Published by Shadow Mountain on March 6th 2018
Genres: 19th Century, Clean Romance
Source: Publisher, Shadow Mountain Publishing
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-understand Yorkshire accent and struggle to thrive with few resources or opportunities.
Though she has no training as a teacher, she must prove herself successful before her grandfather will release her substantial inheritance to her and allow her to be reunited with her younger sister, the last remaining member of her family after a fever claimed the lives of her parents and brothers.
Evangeline's sudden change in circumstances is complicated when her aunt—a woman who values class distinctions more than her family relationships—forbids her from acknowledging any connection to her or to her grandfather, Mr. Farr—the man who owns nearly the entire town. For the first time in her life, Evangeline is truly alone.
Heartbroken, she turns to the one person in town who has shown her kindness—an Irish brick mason, Dermot, and his son, Ronan. Despite the difference in their classes and backgrounds, Evangeline and Dermot become friends, due in part to her ability to connect with Ronan, whose behavior requires special attention. The boy is uncomfortable around strangers and rarely even speaks to the other children in town. He often fixates on details other people ignore, and he adheres to specific, self-made rules that give his life order and structure; for example, Dermot's coat must be hung on a specific peg next to the door.
Evangeline attempts to prove herself a worthy teacher and earn the respect of her hard-to-understand students. Determined to find a way to introduce them to "proper English" while still honoring their unique language and culture, she enlists the help of a local family to write down familiar stories in the Yorkshire vernacular. Because of her efforts, the students and their families warm to Evangeline and she continues to look for ways to give the children a chance to become more than factory workers in the local cotton mill.
When the town learns of her upper-class status, Evangeline must work twice as hard to win back their trust--especially Dermot's. In the end, Evangeline and Dermot discover that, even though they come from different social spheres, together they can overcome social prejudices, make a positive difference in the lives of even the humblest people, and enjoy the strength that comes when two hearts find each other.
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 will be honest and say I am still currently reading this book. I am a little behind on a lot of things and I had hoped to finish this before today but I didn’t. HOWEVER! I am really enjoying this book, I can’t wait to see how the rest of the book plays out.
Evangeline has lost everything. Her family is gone and the only person she has left is her sister Lucy but Aunt Barton has other plans for the girls. Evangeline is sent to be a teacher in a small, impoverish town and her sister is sent to live with her grandfather. The only way Evangeline can get Lucy back is to prove to her grandfather that she is worthy enough for her inheritance. Along the way she meets the families of the town and is starting to see thing about her Aunt and Uncle that the town is seeing but she is also quite fond of her neighbor Mr. McCormick.
- I am loving Evangeline and really hoping that she is able to prove herself and get lucy back
- I HATE with all the passion of a million flames, Aunt Barton. I really hope she gets told off and pushed from her pedestal.
- Mr. McCormick is a big harsh and rough around the edges but I can see he has a soft spot fo Evangeline and I can’t wait until they come together.
- They have great banter, some very funny comments.
I still have a bit more to read but so far I am loving this story. I plan to update when I finish the book. I hope you will come back to check out!
Have a great day and Happy Reading!