Book Review–Blackmoore

I loved Edenbrook by Julianne Donaldson and was very excited when Blackmoore arrived in the mail! I started it that day…

A Proper Romance
by Julianne Donaldson

“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 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.”

There is an abundance of family drama in this story I’m sure we all relate to that is some way! Hopefully not to the same extent as Kate and Henry. This book is not as lighthearted and full of humor as Edenbrook, which  I loved! The tone is more serious, dark, and the characters faced more conflict. The symbolism and metaphors throughout the book are done beautifully. The personification of Blackmoore make it a character in and of itself. Both of the main characters have to learn to be true to themselves even if it means turning their backs on their family’s expectations. The ending was short and leaves you wondering what happen to the other characters and unresolved conflicts. I did enjoy this story but not as much as Edenbrooke. I look forward to any new books Julianne might be coming out with in the future!

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