By Murray Pura
For enthusiasts of the highly renowned Downton Abbey tv sequence and fans of British old sagas, award-winning writer Murray Pura keeps the captivating tale of the Danforths of Lancashire.
The moment publication within the sequence (following Ashton Park) transports the reader again in time to 1924 as Sir William—recently named Lord Preston—celebrates his 60th birthday on the Danforth summer season domestic in Dover.
Although the ravages of global battle I are some time past, new threats loom as a guy named Adoph Hitler publishes a publication known as Mein Kampf. Is he a probability to Europe? And what of Lord Preston's becoming friendship with an up and coming political chief named Winston Churchill?
On the house entrance, one of many Danforth daughters, the lately widowed Catherine, sells her domestic in Belfast to spend extra time at Dover—where she unearths herself pissed off on the impertinent German theologian her father has befriended.
The whole Danforth relatives faces many...
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That was because it was the first time she'd ever seen that particular emotion on her cousin's face. It turned out to be determination. She ought to have known what his next question would be, but still, when it actually came, she was surprised. " Harold asked in a deceptively light tone. She couldn't believe it. He'd foiled her! Because if she claimed to be engaged for the Sir Roger de Coverley—a rowdy country dance that was de rigueur at balls all over England, and even, Nicola supposed, the Continent—and then she ended up, as occasionally happened, without a partner for it, he would know that she'd lied.
Why, Eleanor had been her most bosom friend through their years together at Madame's! How many holidays had Nicola spent at Sheridan Park? How many weekends had she passed at the Sheridans' London home? She had always rather fancied that kindly, comfortable Lady Sheridan looked upon her as a second daughter. So why on earth would she ever say such a thing? " Eleanor, much to Nicola's gratification, was quick to rush to her friend's defense. "Why, Mama! What a thing to say! " But Lady Sheridan only looked annoyed.
Eleanor was quite right: the man was like a god, an absolute Apollo, or even an Adonis . . at least as Apollo and Adonis were depicted by the great masters, copies of which Madame had hanging in the salon for her boarders' edification. And like Apollo, the sun god, Lord Sebastian seared Nicola's soul. Just a single glance. That was all it took. Well, had it taken Romeo more than that to seize forever the heart of his sweet Juliet? And here Lord Sebastian was again, and this time Nicola was determined to do more than curtsy.