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Beneath the Dover Sky (The Danforths of Lancashire) Paperback – August 1, 2013
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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.”
“I’m patiently waiting for London Dawn to see what happens in the next stage of life in the Danforth family!”
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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Author: Murray Pura
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
"We have come this far, and we are still together. We have lost some but not all, praise God. Not all. The Lord has granted us a future. I see it just there like I see the coastline of France," Lord Preston declares in Murray Pura's novel, "Beneath the Dover Sky."
This three hundred and eighty-four page paperback book is targeted toward readers who enjoy romance and lengthy family sagas of nobility during the mid-nineteen twenties. Promoted as a Christian tome, there is no profanity or lewd scenes except for minor violence, adultery, and bigotry. With over forty characters, a helpful list and drawn map are included at the beginning of the book with an author biography, acknowledgements, and other written works promoted at the end of the book.
In this second of the Danforths of Lancashire series, the well-to-do family often leaves their lavish estate of Ashton Park to spend summers at their compound called Dover Sky in Southern England.
Continuing from the previous book, the seven children are now married or widowed and some have their own offspring as they spread throughout other countries such as Germany, Switzerland, Israel, and America. Yet nothing is perfect behind the protected manor that sometimes houses bitterness, anger, resentment, and a clinging to past relationships with some of its occupants.
While the widowed Catherine raises her son Sean, she coyly plays for two men's hearts as she remains aloof and fickle. Kipp has dalliances with the forbidden Caroline even though he is married and has a child with his French wife, Christelle. Not to be outdone, the bigoted Edward acts politically correct as Robbie and his wife strive for peace in Jerusalem. Michael and Libby return from America with a child, and Ben and Victoria must make physical adjustments. Lord and Lady Danforth try to keep tabs on their growing brood as the lowly help gossip and observe the family's ongoing rifts.
Through long-lost loves, heartaches, marriages, births, and deaths of the plethora of characters viewed by their letters, diary logs, and poems, the reader stays focused with the aide of repetition. The historical temperature during pre-World War II with the rise of Hitler and the lives of the wealthy are well-documented.
For readers who like complicated characters within family dynamics, Pura has left plenty of room for an ongoing saga of rich relatives in England that have common day problems as they look to God for guidance and help.
This book was furnished by Harvest House Publishers in lieu of an unbiased review.
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. The interaction with the staff at Dover Sky is less formal than we see in earlier stories of the era.
Beneath the Dover Sky is a good book in many ways. It is well written and presented. This second book is better than the first, but you must read them in order! The characters are generally believable and pleasant. Even in times of trouble and grief, the story lifts and inspires the reader. I received a print copy from Harvest House publishers, but I am not required to give a review. I recommend Beneath the Dover Sky and Ashton Park and anticipate future books about the Danforth family.