Annnd . . . what do I think so far? This book now sits on my "favorites" shelf, and this author is becoming a favorite too! Blackmoore is her second book, with the first being Edenbrooke. Both are historical romance and stand alone novels. I would give this book 6 stars on Goodreads if I could!
Kate has watched her best friend, Sylvia, and her brother, Henry, travel to their ancestral home each summer for the past ten years, leaving her behind to imagine all the adventures they have without her. Finally, at seventeen, she is invited. This is Kate's last opportunity to secure her future. If she receives three proposals and rejects all three, her mother will grant her permission to travel to India with her mother's sister. If not, she must marry the man her mother chooses for her. Kate never wants to marry and sees the bargain with her mother as the only way to escape the cage that is her current life, but not her heart. She alone has to confront the reason she has sealed it up to ever be truly free.
Lemon Poke Cake with Blueberries
I love all things lemon. It must be genetic because every new addition to our family goes through the same ritual, almost an initiation. When they are finally eating foods, we give them a slice of lemon, with our cameras ready to take a picture of the sour face--but they never make it. Maybe someday one will but so far, none have. They just eat it and ask for more.
In honor of lemons, here's a great dessert recipe for next Sunday.
Cook lemon cake according to box directions in a 9X13 pan.
Cool then poke holes all over the top.
In a small bowl, stir to combine a can of sweetened condensed milk and 1/2 package of instant lemon pudding mix. Pour over the cake.
Mix together 1 can vanilla frosting, 1/2 package lemon pudding mix, and 1 small tub of Kool Whip topping.
Spread over cake and refrigerate until served.