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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?

Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:226 pages

    Ashford Reviews

  • Bethany
    Jun 17, 2012

    So often our books are about strong men and what they did, where they traveled, and how they shaped the world, but once and a while we come upon an author who knows that the women too can be strong, p...

  • Jodi Woody
    Feb 17, 2015

    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. A young American girl is str...

  • Elizabeth
    Nov 25, 2012

    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 cha...

  • Katherine Owen
    Nov 11, 2011

    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 f...

  • Heidi Rothert
    Mar 12, 2013

    Loved the story, characters, history and travel all wrapped up together. I started reading and couldn't put it down until I finished. history with a touch of romance. fantastic!...

  • Allie
    Apr 13, 2012

    Free today on Kindle 4.13.12!...

  • Tanya
    Jun 21, 2012

    I took my time reading this book. It is in first person and for the most part very well written. My biggest complaint was it seemed to rush the last 1/4 of the book. After the care, and almost ploddin...

  • Bluejay44
    Mar 26, 2012

    3.5 stars.Unusual story. The war years as lived by a young American girl.Anna, travelling through Europe with an older couple is in Italy when it becomes obvious that war is imminent. They move hastil...

  • Laura Cushing
    Apr 30, 2012

    A pretty good story about a young lady growing up into a woman during World War II. She volunteers for war service, falls in love, and gets to know a family of folks with whom she's staying.All the ch...

  • Megan
    Jan 13, 2012

    Very interesting book! The author is exceptional at making her characters come to life!Would recommend it! ...

About Melanie Rose

Melanie   Rose

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 currently resides in Chewe