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)
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I hardly know where to begin with this one.....it was exquisite! What a delightful listen.....I was sucked in from the beginning and couldn't put it down. This book is a beautifully written "clean" romance that is emotionally charged and is filled with honor, respect, chivalry and love. (I honestly didn't miss the sex scenes!). It's family friendly so I would feel comfortable letting a young girl also listen and enjoy.
I have to give a shout out to the narrator because she did a great job.
I highly recommend this to everyone!
"Clean, well written and excellent narrator."
Good story but not much humor. worth my time to listen to it.
"Truly a PROPER Romance"
Blackmoore was a unique story. I haven't read any books like it before.
When Henry was talking about how Kate's "heart" loved him and wanted to curl up next to him. It was so cute and adorable. I don't want to give away any details though.
I loved this book. Great narrator! The opening of the book says its a "Proper Romance".... And it was! There is no sex...no inappropriate activity.....it is proper and yet it totally hooked me in and I loved the progression of the love story. The story was unique and entrapped me.
Maybe it was slightly slow moving compared to most books I enjoy, but it was a delightful and surprising change of pace and loved every minute.
My only complaint would be I wanted more at the end. I mean I would have like to have a good long epilogue, but then that's me being selfish....maybe then it wouldn't have been so proper... ;-)
"Proper but Angsty"
I'm usually not one for angst-y fiction, but I couldn't put this one down. It was kind of depressing but enthralling all at once. It helps that it was a bit of a mystery. The book follows our heroine, Kate, who has sworn off marriage and has convinced herself that her best option is to travel to India with her spinster aunt. But her mother will not consent. In a weird way, they come to an agreement that if she can secure 3 proposals that her mother will relent and let her go. Kate is full of confidence at first, but then as she sees the challenge of her task (mostly due to her mother, her elder sister and their poor reputation), she realizes that she has been almost set-up to the fail.
My issues with the book were that no one seemed to love Kate except for one person and it was pretty maddening that she didn't seem to think he loved her. How many signals does he need to send you, girl? He couldn't have been any more obvious if he'd tattooed "I love Kate" on his forehead. It also seemed like everyone was rejecting or insulting her at every turn and it was almost too much. Also, the villains in this book were downright revolting and there were a lot of them. No redeeming qualities for any of them. I pretty much hated everyone except for Kate, Henry and her aunt. There were a few other lovable characters but unfortunately, you don't see much of them.
It's a pretty predictable story and what keeps it going is the mystery of why Kate has sworn of marriage. In flashbacks and bits/pieces, you get a sense of what happened 2 years earlier. The ending was too short, but it was sweet and I loved it.
Not sure if it's going on my re-read list because of all of the angst and frustration leading up to the happy ending, but I did enjoy it very much
"A Serious Love Story"
Definitely. It's a nice break from the light romances I usually listen to. And the narrator was soothing and wonderful.
The emotional depth of the characters. A serious and realistic story of a boy and girl growing up and falling in love in the early 1800s in England. Being trapped is a feeling a lot of people can relate to.
When Kate reveals her final secret to Henry.
Men and women falling in love face the same trials and emotions no matter what era it is.
Beautiful writing. Compelling and visual descriptions without going overboard. The narrator was fantastic.
While I never write reviews, this book has changed my mind. The story, the characters and the performance are wonderful. While I rarely listen to a book twice, I look forward to listening again and again.
"Good clean historical romance!"
This was a great book! It held my interest and was squeaky clean. I would recommend it to anyone who likes historical fiction with a side of romance. 💕
"I love all of Julianne Donaldson 's books."
It is a clean , suspenseful, proper romance. Edenbrooke is my favorite and then this one. I can't wait for the next one.
"Delightful and Compelling"
Loved this period novel. Full of humanities longing, fear and hope. Beautifully and tenderly written. The narrator is brilliant. The story is not the type that I usually enjoy. But, this book was an exception.
"Well written and delightful story"
This book speaks to how true love and loyalty grows and lasts forever.
In a world that is obsessed with shallow and purely physical relationships, this book delves into what true love looks and feels like.
"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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