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Book Review: Ashes on the Moor by Sarah M. Eden

Title: Ashes on the Moore

Author: Sarah M. Eden

Series: Proper Romance (Stands Alone)

Published: March 6, 2018

Page Length: 384 Pages

 

Book Summary:

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.

This was so well done. This is not a light fluffy romance. There is so much depth to it.

I am a huge fan of the Hallmark Series When Calls the Heart. In many ways, this reminds me of that TV series but there are also many differences. Evangeline is not a teacher by choice and she has had everything taken away from her. She had no choice but to make the best of the hand life has dealt her. Times were not easy and everything seems stacked against her and Dermot but both of them have strong wills and are willing to fight for what they want. Through their trials and struggles, we see a beautiful relationship develop.

A wonderfully done historical romance that kept me engrossed in the story until the very last page.

Rating: 5 Stars

Content: Clean

Source: Netgalley

2018: #72