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Product Details

  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466371730
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466371736
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,047,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Owen on 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 By Rich Braedt on 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 By Connie L. Potter on 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 By Mike Salapka on 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 By Elizabeth H. Cottrell on 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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