The Widow of Rose House

The Widow of Rose HouseA Young Widow Restores A Dilapidated Mansion With The Assistance Of A Charming, Eccentric Genius, Only To Find The House Is Full Of Dangerous Secrets In This Effervescent Gilded Age Debut NovelIt S , And Alva Webster Has Perfected Her Stiff Upper Lip After Three Years Of Being Pilloried In The Presses Of Two Continents Over Fleeing Her Abusive Husband Now His Sudden Death Allows Her To Return To New York To Make A Fresh Start, Restoring Liefdehuis, A Dilapidated Hyde Park Mansion, And Hopefully Her Reputation At The Same Time However, Fresh Starts Aren T As Easy As They Seem, As Alva Discovers When Stories Of A Haunting At Liefdehuis Begin To Reach Her But Alva Doesn T Believe In Ghosts So When The Eccentric And Brilliant Professor, Samuel Moore, Appears And Informs Her That He Can Get To The Bottom Of The Mystery That Surrounds Liefdehuis, She Turns Him Down Flat She Doesn T Need Any Complications In Her Life Especially Not A Handsome, Convention Flouting, Scandal Raising One Like Sam Unfortunately, Though Alva Is Loath To Admit It, Sam, A Pioneer In Electric Lighting And A Member Of The Nationally Adored Moore Family Of Scientists, Is The Only One Who Can Help Together, The Two Delve Into The Tragic Secrets Wreathing Alva S New Home While Sam Attempts To Unlock Alva S History And Her Heart Set During The Gilded Age In New York City, The Widow Of Rose House Is A Gorgeous Debut By Diana Biller, With A Darkly Victorian Gothic Flair And An Intrepid And Resilient American Heroine Guaranteed To Delight Readers 3.5 starsIt s not very often I will read something involving ghosts but the synopsis sounded interesting so I rolled the dice and took a chance on this one Thankfully my gamble paid off and I thought this was a pretty cute historical romance Always good to step out of your reading comfort zone from time to time It s 1875 and you aren t going to find many people who have a kind word to say about Alva Webster Even though she had been living in Europe, gossip about her and her marriage still fo 3.5 starsIt s not very often I will read something involving ghosts but the synopsis sounded interesting so I rolled the dice and took a chance on this one Thankfully my gamble paid off and I thought this was a pretty cute historical romance Always good to step out of your reading comfort zone from time to time It s 1875 and you aren t going to find many people who have a kind word to say about Alva Webster Even though she had been living in Europe, gossip about her and her marriage still found its way across the Atlantic Ocean After the death of her abusive husband, she has returned to New York with the hopes of restoring, Liefdehuis, a mansion in desperate need of repairs However, rumor has it ghosts haunt the home and not many people will even go near it Professor Samuel Moore is highly interested in checking the place out for research purposes but Alva is wary of the idea and him Perhaps he can charm his way into her heart.So while ghosts are an aspect of the story, it wasn t the only thing going on, In my opinion the romance was the strength of the story as Alva and Samuel had good chemistry together and I loved their banter back and forth I don t normally read many historical fiction books taking place in the 1800s, and I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed reading about this time period My only slight criticism about the book is I felt the dialogue at times was too modern A few times during romantic scenes, I would find myself questioning if certain words or phrases were realistic sounding for that time period I could be wrong though and it s not like it truly affected my overall enjoyment of the story.I think there s a little something for every type of reader with this book If you like romances, the 1800s time period, and or ghosts, consider checking this one out as it s a cute and enjoyable read Thank you to St Martin s for sending me an advance reader s copy I was not obligated to post a review and all views expressed are my honest opinion Review to come But for now THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD It will make you laugh so hard, cry as hard, and also make you hold your breath in suspense.Among the best book I ve read in YEARS Get ready for this delicious, swoony, spooky, completely engrossing historical novel I couldn t put it down My blurb is below Get ready to devour Diana Biller s magnificent debut novel in one sitting THE WIDOW OF ROSE HOUSE boasts memorable and vibrant characters, a delicious romance, great period detail, and a hint of the supernatural Alva and Sam spring off the page and to life, so that I now feel as though they are friends of mine This novel is a treat not to be missed Love isn t na ve, Alva It s hope, and it s faith, and it can outlast buildings and wars and empiresI m forever on the lookout for stories that are not only well written and deeply romantic, but that are also fresh, textured, unique and wonderfully quirky in their own way, so when I stumble upon a book that ticks ALL the boxes a book that is as quietly unsettling as it is tender, as emotionally gripping as it is witty I get all giddy inside A ghost hunting adventure and sweeping romancLove isn t na ve, Alva It s hope, and it s faith, and it can outlast buildings and wars and empiresI m forever on the lookout for stories that are not only well written and deeply romantic, but that are also fresh, textured, unique and wonderfully quirky in their own way, so when I stumble upon a book that ticks ALL the boxes a book that is as quietly unsettling as it is tender, as emotionally gripping as it is witty I get all giddy inside A ghost hunting adventure and sweeping romance in equal parts, and peppered with moments of breath holding tension, it amazes me that this Gilded Age gem of a story is a debut effort It s a moving, evocative, beautifully told and, at times, chilling read, and even when I desperately wanted to speed ahead to