because your telling me what I should or should not write doesn t work just as my telling you what to think wouldn t work.Further, if you don t agree, then please write your own review There, you can write all your own opinions without having to deal with me Wow WOW This book is SO insanely horrible that I had to keep reading, because I couldn t believe that such a horrible book got such a high rating on here andMy list of dislikes and problems with the book kept racking up until at 40% through, I couldn t take it any and just had to write a review to get my complaints off my chest I honestly don t know how this book got such high ratings maybe the author has a lot of friends I mean, there are MEN reading this book, saying they don t read romances and liking this book WTH One thing that is for sure a GIRL who regularly reads Regency romances would have qualms about the realism of this book, much less a man who has never read a romance novel in his life Therefore, I believe that most of the ratings on here are FAKE and I really despise books and the authors that get their friends to increase ratings.Why This Book Really Sucked 1 It reads like a fanfiction work.Aside from the cover, I honestly don t know how it got published, because the cover makes the book look professional, AND IT ISN T I understand that this is this author s first book, and as such, I am willing to make allowances However, not when the rating has been jacked up as to fool honest readers I was really excited when I came upon this book, but not only did it fail to titillate me, it pissed me off that the rating is this misleading.The blurb is basically as complicated as the plot gets The story is just Marianne explaining things to the author about her family, her sibling rivalry with her sister, etc., etc There are entire chapters where Marianne tells us of her sibling rivalry and her father leaving the family, stories that must be explainedthan once.Further, the scenes where Marianne and Philip have a heart to heart conversation and he asks her questions about herself This would seem romantic if his in depth questions didn t come out of nowhere, sort of as though the author thought to herself, okay, enough joking around, now they have to get down to business with some serious soul sharing That s about how sudden the conversation shifts from teasing to concern and then, just as suddenly, to sudden tears because his words pierced her heart so suddenly and so sharply Exhausting Not from the in depth conversations, but just trying to keep track of their sudden emotional changes 2 The writing is abysmally juvenile, with inexplicable overreactions to minor things, and endless descriptions There are FAR too many descriptions of facial expressions in too little a span of time We see one scene in which the hero, Philip, has a teasing expression, has a cold and angry expression, is smiling innocently, has a longing look in his eyes good grief, can the author stop spelling everything out for the reader If he longs for the girl, we can understand it from his actions WE DON T NEED TO BE PUMMELLED OVER THE HEAD.The actions of the characters are BIZARRE, as they switch emotions suddenly, as if all the characters have multiple personality syndrome I don t know if the author was trying to simulate what she thinks was the proper etiquette of the time period, but the scene ends up making no sense at all, with everyone in the scene overreacting to what honestly doesn t seem like much of anything Example In one scene at the dinner table on Marianne s first night at Edenbrooke, Philip tricks Marianne into promising to sing for them by suggesting it to his mom Marianne is terrified because apparently she is a terrible singer and there was some incident at the beginning of the book that has not been explained and in which I have pretty much lost interest and her grandmother has also extracted a promise from her never to sing in public This was not a joke, and I was going to humiliate myself in front of all these nice people It was inevitable There was a reason Grandmother had warned me not to singBut WHAT WHAT S THE REASON It is never explained Terror seized me I looked at Philip in mute appeal His lips twitched, then quivered, then his shoulders shook I glared at him as he gave up the fight, leaned back in his chair, and laughed out loud Odious man What is wrong Philip s voice was low, and his brow knit with concern Nothing, I lied I stared at my plate, trying to breathe slowly, or at least normally It wasn t working.Philip was still watching me Luckily, no one else seemed to be paying attention You re a terrible liar What is it My face was burning, my stomach in knots This was only getting worse I had to tell him I can t sing, I whispered.He looked surprised Yes, you can Philip said in a shaky voice, I m afraid we have effectively terrified Miss Daventry She may run away tonight and never come back Lady Caroline s brow wrinkled in consternation Philip, please explain yourself I was surprised at how stern her voice could sound She doesn t want to sing for us, Mother I volunteered her without her permission He chuckled.Mrs Clumpett gasped Mr Clumpett rubbed a hand over his mouth, as if to remove a smile, and looked at his plate Lady Caroline looked horrified Philip It sounds to me as if you ve been a terrible host You have forced our guest into an uncomfortable situation, manipulated us into playing along with your game, and then laughed at her discomfort And on her first night here She glared at him I am very disappointed in you All my terror changed to gratification upon hearing him rebuked so thoroughly