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The Widow of Rose House chapter 1 The Widow of Rose House , meaning The Widow of Rose House , genre The Widow of Rose House , book cover The Widow of Rose House , flies The Widow of Rose House , The Widow of Rose House ca054d5b4c85e A 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


10 thoughts on “The Widow of Rose House

  1. says:

    Alva Webster returns to New York from Paris in the midst of false scandalous rumors after fleeing her abusive husband three years before Now that her husband is dead, Alva wants to move on with her life and purchases Liefdehuis, a neglected mansion in Hyde Park Her plan is to restore it and write a book about the process Stories of it being haunted circulate quickly, getting the attention of famed inventor Samuel Moore who wants to research it, scientifically of course When he sees Alva for the first time, he s as equally captivated by her as he is her house.I thought I was getting a creepy, spooky story about ghosts and got a creepy, spooky story about a ghost, a house AND two utterly delightful characters in Alva and Sam She s darkness and resilience and he s a magnificent bright light and energy Together they make the most fascinating combination with some of the best, most clever and witty banter I ve experienced in some time I had this categorized as historical fiction and the 1875 setting makes that completely appropriate but it s also a paranormal with its ghostly elements, a mystery as the identity of the apparition is explored and a combustible romance as Alva and Sam will rank as a favorite couple of fiction This turned out to be much than I d anticipated when I agreed to read this story I read it in one day, not wanting to put it down Alva s story is tragic and Sam s was rather glorious, coming from the most delightful family of inventors Their presence gave me insight into this free spirited man whose quirky nature just made him endearing But these two fit so perfectly because their imperfections balanced so beautifully The ghost story is not your ordinary tale either, with an angle I hadn t foreseen It s hard to believe this is a debut novel as it s so well constructed with outstanding characterizations It turned out to be a wonderful reading experience and my hope is we haven t seen the last of Alva Sam This needs to be a seriesseriously 4.5 stars Posted on Blue Mood Caf Thanks to St Martin s Griffin for my complimentary copy All opinions are my own.


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    The haunted mansion is the perfect home spacious, well furnished, and it entertains your guests for you Walt Disney World The Widow of Rose House is a colorfully wrapped package that touches on moments of the Gilded Age, the draw of romance, the weight of shifty crime, and the eerie stream of the paranormal Diana Biller will see to it that you are entertained throughout.Alva Webster sits rigidly at a table in the famous Delmonico s restaurant in New York City She knows that there is an abundance of eyes upon her every move Although she is meeting a publisher to discuss a book proposition on home decor, Alva knows that she, herself, is the title of every topic discussed at every table A recent widow living previously in Europe, Alva has decided to come back to New York But what has followed her here are horrendous rumors of her questionable lifestyle abroad Scandalous, you might say, even though it is nothing but lies But lies are like little demons jumping from one pointed tongue to another here in New York City.Alva has recently bought a property in the Hyde Park section of the city Rumors abound that this said mansion is haunted by its previous owners Even the workmen that Alva has hired for the renovation left their tools and materials behind in their haste to escape the creepiness from within its walls Soon Alva is contacted by Professor Sam Moore who wishes to proceed with paranormal investigations in the mansion He comes from a very quirky family of delightful scientists In time, Sam and Alva combine their efforts into finding out what is at the core of the mansion even though Alva has a real flesh and blood enemy pursuing her.I enjoyed The Widow of Rose House and would rate it at 3.5 kicked up to a 4 star review Although a historical fiction novel, the relationship between Sam and Alva has a modern day vibe as you ll find out I also would have liked to have experienced creepy inner explorations of the mansion throughout the bookunexplained voices and chilling experiences in the build up and less romance But that s just me Still a worthy read that will grab your attention.I received a copy of this book through NetGalley for an honest review My thanks to St Martin s Press Griffin and to Diana Biller for the opportunity.


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    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.


