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Beneath the Dover Sky (The Danforths of Lancashire Series Book 2) Kindle Edition

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Length: 386 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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"Beneath the Dover Sky is a good book in many ways. It is well written and presented. The characters are generally believable and pleasant. Even in times of trouble and grief, the story lifts and inspires the reader."
JudyAnn Lorenz

"I'm patiently waiting for London Dawn to see what happens in the next stage of life in the Danforth family!"
―Melissa Friesen

About the Author

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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  • File Size: 1059 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (August 1, 2013)
  • Publication Date: August 1, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E3G8MJ8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #689,032 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
I've never seen the White Cliffs of Dover, but have been intrigued by the thought. The song, White Cliffs of Dover, has long been a favorite of mine and many others.

Murray Pura had us join up with the Danforth family in 1924 while the specter of evil coming in a few short years sometimes seems a sensible wraith in political point of view.

Remember that Catherine Danforth Moore was widowed during political violence in Ireland as the former novel, Ashton Park closes. We've been introduced to the Danforth family and their household staff. Major new characters are from Germany which arouses some drama because of World War I. Murray Pura's characters are dramatically flawed for extra color.

I enjoyed the descriptions of places. Dover Sky is indeed a delightful home. The castles of Europe are splendid. The lifestyle is appropriately opulent for the era...amazing how people can easily live such grand lives. The political details around the world make a superb background for the characters' performance.

I find Edward Danforth's politics and philosophy represent that of many real people during that time of the world. Of course, I know the end of the story and how the fascists will turn out, but Pura makes Edward genuinely unlikeable! Catherine, as a young widow finds herself with duplicate suitors -- either would be nice. In the end, I think Catherine made the best choice for her personality and dreams. As the world moves toward the unbelievable -- another world war, not all is sunshine in the later 1920s, nor with the Danforths. but I must not spoil the story for you.

The Danforth family expresses their faith much more in this book than in Ashton Park, the first book in the series.
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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.
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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 sex...but that will change soon. They also worry about Kipp's wife, Christelle, who is dealing with some health issues. Then there's Lady Caroline, Kipp's former fiancée, 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 Victoria's and Libby's 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 all--that doesn't 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 he's writing about and you can be sure that it's 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 pages...
As always Pura's writing touches something deep inside me. It doesn't matter if he's writing fiction or non-fiction--God is obviously blessing his writing.

*Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy through NetGalley.*
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