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Ashford by Melanie   Rose
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Jun 17, 2012

really liked it

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, play a part in war-time, and ultimately shape their own destiny. Rose articulates the story of Anna, only seventeen, touring Italy and France, just before WWII. Unlike so many stories of Europeans heading for the new world, Anna finds friendship, love, and a home in the English countryside, but along the way she is thrown in to the hardships of Hitler’s war, as it was felt in London before the Americans entered the fight.
Rose brings to life strong characters and unusual situations, surrounded by the historical events 1939-1941, with an American girl living in England. It is a well-written and engaging story told with energy and tenderness using my three favorite subjects, strong women, historical events, and foreign travel.
The Beauforts are the elderly couple chaperoning Anna on a European tour for her grandmother back in North Carolina. Anna’s parents died when she was little. She meets Gloria in Italy and they become best friends. Before meeting Gloria, Anna meets Perry Bertram of England on the train and then finds him again in England, a relative of her grandmother’s friend. The Bertram estate is called “Ashford” and love finds a way, like the twisty, strong English ivy to secure Anna to the English countryside, and forever to “Ashford” and the family that owns it.
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