Angie's Take: Ashton Park called to me because of the character names. I have friends with this unusual last name so I immediately wanted to read the book. Then it's a book full of relational richness. My kind of story. Lots of exciting characters and interconnectedness. There's a tad bit of head-hopping, but it's so smooth it flows well with the story. Like any rule, sometimes keeping the rule stops the story. The time period and setting are also an enjoyable place to read with the changing of times from horse to machine and the changing of attitudes in equality of the women's vote as well as political chaos between so many countries. Escape into the pages and live in a different world for a while.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
ABOUT THE BOOK
Among the green hills and trees of Lancashire, only a few miles from the sea, lies the beautiful and ancient estate of Ashton Park.
The year is 1916. The First World War has engulfed Europe and Sir William's and Lady Elizabeth's three sons are all in uniform--and their four daughters are involved in various pursuits of the heart and soul.
As the head of a strong Church of England family for generations, Sir William insists the Danforth estate hold morning devotions that include both family and staff. However, he is also an MP and away at Westminster in London whenever Parliament is sitting. During his long absences, Lady Elizabeth discreetly spends time in the company of the head cook of the manor, Mrs. Longstaff, who is her best friend and confidante. This friendship includes visits to a small Baptist church in Liverpool that exposes Lady Elizabeth to a less formal approach to Christian worship and preaching than she is used to and which she comes to enjoy.
If you would like to read the first chapter of Ashton Park, go HERE.