Kate Worthington knows her heart and she knows she will never to 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 sooner rather than later 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.
©2013 Julianne Clawson Donaldson (P)2013 Shadow Mountain
"Riveting and evocative... Readers will be absolutely captivated by the beautiful imagery, sizzling tension..., and mesmerizing plot." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
Simply delightful! First of all, the narration was magnificent. This book was recommended to me because of the narrator and it was a suggestion I'm so glad I acted upon. The story, the characters, the setting, and the writing overall were all excellent. I just adore Henry.
What more can I say? I really liked this!
Loved the book! Sometimes you just need a brilliant, heart tingling good old fashioned romance. The charters are rich and well done and the story does not disappoint. I fell in love... Isn't that the point? I think I may have even liked a slight bit more than Edenbrooke!
I loved this book. I listened to both this and Edenbrook. I liked Edenbrook but I loved Blackmoore. Edenbrooke is mostly light hearted with lots of fun flirting and banter, but to me Blackmoore has a lot more depth and character development. I loved all the bird allusions and metaphors woven into the story. I think the authors particular talent in both books is the relationship building that she gives us with her hero and heroine. We get plenty of conversations between hero and heroine, plenty of moments, banter, and interaction so that the love relationship feels really developed and satisfying. Her heroes are some of the most likeable I've come across in literature. Prepare yourself to be quite smitten with the charming heroes of both Edenbrook and Blackmoore. I also loved that both her books are satisfyingly romantic while remaining quite clean. I hope that the author has many more books coming!
This story started out very slow. I almost thought about not finishing it, even though that would probably be impossible for me. Once it started picking up though I could not stop listening! It was intriguing and enthralling and consuming. Everything a really good book is! Push through the beginning because it's totally worth it!
this is a fantastic very fun read. it's well-written clean and okay for kids. but this is not a kids book this is definitely for any romantic thanks Julianne Donaldson!!!
A surprising masterpiece superbly expressing, the depth , cost and ultimate joy of love, true love. I am actually disappointed in my lack of ability to trully praise this book sufficiently. When all my thoughts and emotions settle perhaps I will update this review. Currently I am at a loss except to say it is extremely well written, certain passages caused my pulse to race and my heart to skip a beat or two as I waited for questions to be answered feelings to be discovered and truths to be revealed.
The narration was masterfully and flawlessly rendered., enhancing the already wonderfully written story. I of course will obtain any additional offerings by this author and am very grateful to have had the opportunity to experience this work. I was moved in the region's of my heart not often touched by the written word.
One thing to note if your looking for a gimmicky fast paced story with ridiculous circumstances this book may not be for you. But, if you are looking to go on a journey over a seemingly calm sea with deep under currents and magnificent swells, you've come to the right place. Enjoy!
This is not a lighthearted/easy read, if that is what you're looking for, this isn't the book for that. It is full of emotion and beautiful, I cry each time I read/listen to it. Prepare for an emotional piñata, holy cow - you'll laugh, cry, ache, fall in love, and have your heart broken all throughout the book.
“I can never look at a bird without thinking of you,” he said. “I wonder what you will do with your wings once you have found them. I wonder how far away they will take you. And I fear them, for my sake, at the same time that I hope for them, for yours.”
I found myself emotionally depleted by the end of this. It is no easy read. If you are wanting a fun read, find something else. The story is well written and narrated, but the ongoing, grueling, agonizing misconceptions and miscommunications left me constantly frustrated, eager to shake the daylights out of the stubborn characters. So much wasted time in their lives made me angry, regardless of the end result. So many stories written in this time frame seem to have a similar tone. Noble to a fault, propriety takes precedence over good common sense... Not something I would read again, but then again, Jane Austin-ish novels aren't my cup of tea for those very reasons mentioned above.
"Drags along in a never ending circle"
This was my second book, but I do not think I might give her the benefit of the doubt any time soon.
No, it is one of my favourite genres and not every book can be good.
Yes, very even and level, matching the story in which nothing much happened.
Mainly disbelief at the stupidity of the characters and only surpassed by my own stupidity of listening to the whole.
The main character and probably the author are suffering from a major depression. Not exactly with I expect in a true romance.
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