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.