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Ashes on the Moor

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When Evangeline is sent to live in a small mill town in Northern England as a schoolteacher in 1871, she finds herself struggling to fit in with an unfamiliar culture. Raised with the high-class Victorian values and ideals of a sophisticated upbringing, she is unprepared for the poverty she finds in the gritty factory town of Smeatley, where the locals speak with a hard-to ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by Shadow Mountain (first published March 2018)
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Melissa Tagg
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ashes on the Moor is a great book for anyone who, like me, looooooves North and South, either the BBC production or the Elizabeth Gaskell novel it's based upon. I couldn't help picturing Dermot as Richard Armitage as I read. :) The setting, factory woes, even the emotion of the book...it all has echoes of North and South while also being its own original, heartwarming story, one I very much enjoyed. I especially appreciated Evangeline's character...watching her strengthen throughout the story an ...more
Kathy * Bookworm Nation
I can't even imagine the amount of research that went into writing this one. Ms. Eden clearly spent a lot of time studying the time period and people and was able to write a story that easily transports you back to that time. As always, Ms. Eden is a great writer, is able to create well developed characters in compelling circumstances.

While it is a well written story, I just had a hard time connecting to it. I guess I prefer lighter novels, this was just too serious for me.


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Katie W
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This story is very inspiring as it progresses, but it definitely starts out somber. Right away, deep sympathy is felt for Evangeline and her situation. It's hard to imagine being thrust into an unfamiliar situation and expected to be successful, but she has good reasons to work hard and to figure out how to survive.

It's hard for me to picture how tough the times were for so many people during this time period. Eden paints a vivid portrayal of that. It's also tough to imagine families being so h
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Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
It's always a happy day when a new book by Sarah Eden comes out. I am such a fan of her writing and her stories. She has a gift for weaving me right into her stories where I feel such a part of whatever emotion or activity that is going on and she does it so gently. I think that's one word I would always use to describe Sarah Eden's books. Gentle.

This story started off sad and a bit slow for me. It took me a bit to fall into the characters and feel like I was a part of them but it did happen abo
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Anna
Mar 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
This book suffered from a completely unbelievable plot. From the strange behavior of Mrs Barton to the unrealistic for the time period attitudes and ideas of Evangeline it just did not work for me. The characters were what ultimately made this work at all. Eden has a great ability to lead the reader to love and care for even less pleasant characters and really want everything to work out best for everyone.
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
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 ...more
Julie
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't wait this book to come out. I am a huge fan of Sarah Eden and I can't think of a book she's written that I didn't like. This one was no exception!

In Ashes on the Moor, we meet Evangeline Blake who has just lost her family. With only her sister left, she clings to her as they face an uncertain future with an aunt and uncle. But a cruel twist of fate separates them and throws Evangeline into circumstances that she's unprepared for. Forced to be the town's new schoolteacher and live in a
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Anne Osterlund
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Evangeline has lost everyone in her immediate family except for her sister Lucy. But when their aunt comes to take them away from their upper class city home to a small factory town on the moor, she takes away even Lucy—who is sent off to boarding school. Evangeline is assigned the job of schoolmistress for a full class of students who have not had a day of education. And she, herself, has never taught a day in her life. Without her sister and with clear instructions not to tell anyone about her ...more
Mara
I was so excited to get to read this new book by Sarah M. Eden. Firstly, I love the cover--it's gorgeous.

Evangeline and her 12 yr. old sister, Lucy, lost their parents and their brothers to a sudden illness. Right after the funeral they must leave the only home they've known to go to Yorkshire and are separated--Evangeline is to live in the small factory town of Smeatley as a schoolteacher and Lucy is sent to live with the grandfather they hardly know in Leeds. In order for Evangeline to have Lu
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Kathy
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
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 an
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Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
***4.5 stars***

Evangeline Blake's world is torn from her after the tragic death of her parents and brothers. She is forced to leave her home and accept the "benevolence" of her aunt and grandfather. Not all is as she was lead to believe it would be and her true character is tested as she is forced to deal with less than ideal circumstances.

I loved the growth of Evangeline in this book. She is compassionate, honorable, kind, and trustworthy. Her ultimate goal is to be reunited with her sister. To
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Shale
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Ugh. I disliked this book.

Which for a Sarah M Eden book is really really sad. I tend to love her books and trust that she'll give me a wonderful story, one that will make me laugh or make me cry. I've never had a book by her that wanted to make me tear my hair out with boredom until I encountered Ashes on the Moor. Makings of a great book, but for me, I not one I'd ever recommend. Such a shame.

