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Review: Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson

Hey all, Dani here,

Well, it’s that time of year again…you know February, Valentine’s Day, and its focus on romance. I’m certainly not immune to wanting to be swept away in a swoon worthy story of a couple that ends in happily ever after, which is why my February TBR had quite a few romances in it.

Today I’m here to talk about this sweet historical romance I finished a few days ago.



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.

My Thoughts

Overall rating: 4 stars

Okay, so this was a cute historical romance story, and I really enjoyed reading it. I will say that if you have read Regency era romances before (or any romances really) then it will probably be a bit predictable in most aspects, but it is still worth a read.

You know how there are those books out there where you basically already know the plot but it’s still fun to get lost in them for a couple of hours to escape the reality of your own life? Yeah, I’d say that Blackmoore fits that category.

I mean, I knew from the beginning that Kate and Henry were in love and meant to be together. But I also loved that this wasn’t one of those insta-love stories, because Kate and Henry have known each other for most of their lives.

Add in Kate swearing never to marry, Henry’s obligations to his family name and ancestral home of Blackmoore, and the scandalous actions of Kate’s mother and her sister Eleanor, and this is a delightful tale that will just make you smile due to the adorable little moments.

Where to Buy

You can pick up a copy of this book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, Book Depository, or your local indie bookstore.

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