Within the Dark Hills by Sian Ann Bessey

Within the Dark Hills

Desperate to escape the unwanted advances of a cruel master, chambermaid Annie Morgan runs miles through stormy weather to find sanctuary at the home of Reverend and Mrs. Davies. Without family and tainted by scandal, she’s in dire need of a new identity and an occupation to match. Equally bleak is the future of Evan Powell, a miner who harbors dreams of escaping the black mines that are slowly killing him and finding refuge under the promised ...


Details Within the Dark Hills

TitleWithin the Dark Hills
ISBN9781608611065
Author
Release DateMay 1st, 2012
PublisherCovenant Communications, Inc.
LanguageEnglish
GenreLds, Lds Fiction, Romance, Historical, Historical Fiction, Christianity, Historical Romance, Fiction
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Reviews Within the Dark Hills

  • Heidi
    1970-01-01
    Loved Loved Loved this book! Such a clean, sweet read. Little bit tense here and there so couldn't wait to see what would happen next. Couldn't put it down from the very beginning to the very end.
  • Chanae
    1970-01-01
    This is really a 1.5 star book for me. This story was a type of "arranged marriage" love story, which I usually like but this one was just too rushed and predictable to enjoy. And then at the end the author had to throw in a quick conversion to Mormonism and send them on their way to Zion - all within 2 chapters or so - with hardly no trouble or heartache or persecution for this decision - and then the end. Really? I am a Mormon. I like historica...
  • Katie W
    1970-01-01
    Annie has to escape her employer in Wales. Evan is trying to work in the mines and care for a young, motherless daughter. A preacher suggests for them to enter a marriage of convenience, but will that solve everything? Annie still has to hide and Evan isn't sure his heart will ever heal enough to love again.I wasn't too sure I'd like the story as it was started to build, but I ended up loving it!! I love how tough Annie is--not only physically, b...
  • Toni
    1970-01-01
    Loved this book. I learned a lot about the coal mines in Wales. I am certainly glad my husband and children aren't involved in mining. The love story was sweet and compelling with such great characters. It is always nice to have a satisfactory ending. I will be looking for more from this author.
  • Mary
    1970-01-01
    This was a quick read and was an interesting story. I liked the historical information about the miners in Wales. It didn't sound like a good life at all!
  • Angela Whiteley
    1970-01-01
    Good, but the story was super predictable. The building of characters was shallow and the emotion was not written in a way that you connected with it. Despite all of that, it is a decent read and if you have nothing better I would recommend it.
  • Susan
    1970-01-01
    Mining in Wales was the main focus in this fictional account. Scary to know that men's lives back then were expendable--men's greed! I really enjoyed Annie and Evan's love story--early pioneers.
  • Diana
    1970-01-01
    Meh. Kind of forgettable. I didn't appreciate that the author summarized so much of their falling in love. I'd rather she included these conversations she mentioned.
  • Kathryn
    1970-01-01
    I love this author's writing style and book topic selection. Not only does she quench my desire to read a good, clean, sweet romance, but she also puts in some historical value that makes me appreciate the sufferings of ancestors that have brought us to this point in time through their hardships. (welsh in the coal mines)Annie Morgan was without family, home, or work when she ran from her cruel master as a chambermaid, but when he made advances o...
  • Susan
    1970-01-01
    Desperate to escape the unwanted advances of a cruel master, chambermaid Annie Morgan runs miles through stormy weather to find sanctuary at the home of Reverend and Mrs. Davies. Without family and tainted by scandal, she's in dire need of a new identity and an occupation to match. Equally bleak is the future of Evan Powell, a miner who harbors dreams of escaping the black mines that are slowly killing him and finding refuge under the promised bl...
  • Shellie
    1970-01-01
    Very quick read! Annie is running away from the only job and home she knows as a chambermaid at Master Howell's manor. Master Howell has made some unwelcome advances and Annie knows she must go. She turns to Reverend Davies for help. Evan Powell lost his wife, Catherine, nearly 2 years ago minutes after giving birth to their daughter Jane. Working 12-14 hour days as a miner does not leave Evan a lot of time for his daughter who is most often take...
  • A.L. Sowards
    1970-01-01
    I’ve been interested in reading this book since it ended up on the Whitney Finalist list and I was able to have dinner with the author (she’s very nice, by the way). It took me a while to get around to it, but I recently listened to the audio version and enjoyed it. It’s a sweet story about a Welsh coal-mining town, with the two main characters getting married in desperation, and then falling in love after that. I enjoyed seeing their relat...
  • Jane
    1970-01-01
    I felt like I have read this book a number of times: Attractive, self-effacing, family-less woman flees unwanted advances of boss/suitor and enters marriage/relationship of convenience with widower with heart of stone and who has child with some sort of disability. Through the heroine's uncomplaining service the hero's heart is softened. The missionaries may or may not make an appearance.Where this book stands out is in its depiction of Welsh min...
  • Melissa
    1970-01-01
    This is a clean LDS or Christian light romance/history fiction. The cover is way off and irritated me but everything else was great. I love arranged marriage stories and this one was done well and Very clean. I loved learning a little about the miners in a more intimate way. I got a little claustrophobic in some of those scenes! This was a very quick read and I was a little sad the romance wrapped up so quickly. A sequel could be added but it end...
