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Essie's Roses by [Muriel, Michelle]
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Length: 348 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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#1 Amazon bestseller. Readers' Favorite Silver Medal Winner Best Southern Fiction. A sweeping, moving historical novel set before the Civil War about secrets, freedom, and the power of love.

"Impressively well written from beginning to end, Essie's Roses is an inherently absorbing and skillfully presented read, establishing author Michelle Muriel as an exceptionally talented novelist." -Midwest Book Review

"...tremendously impressive debut novel ... A richly moving reading experience." -Historical Novel Society

"Miss Muriel's novel is a thing of beauty. 5 Stars!" -Readers' Favorite

"...all I can say is - wow, what an amazing read. ... 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. 5 Stars (and then add some more)!" -Feathered Quill Book Reviews

"...Ms. Muriel writes in four such distinct voices I felt like I was in the space with each one. ... exceptionally well written and it was very hard to put down. 5 Stars!" -Patty Woodland, Broken Teepee

Growing up in the Deep South during the years leading to the Civil War, two young girls find freedom on a hillside overlooking Westland, an Alabama plantation. Essie Mae, an intuitive, intelligent slave girl, and Evie Winthrop, the sheltered, imaginative dreamer and planter's daughter, strike up a secret friendship that thrives amidst the shadows of abuse. 

Told from the viewpoint of four women: Katherine Winthrop, kind mistress and unexpected heiress to her father's small, cotton plantation; Delly, her sassy and beloved house slave; Essie Mae, her slave girl; and Evie Winthrop, Katherine's only child, Essie's Roses tells of forbidden relationships flourishing in secret behind Westland's protective trees and treasured roses. 

After scandal befalls Westland, Evie and Essie, aged nineteen, travel to Richmond, Virginia, to escape their abusive pasts. There, they face the gross indecencies and divisions leading to the War Between the States. Though the horrors of slavery and discrimination prompt action, Evie and Essie's struggles lie within.The secrets they hold and the pain of the past lead them away from one another and back home again. 

A story about a black slave who frees a white woman, Essie's Roses reveals the innocence of children's friendships, the diverse meanings of freedom, the significance of a dream, and the power of love. In their efforts to save each other, will the women of Westland find the true freedom they desire?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1730 KB
  • Print Length: 348 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0990938328
  • Publisher: Little Cabin Books LLC (1 June 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00YQIS0SG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #211,272 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Historical Novel --- A must read. 27 April 2015
By Ann L. - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different Spin 2 May 2016
By ChrisAn - Published on Amazon.com
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I hesitated to read this book despite reading the great reviews. There have been quite a number of "white-owner-befriends-slave" books recently, and I read a few thinking them good but becoming somewhat repetitious. However, I am glad I read Essie's Roses as I found it quite different. The storyline is very engaging and becomes a page turner. But the very interesting parts for me were the confrontations between these dearest of friends. I marked these passages and returned to read them after I had finished the book. Though I would consider them more modern day speech and probably less strongly phrased in that time period, I thought they made a real contrast to many of these types of books. And with a bit of a stretch, they actually could be spoken by a variety of disenfranchised people right now. Good book!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars They love each other and there is nothing they wouldn't do ... 16 July 2016
By Paula - Published on Amazon.com
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A story of two young girls who are extremely close but being raised completely different, one is free and the other a slave. They share a strong bond between the two of them and grow up together as friends. They love each other and there is nothing they wouldn't do for each other. The story takes you through their youth and into young adulthood, with many twists and turns. This story takes place in the South in the 1800's. It is beautifully narrated and you will feel all of the emotions of each character throughout the story.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT HESITATE ! ! ! 6 June 2016
By slim - Published on Amazon.com
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Most everyone writing an Amazon book review seems to want to give the storyline, and the kudos for the writers style. Me, too. But, I want to say, just read Essie's Roses. Realistic. Historical. Pertinent. Glorious. I am awaiting the first of many sequels which WILL come, as the characters are far larger than the life given so far, yet simply want to savor the beauty of this story, as I wait. It will be read over and over, and the pleasure is something well worth looking forward to. Just read it!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You will love Essie and her relationship with her kind mistress. A Civil War story that keeps you at the edge of your seat. 24 September 2016
By Sophie - Published on Amazon.com
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This story is taken during the Civil war. I loved how Ms. Muriel told this story from different viewpoints. You get so you can identify with each character. It is full of suspense. You will love Essie, a slave girl, and her relationship with her kind mistress. It also tells the secrets behind the treasured roses. I give this one 4 plus stars.,