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Melanie Rose is the award-winning author of Ashford (BRAG Medallion, 2012) and Violet Shadows (Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2013, Novella Category Winner) and An Amazing Alphabetic Anthology. She lives in Chewelah, Washington.
Top Customer Reviews
The author does an exceptional job at evoking the setting and tone for this period piece of historical fiction. Readers are engaged into the dalliance and innocence of a young girl meeting her first love, Perry Bertram. Perry serves as the unsung hero, unable to serve in the war because of narcolepsy; Perry is loyal, selfless, and honest. His love for Anna is apparent early on, but circumstances keep them apart as both Anna and Perry are tested in different ways by the tragedy of war and separation.
Rose does a brilliant job of creating characters that readers will love and portrays both the eloquence and tragedy of wartime with exceptional narrative, poignant dialog, and well-drawn characters. "Ashford" is both a tender story of a girl growing up as well as a poignant story of epic love that will stay with readers for a long time to come. "Ashford" is a superb novel of literary quality and is appropriate for both young adult and adult fiction readers of historical fiction, alike.
I look forward to reading more of Melanie Rose's novels.
I teach at a local school, and on the way to work one day I purchased a copy of Ashford. It was a conference day, and they usually have a couple of quiet times when I thought I could make a start on the book. I ended up devouring the entire book that day (without alienating too many parents who had come for a conference and not a review of this wonderful novel) and wishing it would just continue on. The writing style is reminiscent of a classical period where writing was more of a craft than it seems to be to those novelists of today who churn out book after book without a paragraph or even a phrase that lingers in the mind. The story transported me to many lovely places, but I believe that given a choice, I would choose Ashford as my favorite.
I believe this was the first novel from Melanie Rose, but there seems to be another writer on Amazon with the same name. I haven't read any of the other Rose's work, but I couldn't recommend this historical novel any more eagerly. As a bonus, I have taken care of presents for many of my book-loving friends this Christmas by exposing them to this terrific new novelist. Please keep writing Ms Rose as I would love to see more of your work in the future.
When WWII broke out while they were in France, they fled to England with another family they met and found refuge in the home of an old friend of Anna's grandmother. To her delight, the young man Anna met on the train is a great nephew of her hostess. Their fellow travelers successfully traveled home to America, but Anna's chaperones are afraid the trip will be too dangerous, so they remain as guests of their reluctant hostess.
As the war escalated and the London home they were in was bombed, they fled again to Ashford, the country home of Perry's grandmother and parents. There the fortunes of various characters separate and intertwine in interesting ways, some dramatic and tragic. Anna makes the most of being stranded in England by first helping on the family estate, then going to work in the war effort. Perry, unable to fight because of his narcolepsy, works for the war effort in London and is often gone, but Anna's fondness for him gradually turns to love.
Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the book is the compelling portrayal of the effect of five long years of war, loss, and deprivation on the citizens of England. Boredom and menial work was punctuated with terrifying moments of danger and death. Virtually every family lost young men to the war effort. Most were touched by the war in profound ways, and the depiction of Anna's work in the hospital among the wounded was especially poignant.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved it. Character development, plot, writing skill, all of it. It was carefully edited, which made for smooth reading. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
I so loved this book! I love quite a few it's true, but this is one of the best historical fiction/romance that I have read in a while. It is based before and during WWII. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jodi
I first read this book quite a long time ago,and for some reason, couldn't remember how it ended. Sooo ... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great look at life in London during World War II before and during the bombing from the point of view of women who did their part on the home front. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Dianne Askew
Actually, I adored it from the very first page. Hard to explain, the writing is absolutely heartfelt without being smarmy, true to life and absolutely heart stirring yet not over... Read morePublished on May 29, 2013 by Mary Burr
This is a lovely story about brave, believable characters during WWII. It has a slow start, but the involvement of the characters with the events of the time and with each other... Read morePublished on April 17, 2013 by Carrie Childress
This book was OK but not one that I would recommend as a good read. I kept waiting for something exciting to happen but nothing ever did. It was written very plainly. Read morePublished on April 4, 2013 by B. George
I was enjoying the book, but lost it somehow. Not archived. Gone. I enjoyed what I read and would love to finish it. Thanks, Amazon for free and bargain books.Published on April 4, 2013 by augusta
I don't know exactly what I expected from reading "Ashford" but I didn't get it. It was an easy read with well-defined characters, good historical background, and some... Read morePublished on April 4, 2013 by lincka wood