Wednesday, May 25, 2011 Posted by Dina N
While the body of rodeo star Pony Jones lies motionless in the northern Alabama woods, her spirit is on a mission to find her killer. Invisible to the eye but not to the sixth sense, the only thing Pony can do is guide the living to the truth.
Her grief-stricken father, Titus, wants nothing more than retribution for his daughter's death, so when former police detective Jo Beth Dawson comes to town, something compels him to seek out her help.
But when Jo Beth and Titus team up to track down Pony's murderer, it turns loose a whirlwind of intense emotion and unexpected encounters. As they uncover more and more clues leading them to the killer, dark family secrets are revealed and the two must search their souls for redemption.
The Tender Mercy of Roses by Anna Michaels is a hauntingly beautiful novel about loss, redemption and finding the strength to go on living. The starting point of the story is the murder of a young rodeo girl. With a sprinkling of the supernatural, her spirit stays on to help solve the mystery of the crime. Her father seeks retribution together with a disgraced female detective who is battling her own demons. The two are an unlikely team but there is more to the story that meets the eye.
Anna Michaels has written an amazing debut novel. Its magic, grace and life-affirming strength stayed with me long after I read the last page.
The Tender Mercy of Roses was published this month by Gallery Books, a division of Simon & Schuster.
Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy with no obligation for a positive review. No compensation - monetary or in kind - has been obtained for this post. Photo and book info courtesy of the publisher.