by Julianne Donaldson


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At eighteen, Kate Worthington knows she should be getting serious about marriage, but her restless heart won't let her settle down. To escape her mother's meddlesome influence, she dreams of traveling with her spinster aunt to exotic India. But when the opportunity arises, Kate finds herself making a bargain with her mother: she will be allowed to go only if she spends a season at the family's wealthy estate, Blackmoore, where she must secure and reject three marriage proposals.

Enlisting the help of her dearest childhood friend, Henry Delafield, Kate sets out to collect her proposals so she can be on her way. But Henry's decision to help threatens to destroy both of their dreams in ways they could never imagine. Set in Northern England in 1820, Blackmoore is a regency romance that tells the story of a young woman struggling to learn how to listen to her heart. With hints of Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters, Blackmoore is a page-turning tale of romance, intrigue, and devotion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609074609
Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing
Publication date: 09/10/2013
Series: A Proper Romance Series
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 147,525
Product dimensions: 6.18(w) x 8.84(h) x 0.81(d)
Age Range: 16 Years

About the Author

Julianne Donaldson is the bestselling author of Edenbrooke and Blackmoore. Her degree in English has fueled her desire to write. She and her husband live in Salt Lake City, Utah, with their four children, but she takes every opportunity she can to travel the English countryside.

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Blackmoore 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 57 reviews.
Jessica-IReadtoRelax More than 1 year ago
Once again, Donaldson won my heart.  I thoroughly enjoyed this romance.  Told through a series of flashbacks, readers get to see Kate's history unfold.  Learning the sordid truth about her older sister and her mother's scheming, scandalous ways... learning about how she lost her heart to the one man she can't have...  This book actually reminded me a little of Austen's Pride and Prejudice. The intelligent, talented daughter with bigger dreams than just following her mother's wishes of a "good" marriage. As Kate must deal with laughable suitors, an embarassing family, and having to see the man that she doesn't want to admit she loves, she also fights to break free of the life she sees herself imprisoned within.  Her pluck and determination are admirable.  Kate's story grabbed my heartstrings and simply wouldn't let go.   When I finished the book, I found myself sighing aloud and already mentally counting down until another is announced.  To me, that is the ultimate test...and Blackmoore passed with flying colors! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A beautifully written story. Having read Edenbrooke which remains my favorite, I was not anticipating the somewhat darker feel to Blackmoore. Once I adjusted my expectations, and stopped looking for Edenbrooke I was thoroughly engrossed in the story. Well done, Mrs. Donaldson.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not even sure how I stumbled upon this book. I was looking for a "Jane Austen" type love story, and found this book. I started it without much expectation, but was very pleasantly surprised. I loved it! I love historical fiction; and Donaldson explains her "research" when preparing to write Blackmoore. When I finished this book, I quickly found her other book, Edenbrook, which I also loved. I need more Donaldson books! I am a teacher on summer break. I have read a lot of books this summer. This was one of my favorites!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! I can't be sure which book I liked more by her. Blackmoore is definately a book I'm considering reading again! I'm not usually big on rereadimg a book but this one has me still thinking of it after I finished. I feel like I want to jump back into Kate and Henry's world. You can just feel the love they have from the very start!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Man talk about a heart sqweezer ! This was like a total austen read. Wonderfully written . Grab your munchies and tissues . Get ready for an emotional roller coaster ,read it in a night. Can't wait to read more from this author she writes richly
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A more serious story than Edenbrooke with incredibly well developed characters and a fantastic sense of place. Very well written!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I fully enjoyed reading it. Well written and a fun read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great entertaining story! It really pulls at your emotions and keeps you invested. The characters are great, as with her other book: Edenbrooke - a recommended read as well! Two very different stories and yet so fantastic!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great little romance in Jane Austen style. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because there are a few pages missing from the text of this e-book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very beautiful. I loved it
Kaelme More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy Julianne Donaldson's writing. The prose is beautiful and poetical and it captures my attention from the first to the last. I found Blackmoore to be a captivating read but also felt it was missing something. I've been thinking about it for hours and I think the story, while beautiful, didn't tell enough of the story. In Blackmoore, we are placed within a 3-4 day story where much of the main characterization happens through separate chapters of memories from years past. While these things do tell the story - all we see are the highlights of a deep friendship. We never come to fully understand Kate's deep seeded "caged" feeling - nor fully understand Henry's love of Kate. Sure, we see the moments that propelled the relationship forward - but we're missing the day-in-and-day-out items that round out a beautiful love story. All that said, I really did enjoy this book. It's beautiful writing. And it summarizes a beautiful love story. I just wish it did more fleshing out of the story, rather than summarizing. I look forward to more of Julianne Donaldson's writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful story. Could not put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Blackmoore reminds me of Jane Austen, but it's so much more enjoyable and easy to read! Add the fact that Henry is absolutely swoon-worthy and we have a real winner here. Love, love, love this book! It's well written, with a great storyline and wonderfully fun romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down! I abosutely loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Donaldson writes such believable, haunting love stories. Can't wait for her next one :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very sweet, passionate and clean romance. It was a fun read and a quick one, too. I liked it more than Edenbrooke.
arbjamesAJ More than 1 year ago
