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Product Details

  • Series: The Danforths of Lancashire (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (August 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736952888
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736952880
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #676,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JudyAnn Lorenz on August 25, 2013
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kate on September 6, 2013
Format: Paperback
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca G. Guinn on July 30, 2013
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Last fall I reviewed the first book in this series and I seriously enjoyed it. I just finished reading the next book in the series, Beneath the Dover Sky, which continues the story of the Danforth family in the years between the two World Wars. Among the seven children, Libby is returning home from the United States, Catherine has moved to the summer home of the Danforths--an estate called Dover Sky, Kipp is widowed when Christelle dies of cancer, Edward runs for a parliament seat and is elected, Robbie and Shannon are stationed in Israel to keep peace among all the factions, Victoria's husband Ben and Libby's husband Mike enter into a flying race and crash--costing Mike his life and Ben his legs, Emma and her husband Jeremy are living in London where Jeremy is a vicar. There are a few new characters in this book, a baron from Germany, a theology professor, a Naval leftenant commander, and a few others to round out the story.

Murray Pura has researched the era he's writing about to show how the political climate allowed Hitler to rise to power, and how the Great Depression in the US affected the rest of the world.

This book is definitely worth the read. Five Stars, Two Thumbs Up, and a summer home in Dover.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sunniereviews on September 7, 2013
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Murray Pura wrote a great book when he penned Beneath the Dover Sky. You can really see that he does a great job on his historical research to make the setting so accurate. This story is captivating in its descriptions of people and places. It truly is a hard book to put down. Loved it!
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