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|
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.
This was a good romantic novel. It was interesting to think about what you would do in such circumstances. I enjoyed the fact that the author put in something about autism which made the story interesting. I enjoyed the different characters.
Sarah Eden does it again, great read. Evangeline showed great courage and persistence in over coming the trials that life brought to her. She found love and was able to reunite with her sister.
This is generally the type of book I would be interested in. I decided to try it out and I am so glad I did. I often times found myself smiling while reading book. I loved every page.