Blackmoore {Review and Giveaway}

I love a good love story. I happen to think that MY love story is the best that ever was, but unfortunately (at least from a literary standpoint) it was terribly dull.  It certainly seemed dramatic enough at the time but now that I look back it was nothing more than self made drama that stemmed from my own emotional insecurities which were born out of a troubled adolescent experience. And by “troubled” I mean mostly “normal” albeit painfully strange. Early 20’s drama born of teenage angst at it’s finest.

I mean obviously sparks flew and emotions ran high, but there isn’t much more that. Don’t feel sorry for me! I am truly the happiest woman on earth who is married to the love of my life and I am far more in love with him now than I was 12 years ago. But there is no way I could write a novel based on our courtship.


It’s a good thing I don’t have to :) Instead we have Julianne Donaldson to tell us stories of love and romance. A Proper Romance from Shadow Mountain, Blackmoore is the story of Kate Worthington, a young woman who, in trying to come out from under the reputation of her sisters and mother, has vowed never to marry. She longs to escape to India with her aunt, but her mother would rather have her marry a disease riddled old man than suffer the shame of living as a single woman. In an attempt to escape her mother’s meddlesome ways, Kate journeys to the scene of many childhood dreams, Blackmoore, only to face Henry… real reason she will never marry. Written in the style of Jane Austin, Blackmoore takes us back to the days of Lords and Ladies, stately manor houses, and a time when, to some, your station in life is far more important than love.

Oh my gosh! Kate’s mother is INSANE! She makes Mrs. Bennett look like the mother of the year. You can’t help but feel for Kate as you learn about her past and what keeps her from her one and only true love. Her characters are wonderfully complex and realistic. Her storyline is multifaceted and has so many wonderful layers that you keep wanting the book to go on even when you have finished. I love stories where I can replace the characters with people in my own life. This wasn’t the story of Kate and Henry, it was the story of Courtney and Matt. It didn’t matter that none of the plot happened in my own life, I was able to feel what Kate felt. My heart longed to hold the love in my own life as Kate longed for Henry. Julianne Donaldson is quite talented and I enjoyed Blackmoore so much that immediately after finishing it, I ordered Edenbrooke.




12 Comments Add yours

  1. MeliaS says:

    Our love story is novel worthy because when we met, he was dating my sister! It has all worked out, but we love to tell the story.


    1. Oooh! I’d love to hear that story :)


  2. Heidi F. says:

    No, but I’m okay with that! Also, I loved Edenbrooke and can’t wait to read Blackmoore!


  3. I LOVED Edenbrooke and that’s not usually the type of book I read and was really hesistant. I’m definitely going to read Blackmoore.


  4. Shandra says:

    Our story could be a novel, but I’m not sure if I want it to be a novel. Love Edenbrooke! My sister hooked me on Julianne Donaldson 2 years ago. She writes like Georgette Heyer, as well as the wonderful Jane Austen.


    1. You’ve peaked my curiosity, Shandra ;) I heard of Georgette Heyer when I read the interview with Julianne at the back of Edenbrooke. Thanks for reminding me. I’m off to stock up my kindle :)


  5. Emily F says:

    Well, considering that my love story hasn’t even happened yet, who knows if it will be novel-worthy. I know one thing, though. I am going to write up my love story and maybe get my future husband to write up his side, too, so that sometime, our future children might be able to enjoy it! :)


  6. Gina Arkell says:

    I think our love story was so quick (1 1/2 months) that I don’t think it would be long enough for a novel. But I am excited to read Blackmoore if I win or if my number 250 ever happens to get to 1 on the hold list at the library.


  7. katharine says:

    ooh, thanks for the chance. things have finally settled down at our house a bit, and it’s perfect timing for a great read.


  8. katharine says:

    woops, i forgot to answer the question — i have the best life ever, but i’m not sure our love story is novel worthy. it’s probably more how to manual.


  9. Heather B says:

    I’m not sure it’s novel-worthy, but it sure is great to me :)


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