Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

All Kate dreams of is 1) to never marry, 2) visit Blackmoore manor, and 3) travel to India. When she makes a deal with her mother, everything she dreamed of might unravel if she does not fulfill her end of the bargain.

Blackmoore is a sweet, emotional Regency romance. From start to finish, I felt swept away in a different era and found myself thinking: “this feels like I’m reading a Regency movie in book form!” which is a good thing. I am no expert on history or the era but the imagery, gothic atmosphere, and dialogue wrapped me up for a cozy ride.

The characters were well-rounded and sympathetic. Even though there were moments where I found Kate, the protagonist, frustratingly oblivious or selfish, the author does a great job of addressing these weaknesses and making the character reflect on her actions. I love when characters are human and imperfect but still sympathetic enough to root for which is exactly what the author achieved. Henry, on the other hand, was also imperfect but a beautiful soul, nonetheless. He is supportive, loving, intelligent, and deliciously romantic. The chemistry between him and Kate was just divine.

Another thing I appreciated was how well the author made me reconsider each person Kate interacted with. We see it through her eyes and sometimes she is wrong about her judgments, and sometimes she is right. It’s just how sometimes we as people can misjudge a person because we are blinded by our emotions or situation. But, I found myself riding off of Kate’s emotional “coattails” as it were, and found myself disliking a character when she disliked them and then wondered if I was swayed the way she was. Overall, I thought it was great writing.

To conclude, If you are looking for a clean Regency romance filled with people navigating their way through love, then this is the book for you.


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Book Information

  • Genre: Historical Romance
  • Heat level: Clean
  • Audience: YA (16-18)
  • Stand alone book

Favorite Quote

“You are not The Giver of My Heart’s Desire.” I took a deep breath and smiled. “You are my heart’s desire.”

Julianne Donaldson, Blackmoore

Book Blurb

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.

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