Ashton Park

Ashton Park

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

Title:Ashton Park
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780736952859
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    Ashton Park Reviews

  • Marian Baay

    It is halfway through WW1 and there is a lot of unrest in England and Ireland. It is during this period that Sir William Danforth with his wife and seven children are trying to live a normal life at A...

  • writer...

    Fascinating epic of the Danforth family of the 1000 yr old Ashton Park estate in Lancashire...Nearing 400 pages of small print and covering 6 years of a large number of intertwined character's lives, ...

  • Iola

    Ashton Park, the first in The Danforths of Lancashire series, is being marketed as for those who watch Downton Abbey (isn't that everyone?). It is written by a Canadian author and published by an Amer...

  • Hope

    Probably one of the most disappointing books I have read this year. I have read worse books, but this one did not reach the criteria I needed for an enjoyable read. I won't go on about how bad it was,...

  • Charity U

    What a delightful book this turned out to be! I enjoyed getting to know the entire Danforth family so much. If you’ve heard anything about this book, you’ve probably heard that any fans of Downton...

  • Joleen

    Mr. Pura can write! I am partial to Downton Abbey-esque fiction, so this was fascinating to me. However, unlike Downton, upstairs family mixed with downstairs servants much less formally...friendly ev...

  • Melmac MacDonald

    Alright I'll admit it, I'm a huge fan of Downton Abbey. Nothing to be ashamed about that other than I hate to be part of the status quo. I was reluctant to read this book because I feel like Downton A...

  • kerrycat

    Rich historical detail and vivid characterization bring the Danforth family to life as they struggle with wartime distress and the diminishment of class boundaries that result in romances between nobi...

  • Diana Montgomery

    Ashton ParkBy: Murray PuraIf you like Downton Abbey you are going to love Murray Pura’s Ashton Park. Ashton Park is book one in The Danforths of Lancashire series. Story takes place in the 1916 duri...

  • Lisa at Farm Fresh Adventures

    Supposedly if you love Downton Abbey, you will love this new series...well I have never watched any of Downtown Abbey...but I sure did love this first book! I am all about period books, and focusing o...