"With her wonderful style of storytelling, author Anna Michaels weaves all the elements together, along with a healthy dose of Cherokee Indian mysticism to present an unforgettable book. Her characters were strong-willed and personable, and the setting in northern Alabama was as charming as the misty mountains and cool clear creeks that can be found there. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly reommend to anyone wanting a little something different to read."Fresh Fiction
"Anna Michaels's stellar debut set in the border area between Alabama and Tennessee is full of strong, memorable characters caught up in both the spiritual and temporal aftermath of the murder of a vibrant young cowgirl named Pony Jones...Michaels succeeds in creating a novel that is simultaneously gritty and lyrical, mystical and grounded."
Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine
“Suffused with Native American mysticism and the pervasive scent of Cherokee roses, this promising first novel, with its lovely, flowing prose, uses a crime-fiction plot to frame a nuanced character study.”
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"The spiritual qualities of this book make it hard to put down... The connection between nature, animals and the human spirit is palpable and will make readers second-guess their place in the world."
Romantic Times - 4 Stars
“[A] story so moving and lyrically written that it sometimes seems like a dream.”
Augusta Scattergood“The Tender Mercy of Roses is an unforgettable story told with astonishing skill and clarity by a truly gifted writer.”
A Delta Magazine Top Five Pick for Spring
Author of The Prince of Tides“I devoured this thrilling page-turner, absolutely hooked until the final scene, then went back to read again passages so lovely I wanted to savor them more fully. Now I’m spreading the word – this one is a treasure!”
Author of The Same Sweet Girls
“Like the most healing of our dreams, Anna Michaels slowly unfolds a heart-mending story. The Tender Mercy of Roses moves in and out of the unseen places of the soul, exposing a magical story. Surprising wisdom startles the reader in the midst of a narrative both lyrical and powerful.”Patti Callahan Henry
NYT Best-selling author
"The Tender Mercy of Roses is an enchanting blend of the supernatural, mystery and southern charm. Anna Michael's debut novel has magical moments of insight that took my breath away!"
Mary Alice Monroe
"The way in which The Tender Mercy of Roses is told, from multiple viewpoints, really sets it apart from the pack, and the characters that inhabit the pages jump out and drag you in. It was amazing to me how clearly Michaels created unique voices for each of the characters. Pony especially is brilliant...Her voice is spot on. Unrefined and confident and distinctly rodeo....Every character is written with a purpose. There are no extras here; everyone has a part to play...it's fantastic....I can't say enough about this book. It was a great way to start out the new year!"
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A Reader's Ramblings
"... The Tender Mercy of Roses is by far the best book I have read in a very long time. It has everything! Thank-you so much for writing it. I cried at the end from happiness for all the characters involved. I loved Pony-she came to life for me. I felt such joy when she told God to lookout, here comes Pony Jones! I am feeling it now as I write the words. Brava!! I eagerly await your next endeavor."
"I have just finished reading this amazing book (The Tender Mercy of Roses ) by my friend Peggy Webb using the pen name Anna Michaels. This book is a best seller if I have ever read one. I LOVED THIS BOOK. Do yourself a favor and read it now. Thank you Peggy."
Sonya, Tupelo, Mississippi
"The first word that comes to mind in describing this novel is magical. The murder of Pony Jones, a young rodeo bull rider, is investigated by two determined detectives, a grieving father, and Pony’s lingering spirit. Blooming Cherokee roses make Pony’s presence known, and form the link between her spirit and those who are seeking the cause of her death. As a reader, you will be bound to unforgettable characters, intrigued by mystery, and moved by the strength of the human spirit. This is a book you don’t want to miss."
A Missouri Fan
"I loved the characters from the first written word...until the ending where I cried. Normally, I'm not an emotional person but the writing and vivid descriptions by this author and of this wonderful story brought me to my knees....I highly recommend this book."
Rated 5 0f 5 by Kay. W., West Hills, CA
"I loved this book. The writing was poetic and spiritual. The theme of turning desperation into hope was uplifting. I'm going to plant some Cherokee roses in my garden and think of the wonderful characters in this book when I look at them. Kudos to Anna Michaels."
Rated 5 of 5 by Elinor S., Naples, FL
"Great first novel...Pony Jones is a character the reader will remember long after the book is done. Waiting for the next novel!"
Rated 4 of 5, Catharine L., Waloon Lake, Michigan