Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Blackmoore: A Proper Romance by Julianne Donaldson

Release Date: September 9, 2013
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.
I loved this book. Although it took me a little longer to get invested in this story than Ms. Donaldson's first book Edenbrooke (click HERE to read my review of it). But once I did, I was completely and utterly in love.
Yes, again.
I think the problem I had with this book to start was Kate. I didn't relate to her. It took time for me to connect with her character and learn to love her. What made all the difference for me was her interactions with Henry. Their friendship. The fact that he would do anything for her and truly cared about her--it made me care about her too.
Oh Henry. (Sigh.) 
[Funny, and SO far off the subject, but I say that phrase with a different kind of sigh about 18 times a day since my middle child is named Henry. Haha]
Back on track, I really loved Henry's character. It's interesting to me that I couldn't connect with Kate, but I connected with Henry immediately. I felt for him. Usually that happens the other way around for me. :)
I loved this story. It had everything I love in a romance and more. There were also twists in the story that I didn't expect which made it that much more awesome in my eyes. This is not only a MUST READ, it's also a definite MUST BUY. If you love romance, but want something without the heaving bosoms and rippling pectorals, with plenty of actual falling in love (minus the falling in bed), Julianne Donaldson delivers. She is fast becoming my absolute favorite romance writer. Read this!
Happy Reading!

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