Philip at least had the decency to look chagrined, his cheeks faintly flushed as he received his scolding.Lady Caroline turned her attention to me You might suppose, based on my son s behavior, that we have no sense of how to honor a guest in our home Please believe me when I say that Philip s actions do not reflect the values of our family I glanced at Philip and noticed his jaw was clenched and his cheeks ruddy How humiliating to be so scolded in front of a guest A small bloom of compassion unfolded within me.See this scene It s bizarre and overloaded with emotions and expression In one swift scene, Philip is teasing, concerned, shaky with what laughter unease it s not explained , chagined, jaw clenched I don t understand the need for all this excessive emotion and in a Regency novel Inexplicable and frankly, Philip comes off seeming like a psychopath to me Further, was there the need for Lady Caroline to rip into him like that With people gasping and looking stunned I mean, it doesn t even rate as a faux pas There are exactly 5 people at the dinner table, four of which are family members You might have concluded that somebody had confessed to necrophilia But it wasn t anything at all It was a joke But you would never know it from the narrative The book is littered with excessive descriptions that spoil the entire plot I frantically looked away, she tore her gaze away, cringing and swallowing convulsively and sighing this is all from the first chapter, fyi, and by the same character, AND accompanying every single statement she contributes to the conversation 3 The characters are unlikable Frankly, I hate Marianne, but all the other characters are similarly annoying.Marianne, our heroine, is supposed to be a free spirit and loves the country and loves twirling We know she loves twirling because this is mentioned in every single chapter, but specifically the first chapter, in which twirling is mentioned every other page We know she loves twirling because she cannot stand outside without wanting to twirl We know she can t see a tree without wanting to twirl We further know she loves twirling because her grandmother had to WARN her under penalty of withdrawing her inheritance NOT to twirl WHAT is going on Do we have a heroine who has twirling spasms I may enjoy twirling on occasion but I DON T have a problem with spontaneous twirling in public or on tables or in the middle of the road or at funeral processions Readers understand twirling What they fail to get is someone who apparently twirls herself into trouble literally Marianne actually FALLS into a river at one point because of her twirling problem This is insane and not normal at all Further, in the very first chapter, we see a nice if not particularly prepossessing individual come to see Marianne, having dedicated a poem to her blue eyes While on occasion, I think all girls understand being badgered by a male in whom she has no interest, we DON T want to see a supposedly kind, nice girl make fun of this man in the very first chapter the first few pages and talk about how ridiculous he was and that of all his repulsive features, it was his mouth that held my horrified fascination When he spoke, his lips flapped about so as to create a film of saliva that coated the edges of his lips and pooled in the corners of his mouth, and going on to poke fun at his poetry in a way that he didn t understand but which made Marianne laugh secretly Is this a nice girl NO, it is not I would understand and think it a great beginning if Marianne were described to be spiteful but later she changed or something of that sort But she s not Then her aunt appears, and she describes her aunt as havinghair than wit Couldn t we, the reader, figure this out from the actions of the characters rather than be told by the nice person who s supposed to be our heroine So in the beginning of the book, she supposedly has a great relationship where she misses her sister, thebeautiful, charming sister who loves town life, Cecily There is then at around 39% where she recounts the history of her relationship with her sister, beginning with a doll claimed by Cecily because she s the older twin So when it was my turn to hold the doll, I claimed that I didn t want to touch the ugly thing No matter how much Cecily held and caressed the doll and talked about how pretty it was, I remained stoically insistent that I did not want to touch it And I never did Eleven years passed and I never once touched that doll, not even to feel her hair A maid once put it on my bed by mistake, but even then I did not touch it I put a handkerchief over my hand and picked up the doll by the foot and flung it onto Cecily s bed.At first it was only possessions we fought over But as we grew older, the list lengthened talents, beauty, attention from boys I applied the lesson of the doll and decided it was better to want something different from Cecily instead of lose to her I learned to hide my desires, or to change them as soon as learning hers.Such was my attitude when Cecily and I came of age to be presented to society and enter the marriage mart in London Cecily dreamed of nothing but town life I dreamed of nothing but living comfortably in the country I did not envy Cecily her season, because I had no such ambition I did not aspire to a brilliant match, because it would be a contest with Cecily and she would win I never wanted to be an elegant lady, because that was Cecily s role.So Marianne NEVER touched the doll for 11 years, just because Cecily claimed it first Cecily claimed the doll when they were 6, so, until the age of 17, she refused to pick up the