Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Review: "Heir to Edenbrooke" by Julianne Donaldson

When I heard about Heir to Edenbrooke, I wasn't sure what to think. Did we really need a retelling of part of Edenbrooke from Philip's perspective?

The answer is yes, we did.

Philip Wyndham has never envied his older brother for being the heir to Edenbrooke. He would much rather carve out his own destiny than live under the constraints of that position. But when his older brother dies unexpectedly, Philip's life is turned upside down as duty requires him to give up the life he planned. Philip takes on his new role as the most sought-after bachelor in London with alternating reluctance, boredom, and resentment. But all that changes the night fate leads him to an inn, where he meets the incomparable Marianne Daventry.

This novella gives Philip's backstory and then tells of his first meeting with Marianne from his perspective, and it is absolutely delightful! The only thing I didn't like was that it ended after they met at the inn—really, I would've loved to have all of Edenbrooke retold in this manner! This is basically a prequel novella to Edenbrooke, but I think it's best to read it after the novel—it was so fun to see Philip's thoughts, but I do think the first thoughts you read should be Marianne's. 4-1/2 stars.

Buy the novella. (affiliate link)
Buy Edenbrooke & Heir to Edenbrooke together (which is what I did). (affiliate link)
Read my review of Edenbrooke (4-1/2 stars).

Julianne Donaldson grew up as the daughter of a U.S. Air Force fighter pilot. She learned how to ski in the Italian Alps, visited East Berlin before the wall came down, and spent three years living next to a 500-year-old castle. After earning a degree in English, she turned her attention to writing. She writes historical romance when she is not busy with her four young children and husband. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I purchased this book myself and chose to review it. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Also, some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click the link and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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