find out what happens in the end, I made myself savour every exquisite last word of it Continue reading this review Follow me on Facebook Follow me on Twitter Alva left Europe for New York hoping for a fresh start, but the rumors that her abusive husband spread about her supposedly salacious conduct only intensified after his death and have followed her across the pond To prove to the world and,importantly, to herself that she has something worthwhile to contribute to the world, she decides to write a book about interior design, which she loves and is good at To this end, she purchases Rose House, a long abandoned manor that she hopes to use a Alva left Europe for New York hoping for a fresh start, but the rumors that her abusive husband spread about her supposedly salacious conduct only intensified after his death and have followed her across the pond To prove to the world and,importantly, to herself that she has something worthwhile to contribute to the world, she decides to write a book about interior design, which she loves and is good at To this end, she purchases Rose House, a long abandoned manor that she hopes to use as a case study The only problem The exasperating, pervasive rumors that the house is haunted that keep scaring off Alva s contractors.Enter famous inventor and mad scientist Samuel Moore Sam believes any question can be answered using SCIENCE, and he has been searching out ghost stories for years in the hopes of learning whether ghosts exist and, if so, studying the ghosts and learning as much as possible about their nature He has hypotheses to test, and he wants into the infamously haunted Rose House badly The fact that its new owner is an extremely attractive widow That might also have something to do with his interestbut if he can t have the widow and she doesn t seem inclined , he ll take the ghosts Alva doesn t believe in ghosts, but she finally allows Sam to conduct some experiments to soothe her workers concerns despite not because of, definitely not the annoying attraction she feels sparking between them But Rose House may bedangerous than either of them expect.This absolutely delicious gothic romance is the best debut romance I ve read in years And I read a lot of romance I fell in love with Alva and Sam, so different but so well suited to one another I ached for Alva and her determination to recover from the trauma of her marriage, and I couldn t help but smile at Sam, a definite beta hero we needof those who is a little naive but mostly just absolutely determined to live his best life and ignore anything and anyone that doesn t further that goal And the absent minded scientist is one of my favorite historical romance tropes.You know what else I love in historical romance Excellent consent practices And this book had one of the best love scenes I ve ever read when it comes to consent and also trauma view spoiler Alva s abusive husband left her with some pretty hefty emotional damage and PTSD Sam doesn t know the full story the first time the two of them have sex, and something he does very innocently in the heat of the moment shoves her straight into a flashback She decides to just push through it, but Sam notices and stops Mid coitus They go from as hot and heavy as it gets to zero instantly He checks in She spends some time recovering Then they start again They go slow, and Sam avoids the trigger now that he knows what it is They end up having a fully satisfactory sexual experience despite taking a little detour It was so perfect I don t think I ve ever cheered so hard at a sex scene It was just absolutely perfect character development integrated into a pretty steamy scene Masterful writing I big heart it hide spoiler Add in some suspense and a strong dose of spookiness, and this book was amazing St Martin s Griffin better get on the phone with Diana Biller and ask for somebooks pronto, because I need to read her next book ASAP and it doesn t look like any others are scheduled yet GET ON IT.Triggers view spoiler Domestic abuse physical and emotional , strangulation hide spoiler Note Thanks to St Martin s Griffin and Edelweiss for providing a digital ARC. 3 stars I liked the book Historical romance with ghosts seems to be a thriving subgenre This one is very heavy on the romance The writing is assured for a debut author, and the banter is fun I enjoyed the characters, and the ghost though not featured in the book as much as I d like I mof a gothic reader than a romance reader had a unique method of haunting.However, if you re reading for historical accuracy, this isn t the book for you Characters spoke and acted very modern It to 3 stars I liked the book Historical romance with ghosts seems to be a thriving subgenre This one is very heavy on the romance The writing is assured for a debut author, and the banter is fun I enjoyed the characters, and the ghost though not featured in the book as much as I d like I mof a gothic reader than a romance reader had a unique method of haunting.However, if you re reading for historical accuracy, this isn t the book for you Characters spoke and acted very modern It took me out of the story several times.Still, I think romance readers will find a lot to enjoy here I received this review copy from the publisher on NetGalley Thanks for the opportunity to read and review I appreciate it I was lucky enough to receive an early copy of this book, and spoiler alert it s amazing Like pure and simple I love it I ve always loved historical romance, but I d never read a book set in the Gilded Age before It turns out I love the Gilded Age Unfortunately, I fear Diana Biller may have ruined the Gilded Age for me because I don t know how anything else from the time period can compare Alva is super smart and reliable and witty, which is everything I want from my heroines And Sam is I was lucky enough to receive an early copy of this book, and spoiler alert it s amazing Like pure and simple I love it I ve always loved historical romance, but I d