Shadow Mountain Publishing announces a new brand of romance novels, appropriately dubbed Proper Romance® with the first released title Edenbrooke, by Julianne Donaldson.
This new brand of “proper” romance allows readers to enjoy romance at its very best—and at its cleanest—portraying everything they love about a passionate, romantic novel, without busting corsets or bed scenes.
Julianne Donaldson’s new title, Edenbrooke, inspired by regency writers Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, has already received a starred review from Publishers Weekly (“Delightful and completely engrossing…”), and reviews from eager fans including Mary Mull, wife of New York Times bestselling author Brandon Mull: “A heart-pounding love story. I couldn’t stop turning the pages until I finished it. A must read for all romantics!”
One reviewer said about Edenbrooke, “In many ways I feel as if I’ve been looking for a novel like this for some time and believe it’s led too much of my interest in young adult novels. Edenbrooke was like breathing clean air after swimming through layers of sludge; of course the layers of sludge were the countless books I’ve read filled with empty feelings and unnecessary situations.”
Shadow Mountain Publishing is releasing this new brand at a time when readers are looking for something more uplifting and clean, but still fun and light. In an interview with Joyce Lamb, writer of the USA Today blog Happy Ever After, author Julianne Donaldson said, “I think the pendulum has swung as far as it can in the erotica direction. What was once exciting for readers is getting a little old, and a lot of readers are ready for something different. In the case of Edenbrooke, it’s the romance of restraint, and the passion of unfulfilled longing, and the refinement of elegant days gone by.” “I am not saying that every romance should be like mine, but I am saying that there should be room for a variety, and before now, that was very difficult to find outside of the inspirational category. The fact that Jane Austen continues to be a favorite among both readers and movie-goers gives me hope that readers will embrace this new brand of proper romance.”
Synopsis of Edenbrooke:
Marianne Daventry will do anything to escape the boredom of Bath, England, 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. Watch the trailer for Edenbrooke here.