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Publisher's Note:

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 acc…

Ashes on the Moor

by Sarah M. Eden

Overall Book Review:

Ashes on the Moor is the latest Proper Romance from Shadow Mountain Publishing. Penned by Sarah M. Eden, the book is sweet, sincere, and highly recommended! Eden shows time and time again her talents as a writer, with vivid settings, emotional depth, and an engaging plot. Main character Evangeline is a true heroine, working to overcome incredible hardships while remaining relatable and down-to-earth. Her budding romantic relationship with Dermot is a highlight, as well as her interactions with her students. What’s most impressive about Ashes on the Moor is the Yorkshire accent that many characters speak. Eden obviously went to great lengths to create authenticity in her dialogue, and it greatly contributes to the story’s tone. Characters also use Yorkshire colloquialisms and regional stories, which readers will enjoy. Pick up a copy of this delightful novel today!

Review of an Advance Reader Copy

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Shadow Mountain

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore None

Sex/Nudity: Multiple incidents of kissing on the hand, forehead, cheek and lips; a few sexual references.

Mature Subject Matter:

Death of family members, loneliness, job loss, economic disparity and death of animals. 

Alcohol / Drug Use:


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About the Reviewer

My mother was the one who sparked my love of books. Long before school instruction, she sat me down and taught me to read. My childhood was filled with trips to the library and bookmobile to find great books. My first loves were The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Pippi Longstocking series by Astrid Lingren. Now as a mom and speech pathologist, I am constantly looking for good, clean books to use at home and in therapy. I enjoy reading many different genres, but my favorites are usually historical fiction. I married my best friend, the “boy next door”, and we have a beautiful little girl who we often find sprawled out on the floor, flipping through picture books. Together our family likes to swim, run and play tennis. Besides reading, I also love to bake, garden and travel.