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Ashton Park by Murray Pura

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The description of this book tells us that it’s for fans of Downton Abbey and that it’s equally enthralling, but honestly, I didn’t find that to be the case. I love the title. The cover is gorgeous. The writing style is good, but I just didn’t find the characters to be compelling or the storylines to be gripping. Everything becomes way too predictable too quickly. It seemed like the same storyline over and over, one of the sons or daughters falling in love with someone of lower status. That’s okay if it’s one storyline, but in this book it’s very redundant.
Some of the main characters weren’t all that likeable and the story struggled with character development. Everything all works out perfectly for everyone, well, almost everyone in the end. I would have preferred a little more realism. There was one specific part I especially didn’t care for. One of the sons of the family marries one woman, whom he loves, but continues to love his old girlfriend. And he’s open about those feelings and his wife’s fine with it. I really wasn’t comfortable with that aspect of the story.
Overall opinion, there were some parts I enjoyed, but this one isn’t one of my favorites.
*This book was provided to me by the publisher for an honest review
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About Brandy

Brandy Bruce is a Bookvana award-winning author, editor, wife, mother, and someone who really loves dessert. She has a BA in English from Liberty University. She currently works as a freelance editor--reading, writing, editing, and making good use of online dictionaries. She's married to Jeff and has three beautiful children.

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