Thursday, December 12, 2013
Blackmoore (Proper Romance)
By Julianne Donaldson
Shadow Mountain, September 2013
About the Book
Kate Worthington knows her heart and she knows she will never marry. Her plan is to travel to India instead if only to find peace for her restless spirit and to escape the family she abhors. But Kate s meddlesome mother has other plans. She makes a bargain with Kate: India, yes, but only after Kate has secured and rejected three marriage proposals.
Kate journeys to the stately manor of Blackmoore determined to fulfill her end of the bargain sooner rather than later and enlists the help of her dearest childhood friend, Henry Delafield. But when it comes to matters of love, bargains are meaningless and plans are changeable. There on the wild lands of Blackmoore, Kate must face the truth that has kept her heart captive. Will the proposal she is determined to reject actually be the one thing that will set her heart free?
Set in Northern England in 1820, Blackmoore is a regency romance that tells the story of a young woman struggling to learn how to follow her heart.
I absolutely LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this Regency Romance novel by Julianne Donaldson. I admit it wasn’t immediate love. It took me a few chapters to settle into the story, get acquainted with the author’s style, her use of flashbacks, and the building of the mystery, but soon it was love. B
Blackmoore stars an independent heroine, Kate Worthington. (Don’t dare call her Kitty!) Kate is sure of one thing: she will never marry. It doesn’t matter what her mother says, what she threatens. She will never marry. But just because she’s firm and determined on this matter doesn’t mean that her dreams of traveling to India with her aunt are certain.
Kate isn’t sure how she can break completely free from her family and follow her dreams. Her acceptance of her mother’s challenge is completely impulsive. Her mother will allow her daughter freedom—the freedom to go to India—if she receives and rejects three marriage proposals during her country visit to Blackmoore, the estate of a good friend.
At first all Kate seems to hear is India. It is only later that she realizes that she must act in such a way that three men will propose to her in just a few weeks. How is she going to accomplish that?! But Kate loves a challenge, and she is clever.
The main reason I loved this romance novel is the hero, Henry. I adored him. I adored them together, I should say. Every single scene with the two of them worked. Most were completely giddy-making in fact. The dialogue was wonderful! The storytelling was just what I needed. This was a purely satisfying historical romance. I can’t think of a single thing I’d change. I think this is one I’ll definitely want to reread again and again.
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