• Ashes on the Moor

  • By: Sarah M. Eden
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (1,752 ratings)

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Publisher's 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.

©2018 Sarah M. Eden (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Excellent read

I wish I could give it more than five stars. Loved everything about this book. This brings to mind the quality of writing in North and South.

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A story about kindred spirits

This is the first novel I’ve read from Sarah M. Eden and it belongs to the Proper Romance sub-genre of books.

It was a delightful book that reminded me a bit of Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South. The book begins with Evangeline Blake’s grief at having lost most of her family to a terrible fever. Only her and her sister survived and they are almost immediately relocated to go from the south of England where they’ve lived all their lives to the fictional mill town of Smeatley located in the north of England where her aunt lives. Evangeline is soon separated from her sister who is sent to boarding school while Evangeline must prove that she’s capable of being independent before she can be given access to her inheritance. To prove to her grandfather that she’s capable she’s given the job of teacher to the small town. Evangeline who has no idea of how to be a teacher must learn quickly without the help of anyone as her aunt who seems to hold an old grudge against her mother has transfer her antagonism onto her nieces. The only help Evangeline finds is from her neighbor Dermot who at first is reluctant of his fine southern neighbor. Dermot who is Irish had received harsh treatment from the people of Smeatley when he first arrived and even though most have come to respect him, he, like Evangeline is still an outsider there.

The story has several important elements. We see the social differences between Evangeline and the people of Smeatley she grew up in a fine family (upper middle class) while the people of Smeatley are struggling with poverty even as they work hard to survive. But we see them find a common ground and we see the distrust of strangers pass as they see Evangeline as an ally who wants to help their children succeed and gain knowledge that can help them in the future.

Evangeline and Dermot’s relationship has a lovely and natural progression from friendship to love. Dermot is a kind and generous person and he finds a kindred spirit in Evangeline as they both seek to help others. Although, he’s gruff with her at first he never denies her his assistance, which is a good thing because Evangeline can’t cook! Dermot also find a connection with her because of how well Evangeline connect with his son Ronan (who we in modern times can identify as mildly autistic().

In the end it’s a story about finding your place in the world, about helping other even when you yourself have not gotten much help, about finding a kindred spirit and about finding your purpose. Love and strength come along the way.

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Fantastic

Steeped in history, Sarah beautifully weaves the traditions of that time into a compelling love story.

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Another wonderful story

I loved the characters and the setting. I loved the story. The narrator did wonderful with the language. I’m only sorry I’m finished.

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Usually an avid fan...

I have always been a huge fan of Sarah M Eden, but this book seemed very long and depressing to me. The end was ok but I had a hard time getting through the book, where I usually can’t put it down!

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  • 07-25-21

Not for anyone seeking light hearted or uplifting

I do not understand all of the great reviews for this book. It was well written and narrated very well, but it's a lot of unhappiness, hurt, and death for the majority of the book. Even when things turn around, it was an unsatisfying victory for me because (Spoiler alert) none of the bad actors ever change/learn/are punished and all the good things come from, essentially, one powerful person's actions. Sure, the MC gets their HEA (it couldn't even be called a romance otherwise) but it took so much misery to get there it didn't feel happy enough in the end balance. It left me feeling emotionally heavy through the vast majority of the read which isn't what I'm looking for. Can't recommend it.

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Romance, empathy and morals.

Loved the story of two strangers from different worlds coming together by chance of fate and bringing out the best in each other. Family drama and romance, without erotica, enhanced the tale and the narration was excellent. The Yorkshire accents were most challenging. Looking forward to more books from this author.

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  • 08-18-18

Beautiful Story, Masterful Narration!

I highly recommend this book! The love story portion is sweet and pure. I especially love Justine Eyre's masterful narration of so many different types of characters ... upper class British, Yorkshire & Irish folk, young and old, male and female. She is obviously blessed with an amazing gift for accents!!

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Impossible to Share How Much I LOVED This!

If you love historical fiction; if you loved North & South (BBC), if you LOVE a guy with an Irish brogue and the unique sound of the Yorkshire people, please read this book....or, better yet, listen to it on Audible <3

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one of the best..

Great story telling with historic accuracy, The narration is stellar. I can't imagine it done better. The story unravels naturally and the characters are so believable you lose yourself in the tale. Just get it.!

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  • Anne Dudley
  • 05-20-22

A lovely story

This was a lovely story but it was ruined by the narrator Justin Eyre.

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  • V_Nerdbooks
  • 05-19-22

ashes on the moor

I thought it was a very good story read well .She had a hell of a life with her family . Which she had to prove herself .But all ended well .The narrator was very good as well .

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-17-22

Good story

The person reading it was awful. Story was very good and I loved Ronan character and how he was showing such kindness

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  • TracyL
  • 05-16-22

Excruciating narration, lovely story

It took all the will in the world to finish listening to this book. Clearly the narrator had lied on their CV that they could do many accents. I could just about tolerate the badly done Irish accent and will never know if the Gaelic she attempted was correct, but heavens above she's clearly never heard a Yorkshire accent; that is unless the Yorkshire person had done a fair amount of travelling around the British isles. The accent was a mixture of Irish, Scottish, Bristol and whatever else she could make up. It made it really difficult to clearly make out which character she was portraying. And don't get me started on the silent 'T' at the beginning of some words almost spat me brew out when she said t'sheep as she said it as Tu'sheep and tu'mill. If she needs an idea as to how Yorkshire folk sound guide her towards watching Goggle box and listen to Jenny and Lee or Ellie and Izzi, failing that give me a call, because I'm damn sure I could do a whole lot better.
Now back to the story, enjoyed this book even with the distractions. Well to do girl losing majority of her family and made to start at the bottom and make her way up in the world.

