Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson
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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.
What I thought
Blackmoore is a Historical Fiction (Proper Romance) and takes place during the Regency era. Kate who is 18 has decided that she will never marry (explanation comes late in the book so I can’t go into it here). Henry will one day inherit Blackmoore and the sicker his grandfather gets the closer that day will come. Kate and Sylvia,Henry’s little sister, have been friends since they were young. Every summer Henry and Sylvia would disappear to to Blackmoore for the summer and Kate would be left behind. She wanted to go to Blackmoore more than anything, and this summer Henry is taking Kate with him.
This was such a cute story you can tell from the beginning who the romance was going to be between. What you do not know is why Kate refuses to admit her feelings. with the potential of Henry marring whom his mother has chosen has make Kate want to go to India with her aunt. The way you learn the back story is by sections dedicated to the specific instance that had an effect on Kate. I really liked the way that it was handled it was not at all jarring.
I got Pride and Prejudice Vibes from this book. If you know the story you will be able to pick up on some of the nods. I don’t know if they were intentional but they were there none the less.
In end if you like these kind of stories then you need to read this one. Yes Kate can be really annoying, but oh to be young and in love.
My Rating: /5