ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Murray Pura was born and raised in Manitoba, just north of Minnesota and the Dakotas. He has published several novels and short story collections in Canada, and has been short-listed for a number of awards. His first books to be published in the United States are the inspirational works Rooted and Streams (both by Zondervan in 2010). His first novel to debut in the USA is A Bride’s Flight from Virginia City, Montana (Barbour), which was released January 2012. The second, The Wings of Morning, will be published by Harvest House on February 1. Both of these novels center around the Amish of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
ABOUT THE BOOK
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.
If you would like to read the first chapter of Ashton Park, go HERE.
I am addicted to Downton Abbey so I was really excited to read this book. If you watch Downton Abbey then you know that there can be multiple story lines and a lot of conflict going on all at the same time. I found the same to be true with this book as well. Of course, it would be hard not to have a lot of conflict when you are not only dealing with William and Elizabeth Danforth, but also their seven children and their entire Ashton Park staff.
I wish I could tell you that I loved this book, but I haven't finished it yet. There were so many different story lines that I became confused while reading it and had to put it down. I picked it up to read several other times, but it seemed more work than enjoyment.
(Thank you to the CFBA for providing this complimentary book to read.)