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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Regency Romance
Book Description: Kate Worthington knows she can never have her heart’s desire and so believes she will never marry. But Kate’s meddlesome mother has other plans. Kate journeys to the stately manor of Blackmoore on the cliffs above the seashore, where she must face the truth and the man that has kept her heart captive.
Set in northern England, Blackmoore is a Regency romance that tells the story of a young woman struggling to learn to follow her heart. With hints of Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters, Blackmoore is a page-turning tale of romance, intrigue and devotion.
My thoughts: I believe that Julianne Donaldson has become one of my favorite author's. I will be looking for anything and everything she writes.
Blackmoore is a beautifully written story. Kate Worthington comes from a dysfunctional home. She lives a life of privilege. But the price is high for her comforts. Her mother is more concerned with wealth and making pushing her daughters into marriages of convenience and profit than of their emotional stability or well being.
Kate's goal is to be a very different person than her mother. She doesn't want to flirt with anyone and everyone or have a marriage of disdain. She wants to be free, to live a life of adventure, to make her own decisions.
Henry is her closest friend. He is also the one that she loves. There are circumstances that are keeping them apart. She wants to travel to India with her aunt to keep herself and Henry free.
I really enjoyed that Julianne used chapters revisiting Kate's life. It helped me to understand her and the reasoning behind her decisions. It also showed how much compassion Kate has for others. It made me feel sorry for the young girl who endured many things.
This is a book that I would love to revisit again. It is a clean romance that reconfirms my faith in the power of love and the possibility of a happily ever after.
About Julianne Donaldson: Julianne Donaldson grew up as the daughter of a U.S. Air Force fighter pilot. She learned how to ski in the Italian Alps, visited East Berlin before the wall came down, and spent three years living next to a 500-year-old castle. After earning a degree in English, she turned her attention to writing about distant times and places. She lives in Utah with her husband and four children.
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