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.
So I actually read this book a few years ago when it came out, but I wasn't blogging back then. And with the ending of the semester, I needed a fun, light read that gave me a reprieve from the stress of studying. And I already knew how much I loved this book, so I decided to re-read it.
Marianne is a seventeen-year-old who resides in Bath and doesn't have a social life. Her twin however, is a social butterfly, annoying, and not a good girl.
The difference between them gets kind of funny at times.
Anyway, the story focuses on Marianne and how she finally leaves Bath when she and her sister are invited to the manor Edenbrooke.
Along the way, Marianne runs into trouble, and meets the oh-so-handsome-and-charming Phillip. He refuses to reveal his identity as he helps her find her way to Edenbrooke.
But of course, she finds out eventually who he is. Phillip owns Edenbrooke, and he has been claimed by Marianne's twin, Cecily.
For one thing, I admire Marianne for her loyalty to her sister, but it got incredibly annoying at times, especially since I have a belief that you cannot "claim" a person. People are their own individual and tend to do what they want, especially Phillip.
Marianne and Phillip's love story was as fantastic as it was frustrating. I forgot how oblivious they both are to each other's feelings, but loved reading their fall over again. Marianne is quite naive, but she isn't an idiot. I like how when she gets into trouble, she has a quick panic attack and then starts thinking clearly. Phillip is just amazing through and through. Tall, dark, and handsome, and not to mention strong. He is also intelligent and just a genuinely good person.
I can't say much more without giving the whole book away, but man ... I truly enjoyed revisiting this story. It is the perfect, somewhat quick, regency romance read. I highly recommend it to any who enjoy this genre!
I give this a 5 out of 5!