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
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.
REVIEW / THOUGHTS:
we all know how I feel about Proper Romance Books, but this is Proper Romance
plus Sarah Eden.Yes, Please!!!!I love this author.I like all of the authors, but I don’t know
if I just enjoy her so much because I have actually met and talked with her a
few times.She is such a delightful
person.Her writing always brings a
smile to my face.
is forced to be an independent woman after being brought up in high society
when an accident takes all of her family away except one sister.Lucy.Instead of being able to mourn their family their Aunt Barton came and
ripped them from their home and took them to Smeatley.
promised Lucy they would always be together, but her Aunt Barton had other
plans.Not only did she rip Lucy away
from her, she forced her into a teaching position, and into a home all alone.Then she was told she wasn’t allowed to
reveal their family relations or she would be fired.
sounds like such a great family.Aunt
Barton told Evangeline that she would be checking on her progress and if she
didn’t show that she could take care of her self then she would never be able
to take care of Lucy either.
into a life she didn’t want Evangeline takes the high road and decides she
going to do the best she can with the circumstances she has been put in.
meets a neighbor man by the name of Dermont, who ends up helping her more than
any one has in her whole life.Evangeline
doesn’t seem to mind that he is Irish like most of the town did when he
arrived.Dermont is a hard working man
taking care of his son Ronan and building houses and fences.He is a master at masonry.
such a sweet story of love, hope, endurance, and hard work.The setting is so beautiful.I love the town of Smeatley.I was right there with the town people and Evangeline
as she navigates through her new life.It didn’t hurt anything that she had a yummy man living right down the
street from her (Dermont) that helped her so much and made her feel welcome.
is an amazing character.She is kind,
loving, compassionate, and fiery!I love
the fire she has.She is a lady but is
learning that she doesn’t have to take all the grieve her aunt and uncle are
giving her anymore.She finds joy in
life, in the town and in the children, she is teaching.She genuinely loves them, and it shows
through this whole book.
I felt for
the people in this small town, and all the hardships they faced, and how they all
pulled together no matter what.It is
just such a wonderful, uplifting story.It
gave me chills, made me angry, and made me cry.All good things a book can do for me 😊.I loved every minute of this book.I hope you take a chance to pick it up and
read it.It’s just a beautiful story.
Source:I was given this book as part of a blog tour
in return for an honest review.I was
not compensated in any way for this review.These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.
SARAH M. EDEN read
her first Jane Austen novel in elementary school and has been an Austen addict
ever since. Fascinated by the English Regency era, Eden became a regular in
that section of the reference department at her local library, where she
painstakingly researched this extraordinary chapter in history. Eden is an
award-winning author of short stories and was a Whitney Award finalist for her
Persephone and Courting Miss Lancaster.