London Dawn, Danforths of Lancashire Series #3   -     By: Murray Pura
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London Dawn, Danforths of Lancashire Series #3

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Lord Preston and his family are gathered in London in the late 1930s for what turns out to be a homecoming. The family is finally all together again, gathering in a way they haven't been able to do for years. But looming ahead is the summer and fall of 1940 when both the Battle of Britain and the Blitz will occur. Though the family is blissfully unaware of this soon-to-be reality, Lord Preston, privy to top secret info in his position in the government, has grave concerns; the gravest he's ever had, that England will be invaded. The Danforth family patriarch does his best to hide his fears with a cheerful exterior, but is he successful?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0736958878
ISBN-13: 9780736958875
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Series: Danforths of Lancashire

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Readers everywhere are clamoring for books like Downton Abbey, the hit PBS Masterpiece Theater series that's taken America by storm. Those readers have become enthusiastic about The Danforths of Lancashire by award-winning author Murray Pura.

In this stunning conclusion to the saga, we find Lord Preston and his family are gathered in London in the late 1930s for what turns out to be a homecoming. The family is finally all together again, gathering in a way they haven't been able to do for years. But looming ahead is the summer and fall of 1940 when both the Battle of Britain and the Blitz will occur. Though the family is blissfully unaware of this soon-to-be reality, Lord Preston, privy to top secret info in his position in the government, has grave concerns; the gravest he's ever had, that England will be invaded. The Danforth family patriarch does his best to hide his fears with a cheerful exterior, but is he successful?

Author Bio

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 been shortlisted for the Dartmouth Book Award, the John Spencer Hill Literary Award, the Paraclete Fiction Award, and Toronto's Kobzar Literary Award. His novels for Harvest House include Face of Heaven, The Wings of Morning, and Ashton Park. Murray pastors and writes in southern Alberta near the Rocky Mountains. He and his wife, Linda, have a son and a daughter.

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"This whole series is engrossing and engaging as author Murray Pura brings the Danforth family and history to vibrant life. The characters and situations are real and complex in shades of grey, not simplistic black and white, and yet ultimately more satisfying. Pura is one of the few Christian fiction writers that demonstrates this degree of depth and complexity, and one of the few that I enjoy reading and I highly recommend."
Martina Halwass

"I found it hard to put this book down as the suspense captivated me!"
Melissa Friesen

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  1. Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A wonderful conclusion to this amazing series!
    June 27, 2014
    Heart2Heart
    Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Sometimes the hardest part about reaching a great series, is its conclusion. For those that love to immerse themselves in a virtual place in the world's historical past and those that LOVE series like Downton Abbey, best-selling author Murray Pura takes us back to the time period between WW1 and WW2 in London Dawn, the third novel in the Danforths of Lancashire. While meant to be read as part of the series, a first time reader can immediately get caught up in the unfolding action that immediately happens within the first few pages. The Danforth family has been separated by the ongoing war as Hitler and his troops begin to advance on Germany. While Professor Albrecht and Lady Catherine are being hunted for arrest for his refusal to join the Nazi party, his lectures, his protest against the firing of Jewish professors but most of all for being the author of anonymous books and pamphlets popping up all over Germany. Aided by their friend the baron, they immediately are forced to leave in the dead of night and try to gain access to their family home in Switzerland. But trying to get there will try their faith as they begin their nightly covert trek to the border along with their children, Sean and Angelika.

    The patriarch of the Danforth family, Lord Preston can sense that Hilter's power is growing as he begins to consume one country after another while all he can do is stand by and pray for his son's safety. His sons, Edward, Kipp and Robbie, have all joined in the fight to put an end to the Nazi tyranny making its way across the country in the various branches of the military. As Hitler begins his air assault, the Spitfires as called into action to defend Britain from his German fighters. You can gain a sense for just how intense this action is and Murray does an amazing job by literally writing you right into the cockpit to join in the battle.

    His attention to detail as the Danforth family is brought into the war in a variety of ways shows that even the elite and wealthy were not immune to the effects of the war. Much like the writer of Downton Abbey, Murray Pura isn't afraid to tell it like it needs to be, and casualties from the war will impact the Danforth family. Most authors create a shield around their characters so that even your best loved character will remain unscathed but not in this case. That aspect as well as the rich detail from history literally puts you in the middle of the action from hearing Churchill's speech to the destruction that England had to face as it battered and bombed. It reminds you of how much England had to endure during WW2 and how war affected this family as you take part of their pain in dealing with the horrors of the war.

    I received London Dawn by Murray Pura compliments of Harvest House Publishers for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions contained here are strictly my own. This novel took me back to the way families had to cope with the realities of war. There was no escaping it no matter how wealthy you were. It's a chilling reminder of historically how some families dealt with war, how they struggled with not knowing the outcome of their children and husbands, and if they would ever be reunited again. I can't wait to see if Murray will continue to take us back to those historical notable times and remind us in a vastly different way what those times were like for those living in them. I easily give this one a 5 out of 5 stars and hope to see more novel series like this in the very near future.
  2. Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    World War II and The Danforth Family
    March 29, 2014
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Murray Pura in his new book, "London Dawn" Book Three 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: "The Lord grant us peace and an incomprehensible joy in the midst of the titanic struggle of these years, indeed, the struggle of our lives."

    So prays Danforth family patriarch Lord Preston as Adolf Hitler and his Nazi regime are on the move. First Poland_then France_and now heading in the direction of Great Britain.