This book is dreary, depressing, and dark. I honestly never connected with the main character, and nev
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Kirsi Johnson
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you’re looking for a Regency romance with complex characters, an intriguing story line, a well developed and inviting setting, and a happy ending, look no further! You will not only cheer for Evangeline and Dermot’s happy ending, but also root for them as they work together to overcome the obstacles life throws in their path. *happiest of sighs*
Mindy
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ashes on the Moor is another beautiful story told by a brilliant author. I love Sarah Eden's books. She has an expert way of telling a story. The author created a perfectly subtle way of explaining the different dialects to the reader, all while keeping the story and characters flowing. The reader was learning Smeatley's way of speaking along with Evangeline. I appreciated that. I marveled at the detailed setting and the depth and growth of characters. Right away, the reader is caught up in the ...more
Melissa
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I so enjoy Eden's writing style. You get very complex situations. It's almost always like a fairytale where the characters are in deep sadness and bad situations and they find the strength to pull themselves out of it. She has two kinds of books, the light hearted and the tug your heartstrings out kind of books. This was a sadder beginning that turns out happy. The attention to detail and history in this book was very well done. You really feel like you are there and can almost smell it. The cha ...more
Chesney
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This why Sarah is one of my go to authors. She writes in a way to connect you with the characters and the storyline. I felt like I was in Yorkshire and feeling the frustration Evangeline dealt with. Her books definitely have earned a place on my bookshelf.
Barbara
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A young English lady is forced by her Aunt to take a teaching position in a small town to prove her ability to take care of herself so she can get custody of her younger sister. She comes from a family of wealth, but her grandfather has control of her inheritance so she must prove she is capable of caring for her. Romance comes along with a stonemason who helps her learn some of what will make her independent. Quick read and keeps your attention.
Jennifer
2.5 stars.

I've previously stated that I was done with this author. The works that I've read by her (with the exception of The Sheriffs of Savage Wells, which was wonderful) have been flops for me. However, I saw that she'd published a new book, the library system had it for me to borrow, and here we are. Again. Me having read a book by Ms. Eden and having yet another middling experience.

Now I'm not saying that there wasn't anything good about this book. Far from it! A 2.5 star rating from me m
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Becca
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well, we all know how I feel about Proper Romance Books, but this is Proper Romance plus Sarah Eden. Yes, Please!!!! I love this author. I like all of the authors, but I don’t know if I just enjoy her so much because I have actually met and talked with her a few times. She is such a delightful person. Her writing always brings a smile to my face.



Evangeline, is forced to be an independent woman after being brought up in high society when an accident takes all of her family away except one sister.
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Kate
Mar 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After the loss of nearly her entire family, Evangeline ends up teaching in a Yorkshire town where there has been no school for a long time. Although the author’s anchors in real time require that the book be set in the 1870s, there are clear echoes of Gaskell here, and the characters feel like they come from an earlier era. Our hero Dermot is an Irish transplant with an autistic son who, despite being grumpy, teaches the gently raised Evangeline to cook and dispenses philosophy as well, and to m ...more
Becky
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First sentence: Through a thick fog of grief, Evangeline Blake suffered the blow of each clang of the distant funeral bells.

Premise/plot: When the novel opens, Evangeline Blake, our heroine, has lost everything--almost. She has lost a father, a mother, and two brothers. Lucy, her younger sister, is her sole immediate family. That day Evangeline makes a promise that they'll be together--stay together--no matter what. But within a day or two, at most, that promise proves empty. Lucy, so she's told
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Rachelle
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
herdys
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another great book by Sarah M Eden. I like that it was set in the moors and that once again, I fell in love with our characters pretty easily.

This author has the magic to make me feel as sad as the characters and also enjoy their triumphs. Can't wait for her next book!
Kelsey Peterson
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
No need for a review really. I love Sarah M Eden. There was a heaviness in this book but of course so enjoyable to read. She really has a talent for weaving romance
Lisa Brown
Evangeline's whole life has changed in an instant when her entire family died suddenly, except for herself and her younger sister. Her sister, Lucy, is sent to boarding school, and Evangeline is forced by her aunt to survive as a school teacher in a small town in North England, regardless of her inheritance and rich grandfather. Forced to keep her relations a secret, she strives to find a way to make things work, and with lots of help from her neighbor, the Irish brick mason, Dermot. As she gets ...more
Chantele Sedgwick
Obviously, seeing how I've read almost all of her books now, I love Sarah Eden. :)
Amy
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lets start with the love - 'Ashes on the Moor' has a beautiful cover, creative title, beautiful location and a fantastic cast of characters to give every aspect of this story depth and uniqueness. I haven't read a historical fiction that follows the lines of this plot and I enjoyed that very much.

The story begins so bleak and full of sadness. Evangeline and her 12 year old sister Lucy, have been orphaned and though they come from a family of wealth and privilege, they are separated almost immed
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M.A. Nichols
I'm a huge fan of Sarah M. Eden's, so it always feels like a bit of a betrayal to give her anything less than 4 stars, but this one just didn't connect with me on the same level that her others did. It was entertaining, and I'm glad I read it, but I don't think it's one that I will read multiple times.

Perhaps it was partly my own fault because I happen to love North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. Though Eden's love story is different, the setting and bits of the premise reminded me so much of G
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Joanne Watkins USA
Grim

Not at all to my tastes. My first real disappointment in Eden. It was an awful life in an unjust world.
Cathy
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: a-to-z-challenge
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 i ...more
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