The life of an impoverished schoolteacher is not one Evangeline Blake would have chosen for herself. Torn from her home and her beloved sister and sent to work in the gritty factory town of Smeatley, Evangeline must prove herself to her grandfather, a man who values self-reliance above all else, before he will grant her access to her inheritance. Raised to be a lady of refinement, she hasn't any of the skills necessary to manage on her own nor does she have the first idea how to be a teacher. But failure means never being with her sister again.
Alone and overwhelmed, she turns to the one person in town who seems to know how she feels—Dermot McCormick, an Irish brick mason who is as far from home and as out of place as she is. Despite the difference in their classes and backgrounds, Evangeline and Dermot's tentative friendship deepens and grows. Her determination and compassion slowly earn her the faith and confidence of the skeptical residents of Smeatley, who become like the family she has lost.
But when a secret from her past comes to light, Evangeline faces an impossible choice: seize the opportunity to reclaim her former life and rejoin her sister or fight for the new life she has struggled to build for herself—a life that includes Dermot.
Ashes on the Moor is the inspiring love story of one Victorian woman's courage to fight against all odds, and the man whose quiet strength gives her the confidence to keep trying.
|Size||5.5 x 8.5|
|Published||Shadow Mountain 2018|
Oh, how I loved this new novel by one of my favorite authors, Sarah M. Eden! It amazes me how quickly as a reader you are immediately swept away to Victorian England of 1871.
The book starts with such sadness as Evangeline and her sister Lucy are reeling from the death of their parents and brothers. In sweeps their cruel Aunt Barton, who reminded me a lot of Dolores Umbridge from Harry Potter. Honestly, I haven't read any book since that I disliked as much until this bitter Aunt shows up. As the sisters end up separated, and Evangeline is thrown into a cruel, dusty, unknown life, depression hangs in the air. Eden paints this bleak atmosphere so well that you want to cry right along with her main character. Thank goodness as the book moves along, so does the feeling of despair as Evangeline's great spirit rises and she befriends a grumpy neighbor, Dermot, and his darling son Ronan.
As a seasoned teacher I truly appreciated Evangeline's journey as a new, untrained teacher. She struggles a lot, but her love for the children helps her grow into her role and succeed despite great odds. I really loved this part of the book. It was all written so well. Of course, the sweet, clean romance we always expect from Eden blossoms throughout the pages. The cooking lessons were an especially likable part of Evangeline's and Dermot's budding relationship. I also loved seeing the relationship develop between Evangeline and her cold grandfather.
This Proper Romance has ended up being one of my favorites. The character development is an exceptional lesson in hope and inner strength, while the beautiful descriptions of the lush Northern England Moors make you feel like you are there. This is another winning novel by Sarah M. Eden that you must put on your to-read list.
Sarah Eden has written another great book. This one revolves around the experiences of a young lady who's recently lost most of her family. Her remaining family, including her aunt and uncle and her grandfather, force her into accepting a teaching position. But her sister Lucy is sent away to boarding school further breaking both girls' hearts. Even worse, Evangeline discovers the schoolhouse and attached living quarters in shambles and she is unprepared to take care of herself. So she reaches out to the only other person in town she knows: Dermot McCormick, who despite his grumpiness reluctantly agrees to help her. With Dermot's help, Evangeline slowly begins to find her way in teaching and living. But her aunt's hostility continues to undermine her work and she struggles to fight off the despair. But with Dermot's encouragement, Evangeline develops a growing determination to fight for what she wants and to do right by her students, regardless of the cost.
Once again Eden has created characters that I couldn't help but fall in love with, and not just Dermot and Evangeline, but also the secondary characters as well. Lucy, Ronan, and the students and their families just worked their way into my heart. I couldn't help but cheer for Evangeline every time she stood up for herself and her students. And the romance between Evangeline and Dermot is at times amusing as well as touching. I love how realistic Sarah Eden's books are. Not only are they delightful to read but they stick with you long after you're done.