  • Shannon
    1970-01-01
    This is a book that I never would have picked up on my own. I have to admit, I judged that poor cover and thought it would be nothing more than a sentimental, sappy love story. I was pleasantly surprised. I think the story is well written and the plot is clear. I felt the story focused on the stronger elements of overcoming hardship, being a good person in spite of what happens than whether or not the characters will kiss. I admit there were part...
  • Loraine
    1970-01-01
    It is a good story. I almost didn't finish it, however, because the first CD (first couple chapters) was kind of weak. I like stories that draw you in immediately, that make you not want to put the book down, because you simply have to keep reading. This one was more like, I want to know what happens, because it's been recommended by a few people, but I want to get through it so I can move on to the next book! It's a sweet story that ends well. N...
  • Natalie
    1970-01-01
    I loved how the story line was set up and the book was set up with a bang. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters of the book and reading of their success and failures through out the story. Also, this book has a tender love story that makes it even more enjoyable.One thing I would have loved would have been more detail in the ending. The ending wrapped up a little too quick for my liking with not enough detail of the characters after they fall in l...
  • Heather
    1970-01-01
    A good strong 3 1/2 stars. I enjoyed this book, although it isn't my favorite genre. I learned a lot and was easily drawn in to the characters' stories and situations. The plot was fun and kept me turning pages. It is a really quick read. What makes this book the most fun though, is that the author lives just around the corner from me. She is coming to our Book Club next month. I think what Sian (the author) does best is beautiful, detailed descr...
  • Debbie
    1970-01-01
    Sian Ann Bessey has written another great book. I really liked it. It is the story of a young woman in Wales who is assulted by the master of the manor and escapes by hitting her with a fireplace poker. It is also the story of a young miner who's wife died in childbirth. He has been raising his daughter with the help of his sister for the two years since his wife died. The young miner and the young lady marry. There are adventures that they go th...
  • Karen
    1970-01-01
    This was a cute, super predictable, but quick and fun to read story about two people that find each other in hard circumstances and fall in love, after they are married.I liked learning a little more about Wales. I didn't know coal mining was such a thing there. And I had heard about the singing (through Louis L'Amour books, haha) but it was fun to have that backed up. I guess I should read something historical instead of fictional :)
  • Patricia
    1970-01-01
    I listened to this on CD and I really liked the sound of the story--the flow of the language as though it had been written to tell aloud (sometimes that is not the case with some stories on CDs). I picked this up on Cd because I had to go somewhere and wanted something to listen to while I drove. Later, I finished listening while I did some projects. A very enjoyable story.
  • Elizabeth
    1970-01-01
    I enjoyed this book very much. The setting was particularly interesting to me. I kept picturing my own Welsh ancestors in the story although I am not sure any of them were miners.Side note: I don't see how the cover has anything to do with the book. I don't think a single character in the book owned a dress like the one pictured. The heroine certainly didn't.
  • Erika B. (SOS BOOKS)
    1970-01-01
    2.5 stars from me on this one! While I did like this story it was really weak in a lot of parts and really rushed in others. I felt like I didn't believe in what was being sold to me. I think with a little development this would have been a more enjoyable read. I did find parts of it enjoyable I just felt a bit cheated out a potentially good story.
  • Carri
    1970-01-01
    This was an interesting historical fiction based on coal miners in the 1800's in Wales. I appreciate that, although the author could have drawn the story out into a book double in length, she chose to be concise and kept the book short - just under 200 pages - and allowed the story to captivate the reader instead wishing it were over already! A very sweet story very nicely written.
  • Andrea
    1970-01-01
    I am a big fan of historical fiction, and really enjoyed Within the Dark Hills. I'm very intrigued by the mining lifestyle. What a difficult and dangerous occupation! The inclusion of the marriage of convenience and slowly growing relationship was sweet too. The religious aspect came on kind of suddenly and seemed a bit rushed, but otherwise I really liked the story.
  • Valerie
    1970-01-01
    This was a quick read- a historical christian romance. I enjoyed the setting and the culture of the Welsh coal miners. I enjoyed the love story of Annie and Evan, but the author could have shared more of their falling in love and interactions for the readers' benefit. This could have been so much more...
  • Heather
    1970-01-01
    I love Bessey's writing style, although I will still say that "Forgotten Notes" is my favorite of hers. There is something so real about the characters in that book. "Within the Dark Hills" seemed a bit more 1-dimensional in comparison. (Grade: B)
  • Becky
    1970-01-01
    I had ancestors who worked in the Welsh mines, so the setting probably interested me more than most. I really liked this book - the characters are very lovable. My only issue with the book was that I felt it ended kind of abruptly and it felt like there should be a sequel.
  • Nathan
    1970-01-01
    This is one of those books that make you deeply greatful for all of your blessings. We are soooo spoiled and don't even realize it most of the time. The author was very discriptive. It was easy to picture what she was discribing. Great read!