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'm sorry to say that I didn't really enjoy this book. I felt that way too many characters were introduced too soon. I couldn't keep up or make sense of them which made it difficult to follow through the rest of the book. Add the abundance of characters to the quickly changing scenes and you end up feeling a bit dizzy!
While this could have been a wonderful book, if perhaps everything took it's time and developed a bit better, it just wasn't for me, some of the plots, characters were a bit cliche as well.
That being said, the cover was gorgeous!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review from CFBA