Beneath the Dover Sky, Danforths of Lancashire Series #2
History, Life, Love and The Danforth Family
Murray Pura in his new book, Ã¢ÂÂBeneath The Dover SkyÃ¢ÂÂ Book Two in The Danforths of Lancashire series published by Harvest House Publishers takes us back into the lives of The Family Danforth.
From the Back Cover: Life, love and the passing of years bring more joy and sorrows to the beloved Danforth family of Lancashire
The year is 1924 and things are definitely beginning to look up for the Danforths. The family patriarch, William Danforth, has been granted the title Marquess of Preston. Britain is at peace and all is well at both Ashton Park and Dover Sky, the familyÃ¢ÂÂs summer estate. But as the uncertainties of life unfold, questions await answersÃ¢ÂÂ¦especially for the seven Danforth sons and daughters.
Although the ravages of World War I are in the past, new threats loom as a man named Adoph Hitler publishes a book called Mein Kampf. Is he a danger to Europe? And what of Lord PrestonÃ¢ÂÂs growing friendship with an up and coming political leader named Winston Churchill?
On the home front, one of the Danforth daughters, the recently widowed Catherine, sells her home in Belfast to spend more time at DoverÃ¢ÂÂwhere she finds herself annoyed at the impertinent German theologian her father has befriended.
The entire Danforth family faces many changes as illness and tragedy strike. Young Edward finally makes his move into the political arena while Michael and Libby welcome a new family member.
This book covers the time period from 1924 until 1933. It is more than a story about the Danforth family it is a story of history. And not just history regarding Great Britain. No, this book encompasses Europe, Israel, The Middle East and America. Murray Pura knows how to write great stories and Ã¢ÂÂBeneath The Dover SkyÃ¢ÂÂ is a great story. Mr. Pura has given us well thought out characters that, each, have a life and identity of their own. You come to care for these individuals as they try to live out their lives according to the rules of society. Set aside the chores, order take out for dinner, make yourself comfortable because once you get started reading Ã¢ÂÂBeneath The Dover SkyÃ¢ÂÂ you are not going to want to stop until the pages run outÃ¢ÂÂand even then. This book will keep you up late until you finish it so I recommend that you start reading early. Mr. Pura does a wonderful job with all his characters you would think you had known them all your life. Ã¢ÂÂBeneath The Dover SkyÃ¢ÂÂ is a great read and I am already looking forward to the next book in the wonderful series.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from Harvest House Publishers for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade CommissionÃ¢ÂÂs 16 CFR, Part 255 : Ã¢ÂÂGuides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.Ã¢ÂÂ
October 17, 2013
It is 1924 and the ravages of World War I is over. The destruction wrought by the battles fought almost six years in the past are not ever to be forgotten. A man by the name of Adolf Hitler writes a book called Mein Kampf, and it is uncertain whether he poses a threat to Europe. Jerusalem is rife with tension between the Jewish people and Arab Muslims, and the world is holding it's breath in the interim between wars.
Born a year before the Civil War ended, the recently named Lord Preston is having a birthday celebration in the family's summer home in Dover. The seven Danforth children and their families face plenty of crossroads and make choices that will affect the rest of their lives and generations after them. But as the journey into this family's life continues, everything they believe as believers will be severely tested. Will they be able to stand against what is to come? Or will they inevitably loose their faith in light of what is happening in their world?
In this second installment of The Danforths of Lancashire, the compelling story of a loving family is continued as they overcome obstacles none of them thought they would ever face. They will make you wish you were part of their family, even with all the problems they have to solve despite the odds! My favorite element in the story (besides the well-rounded characters that are absolutely memorable) is that the women are strong in their beliefs and determined to achieve their goals in life. Pura does not make his female characters swoon at the sight of every handsome man, and that is to be commended - especially with the seamless tie-in of historical facts and events. I felt as if these could be real people of the past, not some fairy tale, feel good, happily-ever-after characters. If you don't read normally read any Christian Fiction, do yourself a favor and pick up this novel. You won't regret it.
This book was provided by Harvest House Publishers for free in exchange for an honest review.
September 12, 2013
Detailed historical novel with a beautiful setting
Beneath the Dover Sky was a very interesting story. It takes place over a ten year time frame. The main focus is on the Danforth family. From the patriarch William Danforth, the Marquess of Preston to his children and grandchildren. Over this time we watch the family change through births and deaths. Through happy and sorrow filled times.All set against the backdrop of Dover Sky, the Danforth families country estate.
The Danforths weren't the only story in this book. Murray Pura was able to weave the uncertainties of the time through out the whole story. In the late 20's we watch as Hitler slowly makes his inches his way to power and the birth of the Nazi party. We are also able to see the unrest in Jerusalem between the Jewish people and the Arab Muslims. It in Germany and in the Middle East is a slow building boiling pot, waiting for the final push, which happens when America suffers the crash of Wall Street and start of the Great Depression.
Beneath the Dover Sky was a book that followed many characters, it was a little tricky once or twice to figure out who had lead for a section, but it didn't take away from the story. Murray Pura kept the story going with a fast paced writing. When there was a period of time skipped he was able to bring the reader up to date in short order. He also made this story unpredictable, in a good way. Just as I got settled into a person's story, I had the rug jerked out from under me. Not knowing what is coming is a fantastic thing for me and Murrary Pura kept me guessing. He wasn't afraid to shake his characters up.
Life between the two World Wars was a hard time for some and Beneath the Dover Sky captures it well. The characters in the book were each their own person. Each battling something. None were perfect. The Danforth family showed a family that yes, they do love each other, but they can also be at each others throats for selfish decisions. They portrayed a real family with all of their quirks and each member with their own ideas and their own beliefs.
It was a very well written story woven with fantastic historical detail that leads you up to World War Two.
Thank you to Harvest House, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
September 6, 2013
In Ashton Park we met the wealthy Danforth family; Lord William Danforth, his wife Lady Elizabeth, and their seven children. In Beneath the Dover Sky we see how their lives continue.
The Danforths worry about their daughter Catherine, who lost her husband two years ago and since that time has shown no interest in the opposite sexÃ¢ÂÂ¦but that will change soon. They also worry about KippÃ¢ÂÂs wife, Christelle, who is dealing with some health issues. Then thereÃ¢ÂÂs Lady Caroline, KippÃ¢ÂÂs former fiancÃÂ©e, who seems to be a dangerous temptation for him.
Libby and Michael are returning from America with a surprise, but not everyone is happy with this surprise. And something dramatic will occur that deeply affects VictoriaÃ¢ÂÂs and LibbyÃ¢ÂÂs lives.
The Danforths live in a restless time when Hitler is gaining more and more support in Germany. This also affects the political decisions that must be made in Great Britain and often is the subject of conversation between Edward and his father.
The Danforths are unique! I love them allÃ¢ÂÂthat doesnÃ¢ÂÂt mean I agree with all their decisions, but it surely makes for a very interesting read.
I learned a lot about European history in the time between WW1 and WW2. Every time Mr. Pura amazes me with his excellent research. He certainly knows what heÃ¢ÂÂs writing about and you can be sure itÃ¢ÂÂs accurate.
I very much enjoyed reading this book. There were several unexpected twists and turns that literally made me gasp, and of course that kept me turning the pagesÃ¢ÂÂ¦
As always PuraÃ¢ÂÂs writing touches something deep inside me. It doesnÃ¢ÂÂt matter if heÃ¢ÂÂs writing fiction or non-fictionÃ¢ÂÂGod is obviously blessing his writing.
*Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy through NetGalley.*
June 6, 2013