About the Book:
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.
I love the two main characters in this book- Evangeline and Dermot. Evangeline begins the story as an uncertain, privileged woman trying to find balance between the grief of losing her family and having everything she's ever known taken away from her. I was moved by her determined character and how after moving to Smeatley, she accepts her fate, puts grit to the grindstone and purposes to do whatever it takes to be reunited with her beloved sister. Dermot had me chuckling throughout with his hot-headed temper and stubborn demeanor. However, once his favor and trust are gained, he shines as the best sort of hero especially evident in his intense protection and tenderness displayed toward both Evangeline and his son, Ronan (who I believe is autistic). Both the hero and the heroine share their vulnerabilities, fears, and strength to build an unshakable love story that was truly special!
This review contains my own thoughts and opinions regarding this literary work. I have not been compensated in any way by the author or publisher.
Sarah M. Eden is the author of several critically acclaimed historical romances, including Seeking Persephone, Courting Miss Lancaster, and award-winning Proper Romance series novels Longing for Home, Hope Springs, and The Sheriffs of Savage Wells. Combining her passion for history and an affinity for gentle love stories, Sarah loves crafting witty characters and heartfelt romances. She happily spends hours perusing the reference shelves of her local library and dreams of one day traveling to all the places she reads about. For more information regarding her books, visit https://www.sarahmeden.com/.
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