Sarah M. Eden tells a lovely story-- reminiscent of Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South-- in Ashes on the Moor. With fascinating descriptions of life in a factory town, and the unique struggles and accents found there, Eden's latest is full of historical detail. Evangeline's complicated family relationships, struggles to reach her students, and compassion for Smeatley's inhabitants were believable and beautifully told. Dermot, similarly, is an complex and compelling male lead. While I thoroughly enjoyed the story and its characters, the finale seems a bit forced. Despite pages and pages of struggle and complication, somehow everyone magically gets everything they want within the last chapter. A more believable ending would have been infinitely more satisfying.
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