By Murray Pura
For lovers of the highly renowned Downton Abbey sequence, comes this both spell binding tale of the Danforth family members of Ashton Park.
Among the fairway hills and bushes of Lancashire, just a couple of miles from the ocean, lies the gorgeous and historical property of Ashton Park.
The 12 months is 1916. the 1st global battle has engulfed Europe and Sir William's and woman Elizabeth's 3 sons are all in uniform—and their 4 daughters are taken with quite a few objectives of the center and soul.
As the top of a robust Church of britain relatives for generations, Sir William insists the Danforth property carry morning devotions that come with either family members and employees. despite the fact that, he's additionally an MP and away at Westminster in London at any time when Parliament is sitting. in the course of his lengthy absences, girl Elizabeth discreetly spends time within the corporation of the top prepare dinner of the manor, Mrs. Longstaff, who's her ally and confidante. This friendship contains visits to a small Baptist church in Liverpool...
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It was the language of the Adolf Hitler Schutzstaffel Panzer Division and the Grossdeutschland Panzer Grenadier Division. The door was flung open, and men tramped in, spitting out their many crowded consonants and flashing torches about. ” The four Americans cowered and held their breath. Their talk was of the day’s adventures, and their mood was of exultation—mind triumphing over the exhaustion of the body. Sieg Heil! It seemed certain that when sleeping time came—and that would be but a few minutes— some of these men would climb into the hay.
They turned and ran toward the road and came out into sight of it, holding their hands in the air. It would hold the Tigers for at least a couple of hours. The three introduced themselves to the sergeant in command, who saluted and gave his unit: Task Force D, 10th Armored. “We are holding on at Longwilly,” he said. Like all Americans below the commissioned ranks, he was contemptuous of French pronunciations. If they wanted you to say “Lonhveeyee,” why didn’t they spell it that way? These GIs, no doubt, thought of this village as belonging to somebody named William who happened to be tall and thin.
When they came to an open spot they would stop before emerging from the brush and stand with their ears cocked, listening attentively. A twig crackling beneath their feet would make them jump; a partridge taking flight would leave them with hearts pounding. It was Indian fighting, which all four of them had read about but had enacted only as children at play. Now it was reality, and far more deadly, for no Indian had ever dreamed of such weapons as the enemy here had made. These and other things you had to learn, and your first mistake might be your last.
Ashton Park (The Danforths of Lancashire, Book 1) by Murray Pura