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Ashford [Kindle Edition]

Melanie Rose
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Seventeen year old Anna is a naive American orphan, delighted to find herself on a tour of Europe in the spring of 1939. A feeling of camaraderie with all mankind thrills her as she mingles with throngs of foreigners, but her joy is short-lived. WWII shatters the world. As fathers and sons, husbands and brothers dive grimly into the trenches, Anna is left stranded in England, disillusioned and afraid. However, this worldwide catastrophe may be the perfect catalyst to mature Anna into the brave young woman she longs to be. Even as the world is shadowed with disaster, Anna finds friends in the kindly Bertram family. In the midst of all that threatens to tear her world apart, will she find a place to truly belong?


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About the Author

Melanie Rose has been writing from childhood, when she made up stories about a tiny race of people living in her garden, who hunted wasps for their stingers and dined on roast pine-nuts and Columbine nectar.  She currently resides in Chewelah, Washington, with her husband, singer/songwriter Aaron Gabriel, their dog Leo, and a hedgehog named Ferdinand. She loves to dance and travel. Her debut historical novel, Ashford, was awarded the B.R.A.G. Medallion in 2012, while its follow-up, Violet Shadows, was chosen as the 2013 winner of the Novella category for the Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

Product Details

  • File Size: 278 KB
  • Print Length: 219 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1466371730
  • Publisher: Melanie Rose (June 5, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005WWN0RG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #528,830 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ashford is a poignant personal journey and epic love November 21, 2011
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"Ashford" by Melanie Rose is an exquisite read that draws readers in from the very first page. The story is revealed in first person by the lovely, innocent heroine, Anna. At 17, Anna experiences her first introduction to young adult freedom while in the care of her absentminded caretakers, the Beauforts, who are tasked with accompanying Anna to Europe just prior to the start of World War II.

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.

Katherine Owen
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great book. Buy it! January 10, 2012
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This is a truly engaging tale which opens a window upon the perceptions, emotions and actions of a young American woman in war torn England circa 1939-1945. Anna's inner dialog is rich with unexpected observations, humor and deeply felt connections with the people and places she finds circumstances have drawn around her. Anna's deeply felt humanity and really a sense of love for these people matures from a rather child like simplicity early on to something much more developed and earnest later in the book. While reading this book before I went to bed I found myself disappointed that I needed to sleep. I was quite drawn into the story and while not at all eager for it to end, I really needed to see what was going to happen on the next page. I hope to see more by this author in the future.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ashford December 1, 2011
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This book was a very refreshing read - innocent without being cheesy. The writing style and wonderful descriptions grabbed me from the first word. Her descriptive phrases are the best I've read in a long time - if ever. The characters were well developed and pulled you into their lives. I'm hoping for a second installment of their story soon. Thank you, Melanie Rose!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Novel November 23, 2011
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This book was an amazing surprise. The prose was full of beautiful language and the characters very well developed. By the end, I felt as if I'd made several new friends as well as a couple of enemies. The story progressed at a perfect pace and kept me wanting to move on with it.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I didn't want it to end! November 25, 2012
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After a slow start, I found this to be a good story and an enjoyable read. The 17-year old heroine, Anna, is a naive American orphan who has been sent to Europe on the eve of WWII with a couple as chaperone, courtesy of the grandmother who raised her after her parents died. On the train, she met Perry Bertram, a charming Englishman, several years older.

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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story, well written
I first read this book quite a long time ago,and for some reason, couldn't remember how it ended. Sooo ... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars London during WWII
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 more
Published 5 months ago by Dianne Askew
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved loved loved this book
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 more
Published 15 months ago by Mary Burr
4.0 out of 5 stars Gentle Interesting Story
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 more
Published 17 months ago by Carrie Childress
3.0 out of 5 stars A very slow moving book
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 more
Published 17 months ago by B. George
3.0 out of 5 stars Ashford
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 17 months ago by augusta
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing but not sure why.......
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 more
Published 17 months ago by lincka wood
5.0 out of 5 stars Ashford by Melanie Rose
I really enjoyed reading Ashford!! I think everyone will love reading this book. I highly recommend it!! Read more
Published 17 months ago by G. Moshier
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I really enjoyed this book, but it ended too abruptly. I could tell by the last chapter that it was ending. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Jessica A. Flanders
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem of a book
This is one for the keeper shelf. It's thought-provoking and intelligent, but emotional, too. The author draws the reader into the story brilliantly. What a gem.
Published 18 months ago by AvidKindleFan
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One day in her childhood, Melanie Rose told herself a story about the apple she was eating. It was a planet, inhabited by one tiny man-like creature who kept having to move house as his various residences were devoured by a giant alien. It was a tragedy, of course, ending in the planet's destruction, but the author has been telling herself stories ever since.

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.

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