I have to be honest that sweet contemporary romances are my favorite, but if I'm in the mood for historical that's not regency, Sarah M. Eden's books satisfy that craving, and Ashes on the Moor did not disappoint. I love how Eden is able to teach me things about history without me feeling like I was in school. Like the main character, Evangeline, Eden makes it fun to learn by reading what stories that speak to my heart.
I found the character of Evangeline, a smart and independent woman, refreshing and strong. Dermot is amazing and one of my favorite heroes. I love the balance of his softer, protective side shown to both Evangeline and Ronan, and his sense of humor and hard work. And little Ronan... ahh.
Wonderful characters, interesting setting, and a perfect lesson of independence, persistence, and priority. This book is sweet and perfect for anyone looking for an escape back in time.
This book is evidence of just why I love this author's writing! Even though the tone in the beginning is despondent as Evangeline mourns her family and struggles with her new circumstances, it shows how much she grows and how time slowly heals. She does not seem particularly strong or skilled, but her compassion and newfound grit serve her well as she continues to make the best out of what she's been given. Dermot surliness brings out her sassy side and I loved seeing their relationship develop from neighbors to unlikely friends to sweethearts. Each person in the wide cast of characters from the community are vibrant and easy to picture, and I especially enjoyed the Yorkshire way of speaking and their interesting phrases and names for things. The setting was very much a big part of the book and it felt a bit like one of my favorite movies, North and South. I liked that it was set in a smaller town though, which gave it a more cozy feel and less industrial. I have a soft spot for stories with teachers that care so much for their students, and Evangeline's determination to do the best for her students, despite her lack of training, is admirable and endearing. I was completely immersed from the get go and was happy that the initial mood of desperation slowly gave way to hope as Evangeline lifts herself with the help of Dermot and discovers her own fierce nature and strength.
(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
I am a huge fan of Sarah Eden's books! She has dozens of bestselling and award-winning titles and I've almost read all of them. This new book is another addition to the Proper Romance line and I couldn't wait to read it! The cover is absolutely stunning and Eden's words pulled me completely into northern England and the city of Yorkshire. This book quickly became a favorite because I was reminded of my own visit to northern England and the incredible town of Yorkshire twenty years ago. Isn't it wonderful that we can take a visit through the pages of a book?
Ashes on the Moor is set in Victorian England when factories were starting to change the landscape and socioeconomic paths of the English. The character of Evangeline is stoic, maddeningly ladylike, courageous, and romantic. I loved seeing the change that took place in Evangeline when she was forced to live on her own and do things she'd never attempted before--like cooking!
The romance that developed between Evangeline and Dermot was layered beautifully and grew slowly, yet at a satisfying pace. If you enjoy great writing, historical romance, clean romance, then you should definitely consider adding this book to your To-Read list!
This books opens to such a sad scene. Evangeline and her younger sister Lucy have just lost their entire family. In their town, the church bell rings once for each year of the life of the deceased. And it's tolling for their mother, their father and their two brothers. They know they have to leave the only home they have ever known with only their clothes and none of the families belongings. So. Sad. I loved the way the author uses the bell tolling in this book and the way Evangeline thinks of it as kind of an indicator of her feelings. Sad and grief filled at the beginning. To happier as the story goes on and she heals.
I loved Evangeline in this book. She was born and taught to be a lady, but her circumstances change when her family dies. And through no desire of her own, she's pushed in to the life of a teacher with no instruction on what to do or how to do any of the tasks she's been assigned. But does she sit and mope, nope! She works to learn to care for herself and the young students entrusted in her care. All without the comfort of her family. Her sister Lucy is ripped from her side and her aunt, who should be a kind influence in her life is constantly rude and snide. Wow, she was a real piece of work! But Evangeline works to rise above all of this.
