Ashton Park (The Danforths of Lancashire, Book 1) by Murray Pura

By Murray Pura

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For fanatics of the highly well known Downton Abbey sequence, comes this both enchanting tale of the Danforth family members of Ashton Park.

Among the golf green hills and timber of Lancashire, just a couple of miles from the ocean, lies the gorgeous and historic property of Ashton Park.

The 12 months is 1916. the 1st international struggle has engulfed Europe and Sir William's and girl Elizabeth's 3 sons are all in uniform—and their 4 daughters are concerned about a number of targets of the center and soul.

As the top of a powerful Church of britain relatives for generations, Sir William insists the Danforth property carry morning devotions that come with either kinfolk and employees. besides 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 cook 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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I’m going to France! France! ” she shouted. “I’m going to live in a castle! Castle! Castle! ” she asked the portrait of Bia. ” Caitlyn dropped onto the mattress, rolled onto her back, and kicked her feet in the air like a manic puppy. She read the letter yet again, then lay it over her face and closed her eyes, savoring the moment of pure happiness. She was leaving Spring Creek. Against all odds, she’d received her Get Out of Jail Free card. She sent an enormous thank-you out into the universe, to whatever force had guided the Fortune School to send her that initial e-mail.

She could feel the warmth of his closeness and smell the hint of a spicy scent on his skin. His knee bumped hers, and she felt an awareness of his presence tingle over her body. She lost herself in the deep hazel of his eyes, where the flame of the candle flickered. As if moved by a force beyond herself, Caitlyn lifted her hand and reached toward his face. A spark of surprise touched his eyes, but he didn’t move away as she lightly touched his cheek. His skin was soft as velvet. Her lips parted on a breath, and she stroked his cheek, feeling the sharp prickle of whiskers roughening his jaw.

As they, too, melted away, vanishing like a vision, she looked forward and saw a field bisected by a column of Roman soldiers marching down a stone road, their leather-clad feet slapping the ground in drumlike rhythm. Their stone road sank away beneath green vegetation, taking the soldiers with it. A herd of strangely horned, enormous cattle grazed in their place beneath a sun that baked Caitlyn’s skin, and when they as well faded away to nothing, Caitlyn felt a chill run over her body, and the landscape turned to blowing snow as far as she could see, as if an ice age had swallowed the land.

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