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  • S. Webster
  • 05-11-22

Irritating narrator’s voice, gave up.

The book was initially quite promising until the narrator began attempting accents and voices for characters. I managed to tolerate the unusual Irish accent that was part Irish, part Scottish for Dairmud. However when she introduced her Yorkshire accents and voices for the children and other village folk I had to give up. All the characters had the same unusual Irish/Scottish dialect so when multiple characters were ‘speaking’ it was impossible to distinguish between them which made following the story impossible.
Do narrators have to audition to read audiobooks?? A grasp of the required dialects for the book characters should be a necessity surely??

Therefore it’s impossible for me to give a fair review of the story which is a shame for the author.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-10-22

if you are from Yorkshire don't bother

The terrible attempt at the Yorkshire and Irish accents. I understand that the narrator was trying but it was genuinely awful. Even her 'normal' voice sounded like an automated service in parts. May of been a good read just not a good listen

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  • Christine Birkner
  • 05-09-22

Very readable

I really enjoyed listening to this book. I have already downloaded more by this author.

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  • Mr S G Moule
  • 05-06-22

enjoyable story but narration could be better

I really enjoyed this story and I was impressed with the way that little Ronan was portrayed. my son has autism. i was not so impressed with the narrator's attempts at a Yorkshire accent though.

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  • Laura Kerridge
  • 05-02-22

Fabulous story ruined by the narrator

Ok so the narrator didn’t quite ruin the story, that’s a bit harsh but unfortunately her dodgy attempts at a Yorkshire accent pulled me out of the story each time one of the Yorkshire characters spoke.

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  • lindamm
  • 05-01-22

Terrible narrator

The story is a gentle way of passing the time. The narrator is terrible.

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  • Gail
  • 09-01-21

A lovely story

Not much to say…I agree with all the positive reviews already written. This author has a gift.

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  • MerrilyW
  • 04-14-22

Good easy listening marred only by the narrator

I really enjoyed this story.. very easy to listen to and whilst a well worn theme, the storyline was appealing. The narrator character voices were pretty good but I found the totally affected way she ended the last one or two syllables of every phrase in the general narration was really very irritating from the start to the end. She needs to get over herself.

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  • Lynnette
  • 02-15-22

Sweet old fashioned love story

Narration excellent, storyline far from today’s possibilities and characters well described and well fitting. This was a nice little chic flik that was light relief in my library. I learnt a lot about British language and my own family sayings and how they came to be.

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  • Maryanne
  • 02-08-22

Enjoyable

Well written and easy listening book. Gave a real insight to characters, themes and the time period it was written in.

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  • julee latimer
  • 01-25-22

Heart-warming story

Loved this. Narration was excellent. Insight into accents so interesting. Easy listening at its best.

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  • Emily Iveson
  • 11-26-21

Beautifully Written

This story was so beautifully written, I could see the world created and was left wanting more. The character development was perfectly paced in alignment with the story and I found myself often smiling wide as it all unfolded. This historical romance would have to be one of the best I've read.
The story is so different and yet completely believable, which allows the reader to feel part of the world at this time in history.
Romance in this is perfect, its not overly sexual or anything unrealistic for the time. It is beautiful and touched my heart as it all came together. I hope others will enjoy this as much as I have.

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  • Lady D
  • 11-21-21

Clean, interesting romance

This story gives insight into life in a mill town, the poverty & hardships endured as well as the battles won and happiness & love found.

Narrator is excellent doing both male & female voices and Irish, Yorkshire & proper British accents. She didn't miss a beat even with the unusual Yorkshire words & phrases. Well done to her 👏

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  • Jenny
  • 11-19-21

Sweet

Difficult to rate as I really enjoyed listening to it even though bits of it really annoyed me, lol. If I were being pedantic, I would say that it was a distractingly rose-tinted view of the Industrial Revolution. Elizabeth Gaskell with a naïve SJW whitewash! However, in all fairness, it's what is expected of the genre.

As someone not of Irish descent, but am of Yorkshire descent, I thought the narrator managed a convincing Irish accent but absolutely not a Yorkshire one. Given the plot emphasis on the Yorkshire dialect, I think only a Yorkshire native would have done the narration justice. The narrator also had a rather annoying woe-is-me inflection at the end of every other sentence.

I liked the male protagonist, female not so much but she wasn't too bad. I appreciated the inclusion of an autistic character. Again, very rose-tinted view, but at the same time very endearing.

The first third was the best, the middle was quite good, and the last third was a little bit yawny. Towards the end, I could tune out and not have missed anything of import.

I'm making it sound really bad, however, I was still keen to listen through to the end and overall enjoyed it.

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  • Silliroby
  • 11-13-21

Lovely Story.

I really enjoyed this story. The characters were hard to understand at times and Dermott’s accent was poorly to listen too.