Essie's Roses

Essie's Roses

by Michelle Muriel


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ISBN-13: 9780990938323
Publisher: Little Cabin Books LLC
Publication date: 06/16/2015
Pages: 346
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Michelle Muriel holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, 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.

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Essie's Roses: A Novel 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a beautiful book. Just what I needed. I laughed, I cried, I felt my heart break and come back together. It was a wonderful book. A joy to read.
booknerdDS More than 1 year ago
Copy Received for an honest review from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours Books like Essie's Roses by Michelle Muriel are why I love reading. This was such a fantastic read, my heart ached and I couldn't put it down. Essie Mae is a colored girl, she starts off by risking her life to save her friend and also her mistress daughter. Stories like "Essie's Roses" are literary works of fiction. The story was so beautifully written, the pacing so well-done. Once I started I could not put it down. The author changes the points of view during the story. Muriel really made it work because I was provided a very thorough perspective of the story. Set during the Civil War, Essie and Evie-her best friend- form a beautiful friendship. Their love for each other was so beautiful and their innocence so precious. This is one of my favorite books from this year!
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
I have finished my reading of Essie’s Roses and all I can say is – wow, what an amazing read. What a well-written, completely believable and insightful book. Essie’s Roses is a ‘fictional’ novel, yet it encompasses the same importance of message, and will certainly remind readers of their intrinsic knowledge of right versus wrong with the same quiet strength of conviction that Harriet Beecher Stowe provided to her readers when she wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Additionally though, this book is much more than just that. Essie’s Roses is the beautifully poignant tale of two girls; one white, the other colored – who grow up together (but still separate) during the mid-1800s. This is the story of their heartfelt and true love for one another. An accounting showing how they are each able to overcome the odds of the lives they have been born into. For even though slavery (the subjugation of an entire race due only to the ‘infraction’ of being born a different color) was commonly accepted as ‘right’ during our country’s younger years; this book will force the reader to look even further beyond that misconception – in order to acknowledge that there are many additional forms of slavery; and that they each stem from cruelty, coupled with a complete and utter disregard for the pricelessness of another human’s soul. In Essie’s Roses, the reader will begin his, or her, literary journey with a very poignant show of love – as a young colored girl named Essie Mae seeks to save the life of her (white) best-friend, Evie Winthrop. Essie Mae also understands that to be caught would result in the loss of her own life, but she cannot – more importantly will not; leave her best friend to suffer alone. From here, the story continues – providing the reader with a brief glimpse into the lives of the mothers who birthed these two girls, before the story again moves forward and focuses on each one of the two very different, yet very similar, lives of Essie Mae and Evie. While I could provide the potential reader with additional information about this amazing and riveting novel – I choose not to. The power of the words and the story found within Essie’s Roses needs to be discovered by the reader for her or himself. Quill says: Michelle Muriel has penned a wonderfully moving work of fiction – and one that will leave no reader with a dry eye. I fully expect to see Essie’s Roses on the silver screen someday, but until then I will simply look forward to reading future works by this author. Five Stars (and then add some more)!
SA-Lake More than 1 year ago
A book is a new companion that you hold in your hands ready to open up in anticipation to begin a new journey and, after doing so, you discover you have just been introduced to new people, walk in situations that you ordinarily would never experience, go to places and see sights never before seen… these are the joys of falling into a book and having it tell you a story. This is what I have found in Essie’s Roses. Essie’s Roses is the book that when you put down, the characters are in your head that you keep thinking about and look forward to getting back and escaping into. Essie Roses starts out as a simple story between two girls; one being the daughter of a plantation owner and the other being a daughter of a slave. At a young age the girls know no color but the story evolves into the awaking to the realities of color and holding on to the love and friendship they share when they become adults. We get to read about the simple games of mischief that children play that bring about the bonding of two girls and how they escape to a favorite sanctuary where they can just be themselves and lay back on the green grass and gaze up into the clouds and share their dreams and secrets and also how it is so vital for one of the girls so that she can escape from the harsh realities of her life. The author has done a wonderful job introducing us to these two girls at such a young age and develops them into young ladies with such distinctive personalities. The dialog in the book really stands out. I enjoyed how simple the dialog between the girls was in the beginning of the book and how it changed with each growth period of the girls so that you felt the actual progression of their age. Another thing I want to say that stands out about this book is the way in which the details of the environment of the book are written in such a way that you really feel like you are walking the grounds of the plantation and feel the grass beneath your feet, view the clouds and be able to see the forms shaped in the sky. The details of the environment only get richer as the girls travel to Richmond, Virginia and we get to experience the sights of the city, streets, storefronts, and the beautiful descriptive details of their new home. When the author describes the passage where Essie is making the strawberry lemonade, I eagerly await my glass. I love any book that can take me to a place and drop me into the story. I am not looking through the window, I am in the window. In this book, I have found a great story and I am sad to have had to put it down. The book has made me laugh, get mad, and cry. I want to know more about these women and what happens in the next chapter of their lives. Michelle Muriel wrote a book that kept getting better and better. Usually, when about done, I have my next one already picked out. However, this time, I didn't want this book to end because I know these women have more stories to tell.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Heather Osborne for Readers' Favorite Essie's Roses: A Novel by Michelle Muriel is a historical fiction novel set in the South during the years leading up to the American Civil War. Essie, a slave, is born on the Westland plantation at the same time as the plantation owner, Katie Winthrop, births a little girl named Evie. Mysterious circumstances surround Essie's parentage, as her mother dies in birth. Evie's father loved Essie's mother, so they must hide the small girl. Against odds, Essie and Evie forge a deep friendship, surpassing race lines and cultural norms of the time. However, Evie's father is a horrible man and things come to pass that could change the girls' lives forever. Will they be able to overcome all the societal pressures and truly find freedom? Miss Muriel's novel is a thing of beauty. I loved the changing perspectives. It was refreshing to see various points of view of the same story, and the author did it seamlessly, keeping the flow of the story going. I also enjoyed seeing a story set before the Civil War. I find the whole era fascinating so it was a well-written prelude to a bloody war. I could tell the author took a great deal of time researching the era, and that is something I always appreciate in a historical novel. Overall, Essie's Roses: A Novel will make you laugh and cry, but most of all appreciate the innocence of children's friendship. Michelle Muriel should be very proud of her accomplishment in this novel and I will happily recommend it to others.
JulieSchroeder More than 1 year ago
Was lucky enough to read a copy of this book as part of my work pre-publication and just loved it. Incredibly moving and beautifully written, with compelling characters and storylines, this one brought me to tears—sad and happy ones—more than once!