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Publisher's Summary

Kate Worthington knows her heart and she knows she will never to 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 sooner rather than later 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.
©2013 Julianne Clawson Donaldson (P)2013 Shadow Mountain
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Critic Reviews

"Riveting and evocative... Readers will be absolutely captivated by the beautiful imagery, sizzling tension..., and mesmerizing plot." ( Publishers Weekly, starred review)
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5 out of 5 stars
By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 09-22-13

EXQUISITE!

I hardly know where to begin with this one.....it was exquisite! What a delightful listen.....I was sucked in from the beginning and couldn't put it down. This book is a beautifully written "clean" romance that is emotionally charged and is filled with honor, respect, chivalry and love. (I honestly didn't miss the sex scenes!). It's family friendly so I would feel comfortable letting a young girl also listen and enjoy.

I have to give a shout out to the narrator because she did a great job.

I highly recommend this to everyone!

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23 of 25 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Elizabeth on 10-24-13

Truly a PROPER Romance

What other book might you compare Blackmoore to and why?

Blackmoore was a unique story. I haven't read any books like it before.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Henry was talking about how Kate's "heart" loved him and wanted to curl up next to him. It was so cute and adorable. I don't want to give away any details though.

Any additional comments?

I loved this book. Great narrator! The opening of the book says its a "Proper Romance".... And it was! There is no sex...no inappropriate activity.....it is proper and yet it totally hooked me in and I loved the progression of the love story. The story was unique and entrapped me.
Maybe it was slightly slow moving compared to most books I enjoy, but it was a delightful and surprising change of pace and loved every minute.
My only complaint would be I wanted more at the end. I mean I would have like to have a good long epilogue, but then that's me being selfish....maybe then it wouldn't have been so proper... ;-)

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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1 out of 5 stars
By Julia on 12-17-14

Drags along in a never ending circle

Would you try another book written by Julianne Donaldson or narrated by Cassandra Campbell?

This was my second book, but I do not think I might give her the benefit of the doubt any time soon.

Has Blackmoore put you off other books in this genre?

No, it is one of my favourite genres and not every book can be good.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes, very even and level, matching the story in which nothing much happened.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Mainly disbelief at the stupidity of the characters and only surpassed by my own stupidity of listening to the whole.

Any additional comments?

The main character and probably the author are suffering from a major depression. Not exactly with I expect in a true romance.

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