17 July 2013

Blackmoore: A Proper Romance by Julianne Donaldson

Blackmoore: A Proper Romance by Julianne Donaldson.
Audience/Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance.
Source: Netgalley
Publication: September 28th 2013 by Shadow Mountain
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

Reviewed by Kelly.

Oh my Gosh! Where to even begin. I cried and felt despair at Kate’s life. There seems only to be sadness and resignation in what her life had become. I found myself sobbing many times for her. I would have just run away very early on if I were in her shoes.

Kate has always wanted to go to Blackmoore. Her beloved Henry, the boy next door and her best friend, had invited her to go. Then her mother had other plans for Kitty. Kate had been called Kitty all her life but something happened and she never wanted to be called Kitty again. Kate’s mother was a flirt. Kate’s sisters weren’t much better. Kate was not like them but scandal follows the name, so Kate is always humiliated by them. Kate’s father just sits and does nothing and Kate isn’t really loved by her family. Kate has also been saying she will never marry for the past year and ½. She hasn’t told anyone why. Kate has always loved Henry from afar, but has stayed always out of reach. Again, no one but Kate knows why.

Kate’s mother wants her to marry a gentleman who seems to be aging and diseased. Because Kate wanted to desperately go to Blackmoore, she makes a bargain with her mother. She can go to Blackmoore, not marry this man, and go to India with her aunt if she gets 3 marriage proposals and refuses all of them. If not, she is to do whatever her mother asks of her. Sick, I know. Who would do that to her own daughter? But Kate thinks she has it in the hat when she agrees to it. But nothing goes as plans and Kate is faced with one thing after another of humiliation, shame, heartbreak, and enduring more than anyone should.

Kate and Henry become closer and closer but also things start to come to light and Henry learns the why’s to things that have made them also become out of reach of each other. For Henry has been intended to Miss St Clair. Kate wants to like her, but can’t seem to. And why should she? She loves Henry but she constantly pushes him away.

Meanwhile, Kate has an admirer. a mother who is a flirt, a sister who is scandalous, the mother of Henry who lets her know she is unwanted in her home, a woman who is soon to be betrothed to Henry who wants to make it clear to Kate that she has Henry. Henry doesn’t understand what is going on and tries to get Kate to talk.

This is a wonderful clean and romantic read. I loved it immensely and would recommend it to everyone. Anyone, who loves Jane Austen will love this. It has some elements of Pride and Prejudice. I will be buying this book the day it comes out and will read it over and over in the years to come. It is timeless! It is a classic. You will not be disappointed.

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  1. This one sounds awesome! I can't wait! The book cover is wonderful too.

    Ann@Blogging E-books

    1. It really is! I hope you will enjoy it too!

  2. It does look a little like Pride and Prejudice, which is my all time favorite book. I love the cover, and the idea, too. The premise is definitely intriguing. Your reader,