Advance reader reviews of The Tender Mercy of Roses by Anna Michaels.

The Tender Mercy of Roses

A Novel

By Anna Michaels

The Tender Mercy of Roses
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  • Published in USA  May 2011,
    336 pages.

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  • Daniel A. (Naugatuck, CT)


    The Tender Mercy of Roses
    I was pleasantly surprised at the ending where you find out who did it, because I never would have guessed it. Overall, the book was a page-turner, and one that I could not put down; it's that good. I liked this story a lot.
  • Kristen K. (Atlanta, Georgia)


    The Tender Mercy of Roses
    Mystery, mysticism, cowboys and Indians, addiction recovery…. what's not to like about this book? It is a fast paced read and kept me entertained and amused. The book is probably not for the hard-boiled realist but for those who believe life can be mysterious and whimsical. I look forward to reading more of this author
  • Audre G. (Othello, WA)


    The Tender Mercy of Roses
    I chose this book because the publisher compared it to The Lovely Bones and Garden Spells. Unfortunately it seemed like a failed attempt to capitalize on the success of these books. I didn't care about the characters because they weren't fully developed and it was difficult to keep track of the two families and the time lines. The language was flowery and repetitive.
  • Carole P. (Framingham, MA)


    The Tender Mercy of Roses
    This spellbinding book has it all. Mystery, mysticism, family secrets, and above all else love. Beautifully written, it draws you in from the start.

    Although totally different from these two books, it reminded me of how I felt reading "The Help" and "Room". A chill up my back, the need to keep reading and sadness when the book ended.
  • MeM (tempe, az)


    Excessive descriptions, not enough story
    I really wanted to like this book. The synopsis sounded interesting and it was my first review. I was so excited.

    The descriptions are pretty. But there are so many of them and they’re extra long and flowery, they lost their impact and became tedious. It seemed they were added to a short story to make a book.
  • Wendy F. (Kalamazoo, MI)


    Tender Mercy of Roses
    The Tender Mercy of Roses is a look into family secrets kept and how they can affect those generations to come. The prose in this book is at times insightful, lyrical and homespun. Pony Jones’ ghost meanders through the story to uncover secrets of the rodeo as well as those of her family. The intertwining of souls lost and found introduce us to Pony, Jo Beth, and Titus and how their lives are interconnected. I really enjoyed this one!
  • Kitty M. (Flint, MI)


    The Tender Mercy of Roses
    When I refer to "a quick read" it usually means "This book was not worth my time", but this book was a quick read because I did not want to stop reading. This is a murder mystery with many family secrets, involving Native Americans, rodeo stars, a police officer who had to leave the force because she used alcohol to escape her problems and other flawed, but genuine characters. Readers who are able to suspend reality and enjoy the magical realism format will find this book a delight.
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