by Michelle Muriel
Publication Date: January 11, 2022
Sequence: Essie’s Roses, E book 2
Style: Historic Fiction
From bestselling writer Michelle Muriel comes the sequel to the #1 bestseller Essie’s Roses, set through the Reconstruction Period publish Civil Warfare, Westland is a shifting, gripping historic novel about household secrets and techniques, forgiveness, and the that means of dwelling.
Evil males wait a lifetime to get even.
On an Alabama plantation earlier than the Civil Warfare, two little ladies discover freedom, Evie the planter’s daughter and Essie Mae, a slave. Now, ladies, divided by the aftermath of warfare they need to discover their means again dwelling.
Alabama, 1866. The Civil Warfare’s aftermath assessments household bonds as the ladies at Westland: Miss Katie, sort mistress and heiress, Evie, her daughter, Essie Mae, an clever freed slave, and Delly a former slave and Westland’s sassy matriarch, confront the mysteries and secrets and techniques of Westland’s previous to carry on to freedom and one another.
As Insurgent fires and lawlessness rage within the South, Evie and Essie Mae return to the house of their troubled pasts: Westland, an unproductive plantation. With a brand new imaginative and prescient, renewed hope, and the tranquility of Miss Katie’s secret backyard, they be taught to dream once more, however a mysterious stranger from Westland’s previous threatens to tear them aside. Delly warns unearthing household secrets and techniques might do it for them.
When Evie’s stepfather James receives letters threatening Westland and Essie, he’ll transfer heaven and earth to maintain Evie and Essie protected with a stunning twist he prays will usher within the true freedom all of them deserve. Westland is an unforgettable, shifting novel in regards to the energy of forgiveness, the households we create, and the implications of the secrets and techniques we go away behind. One girl can pay the final word sacrifice as the ladies at Westland be taught: freedom isn’t free.
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Reward for Westland
“. . . skillfully structured, with dramatic truths revealed unexpectedly. An usually participating look into the complicated historical past of the American South.” — Kirkus Evaluations
“Feelings are operating excessive from the very starting . . . the plot of the story is implausible. It has simply the correct amount of twists, motion, and suspense to maintain the story flowing seamlessly.” 5 stars! — Readers’ Favourite
“Flowers bloom and households break up aside on this sequel to Muriel’s historic fiction debut.
The characters of pre–American Civil Warfare period Essie’s Roses are again in Westland, an Alabama plantation the place the ‘willows maintain secrets and techniques, till the evening air sweeps via their leaves, scattering them within the wind and into our ears.’ The novel explores themes of forgiveness, freedom, and located households via the voices of various ladies: Katie, Evie, Essie Mae, and Black matriarch and housekeeper Delly. The a number of views put the give attention to what is maybe the novel’s most complicated character—Westland itself—and its important nature. Questions of what it means to be free and unbiased as a lady, and particularly as a Black girl, are addressed with nuance and care via Evie’s and Essie Mae’s voices. . . . the plot is skillfully structured, with dramatic truths revealed unexpectedly. An usually participating look into the complicated historical past of the American South.” — Kirkus Evaluations
Reward for Essie’s Roses
“Michelle Muriel’s tremendously spectacular debut facilities on the experiences of 4 exceptional ladies. A richly shifting studying expertise.” — Historic Novel Society
“Impressively properly written from starting to finish, Essie’s Roses is an inherently absorbing and elegantly introduced learn, establishing writer Michelle Muriel as an exceptionally gifted novelist.” — Midwest E book Evaluation
“Miss Muriel’s novel is a factor of magnificence. General, Essie’s Roses will make you giggle and cry, however most of all, recognize the innocence of kids’s friendship. 5 stars!” — Readers’ Favourite
“ . . . Ms. Muriel writes in 4 such distinct voices I felt like I used to be within the area with every one. . . . exceptionally properly written and it was very arduous to place down. 5 Stars!” — Patty Woodland, Books, Cooks, Appears
“. . . all I can say is – wow, what an incredible learn. Michelle Muriel has penned a splendidly shifting work of fiction – and one that can go away no reader with a dry eye. 5 stars!” — Feathered Quill
In regards to the Creator
Michelle Muriel is the award-winning, bestselling writer of the #1 historic fiction bestseller ESSIE’S ROSES, WESTLAND (Essie’s Roses 2), and WATER LILY DANCE. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Superb Arts, magna cum laude, and labored as knowledgeable actress, a member of Actors’ Fairness and The American Federation of Tv and Radio Artists for twenty years, doing theater, voice-over, and industrial work. Michelle transferred her expertise in complicated character growth and historic analysis into writing heartbreaking, heart-mending historic, literary fiction. Her novels poetically discover the key sides of life, tales instructed from a number of factors of view by sturdy feminine characters in historical past harboring secrets and techniques and breaking norms preventing for freedom. She can also be a songwriter and musician. Michelle lives in Missouri along with her husband, Michael.