Very rarely am I truly taken by surprise when it comes to a book.

Normally, I have a pretty good idea of what I am getting myself into and how I will feel about a book before I start it.

As a lifelong reader, I have my reading tastes finely honed.

When I decided to read Sarah M. Eden’s Ashes on the Moor, I expected to find a sweet, enjoyable novel.

I found exactly that … and so much more.

At the start of Ashes on the Moor, Evangeline is lost. We watch as she grows into a deeper character through the trials she faces.

The relationships she develops and the strength she gains all help to create a story that is utterly memorable.

Her complicated relationship with her family, her longing to be reunited with her sister — all of these make her a sympathetic character readers can relate to.

When you first meet Dermot, though, he seems like a curmudgeon.

But as the story unfolds, there are glimpses into his past that show there is much more to him than is seen at first blush.

Eden has created a delightful cast of secondary characters to populate the Victorian world she has created.

Even though their lives are harsh, they still have hope and faith that it can become better.

Eden also presents a delightfully detailed historical setting that captures the changing times.

The story unfolds at just the right pace and kept me reading until way past my bedtime. I actually ended up reading it in one sitting!

I highly recommend Ashes on the Moor to fans of historical fiction or Christian fiction and anyone who simply loves a good story.

Note: I received a complimentary copy of this novel. However, all opinions are my own.

About Sarah M. Eden

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Sarah M. Eden is a USA Today bestselling author of witty and charming historical romances, including Foreword Review’s 2013 “IndieFab Book of the Year” gold medal winner for Best Romance, Longing for Home, as well as 2014 Whitney Award winner for “Best Novel of the Year,” Longing for Home: Hope Springs.

Combining her obsession with history and her affinity for tender love stories, Eden loves crafting witty characters and heartfelt romances set against rich historical backdrops.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in research and happily spends hours perusing the reference shelves of her local library.

Eden lives with her husband, kids and mischievous dog in the shadow of a snow-capped mountain she never has attempted to ski.