Do you ever get to the end of a book and wish you had more? More story, more answers, more interactions? Do you ever wish a story could go on and on? I do sometimes. It’s so fun to get pulled into another world and so hard to say goodbye to that other world. And yet all stories have to end at some point, and some stories have to end with more openness than others.
In Edenbrooke, my first book, I wanted to wrap things up really neatly and give a lot of closure to most of my characters. But those of you who have read both books know that Blackmoore is a different sort of story. Without giving away any spoilers, I want to address the ending of Blackmoore, to hopefully help satisfy everyone who has emailed me with questions about the ending.
Blackmoore is Kate’s story, and Kate’s story only. It’s not her sister’s story, or her mother’s, or even Henry’s story. It is hers, and it’s a story about not just love and the sacrifices love sometimes requires; it is, more importantly, a story about courage, about prying open the cage she found herself in and being brave enough to set herself free. Nobody else could do it for her. She had to be powerful enough to escape it on her own. The fact that she also has a happy ending is icing on the cake. But all of the details at the end that some of you are wondering about are intentionally left to YOUR imagination. YOU get to be the author of the ending of this story, in the same way that Kate–powerful, imaginative, brave Kate–chose to be the author of her story.
So if you’ve emailed me asking me to answer all of your questions about the ending, here’s the truth: I don’t have the answers for you. This is my gift to you: to invent your own answers, and to be happy with the ending you create. The one truth I can tell you, without hesitation, is that Kate is happy. The details are up to you to fill in.