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".
Author of "Seeing Julia", "Not To Us", and "When I See You"