doll That s a bit extreme right And further, why would the doll matter any to a GROWN PERSON And this is the only reason she didn t want to be an elegant lady And that s not getting into the grandmother, who writes a lovely letter, saying Dear Marianne, I imagine you have already started scampering around the countryside like some farmer s brat, so I am writing to remind you of the conditions of your visit You are to learn all you can from the Wyndhams about how to behave like an elegant young lady Write to me and tell me what you are learning Consider this an assignment If I do not recognize some signs of improvement in you I will not hesitate to call you home If you cannot change your ways, I will not hesitate to cut you off without a penny, just as I did to my nephew I am committed to this plan, and I will see you become all that you can be, both for your own future happiness as well as for what you owe to the family name Do not disappoint me.First of all, what an endearing letter to receive from a beloved grandmother And how reasonable the request is, to send someone away not to a school, but to a stranger s household and expect them to return an elegant young lady And how was she supposed to learn this from the household, when THERE ARE NO YOUNG LADIES IN ATTENDANCE There is Philip s mom, a widow, his aunt and that s it Philip is so overset with emotional descriptions that he comes off, again, as a psychopath 4 The characters are dumb and their actions are, again, bizarre and irrational The author makes the assumption that the reader cannot infer things from small descriptions alone.At the beginning of the book, Marianne is attacked on the way to Edenbrooke by a highway robber basically the only exciting thing to happen in the first half of the book When she and her maid manages to get to a nearby inn, she tries to solicit help from Philip, who doesn t want to help The next day, Philip has done a total about face, probably because she denounced his lack of gentlemanly essence this comment is one that apparently must be apologized over and discussed at length in following chapters and asks to help with the shot coachman She refuses his help, naturally They introduce themselves well, she does He mysteriously refuses to say who he is In fact, when she makes further inquiries, she happens to find that NOBODY will tell her who he is, even the nurse that happens to show up the next day to care for the coachman Marianne has NO IDEA who could have hired the nurse and cannot figure it out, even though HINT she ARGUED with a man named Philip the night before about his wanting to help She thinks about this at LONG and HARD LENGTH because the nurse won t say who hired her, so she is absolutely befuddled about this mysterious benefactor who who could it be could it be the gentleman she insulted to the degree that she offended his honor But no, she can t figure it out at ALL Then a new coach with a coachman shows up to drive Marianne and her maid to their destination, this coachman with instructions, apparently to ABDUCT Marianne forcefully into the coach if she were to refuse this sudden charity The coachman also does not reveal who hires him, so Marianne STILL does not know But she fumes a bit and then gets into the carriage WHY WHY would you do such a thing if you don t know who hired the coachman You were just ROBBED last night, you fool Eventually, they make their way to Edenbrooke, and she wants to explore the place right away, so goes out and falls into the river twice because of the twirling, see and then encounters Philip, who is, surprise, surprise, in residence But see, there is no REASON for Philip to dissemble about his identity Nothing huge happens between her getting robbed and the next day arriving at Edenbrooke that would even justify him withholding his identity It makes no SENSE, you see 5 There s no history or scene setting to let people know of the relevant time period.As far as the story reads, it feels like the author saw and maybe read Pride and Prejudice andthat s it Or she might have just read a blurb about Pride and Prejudice Or she might have seen the DVD cover of the movie version.I know that most historical fiction set in the Regency period are fairly inaccurate and take a lot of license with dialogue, clothing, etc But you expect it from bodice ripper books Not one that s supposedly hailed as being so authentic The man calls her Marianne right from the beginning How s that for accuracy And they take meals together, alone And he goes and fetches the food by himself Isn t this supposed to be a huge estate Where are the servants See how much I can complain about even though I have only gotten as far as 40% in Imagine how much I can say if I made it all the way through That s if I do maybe I will, in order to complain some .Review 11 20 12 finally, some good fucking foodwhat if mr darcy wereof a flirt elizabeth wasof a shy anne shirley that s this book i adored it finally, some good fucking foodwhat if mr darcy wereof a flirt elizabeth wasof a shy anne shirley that s this book i adored it Being the clean romance, Jane Austen lover that I am I LOVED Edenbrooke.What a fabulous way to spend a morning Edenbrooke was a book I couldn t put down I picked it up to read just a few pages before getting out of bed but didn t quit reading until I finished the book While there may never be another Mr Darcy it is possible that his twin is found roaming the grounds of Edenbrooke.Squeaky clean, full of romance, humor and great characters this is a book I highly recommend Perfect for lovers Being the clean romance, Jane Austen lover that I am I