Genre: Historical Fiction
Series: The Danforths of Lancashire #1
Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.
- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (January 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0736952853
- ISBN-13: 978-0736952859
For fans of the hugely popular Downton Abbey series, comes this equally enthralling story of the Danforth family of Ashton Park.
Among the green hills and trees of Lancashire, only a few miles from the sea, lies the beautiful and ancient estate of Ashton Park.
The year is 1916. The First World War has engulfed Europe and Sir William’s and Lady Elizabeth’s three sons are all in uniform–and their four daughters are involved in various pursuits of the heart and soul.
As the head of a strong Church of England family for generations, Sir William insists the Danforth estate hold morning devotions that include both family and staff. However, he is also an MP and away at Westminster in London whenever Parliament is sitting. During his long absences, Lady Elizabeth discreetly spends time in the company of the head cook of the manor, Mrs. Longstaff, who is her best friend and confidante. This friendship includes visits to a small Baptist church in Liverpool that exposes Lady Elizabeth to a less formal approach to Christian worship and preaching than she is used to and which she comes to enjoy.
Readers will follow Ashton Park’s charming upstairs/downstairs characters through the perils of war and the affairs of the heart with relish–and with an eye to the sequel coming in Fall 2013.
Book One in The Danforths of Lancashire series
ASHTON PARK by Murray Pura is a historical fiction set in 1916 Lancashire,London. #1 in a new series “The Danforths of Lancashire”. What a wonderful beginning to a new series. Follow, not only the Ladies and Lords of the house,but the servants below stairs and the household staff, as they deal with matters of the heart and the coming war. Romance between nobility and servants are unheard of,but one of the Danforth’s may change things. Sir William and Lady Elizabeth Danforth have seven adult children each trying to make their own way.Filled with drama,affection,war quietly approaching,and romance. If you enjoy the T.V. series DOWNTOWN ABBEY, you will enjoy “Ashton Park”. Written with engaging characters and a plot that will capture your heart. You will enjoy your visit to Ashton Park and wish to return again soon. A wonderful,fast paced read! Received for an honest review from the publisher and Wynn-Wynn Media,LLC.
HEAT RATING: SWEET
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction Reviews