never read a book set in the Gilded Age before It turns out I love the Gilded Age Unfortunately, I fear Diana Biller may have ruined the Gilded Age for me because I don t know how anything else from the time period can compare Alva is super smart and reliable and witty, which is everything I want from my heroines And Sam is her perfect hero he s not flawless, but his flaws are the real flaws an actual, good man would have Like he s a little oblivious and maybe he doesn t always focus on the thing Alva needs him to focus on But he s supportive and respectful and just so good In the best way I rarely gravitate towards books with a paranormal twist but decided to give this one a try, and it turned out be an entertaining read with a heart warming romance.Central to this story is the renovation of a dilapidated mansion, which is what drew me to the book, going through a renovation myself I think Alva, the heroine, has it worse with a terrifying haunting Alva is an enduring heroine, who has overcome personal challenges and scandals, without familiar support, to achieve a dream and fut I rarely gravitate towards books with a paranormal twist but decided to give this one a try, and it turned out be an entertaining read with a heart warming romance.Central to this story is the renovation of a dilapidated mansion, which is what drew me to the book, going through a renovation myself I think Alva, the heroine, has it worse with a terrifying haunting Alva is an enduring heroine, who has overcome personal challenges and scandals, without familiar support, to achieve a dream and future for herself There was much to admire about Alva s character.The hero was probably my favorite character Professor Sam Moore is a thinker, tinkerer and engineer and fits the absent minded professor label I liked how he was depicted easily distracted temporarily but doggedly determined in solving a problem In this case the problem or problems were Alva s ghost and the mystery behind Alva He was a supportive and patient hero, who brightened the scene whenever he entered.This was a debut but did not feel like a debut The writing flowed and felt like it was from a seasoned author The story was complete and characters well drawn The paranormal aspect blended well into the story without being overwhelming I look to readingby Biller and hopefully it will be a continuation of the charming Moore family I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review I knew from its opening lines that this book would be amazing, but it wasn t until I closed its covers a day later with a little sigh that I knew how perfectly right I was THE WIDOW OF ROSE HOUSE is an engaging, heart warming, tear jerking, thrilling, suspenseful, eerie, fantastically plotted and paced romance Set against a richly textured Gilded Age backdrop, but with thoroughly modern sensibilities and morals, and with an incredibly engaging cast of characters with real, believable flaws and I knew from its opening lines that this book would be amazing, but it wasn t until I closed its covers a day later with a little sigh that I knew how perfectly right I was THE WIDOW OF ROSE HOUSE is an engaging, heart warming, tear jerking, thrilling, suspenseful, eerie, fantastically plotted and paced romance Set against a richly textured Gilded Age backdrop, but with thoroughly modern sensibilities and morals, and with an incredibly engaging cast of characters with real, believable flaws and triumphs, it will leaving you reading long into the night I found this book so hard to classify in some ways, because it did such a deft job of blending multiple elements that you don t always see together and here, I am being very vague, because I so do not want to ruin the experience of discovery for readers you really have to experience it yourself elements of interpersonal, high society thriller and intrigue a lush historical with carriages and parlors against gaslit streets a moving and exquisite romance, complete with some of best written, lushest, and absolutely hottest key, ahem, physical scenes I have read in a long time spooky, brushes with the gothic and the supernatural a key mystery strong, powerhouse women inways than one and a scientist s eye toward invention, grandeur, and novelty And, oh, yes, as if all of that was not enough its incredibly , addictingly fun, with clever dialogue and absolutely, heartbreakingly beautiful prose.I read the first few chapters aloud in my car to my husband, and even he loved it and is patiently waiting for me to finish my review so that he can have my copy I can say with no reservation that this book has placed Diana Biller on my list of instant buy, all books, until the end of time At first I thought this was a mystery like Lady Darby but it s a straight up romance novel I had no problems with that I really enjoyed this book The mystery was intriguing and spooky with ghostly encounters The heroine was Alva Webster, who was pilloried in the press after leaving her abusive husband It s said she is very scandalous and engaging in affairs and orgies The hero was absolutely wonderful Sam is a genius inventor who comes from a genius inventor family and he is GOOD He is s At first I thought this was a mystery like Lady Darby but it s a straight up romance novel I had no problems with that I really enjoyed this book The mystery was intriguing and spooky with ghostly encounters The heroine was Alva Webster, who was pilloried in the press after leaving her abusive husband It s said she is very scandalous and engaging in affairs and orgies The hero was absolutely wonderful Sam is a genius inventor who comes from a genius inventor family and he is GOOD He is sweet and scatter brained and so kind and wonderful He is very much the light to Alva s dark This was a really good book I look forward toby this author

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  • Paperback
  • 352 pages
  • The Widow of Rose House
  • Diana Biller
  • English
  • 10 May 2019
  • 1250297850