LOVED Edenbrooke.What a fabulous way to spend a morning Edenbrooke was a book I couldn t put down I picked it up to read just a few pages before getting out of bed but didn t quit reading until I finished the book While there may never be another Mr Darcy it is possible that his twin is found roaming the grounds of Edenbrooke.Squeaky clean, full of romance, humor and great characters this is a book I highly recommend Perfect for lovers of Jane Austen era romances.Rating 5 Stars I loved it Content CleanEdited 12 11 15 Reread this again and absolutely still in love with it Source From Publisher I will admit that I have an unfair, blanket aversion to Deseret Book fiction I m not sure why or how the stereotypical cringing came to be, but it exists for me, nonetheless Having acknowledged that, I was already wary at my first introduction of this book, but since I ll try any clean read,so if it s recommended to me by someone I love, and doubly if there is talk that it is in any way Austen esque, I curled up ready forwhatever.I would have to strongly disagree with the general cl I will admit that I have an unfair, blanket aversion to Deseret Book fiction I m not sure why or how the stereotypical cringing came to be, but it exists for me, nonetheless Having acknowledged that, I was already wary at my first introduction of this book, but since I ll try any clean read,so if it s recommended to me by someone I love, and doubly if there is talk that it is in any way Austen esque, I curled up ready forwhatever.I would have to strongly disagree with the general claim that this is written in the style of Jane Austen Set during the same time period, yes Hijackings of some of her story lines, character traits, and even names, yes But, the same style Not remotely It lacks the depth, complication and journey to approach the Austen throne I found myself constantly perturbed by the oblivious denseness of Marianne, who spends the duration of the book, symbolically picking daisies He loves me, he loves me not , by the authors insistence at continually telling the reader what to feel or think instead of just fleshing out the story and actually letting us think or feel, and by some of the absurd, contemporary language that was occasionally thrown in.This ended up being a light and airy read, not unpleasant, but formulaic and for the most part, predictable The author has promise She created a storyline that eventually became engaging, a hero that was worthy of swooning and created it in a clean environment, though sometimes melodramatically Even with all of my frustrated, literary huffing and puffing, I have to own up to the fact, that after wading through the first bit, it did become a guilty, though breezy, hammock pleasure Edenbrooke is a sweet, unabashedly romantic story set in Regency England Marianne Daventry, age 17, has always felt overshadowed by herconfident,beautiful twin sister Cecily While Cecily is enjoying the social life in London, Marianne has been rusticating in Bath with their grandmother for the last fourteen months, since their mother died and their father took himself off to France to grieve alone Grandmother makes an unexpected offer to make Marianne her heir, to the tune of 40,0 Edenbrooke is a sweet, unabashedly romantic story set in Regency England Marianne Daventry, age 17, has always felt overshadowed by herconfident,beautiful twin sister Cecily While Cecily is enjoying the social life in London, Marianne has been rusticating in Bath with their grandmother for the last fourteen months, since their mother died and their father took himself off to France to grieve alone Grandmother makes an unexpected offer to make Marianne her heir, to the tune of 40,000 pounds, if Marianne can learn to behave like an elegant young lady Grandmother is fed up with Marianne s running around outdoors and ignoring social rules Also, Marianne has been invited to go to the Wyndham family s estate, Edenbrooke, to visit their mother s old friend and her family, along with Cecily, who has befriended the daughter, Louisa Wyndham On the way to Edenbrooke, a highwayman stops their carriage, ordering Marianne out They escape after Marianne s maid Betsy takes a shot at the masked man and he disappears, but not before shooting their coachman They seek help at a nearby inn, where Marianne insults, but then befriends, a handsome young man named Philip who turns out to be part of the Wyndham family But Marianne can t decide if he really likes her or is just flirting, and in any case she s unsure of her own feelings Other complications ensue, and so the fun begins.If you like your Regency romances fairly light, squeaky clean and swooningly romantic, and aren t much of a stickler for authenticity, this is a book for you Marianne is a brave and kindhearted heroine, but she can be a bit of a silly young girl at times It s a little eye rolling when she a twirls for joy which luckily only happens two or three times , and b is so blind when it comes to relationships that she can t see her nose in front of her face But she does have her moments her initial, well deserved insult to Philip is one Philip, though Handsome, teasing, romantic, dedicated, buff, extremely likeable and he has a wicked smile If I m making a list of my favorite book boyfriends, he s definitely in the top 10 Edenbrooke gets four stars from me not because it s great or deep literature but because it s such a fun, sweet read, with some unexpected humor and a romance that really sucked me in, which is all it s trying to be 3.5 starsBff and I have a long and complicated history We were introduced by our mothers soon after my