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Publisher's Note:

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 wea…


by Julianne Donaldson

Overall Book Review:

Beloved Regency author Julianne Donaldson returns with another beautifulromance in Blackmoore. As an admirer of Donaldson’s work, I was anxious to see if Blackmoore could meet the high standard set by its award-winning predecessor, Edenbrooke. Happily, Blackmoore is exquisite in dialogue and detail! Donaldson mixes notable characters, breathtaking settings, and a tender romance to create a remarkable page-turner. 

Donaldson has a knack for creating unforgettable protagonists. Adventurous and kind-hearted, Kate struggles against her self-serving mother. Though she is allowed to travel to her friends’ estate, the knowledge that she can never be with the man she loves haunts Kate. As the tale unfolds, readers will be taken on a journey that will tug on heartstrings. (I admit to being an emotional mess while reading!) The romantic tension between the story’s two lovebirds made every scene memorable. Fans of romance should read this book! 

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Shadow Mountain

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  A bag of kittens is thrown into the river to drown; a character recalls seeing an animal caught in a trap

Sex/Nudity: A few scenes of passionate kissing with touching and caressing; a man is reported to be swimming in the nude; a few sexual references are made.

Mature Subject Matter:

Sacrifice, family relationships

Alcohol / Drug Use:

A character smokes a pipe.

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About the Reviewer

My mother was the one who sparked my love of books. Long before school instruction, she sat me down and taught me to read. My childhood was filled with trips to the library and bookmobile to find great books. My first loves were The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Pippi Longstocking series by Astrid Lingren. Now as a mom and speech pathologist, I am constantly looking for good, clean books to use at home and in therapy. I enjoy reading many different genres, but my favorites are usually historical fiction. I married my best friend, the “boy next door”, and we have a beautiful little girl who we often find sprawled out on the floor, flipping through picture books. Together our family likes to swim, run and play tennis. Besides reading, I also love to bake, garden and travel.