- Tapa blanda: 304 páginas
- Editor: Proper Romance; Edición: New. (10 de septiembre de 2013)
- Colección: Proper Romances
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1609074602
- ISBN-13: 978-1609074609
- Valoración media de los clientes: 1 opinión de cliente
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº92.239 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
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Blackmoore (Proper Romances) (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 10 sep 2013
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"Donaldson's second Regency romance (after Edenbrooke) is riveting and evocative...Readers will be absolutely captivated by the beautiful imagery, sizzling tension (which never manifests explicitly, earning the book its designation of "proper"), and mesmerizing plot."-"Publishers Weekly, " Starred Review
- "Admirers of Austen, Gaskell, and the Bronte sisters will enjoy this light tale of romance set in the early nineteenth century...Donaldson can turn a phrase... "Blackmoore" is light and easy to read, perfect for a day at the beach or over tea and crumpets served in the best china."--"ForeWord Reviews"
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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 wealthy estate, Blackmoore, where she must secure and reject three marriage proposals.
Enlisting the help of her dearest childhood friend, Henry Delafield, Kate sets out to collect her proposals so she can be on her way. But Henry's decision to help threatens to destroy both of their dreams in ways they could never imagine. Set in Northern England in 1820, Blackmoore is a regency romance that tells the story of a young woman struggling to learn how to listen to her heart. With hints of Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters, Blackmoore is a page-turning tale of romance, intrigue, and devotion.
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I am giving the book 3 Stars because the book is very well written as far as technique. I enjoyed the way the author went back and forth from the present to the past to explain how Kate's emotions, wrongful thinking and goals for her life were developed. For, indeed, Kate was definitely in an emotional upheaval during most of the book - a sad, sad young lady. Unfortunately, she was victimized by so many people in her life that after reading this book, I have found my own emotions somewhat overset and still feel some turmoil in my chest as I try and write this review.
The only steadfast person in Kate's life was Henry but it was obvious early on that he didn't know how to fully deal with this little mess of a girl who had been his lifelong friend. Is there some sweetness in this book? Absolutely! Henry was always there for Kate and was very kind - the best kind of a friend anyone could have. However, Kate's mother was an animal, her sisters were rotten, her father was an uncaring dolt and her best friend, Sylvia (Henry's sister), didn't have much character either. Then, there was Henry's witch of a mother. This book was just too depressing for me.
The romantic fulfillment came way too late in the story for my enjoyment. I really regret reading this book even though I was rooting for the H/h until the end and believe me - it was the very end of the book that things came together. Ugh!! Lack of romantic sparkle in this book deserves a 1 Star rating.
I can say it has been worth the wait. Blackmoore is a regency novel. It starts in 1820, in England. You won't find traditional regency language here, and this is what appeals to such a wide audience (my 13 y.o. daughter read Edenbrooke last year and loved it). It's part of Julianne's style, and it obviously works as a modern take on a traditional genre.
The setting is very well done and appealing, specially to anglophiles like myself--I want to take a trip to Robin Hood's Bay and Fountains Abbey, and look out to the sea and to the moors, and imagine Kate and Henry, and listen to the birdcalls at sunrise, take a walk at the beach at moonlight, and know that all the problems between them will be somehow solved by the end, even though I can't see how it will be possible.
I found the writing and characterization have grown since Edenbrooke. Kate is a very poignant character--I'm not 17, or British, have a mother that embarrasses me, or in possession of secrets that thwart my love life, and yet I was Kate, and I fell head-over-heels in love with 20 y.o. loyal Henry, and felt their frustrations and their passion, their first-time love and their anguishing sorrow at separation. This is what Julianne Donaldson does so well, that sucked me in so totally and completely to a story that I have so very little in common.
It goes without saying that I loved it.