family had relocated to her hometown My mother, ever anxious for me to make friends, called me over to point out her new friend s daughter, a girl about my age with long, curling blonde hair, wearing a frilly dress, andtwirling.I was not impressed.This is a story that s been told many times, and not just b c we did eventually become the good friends our mothers had hoped we would, but 3.5 starsBff and I have a long and complicated history We were introduced by our mothers soon after my family had relocated to her hometown My mother, ever anxious for me to make friends, called me over to point out her new friend s daughter, a girl about my age with long, curling blonde hair, wearing a frilly dress, andtwirling.I was not impressed.This is a story that s been told many times, and not just b c we did eventually become the good friends our mothers had hoped we would, but also b c she grew up to be not in the least way inclined to twirl, whereas there are few people who would have a hard time imagining me twirl snickers But regardless of whether or not that is an accurate perception I ll never tell , I have not departed from my original stance far enough to encounter this Chapter 1Bath, England, 1816It was the oak tree that distracted me I happened to glance up as I walked beneath its full, green canopy The wind was tossing it s leaves so that they twirled upon their stems, and at the sight I was struck by the realization that it had been much too long since I had twirled I paused under the branches and tried to remember the last time I had felt the least need to twirl. And not have a reaction like this However, I was in dire need of a palate cleanser, so instead of tossing EDENBROOKE aside in disgust, I kept reading, which was fortunate, b c it turned out to be a surprisingly good read In fact, it it wasn t for thisHow do you like her Phillip asked, nodding toward Meg She s perfect And she really was Just spirited enough to keep it interesting without being difficult to manage And so beautiful I patted her neck and flashed him a smile A gentle mare would never have been able to keep up with you He smiled too, but as if at a private thought You are absolutely right I wondered what secret lurked beneath his smile. Really B c it s pretty damn obvious to me that he s comparing you to the horse, you silly ideal of femininity.Right So if it wasn t for that, this would have been a solid 4.0 star read It was kind of an Austen mashup, including elements from MANSFIELD PARK, EMMA, and PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, but still had enough originality for the familiar parts to not be off putting Plus, it was devoid of the long windedness that so often plagued the literature of that time.Overall, EDENBROOKE fulfilled the purpose I d had in mind when I started it, and I d recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical romance or Jane Austen It s not all twirling and chauvinist comparisonspinky promises Love Each time I read this I seem to fall in love just a little bitIt really is one of my very favorite regencies I remember when it first came out I was drawn to its beautiful cover, it really fits the story so well Marianne is a likable heroine, a bit blind at times and so modest that she couldn t possibly imagine that anyone would chose her over her beautiful twin Cecily After the tragic death of her mother, she is separated from her twin and sent to live with her grandmother in Bat Love Each time I read this I seem to fall in love just a little bitIt really is one of my very favorite regencies I remember when it first came out I was drawn to its beautiful cover, it really fits the story so well Marianne is a likable heroine, a bit blind at times and so modest that she couldn t possibly imagine that anyone would chose her over her beautiful twin Cecily After the tragic death of her mother, she is separated from her twin and sent to live with her grandmother in Bath Unlike her sister, she prefers the quiet country life and is unhappy living in a bigger city Marianne is witty, kind and has an innocence that is endearing Philip is the ideal hero, it s no surprise that so many people have added him to their book boyfriend list He is just the kind of regency hero that I adore, a true gentleman He is kind, charming, full of integrity and he just treats Marianne so well I really loved everything about him, very swoon worthy Philip and Marianne have an awesome love story, while there is an attraction, I loved that they actually build a friendship first They re is an easy report between them and you can really feel their connection Marianne is shy and inexperienced, which I thought was realistic for the time period, and while Philip s intentions may be obvious to us Marianne is also loyal to a fault and put others needs ahead of her own, which helps explain why I think she purposefully chooses to ignore what s right in front of her I loved the writing, it flowed really well and was written in a way that you re able to get lost in the story and forget that you re reading I also loved the supporting characters, especially Philip s aunt, uncle and mother Every time I read this I secretly hope that Cecily will get her own book She is easily swayed by her friendships and worldly pursuits, I just think there is a lot of potential there to see her grow and mature While I didn t really like Cecily, there were a few times we see glimpses of a genuine person beneath her sometimes self centered persona and I think it would be fun to see her get her own book Overall, a light and fun regency romance ContentRomance Clean and swoonyLanguage NoneViolence