Wednesday, May 22, 2013

"Ashton Park" by Murray Pura

ISBN: 9780736952859
About the book:  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.

Review: This is a very clever book about class and station. Each character has to overcome the place society has put them in whether it's wealth or service. Money nor work provides everything a person needs in life; and as each character finds out on their own, only with faith in God do they gain the world and all it holds.

Pura's use of history to weave this tale together make for a great story. The characters come to life with each detail. At end I found myself wanting to know what happens next.

DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy was provided by Harvest House Publishers on behalf of the author, Murray Pura, to facilitate our honest review.

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