Beneath the Dover Sky [NOOK Book]

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For fans of the hugely popular Downton Abbey television series and lovers of British historical sagas, award-winning author Murray Pura continues the enthralling story of the Danforths of Lancashire.

The second book in the series (following Ashton Park) transports the reader back in time to  1924 as Sir William—recently named Lord Preston—celebrates his sixtieth birthday at the Danforth summer home in Dover.

Although the ravages of World ...

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Overview

For fans of the hugely popular Downton Abbey television series and lovers of British historical sagas, award-winning author Murray Pura continues the enthralling story of the Danforths of Lancashire.

The second book in the series (following Ashton Park) transports the reader back in time to  1924 as Sir William—recently named Lord Preston—celebrates his sixtieth birthday at the Danforth summer home in Dover.

Although the ravages of World War I are in the past, new threats loom as a man named Adoph Hitler publishes a book called Mein Kampf.  Is he a danger to Europe? And what of Lord Preston’s growing friendship with an up and coming political leader named Winston Churchill?

On the home front, one of the Danforth daughters, the recently widowed Catherine, sells her home in Belfast to spend more time at Dover—where she finds herself annoyed at the impertinent German theologian her father has befriended.

The entire Danforth family faces many changes as illness and tragedy strike. Young Edward finally makes his move into the political arena while Michael and Libby welcome a new family member.

Readers will be captivated by the upstairs/downstairs interplay as they once again savor this compelling saga of the well-loved Danforth family overcoming obstacles by placing their trust in the God who has always been faithful.


Book 2 in The Danforths of Lancashire series

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This second series entry takes up where Ashton Park left off. It's 1924, and Lord William and Lady Elizabeth are concerned about their son Kipp, whose wife is ill while his former fiancée shows up at every turn. They also worry about widowed daughter Catherine, who has become reclusive. Meanwhile, Libby and Michael are returning from America, and Edward is moving forward with his plan to enter British politics. VERDICT Fans of Downton Abbey and Kathleen Y'Barbo's period inspirational romances will find much to savor here: family drama, plot twists, and historic detail.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736952897
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/1/2013
  • Series: The Danforths of Lancashire , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 291,480
  • File size: 695 KB

Meet 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 twenty-five 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. 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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  • Posted January 31, 2014

    Beneath the Dover Sky is a beautiful and in-depth addition to Th

    Beneath the Dover Sky is a beautiful and in-depth addition to The Danforths of Lancashire series. I am happy to have read Ashton Park last year. I personally feel that for a real understanding of everything going on in the Danforth family, these books should be read in order. It really enhances the understanding of the family dynamics.

    Beneath the Dover Sky continues in the same tradition as Ashton Park, following the lives of the entire Danforth family, who are now spread out between London, Dover, Israel, Germany and even Africa. I really enjoyed coming back to the Danforth children, who all married in the first book and began to start families. It was fun to see what they were up to now. It was also quite an adventure to read the highs and the lows of these characters that I have grown fond of.

    The author does such a good job of weaving history into these stories. The book spans a decade and much change comes to England and especially to Germany. Scary and trying times will be coming in the next installment. I look forward to reading it.

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  • Posted January 25, 2014

    This is my first book by Murray Pura, but will not be my last. I

    This is my first book by Murray Pura, but will not be my last. I found it very exciting, page turning, and not predictable. I have not read book one in this series, however, I had no problem keeping up with all that was going on. If I would have read the first one it may have opened up more information for me, however I found it was not necessary.
    He has much detail and many different family members in this book. They are all faced with many different challenges in life and must rely on God and family to see them through. They do not always get along or agree, yet that is true to life. I think you will find yourself in one or more of the Danforth family members. Sometimes you agree with them and sometimes you want to slap them.  
    This book takes you from war, peace, struggles, heartache, death, love, and much more. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in Historical Romance. It is also nice to read something from a man's point of view.

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  • Posted October 17, 2013

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    Murray Pura in his new book, ¿Beneath The Dover Sky¿ Book Two in

    Murray Pura in his new book, “Beneath The Dover Sky” Book Two 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:  Life, love and the passing of years bring more joy and sorrows to the beloved Danforth family of Lancashire




    The year is 1924 and things are definitely beginning to look up for the Danforths.  The family patriarch, William Danforth, has been granted the title Marquess of Preston.  Britain is at peace and all is well at both Ashton Park and Dover Sky, the family’s summer estate.  But as the uncertainties of life unfold, questions await answers…especially for the seven Danforth sons and daughters.




    Although the ravages of World War I are in the past, new threats loom as a man named Adoph Hitler publishes a book called Mein Kampf. Is he a danger to Europe? And what of Lord Preston’s growing friendship with an up and coming political leader named Winston Churchill?




    On the home front, one of the Danforth daughters, the recently widowed Catherine, sells her home in Belfast to spend more time at Dover–where she finds herself annoyed at the impertinent German theologian her father has befriended.




    The entire Danforth family faces many changes as illness and tragedy strike. Young Edward finally makes his move into the political arena while Michael and Libby welcome a new family member.




    This book covers the time period from 1924 until 1933.  It is more than a story about the Danforth family it is a story of history.  And not just history regarding Great Britain.  No, this book encompasses Europe, Israel, The Middle East and America.  Murray Pura knows how to write great stories and “Beneath The Dover Sky” is a great story.  Mr. Pura has given us well thought out characters that, each, have a life and identity of their own.  You come to care for these individuals as they try to live out their lives according to the rules of society.  Set aside the chores, order take out for dinner, make yourself comfortable because once you get started reading “Beneath The Dover Sky” 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 does a wonderful job with all his characters you would think you had known them all your life.  “Beneath The Dover Sky” is a great read and I am already looking forward to the next book in the wonderful series.




    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.”

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  • Posted August 25, 2013

    I enjoyed the descriptions of places. Dover Sky is indeed a deli

    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.  

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  • Posted August 6, 2013

    In Ashton Park we met the wealthy Danforth family; Lord William

    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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