Ashes on the Moore
By Sarah M. Eden
March 2018 Shadow Mountain Publishing
Review Copy courtesy of Shadow Mountain Publishing
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. Goodreads Synopsis
If you have followed along with my blog for any bit of time, you would know my love for the Shadow Mountain’s Proper Romance titles, both the historical and the new contemporary titles. They are just wonderful, wholesome love stories without all the smut.
I will say that Ashes on the Moore isn’t my favorite title in the line. It has a great plot, the characters were developed, and every element of a great book is there. I just didn’t connect with this one.
I think my biggest problem personally is there wasn’t a huge problem to overcome. Yes, Evangeline’s family all dies aside from her sister who is taken away from her as they are sent to seperate houses. She has to start with literally nothing: no family, friends, food or material items and has to learn to be a school teacher. All of this, and I still didn’t feel there was a big problem to resolve in the book. This is probably just me, but it’s what I felt. Just because it wasn’t one of my favorite books, doesn’t mean you won’t love it. If you are a fan of historical fiction and romance, please give it a try. I would love to hear your thoughts on it!!!
Thank you to Shadow Mountain Publishing for sending me the free ARC in exchange for my honest review.