Blackmoore: A Proper Romance by Julianne Donaldson
Romances today seem to be getting steamier and steamier. For those that miss the old-fashioned romances of Austen and Heyer you will appreciate the “Proper Romances” of Donaldson.
Kate Worthington never wants to marry. She wants to be able to live her life as she pleases, and she wants to live it in India with her maiden Aunt. Kate’s mother will give her permission to go to India only if she secures and refuses three proposals at Blackmoore that summer. Kate agrees. It is her only chance to escape her scandalously embarrassing family and live her life as she desires since her family has already managed to mess up her chances at happiness close to home.
The story is well-plotted and the characters are realistic and completely developed. I was drawn into this book from the start wondering what the main characters problem was, why they didn’t realize that they were perfect together. This isn’t a simple case of misunderstandings, there is quite a bit keeping these two apart, and the reader is left guessing if they will be able to overcome the obstacles between them. (Thankfully we know starting out that it is a romance so it has to end happily!)