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.
Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson is one of my favorite novels, so I was very excited for the opportunity to review the prequel novelette, Heir to Edenbrooke.
I loved it! You know going into it that it will be short (hence being a novelette). However, the length and where it ended didn't bother me because I had Edenbrooke handy on my Kindle app and I started reading it again as soon as I finished Heir to Edenbrooke.
Philip is such a wonderful character! I really enjoyed getting to know him a little bit better, and it was fun seeing things from his perspective.
I was so mad when I finished this book. Not because it was bad, or disappointing or anything like that. Quite the contrary, it was excellent. I loved it. I was mad because it was a novella, and I wanted a full length novel. I wanted more! Philip is so great. You can't help falling in love with him in Edenbrooke, and then finding out more behind everything just makes you like him all that much more. I know it will never happen, but I'd love for Julianne Donaldson to make this a full length novel instead of a short one.
If you liked Edenbrooke you really need to pick this up, and devour it, and then, reread Edenbrooke to finish the satisfying feeling :)
About the Author:
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 about distant times and places. She lives in Utah with her husband and five children.
Author: Julianne Donaldson
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Published: November 2015
Source: We received an eCopy from the publisher in exchange for a review.