And she doesn't do it on her own. Her aunt insists that Dermot McCormick show her the schoolhouse that will be her new home. But he's not the most kind man. He constantly is saying things that come out mean, when he's only trying to tease a bit. I had to laugh at the rule he came up with that Evangeline could only knock on his door one time a day! But when he realizes what's been done to her, that she was given no instructions and doesn't even know how to feed herself, he goes out of his way to help her. And by the end of the book, he's so dear to Evangeline and to the reader as well.
I really loved the plot of this one. There really is a whole town in trouble in this one that Evangeline works so hard to help, even a little bit. I loved her growth, and the growth of the whole town, throughout this whole book.
I have enjoyed most of Edens books. This is one I feel she did a really great job of sharing this beautiful story. I love that the unexpected can happen and sometimes we have to do things we never imagined. Great story. Love it and I highly recommend it.
I loved this book. I was great to see Lucy fight and work so hard to keep her promise to get her sister back to live with her. Loved learning about the factory jobs and how hard they really where. The descriptions of Yorkshire was every detailed and made you want to see it. It was sad to see how her Aunt Barton treated Lucy all because of something she believed in her heart but it was not true and her ruined many lives around her. Dermot was a fighter too. He wanted a better life for his son( not really) and himself. It was hard for them to fit in because he was Irish. Loved that everything worked out in the end. The school was a success, Evangeline got to be with Lucy and her family came together and she married Dermot. Great book.
Sarah Eden is clever in that she replaces the ballroom with a schoolroom in this Regency Proper Romance novel. The main character, Evangeline , reminds us all that we can do hard things with a lot of hard work and and grit.
I can now add this book to the list of other Sarah Eden greats that I have read. I was drawn in from the beginning of the story at the injustice done to Evangeline and her sister Lucy. It is such a heart-wrenching story of loss and love. I loved that though she found life hard in her new situation, she found out what she was truely capable of. It was fun to learn about local cultures of Yorkshire and their unique dialect. I think this was a well-written novel, full of wonderful characters and a little romance too! I would definitely recommend this book to others.
Loved this book! I appreciated it that was a Regency era book without the typical ballroom story. I loved that it was a different storyline and there was a woman that learned to be independent and work for what she wanted instead of the hero just solving all her problems for her. Would definitely read again!
this was the first Sarah Eden book I have read. I found it to be interesting , it kept my attention and I enjoyed the characters. I also enjoyed the setting . the language used was something I found peculiar , which is the amusing because that was what the story was so carful to point out.
This isn't usually the kind of book I read but I still enjoyed it. If your looking for kind of a sappy romance novel this would be a good choice for you.
If you love a good proper romance than this is most definitely for you. Sarah Eden as created characters that are easy to relate to and she perfectly displays life in the 1800s. If you are a Proper Roamnce fan and a Sarah Eden fan, I would definitely recommend you read this book!
Sarah Eden never disappoints. This story is touching and beautiful. I loved reading Evangeline’s story and watching her journey as she discovered who she was, her purpose in life and how she can reach out to a whole town. If you enjoy reading Eden’s books definitely pick this one up.
I could not put this book down! I was so enthralled with Evangeline and Dermot. I was constantly relating my own trials with Evangeline throughout the story. Sarah Eden is one of my favorite authors. I would highly recommend this to everyone!
Sarah Eden does not disappoint with her latest proper romance! I really liked learning about what life was like in Yorkshire in the 1800's because like the author, I have ancestors who came from there.
Sarah M. Eden has done it again! I loved this book so much! I love her books and this title was definitely a good one. I loved the characters and traveling along with them, and getting to know them. I just loved it!
I enjoyed this romantic novel. I enjoyed the setting and the language. It is interesting to think about putting yourself in such circumstances and what you would do. She handled difficult things well.
I love Regency romances, and this one did not disappoint. I really enjoyed the storyline of Evangeline starting up the school, and struggles she had. I also liked learning a little of the "Yorkshire" talk. A great book I will definitely read again.