MildSource Kindle and paperbackSimilar Books You May Enjoy Marianne Daventry is an innocent 17 year old whose mother died the year before in a riding accident Her father s scarpered off to France to grieve, her twin sister s in London with family friends enjoying a season, while poor little Marianne is wasting away with boredom at her grandmother s in Bath Her gran, a cranky and unpleasant old biddy, decides to disinherit her no good scoundrel nephew and bestow her fortune of forty thousand pounds on Marianne, as long as the girl will learn to behave Marianne Daventry is an innocent 17 year old whose mother died the year before in a riding accident Her father s scarpered off to France to grieve, her twin sister s in London with family friends enjoying a season, while poor little Marianne is wasting away with boredom at her grandmother s in Bath Her gran, a cranky and unpleasant old biddy, decides to disinherit her no good scoundrel nephew and bestow her fortune of forty thousand pounds on Marianne, as long as the girl will learn to behave like a proper lady she likes running about out of doors without a bonnet, and prefers the countryside to town life dreadful stuff.Marianne clearly needs role models, and is shipped off to Edenbrooke, the estate where Lady Wyndham, a bosom friend of Marianne s mother lives Marianne s twin sister is besties with Lady Wyndham s daughter, and the girls are set to return to the estate from London, so Marianne will have some company On the way to Edenbrooke, Marianne s carriage is set upon by a highwayman, and when her coachman is shot, she has to drive the carriage to the nearest inn by herself this was one of the few useful and admirable things the girl did in the entire novel At said inn, she s insulted by a gentleman, because of her dishevelled appearance Once he realises that she is of good standing, he apologises for his incredible rudeness and instead proceeds to condescendingly take matters completely out of her hands He insists that they be on first name basis, and refuses to divulge anything about his identity.Once Marianne arrives at Edenbrooke and promptly falls in the river, twice because she loves to twirl uncontrollably to express happiness, and apparently never looks where she does this , she discovers that Philip is indeed Lady Wyndham s second oldest son They two strike up a highly unlikely and inappropriate friendship, and just before Marianne s twin Cecily is about to arrive complications rear their ugly head when it s revealed that Philip s older brother died a few years back, making him the lord of the manor, and the man Cecily has set her sights on as a future husband As Marianne apparently always gives in if her slightly older sister calls dibs on something, this means she has to give up on Philip Oh noes How can this conflict ever be resolved As this book is currently one of the finalists in the Goodreads Choice 2012 awards, and has a huge number of positive reviews both there and here on , I decided to give it a try Many of the reviews compare the writing to that of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, and all I can say is that both women must be spinning in their graves Or possibly twirling like the heroine in this preposterous story.It s labelled as a proper romance , because there aren t any graphic love scenes, but the behaviour of the hero and heroine is deeply improper from the moment they first meet As the heroine is an inexperienced young girl from the country, her ignorance and foolishness might be explained away, but the so called gentleman hero should know better than to encourage the girl to call him by her first name, flirt inappropriately with her in private and in front of his family At one point, Philip encourages Marianne to take a nap outside, while he sits around watching her Edward Cullen alert , and subsequently claims that she snores like a big, fat man If that s the makings of a proper romance, give me the kind with sexy times every day of the week The first half is full of badly done exposition, the author overuses adjectives, and in pretty much every scene, all the characters seem to feel an excess of emotions from joy to anger to despair, if the descriptions of their feelings and facial expressions is to be believed The book is wildly melodramatic, and might have been better if it was written in 3rd person but sadly, it s not Then there s the plot, highwaymen, falling into rivers, inappropriate flirting and banter, dreadfully characterised supporting characters both Marianne s twin sister Cecily and Philip s younger sister Louisa are total mean girl bitches for most of the story, only to make a total turnaround and become super supportive and helpful fairy godmothers in the wrap up of the story , kidnappings, random due inside in the common room at an inn how do you even go about that it may sound exciting, but most of the time, it s just dull, and there s a limit to how far I can suspend my disbelief.I fully understand that readers may be looking for clean, chaste Regency romances but do yourselves a favour and read something by Jane Austen or Georgette Heyer novel instead This is simply a very poor excuse for a novel, pretty cover notwithstanding This was delightful The heroine is very guileless, mainly because she is only 17 But she makes up for it with humor and a strong sense of loyalty This is a clean romance but it s not what I would consider YA It had a couple of moments that really hit me in the feels There were also some moments that I wanted to shake the heroine, but in the end I enjoyed this book overall and read the whole thing in a day.