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Release Date: January 2013
Print Length: 384
ISBN: 978-0-7369-5286-6
Series: 1

Ashton Park


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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

Meet the author

Murray Pura

Murray Pura

Murray Pura earned his Master of Divinity degree from Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, and his ThM degree in theology and interdisciplinary studies from Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. For more than 25 years, in addition to his writing, he has pastored churches in Nova Scotia, British Columbia, and Alberta. Murray’ s writings have...

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Editorial Reviews


“a most enjoyable introduction to an intriguing family saga.”
Publishers Weekly


“Rich historical detail and vivid characterization bring the Danforth family to life…”
—RT Book Reviews


“Full of romance, intrigue, and adventure, Ashton Park also presents biblical lessons in forgiveness and hope. It is both entertaining and inspiring.”
—Church Libraries


“You will laugh, cry and find yourself cheering for your favorite characters. I will be the first in line for the next book in the series.”
ReadingRoomBookReviews.com


“I really enjoyed this story with its Downton Abbey effect and I especially loved the vivid scenes throughout the story of historical England.”
—ReadersFavorite.com


“This book is a fascinating read and surely will be a hit for every fan of Upstairs, Downstairs or Downton Abbey.”
BeckysBookAddiction.blogspot.com


“…the reader will instantly connect with realistic, charming and personable characters, picturesque scenery, engaging, enjoyable and easy to follow dialogue that promises absolutely no dull or broken parts.”
—KatesHere-KatesReviews.blogspot.com


“Pura’s use of history to weave this tale together make for a great story. The characters come to life with each detail.”
—ACSReadersHaven.blogspot.com


“I think men and women would both enjoy this book because of the varied characters, romance, and danger, along with the wonderful history.”
—ShopGirl152NY.blogspot.com


“I loved the characters in the story.”
IrenesChristianReviews.blogspot.com


“This book will keep you up late until you finish it…”
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"...a wonderful family saga that is both warm and compelling, yet true to the times..."
LaborNotinVain.blogspot.com

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“I just finished reading Ashton Park last night and am now so anxious for the next book. This book kept me engaged from beginning to end and was hard to put down. I fell in love with all the Danforth family, members, and staff. I have enjoyed other books by Murray but have to say this is my favorite so far. With war, romance and intrigue, this is a book that can be enjoyed by all.”
Libby Westergaard


Ashton Park is another superb work of fiction by author Murray Pura. Settle into your favorite chair by the fire and get ready to read about adventures such as a dogfight in the sky, a duel, a devastating explosion with romance sprinkled throughout. This is one book where you can expect the unexpected! Can’t wait for the sequel!”
Melissa Friesen


“I recommend this book as I do all of Murray Pura's writing. You will be pleasantly surprised at the variety across his style.”
—JudyAnn Lorenz

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