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WATER LILY DANCE by Michelle Muriel

Author Michelle Muriel

Author Michelle Muriel

From the #1 bestselling author of Essie's Roses, a heartbreaking, heart-mending new historical novel. The lives and secrets of three women, centuries apart, intersect at the artist Claude Monet's garden in this emotional, imaginative portrait of loss, love, and second chances.

Water Lily Dance is an imaginative, emotional journey from my heart to yours. We trade the splendor of a humble rose garden in my debut novel, Essie’s Roses, for an escape across the generations to one of the most famous gardens in the world: Claude Monet’s garden in Giverny, France. I also revisit a favorite subject: freedom and the courage to fight for its many forms.

This was an extremely personal novel to write, one that took an enormous amount of research and courage to share. I hope Water Lily Dance captures your heart and you enjoy Sophie’s journey, escaping into 19th-century Paris at the height of the Impressionist art movement, and walking in the bold footsteps of the model, wife, and muse to one of the greatest figures in art history: French Impressionist artist, Claude Monet.

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The greatest loss we may ever experience is that of ourselves.

From the author of the award-winning, bestselling Essie’s Roses comes an imaginative, emotional portrait of the secret side of grief and the deep bonds and secrets between mothers and daughters. Three women centuries apart set out to escape a colorless life, connected by one of the most controversial, beloved artists in the world: Claude Monet. But at what cost?

Missouri, 2014. Sophie Noel, an emerging artist and daughter of renowned artist Josephine de Lue, holds an extraordinary imagination, but a year after the unexpected deaths of her father and husband, she cannot imagine a way to "move on" from loss—or the buried childhood memory trying to resurface that would have torn her family apart. To cope with grief and the temptation to leave it all behind, Sophie escapes into a painted world of color and light venting her anxiety to an old childhood friend—an imaginary one: French Impressionist artist, Claude Monet.

Paris, 1865. Camille Doncieux is captivated by the rebirth of Paris and the rebellious artists who wage war against tradition and the government's censorship at the annual art exhibition at the Paris Salon. Behind the windows of her father's luxurious dress shop, Camille plots a rebellion of her own after meeting three bold artists who will change her life forever: Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, and Frédéric Bazille. But in Paris, where a young woman's life is ordered and controlled, a family secret and Camille's quest for love and fame may cost her everything, perhaps even the man she loves.

From an eclectic town in Missouri to the stunning backdrop of 19th-century Paris at the height of the Impressionist art movement, Water Lily Dance is a heartbreaking, heart-mending tale of loss, love, and second chances.


“A brilliantly penned and original novel showcasing the extraordinary talent and genuine flair of a distinctive narrative storytelling style . . . An absorbing and inherently riveting read from beginning to end . . .”

— Midwest Book Review

“. . . a fantastic air of reinvention to this deeply emotional and sensitive tale . . . it was the characters at the very heart which draw you in and keep you reading, superbly developed and likable as they are. Water Lily Dance is a highly recommended read.” 5 stars!

— K.C. Finn, Readers’ Favorite

Readers’ Favorite Book Award Winner!

Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal Winner Southern Fiction

Praise for ESSIE'S ROSES!

"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

"...one of my favorite books from this year! 5 Stars!"

-Book Nerd

"...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

"...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

  • #1 Amazon Bestseller

  • Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal Winner Southern Fiction

  • Top 100 Amazon Bestseller

#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.

An award-winning, bestselling historical novel by Michelle Muriel, Essie’s Roses spans twenty years before the Civil War and follows the secret relationships of four women at Westland, a plantation in Alabama. Essie’s Roses transports the reader into one of the most elegant and horrific times in American history: the Antebellum South. Using historical settings, Michelle takes the reader back in time, crafting characters and resonating themes that stay with you long after the story ends.

A story about a black slave who frees a white woman, Essie’s Roses reveals 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?


Michelle talks about her novel Essie’s Roses with Charline Ratcliff of Feathered Quill Book Reviews.

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