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Samantha Brennan reviews The Bee and the Orange Tree

Why I had to pick it up That blurb! Okay, let me go back a little… Right now, I’m wrists-deep in metaphorical ink, writing and plotting my middle-grade fantasy series Stella Duke and the Sandgirl’s Curse. The history and politics of the magical world I’m painstakingly building have their beginnings in French author Charles Perrault’s 1697… Continue reading Samantha Brennan reviews The Bee and the Orange Tree

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Book Review: The Bee and the Orange Tree by Melissa Ashley

OCTOBER 30, 2019 / THERESA SMITH WRITES The Bee and the Orange Tree… About the Book: It’s 1699, and the salons of Paris are bursting with the creative energy of fierce, independent-minded women. But outside those doors, the patriarchal forces of Louis XIV and the Catholic Church are moving to curb their freedoms. In this battle for… Continue reading Book Review: The Bee and the Orange Tree by Melissa Ashley

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Cass Moriarty reviews The Bee and the Orange Tree

Author Melissa Ashley came to prominence when her debut novel, The Birdman’s Wife, expertly re-imagined the life of Elizabeth Gould. Following this theme of uncovering the lives of fascinating but largely forgotten women from history, her second novel The Bee and the Orange Tree (Affirm Press 2019) is an engaging and previously untold story about Frenchwoman Baroness Marie… Continue reading Cass Moriarty reviews The Bee and the Orange Tree

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‘The Birdman’s Wife’ by Melissa Ashley: Review #AWW2017

by Sarah Ridout, author of Le Chateau February 15, 2017This is my first review under my pledge to Australian Women Writers Challenge AWW2017 The Birdman’s Wife by Melissa Ashley Affirm Press, 2016 ‘The Birdman’s Wife’ is the timely resurrection to prominence of Elizabeth Gould, a fine artist and wife of John Gould, a noted Ornithologist… Continue reading ‘The Birdman’s Wife’ by Melissa Ashley: Review #AWW2017

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James Cowan reviews The Birdman’s Wife

Most of us have enjoyed ornithological art-works as objects of great beauty. They speak to us out of the rich world of birds, and imply their intricate lives as a part of the miracle of nature. Melissa Ashley has sought to bring this world to life in her first novel, itself an object of great… Continue reading James Cowan reviews The Birdman’s Wife

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Reviews: The Birdman’s Wife

Australian Book Review: Anna McDonald Reviews The Birdman’s Wife by Anna https://www.australianbookreview.com.au/abr-online/current-issue/190-january-february-2017-no-388/3777-anna-macdonald-reviews-the-birdman-s-wife-by-melissa-ashley Sydney Morning Herald Reviews: The Birdman’s Wife by Melissa Ashley and The Atomic Weight of Love by Elizabeth J. Church by Dorothy Johnson http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/review-the-birdmans-wife-by-melissa-ashley-and-the-atomic-weight-of-love-by-elizabeth-j-church-20161103-gshg3x.html Newtown Review of Books: Melissa Ashley: The Birdman’s Wife Reviewed by Tracy Sorensen http://newtownreviewofbooks.com.au/2016/11/22/melissa-ashley-birdmans-wife-reviewed-tracy-sorensen/ Art Almanac Reviews The Birdman’s… Continue reading Reviews: The Birdman’s Wife