Ashes on the Moor by Sarah M. Eden

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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 school 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.

In Emilee’s opinion:

I enjoyed reading Ashes on the Moor by Sarah M. Eden. It was full of trials, opportunities and struggles for Evangeline and many others. Evangeline struggled with loosing family members and faced difficult circumstances. But, she quickly became one of my favorite characters because of her determination to pick herself up from the ground. She had no idea how to be a teacher but she embraced the challenge with confidence. I also enjoyed watching her relationship with Dermot blossom into a beautiful romance. The cover is absolutely breathtaking and definitely drew me in. I’ve enjoyed reading novels written by Sarah Eden and I look forward to the next one.

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