    In response to the coming danger, the Danforth sons-Edward, Kipp and Robbie-join up to fight the encroaching Nazi tyranny. As the war deepens, others must join in the fight. Grandson, sons-in-law and the women too all must do their duty to preserve freedom.

    Who among the family will die amid the horrors of war? And who will return to the arms of their loved ones? Who will once again walk the green grass of Ashton Park, the beloved family estate? Who will survive to carry on the Danforth family legacy? In this stunning conclusion to the Danforths of Lancashire family saga, Author Murray Pura renders the drama, pathos and tragedy that was World War II on every fast-turning page.

    This book covers the time period from 1934 until 1941. It is more than a story about the Danforth family it is a story of history. The end of World War I, the war to end all wars, and the rebuilding of Great Britain and the lives of the Danforth family. Nobody believed that there would be a Second World War and, even if there was, it wouldn't happen so soon. I am sorry to see this series end. I really like these characters, all of them actually. The Danforth family feels as though they were my family. And that is just the characters we haven't talked about the story yet. Murray Pura knows how to write great stories and "London Dawn" is a great story. Set aside the chores, order take out for dinner, make yourself comfortable because once you get started reading "London Dawn" you are not going to want to stop until the pages run out-and even then. This book will keep you up late until you finish it so I recommend that you start reading early. Mr. Pura has given us a great read and I am hoping that he can be persuaded to write another trilogy with this amazing family.

    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 Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  3. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A fantasitcly woven historical fiction
    March 18, 2014
    Kate
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I am sad to see that London Dawn is the conclusion to The Danforths of Lancashire series. I have enjoyed experiencing the lives of this family as they have moved between WW1 and WW2.

    Murray Pura has done a fantastic job of bringing history back to life with this series. London Dawn takes place soon after Beneath the Dover Sky ends. You are drawn back into the lives of the Danforths as they watch Hitler's power grow in Germany and as he throws the treaty that was made for peace in the face of England and the other countries after WW1. Lord Preston realizes that a war could be on the horizon for his country again, but so far, he watches as Hitler pushes into the the surrounding countries of Germany, but not before Hitler shows off the wonders of a Nazil Germany during the Olympics.

    As the story unfolds, you see that the historical detail is just fantastic. The speeches that were given by Chamberlain and Churchill as the war machine cranked into high gear are presented in the story. As the conflict built, the Danforths are all present to witness the dark days that descended on London. Sadly, the Danforths are not immune to the casualties of war or the persuasive pull of Hitler's Youth brain wash.

    The story really captured my attention. It's hard to imagine at times all that England endured in WW2. The devastation of the people and their families at the hands of Hitler and his Nazis and how long they endured on their own. The RAF dealt with blow after blow, then the onslaught of the Blitz. It is all present in London Dawn and after "growing up" with this family, you feel a connection to them and you feel their pain as they deal with the horrors of the war.

    The history is fantastic and the story blended in so well. It was a gripping story!

    Thank you to Harvest House, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
  4. Madison Heights VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    gripping tale
    January 10, 2014
    Rhonda Nash-hall
    Madison Heights VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    hmmmm, I must admit that I have only seen Downton Abbey one time and I have not read the other two books in The Danforths of Lancashire series, so how did that affect my perception of this book? I will say that I did have a difficult time getting into the book as I did not always know what was going on or understand the relationships between the characters, but once I got past the first third of the book, I was on pins and needles waiting to see what was coming next. The reading of the book out of order was my own fault, I simply point it out. My own uncle was killed in WWII so reading of so many young people in one family cheerfully heading off to battle for their country was hard for me to read. I did not want to read of a casualty of war anymore than Lord Preston or Eva or Jane might wish to do so. This book will grip the reader and pull until one is right in the pulse of the pages. I felt the use of poetry, scripture and song lyrics was utilized in a beautiful and touching manner in this book. Both men and women readers would find this book to be quite engaging.

    I received a free pdf version of this book from netgalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
  5. The Netherlands
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 28, 2013
    Marbie
    The Netherlands
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Oh, how I enjoyed this last book in The Danforths of Lancashire Series! I even think I enjoyed this one the most of all. I was hooked from the first page where I was back at Ashton Park in 1934 and from there I was thrown right into a tense political situation in Germany with Catherine and Albrecht_and that was just the beginning of the action. The many twists and turns in this book kept me glued to the pages as each time I learned something new about the Danforth family members—they never cease to amaze me.

    Several of Lord William and Lady Elizabeth's grandchildren have joined the Royal Air Force, Navy, and Army. When Hitler starts the air attack on Britain in 1940, Lord Preston cannot do much more than pray for his family while they are flying their Spitfires to defend Britain from the German fighters. But will his prayers be enough to keep them all alive?

    This is one of the most powerful fiction books I have read this year. The story is realistic, vividly written, and has a strong plot.

    This book touched my heart in many ways; it had my heart racing several times when I witnessed the air battles—I could almost hear the roaring of the Spitfires' engines and hear the bullets whistle by. There was heart-pounding action in the sea battle—it was like watching a movie as I saw the white caps thrashing the battle ship and heard the seagulls cry. There was heartache when loved ones died, but also heart-stirring romance when grandchildren found new love.

    London Dawn was a perfect conclusion of this trilogy, but I hate to say good-bye to the Danforths. I shared in their joy and sorrow and won't forget them soon.

    Praise to the author for writing such an excellent series. Well done, Mr. Pura!

    *Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.*
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