Book Review: Edenbrooke was Eden

edenbrooke_coverHello. Austenite here.

I am a HUGE fan of Jane Austen, and for all you people who had to read Emma in high school and are SO over it, think again. I am reviewing an amazing, spectacular book called Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson.

Edenbrooke is a Regency novel about a 19-year-old girl who is sent to live with her grandmother after her mother is killed. Because Marianne hates it there so much, her grandmother sends her to Edenbrooke, hoping that Marianne and the young man there will fall in love.

It is an intense plot with a reading level about 8th grade and up. The language is period-based, yet easy to understand and the plot has so many twists and turns you will hardly be able to keep it straight.

The characters include a highway man, a handsome man, a twin sister, an annoying twin sister’s BFF, and a main character who has a slight affinity for twirling (with her eyes closed). This book was a masterpiece of a Regency novel and one should sit on every home’s bookshelf. I think this one is definitely more for girls though. Sorry, guys. One day I will review a book for you. Probably.

-Becka O., 8th grade

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