Ashes on the Moor by Sarah M. Eden audiobook

Ashes on the Moor

By Sarah M. Eden
Read by Justine Eyre

Shadow Mountain 9781629724027

The Proper Romance Victorian Series: Book 1

10.61 Hours Unabridged
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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-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.

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Summary

Summary

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Narrator Justine Eyre’s wide-ranging performance expertly showcases this region’s challenging dialect, allowing listeners to fully experience the language and culture barriers Evangeline must overcome to connect with her students…For the townspeople and Dermot, their dialects are tied to their identity and sense of community. Eyre’s thoughtful consideration of these traits is wonderfully displayed through her nuanced and well-crafted performance.” AudioFile
“Eden ably captures the changing of an era, the horrors of factory work, and the displacements of being Irish in England [and] a lady among the working classes.” Publishers Weekly
“Readers will enjoy Evangeline’s growth as a strong woman almost as much as the steady, slow burn of her relationship with Dermot, which moves from wariness to friendship to sweet romance.” Booklist
“Once again, Eden proves herself a gifted writer dedicated to unique, out-of-the-box storytelling with inspiring and thought-provoking elements. Exploring one woman’s struggle to find her place in a world where every step forward is a challenge offers an uplifting—and very clean—romance.” Kirkus Reviews
“The dialog and character development in Eden’s latest are very well done; readers will particularly enjoy the banter between Evangeline and Dermot and will be eager know what happens next to the Smeatley townsfolk and our protagonists.” Library Journal

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Author

Author Bio: Sarah M. Eden

Author Bio: Sarah M. Eden

Sarah M. Eden is the USA Today bestselling author of many well-received historical romances, including Whitney Award finalists Seeking Persephone and Courting Miss Lancaster and the award-winning Proper Romance series novels Longing for Home and Hope Springs. Combining her obsession with history and an affinity for tender love stories, she loves crafting witty characters and heartfelt romances.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Romance
Runtime: 10.61
Audience: Adult
Language: English