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 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. It is Wuthering Heights meets Little Women with a delicious must-read twist. (Goodreads)
Rating: 5/5 Stars
I read Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson back in my sophomore year of high school. (I didn’t even realize Blackmoore took so long to come out.) Julianne Donaldson captured me with, not only her way of writing, but the fact that (as the cover states) the romance is proper. And the cutest thing you’ve ever read.
Blackmoore has to be one of the best Regency novels I’ve read in a long time. I feel that Julianne Donaldson capture Kate in such an amazing way. Numerous of times I was able to feel her emotions. If Kate felt heartbroken or ashamed I swear my chest got tight. I may have cried at some point. I know I never really did that during Edenbrooke. I feel that Blackmoore had a much more emotional plot. Kate, Henry, any character really felt so real. I loved the chapters that went back in time. Each one gave even more insight into the relationship of Henry and Kate and I feel aided in making the story feel so real. I loved the fact that Kate is such a strong character. She knows what she wants and refuses to give up, even if at points she’s about to.
Henry… I don’t even know what to say about him. If I could pick any fictional character to be my Dream Guy (and believe me when I say there are many) I would choose Henry. Even over Jace, Four, Will, and basically a million others. He is willing to do anything for Kate, he understands her more than she understands herself, and by god does he know his way to your heart. There isn’t any intense eye gazing but just simple looks. I don’t even know how to describe the amazingness of Henry. He’s basically what anyone would want in a friend, boyfriend, even girlfriend. Henry does everything in his power to give Kate what she wants. I feel that if the chance, even as cliché as this sounds, Henry would give Kate the world.
I also kept thinking of Kate Chopin when reading Blackmoore. I feel that Blackmoore sort of has the same emotions to it that the Awakening (of course not completely but more 50%). From the caged bird to Kate’s name, I feel that Blackmoore was almost like it. But happy ending involved in Blackmoore.
I loved Blackmoore so much. This review sucked and I apologize for that but I really can’t form my words into a sentence. People need to read this book, to go out and spread the awesomeness that is Julianne Donaldson. Go forth my viewers and READ. THIS. BOOK… and Edenbrooke.