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Review & Giveaway: Essie’s Roses by Michelle Muriel


Publication Date: March 23, 2015
Publisher: Little Cabin Books LLC
Formats: eBook, Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0990938301
Pages: 346


A story about a black slave who frees a white woman, Essie’s Roses reveals the diverse meanings of freedom, the significance of a dream, and the power of love.

Such a stunning story of friendship, devotion, unconditional love, dreams and freedom.

The narrative is beautiful and brutal, you’ll need tissues near by. Muriel explores pre and post Civil War. She provides enough of a background of the turbulent times without dwelling. She focuses on her two main protagonists Evie and Essie creating the entire storyline. The twists and turns will catch you off guard. So many tender moments you’ll clutch at your heart balancing the times you’re on the edge of your seat biting your knuckles.

A plethora of characters giving the reader a variety to entertain. The loathsome are disgusting making you want to reach through the pages and give them their just desserts. Evie and Essie as different as different can be yet similar in many ways. Their innocent relationship is cemented the moment they meet. Evie the idealist, impulsive, sheltered, dreamer. Essie intuitive, pragmatic, realist, reserved in the making of her dreams. These two compliment each other in every way. Muriel developed Essie’s character in a spectacular way. We meet the duo as young girls and follow through adulthood. Their bond so deep each willing to sacrifice their life for the other. Two young women trying desperately to find freedom, tired of the cruelties of life both seeking to cut the umbilical cord of ‘slavery’ in its many disguises.

Wonderful writing, outstanding characters combined with an emotional narrative. I would love to see this on the silver screen as it was intended. Absolutely beautiful love story.

Essie’s Roses Available At

Amazon US (Kindle)
Amazon US (Hardcover)
Amazon UK (Kindle)
Barnes & Noble (Nook)
Barnes & Noble (Hardcover)
Kobo Books

About the Author03_Michelle Muriel_Author

Michelle Muriel holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, magna cum laude, and after graduating, she worked as a professional actress, a member of Actors’ Equity and The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists for almost twenty years, doing theater, voice-over, and commercial work. She is also a songwriter and musician. Michelle lives in St. Louis, Missouri with her husband and two quirky Border collies. She first developed Essie’s Roses as a screenplay. This is her debut novel. She is currently at work on her second.

For more information visit Michelle Muriel’s website. You can also find her at Facebook, Goodreads, Pinterest, Amazon, and the Historical Novel Society.

Essie’s Roses Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, June 29
Spotlight at The Lit Bitch

Tuesday, June 30
Review & Giveaway at Unshelfish

Wednesday, July 1
Review at Book Nerd

Friday, July 3
Spotlight & Giveaway at Mina’s Bookshelf

Monday, July 6
Interview & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, July 7
Review at Books and Benches

Thursday, July 9
Spotlight at A Literary Vacation

Friday, July 10
Review & Giveaway at Broken Teepee


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  1. Great review. Definitely sounds like a wonderful read.


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