Book Review

‘Ashton Park’ by Murray Pura

ap mpSTORY: 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.

REVIEW: The Danforth family has lived at Ashton Park for many, many generations. Separation between family and staff has always been quite distinct. However, World War I is upon England and many things are changing.

Lord William Danforth and his wife, Lady Elizabeth Danforth are extremely religious and parents to three sons and four daughters. Other members of family live with them as well.

The story includes their children’s relationships that blossom people not of their class. The time of war is explained in detail and how each child finds the one meant for them.

This novel has lots of intertwined stories that keep the reader entertained and interested throughout the book. I enjoyed it immensely and recommend it highly.

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