Julianne Donaldson has a way of writing that- no matter if what she is saying is happy or sad- I always feel like crying. I can't explain why, just whenever I read her books I feel as if I'm on the verge of tears the whole time. I would have to make a guess and say the reason may be because Donaldsons' way with words and style of writing is simply- Beautiful.
Some things about Julianne's style I love-
She ties everything together SO well throughout the story. As a random example, if a character in the beginning of the story has a certain hair ribbon, that same hair ribbon will come back into the story WAY later, to prove a point, or link parts of the plot together, etc. I know, I know, REALLY random example, but it's true. ;) I love that! I love reading about the tiniest things and then later on thinking- didn't she mention that in chapter one?? It makes the whole story mean so much more, and makes the reader want more. Well done.
Also, I love the word pictures used to explain and describe different things. So intricate and beautiful- each one seemed like she was describing the story within the story, even in simple description. What a talent the Lord has given this author. :)
Donaldsons' characters never fail to draw the reader in. I can always find at least one that I relate to, and you find yourself feeling as if you knew them all, and that you're going through everything with them. Being able to create an emotional tie between the reader and characters is another amazing talent.
Blackmoores' 'rival' character was a breath of fresh air- she wasn't your same old same old hateful girl. She really was a sweet and lovely character- just in the wrong place. :) I'm glad that in the end everyone (including this character, herself) were able to see that, and there were no hard feelings. It was just really overall a 'different' story, and I enjoyed experiencing it.
Blackmoore was definitely a lot heavier, and had a more 'depressing' feel to it than Edenbrooke. Like Northanger Abbey, or Sense and Sensibility, compared to Emma. All enjoyable and beautiful in their own way, with different atmospheres.
I really can't say which I prefer... I so enjoyed both stories, and Edenbrooke definitely had more of the quick wit and humor I'm used to in a regency. But Blackmoore left something with me days after I'd finished it. So I couldn't say. ;)
I also would say, the one thing I did not like was that there was no point in the story when Kate and her mother made up and (at least) settled their differences. I wished that they would have ended up with a better relationship- but it also did good in making me SO much more thankful and aware of the blessing the Lord has given ME in giving me a mother that loves me (and always will), and is always there for me, and that I can count on. <3 :)
Kate was a great heroine. Henry was an amazing hero. Enough said. ;)