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Slightly Wicked
Mary Balogh
I am Forbidden
Anouk Markovits
Fragments
Dan Wells
Wild Child
Molly O'Keefe
Left: A Novel
Tamar Ossowski
Through the Ever Night
Greetings from the Flipside: A Novel
Rene Gutteridge, Cheryl McKay
Blackmoore - Julianne Donaldson This was simply a beautiful book. The writing was beautiful, I fell in love with Henry, felt agony for Kate and hatred towards her mother. The literary descriptions of the moors, how desolately charming they are and of the Blackmoore estate with how hauntingly ideal they appear to Kate definitely call to mind novels of another era. But in a wonderful way.Kate grows up feeling smothered in her house due to her overwhelming mother. Kate witnesses her mother use under handed tactics to get her daughters married off to the best of the best. She has no shame and doesn’t mind blackmail or basically any means. Kate is horrified by the lack of love and doesn’t see marriage as anything to aspire to.Kate wants nothing more than to be able to escape to Blackmoore- her childhood friend, Henry Delaforte’s estate. She’s heard all about it each summer and thinks it sounds wonderful. Henry and Kate have played together since they were children, study together and when Kate figures out a way to go to Blackmoore for the summer she grabs it. She’s going to go there and then leave directly for India for adventure with her aunt. Her mother tells her the only way that will happen is if she receives and rejects 3 marriage proposals during her time there. Kate accepts the challenge and sets off to make it happen.In the books description it says “It is Wuthering Heights meets Little Women with a delicious must-read twist”. I would definitely not say that because I hated Wuthering Heights with a passion, I thought it was boring and dull and this book is anything but that.I’m not one to cry at book but at the last 20% or so I was on the verge of tears the entire time. Both good and bad tears, just waiting to see what would happen. I would highly recommend this book.5 stars to the first book that makes me want to go revisit my favorite classics in a long time.I received this ARC from Netgalley in return for an honest review.