Katherine Worthington has known little of love.  Every day she has witnessed the consequences of love gone wrong—from her parents’ loveless marriage rife with infidelity to her sisters’ scandalous behavior.  She has only ever had friends Sylvia and Henry Delafield (sister and brother), her cat Cora, and her little brother Oliver to give her heart to and receive any kindness or affection from.  She yearns for adventure and has informed everyone that she never intends to marry.  She has always dreamed of visiting Syliva and Henry’s ancestral home, Blackmoore, and finally, at age 17, she has finally been invited.  Her spinster Aunt Charlotte has also invited her on the adventure of a lifetime, a trip to India.  However, when Kate refused an elderly, diseased gentleman’s marriage proposal, her mother hurts her in the only way she can—she refuses to allow her to go to Blackmoore or to go with her Aunt Charlotte.  In desperation, Kate makes a Faustian bargain with her mother—if she receives and refuses three marriage proposals while at Blackmoore, she can go to India.  If she cannot accomplish this, she will be completely in her mother’s power and do whatever she asks.  When Kate arrives at Blackmoore, she comes to realize that it is no more magical than her own home, and this is only emphasized by the fact that Henry and Sylvia’s mother makes it perfectly clear that she is not welcome.  After unsuccessfully flirting with several guests, Kate hatches a brilliant scheme.  Surely Henry would be willing to propose to her three times to help her realize her dream of India?  However, Kate discovers that things aren’t quite so simple and that her own heart is in serious danger. This was a very bitter-sweet story.  The author does a wonderful job at only revealing things bit by bit, almost painfully slowly, so that you do not fully understand the depth of Kate’s soul until nearly the end of the book. For much of the novel she comes off as somewhat selfish and naïve, but the reader comes to realize that she understands and feels more than nearly anyone else and has sacrificed her own heart for the benefit of others. The whole theme of birds and cages was beautifully carried throughout the novel and reminded me of Jane Eyre, my favorite book ever.  Very few books ever come close to making me cry, but I got teary-eyed over this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kate has a decision to make. Lots of good moments, but frustrating family members to deal with on both sides.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very Jane Austen. Beautiful characters to fall in love with.... Read it in a day.
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
If you follow my reviews regularly, you will know my penchant for historical fiction.  Add romance, an English (Regency setting), and you have the ingredients for a book that may truly resonate with me. All too often, however, these books are a dime a dozen.  They have very little (if any) humor, bedroom scenes (some nearly erotic in nature), and some disruptive profanity.  The female protagonist is often too good to be true or completely overbearing.  And what can you expect from her love interest but arrogance and plenty of experience within the boudoir. You may wonder at my reasoning for listing these problematic elements, and you may marvel  even further when it comes to relating these to Julianne Donaldson's book.  It's very simple--her book contains not one of these pitfalls.  In fact, if a romance book can be perfect, this is certainly it!  There are no bedroom scenes and absolutely no profanity.  Henry and Kate have a definite chemistry, and the scenes between them are witty and highly emotional at times. The supporting cast and descriptions are expertly portrayed, and there are several times where the readers are somewhat left in the dark until the next flashback (a delightful literary device).  Although the conclusion is ultimately not in question, the journey is quite a ride.  I believe that readers will be charmed by the story and tingling from the depth of feeling!  This is pure heaven, and I can recommend this book to anyone who loves a good, clean romance. I also commend the author for her delightful sense of humor. All too often, today's books don't include good humor.  I applaud the author for her tasteful, laugh-out-loud dialogue and happenings.  You may wish to curl up with this book by yourself so that no one is disturbed by your sudden, explosive outburst.  I had to be cognizant of that fact when I was reading, and thankfully no one was disturbed by my reactions. I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  I was no financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another awesome book by Julianne Donaldson. Cant wait for her next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hope Julianne Donaldson is writing more books. This is one of the best books I have read in a long time! I could not stop reading! Beautifully written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book almost as much as Edenbrooke.
Brookes_Books More than 1 year ago
I loved this book.  It had more sadness in it than Edenbrooke, but the emotions up and down were very fulfilling.  This is another must-read for those that like clean, historical romance. I read this book a couple of weeks ago and was so sucked up in the story and emotions that I had to take a break from reading for a few days.  I wanted to linger with this story and these characters.  And, I feel that I can't do justice to this book in my review.  I can't say enough good things about it and I can't find the words anyway. Warnings: None I would let my 15 year old read this book.
KimberlySouza More than 1 year ago
Title: “Blackmoore” Author: Julianne Donaldson Publication date: 9/10/2013 Type of book: Historical Fiction and Proper Romance Is this a part of a series, If yes, which number? No  Summary:  Kate Worthington is a single woman living in Regency England. In a world where most of her life is decided for her Kate wants only two things, to go visit Blackmoore (A friend’s estate/house) and to travel to India with her aunt. Unfortunately for her those two things are being kept from her by her mother who only wants Kate to marry. In order to get to Blackmoore Kate makes a hasty bargain with her mother. With more at stake then just a trip to India, Kate must quickly find out who she is and what she is willing to do to get what she wants in life.     Characters: Kate Worthington: I liked Kate. She is spunky and keeps trying to reach her goals even when things seem out of focus.  *Henry: He is my favorite character in this book. I love how sweet he is and how much he loves Kate. He follows his heart even when it‘s difficult. Henry is very swoon worthy.  (Normally I would go on a bit more about secondary characters but for me this book was really just about Kate and Henry.) Favorite bits: *I love the description of Blackmoore and I felt like I had walked the halls myself.  *I really enjoyed the subtle and sweet gestures from Henry towards Kate. (I love a subtle and meaningful romance.) *I loved the scene where Henry lets the bird out of the cage. I enjoyed the symbolism of it.  Problematic bits: *I did find Kate difficult to like at times. *I think that the book could have used more filling out. I’m not even really sure what I would add but I just felt like it was missing something.  Overall I found Blackmoore to be an enjoyable read and great for anyone who wants a sweet Regency “proper” romance. Julianne Donaldson is an author to watch.