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Violet Shadows [Kindle Edition]

Melanie Rose
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"Melanie Rose delivers, once again...and writes prose as if playing classical music." --Katherine Owen, Author of Seeing Julia, Not To Us, and When I See You

She entered Nazi-occupied France in the summer of 1943, seeking only a worthy death in the service of a noble cause. She did not expect that her quest for death would, in the end, teach her how to live.

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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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  • File Size: 265 KB
  • Print Length: 148 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008OJIV6O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,196,551 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful, captivating, poignant read!!! July 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Melanie Rose delivers, once again, with her new novella, "Violet Shadows". Picking up from the storyline of her debut novel "Ashford", the author focuses upon Violet Creeley, who has left behind her life in beloved England because of the unexpected violent death of her brother Tristan. In "Violet Shadows", Violet has taken on a new identity as "Marie Severin" and joined the French Resistance. As is characteristic of Rose's writing, the author focuses upon the little nuances within this novella that make it both refreshing and distinctive. Readers are soon pulled into Marie's new world which is inundated with distrust and great fear during the turbulent times of World War II in her newly adopted country of France. With her usual literary flare for finding poignancy within ordinary characters--that become extraordinary and extend beyond the page--readers will admire Marie's courage as she bravely serves the French Resistance and lives with the constant danger. Soon enough, Marie finds herself consorting with the enemy, a gendarme, Phillipe Gautier, in an effort to garner information and save lives. But, nothing is quite what it seems. And soon, Marie must make a choice between the cause and the individual.

What makes Melanie Rose's literary work a standout is the way she portrays and develops her characters, illustrates their humanity in distinguishable and unexpected ways, and writes prose as if playing classical music. What a delightful read! The novella is captivating as well as poignant with just the right amount of twists and turns that will hold a reader's interest. If you enjoy historical fiction that is full of promise and redemption and appreciate a storyline where characters must discover for themselves what it means to choose and love someone beyond the cause and the war, you'll love "Violet Shadows".

Katherine Owen
Author of "Seeing Julia", "Not To Us", and "When I See You"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking read November 23, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Without her brother, Violet feels lost. Tristan gave his life as a Royal Air Force pilot in the war, and Violet now feels she must give just as much to not only avenge her brother, but follow his example of strength and bravery. Joining the French Resistance and donning the name Marie could give her what she wants...until she meets Philippe, one of the French gendarme - her enemy.

Violet Shadows is a novella featuring the struggle of Violet Creeley to find her place in the now lonely world and serve a purpose. She has all but given up on having a real life. Her goal is to lose herself in a worthy effort and sacrifice as her brother did. The beauty of this story is that Violet's search for death leads her to experience life in a way she never expected. Her journey is brief, but memorable.

Violet is a complex character. Her motivations for joining the resistance stem from the death of her brother, but also from being a very lost young woman who no longer seems to have a purpose in life. She basically borrows her brother's passion and purpose in the best way she can, and attempts to live the life he lost. This complex and deep motivation was a theme with all the characters. Even Jean, the roguish resistance fighter no one really trusts, has deeper motivations than you might think. Philippe, the French gendarme Violet befriends, is on the other side of the war effort, but his motivations are profound as well. The characters in this book make the story. The setting is France during the second world war, but the real focus is the lives of these people. Readers will care what happens to each one and want to follow their journey.

The relationship between Violet and Philippe is also another drawing point. When they first meet, Violet is frightened and resistant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Captivating Tale January 5, 2013
By Caren
Grieving the death of her brother, Violet changes her name and joins the resistance in Nazi-occupied France. Her objective: death for a noble cause. Then she meets Phillipe and discovers life is worth living.

This is a beautifully written novella. The characters are brilliantly developed and complex. The relationship between Violet and Phillipe develops realistically and enjoyably.

My complements to Melanie Rose for a captivating tale that pulls you in and keeps you engaged until the very end. It is a quick read but very worthwhile.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling! December 10, 2012
"Violet Shadows" is the presumed sequel to "Ashford" by Melanie Rose.
Another historical novel. Whereas Ashford is more contemplative, Violet Shadows is much more gripping.
I found myself reading this book in one sitting from cover to cover! I couldn't put it down!
Melanie Rose's books just keep getting better and better!
Excited for the next one!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The lines of right and wrong are not always clear June 24, 2013
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War torn France is the backdrop for this book. Violet of England has become Marie, a member of the French Resistance. A sad but sweet story of the choices that were made during the war and how the lines were often blurred. A very good read.
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More About the Author

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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