Rating: ***– 3.5 Stars
GENRE: Regency Romance
BOOK SUMMARY: 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 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.
REVIEWER COMMENTS: I absolutely loved this author’s first novel, Edenbrooke, so I was very excited to read this one, which stands on its own, but has a lot of the same elements such as the time period, the location, and the genre. My expectations ran way too high so I was doomed to be disappointed. Maybe if I hadn’t read Edenbrooke first, Blackmoore would have rated higher. It is still wonderfully written but in comparison to the first one, it falls short. I found the main character, Kate, often selfish and annoying. I liked her love interest, Henry. He is sweet, kind, considerate and with an intelligent wit. The rest of the characters were uninteresting or simply mean. The story was borderline depressing in several places and yet the romance component, while not as strong, managed to keep me turning the pages. The ending is lovely and it sorts of made the whole book for me. As expected, Donaldson stunned me with her perfectly composed regency writing style and her ability to convey such passion while keeping the story clean and proper.
SEXUAL CONTENT: A few passionate kisses.
*Conclusion: A beautifully written regency romance that I recommend.