Title: Blackmoore: A Proper Romance
Author: Jullianne Donaldson
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
First of all I want to give my thanks to the author and also to Netgalley for the chance of reading this truly amazing novel. Blackmoorewas a beautiful book from the first chapter until the end of it. I loved so much the main character, she is not a typical heroine. Kate is a great character with an interesting personality, who doesn’t want to marry (this thing was unusual in that period of time), that’s why she is so different from other girls of the same age. She is a girl that doesn’t know what is in her heart, she always feels encaged. I liked the main character so much because she was a normal girl and not a perfect girl. I loved the relationship between Henry and Kate and all the twist and turn of this novel. All the characters were so likeable, but Kate was the character close to my heart, I could identify with her and her thoughts.
This book is a tale about freedom, about dreams and beautiful birds. It is a sentimental journey, when you read it you can feel every movement, every sound, the music of the birds, the movement of the fingers on a piano and every tear. This novel is a story about a girl who lives in a cage and she struggles to find the key, even this precious object is not so far away from her, it is in front of her own eyes.
The symbols and also the visual images that the author used were so suggestive and created a beautiful contrast with the personality of the characters. The main symbols were the cage and the bird. I loved how the author created the plot and the story itself. This story is unpredictable and makes you feel with your heart all the words. The other aspect I liked is that the author quoted my favorite sonnet from Shakespeare, the sonnet 116.I do not exaggerate at all when I say that this book was brilliant.So don’t stay there in your corner with uninteresting books to read, grab a copy of Blackmoore and get yourself engrossed in it, you will never regret it. Really it is true, if you don’t believe me just go and try for yourself.
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.