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    The Widow of Rose House is a very enjoyable and satisfying read It is a story of second chances and redemption This book is a mix of different genres and multiple themes suspense, mystery, paranormal, romance, abuse, bullying, and mental illness Above all else, The Widow of a Rose House is an engaging romance novel with a paranormal twist Most importantly, it has an unusual take on haunting and ghosts, which I found clever and captivating This is not your usual ghost story by any means Our heroine Alva is a strong woman with a traumatic past who is determined to rely only on herself While Alva is a complex character, she is richly developed and very likable She has just bought an old house that is rud to be haunted At the same time, she is trying to overcome her past and her distrust of other people Alva is on a journey of self discovery to reclaim her life and her happiness.A perfect foil and a delightful character himself is Sam Moore, a member of a family of scientists and inventors His family is highly appealing and I would love to see stories about them, especially Maggie, who loves French fashion and explosions as well as Henry who is an honorary family member since the age of 10 and Sam s BFF Sam is the epitome of the absent minded professor, interested in inventing anything that will make life easier, such as a boot lacer upper He is quirky, endearing and downright lovable, determined to win over Alva It also helps that Sam is very interested in studying ghosts.There is a lot of witty banter between Alva and Sam that will put a smile on your face You cannot help but root for this adorable couple They make for an engaging and clever team that works well together in discovering and identifying the ghost In fact, I could totally see a series of books featuring them as ghost hunters, solving the mysteries and freeing the ghost s As a debut novel, Ms Biller has quickly made a name for herself with The Widow of Rose House and I look forward to reading her next story Thank you to St Martin s Press St Martin s Griffin and NetGalley for an advance reader Opt in exchange for my honest review.


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    It s almost Halloween and as I ve been telling everyone, this spooky historical romance will go well with pumpkin spice latte and maybe some autumn scented candles It s a book that will make you laugh so hard, cry as hard, and also make you hold your breath in suspense.THE WIDOW OF ROSE HOUSE is among one of the best book I ve read in YEARS, and this is saying a lot coming from me an incredibly picky reader I can t tell you how many books I ve stopped reading after the first chapter because the prose wasn t my style, or because the tone and atmosphere of the book wasn t my cup of tea But THIS book it has everything I love.It s a book I d even pick up to reread every autumn Maybe I ll make it a tradition


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    Alva s back in New York after the death of her estranged husband, partly to salvage her reputation from the rumors and gossip written after their separation, and to revamp Liefdehuis, an old Hyde Park house She plans to publish the process of renovation as well as interior design ideas for the middle classes, a new and emerging market But the ghost stories surrounding Liefdehuis threaten to derail her plans, so she has no choice but to investigate and hopefully dispel Here s where Sam Moore, the famous inventor comes in, much to Alva s dismay I loved The Widow of Rose House Parts were a bit scary, hello, ghost story and tragic, but a large part of the story was so much fun, thanks to Samuel Moore and his wonderfully quirky family Sam s eccentric, sexy, and handsome, and Alva s reactions to him were a complete delight Alva tried to resist Sam s charm, but he was impossible to put off and completely irresistible Loved the banter and chemistry between them I adored Alva Enduring everything she did, from her unloving family to her abusive husband now dead, thank goodness while still retaining her spirit showed a strength I admired If anyone deserved a happy ending it was Alva Dealing with the possibility of the ghost on top of salvaging her reputation proves to be a daunting challenge, but one Alva s determined to take on The Widow of Rose House was a captivating story, a wonderful debut While the story wraps up nicely, I d love to have stories centering on the Moore siblings, Henry included A copy was kindly provided by St Martin s Press in exchange for an honest review.


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    Infamous widow Alva Webster decides to buy a run down house in 1800 s New York Having had to endure horrible rumors during her marriage and with her husband now dead, she decides it s time to start over with a brand new life so hopefully her notoriety will wane She has already gotten herself a book deal, unheard of during the time for a woman, in which she will chronicle the restoration and decoration of the house But when her contractor and his laborers refuse to continue their work on the house because of ghosts she sees her new life begin to crumble.Enter Dr Samuel Moore, a well known scientist who takes a liking to not only finding the ghosts but to our lovely widow Alva Moore, who is a bit eccentric, comes from a family of scientists and doctors and must convince Alva that he can scientifically figure out how to talk to the ghosts, hence send them on their merry way Alva, for her part is done with love, and doesn t particularly believe in ghosts Having just come out of a horrible marriage she does not want anything to do with the doctor romantically, although she must admit he is adorable.Sam has other ideas Although unconventional himself, he realizes Alva is his soul mate Now he just has to persuade her of this realization But, while falling in love, they must also try and solve the mystery as to who is haunting the house and why.The Widow of Rose House is an adorably romantic funny ghost story which although takes place during the 1800 s has themes that ring true even in today s world I would love to see adventures of Alva and Sam Thank you so much to NetGalley St.Martin sGriffin DianaBiller TheWidowofRoseHouse for the advanced copy The book will be out October 8.


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    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


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    Another excellent debut I loved the way the author incorporated a ghost story with HR She did it in a way that avoided the gothic feel of the usual ghost stories What was really good here is the way the MCs act, think and think I loved the unusual hero, Sam a scientist to the core who gets distracted by scientific pursuits in the most unexcpected moments LOLHe was such a breath of fresh air In a romancelandia populated by arrogant alpha dukes, earls etc he is a bright star He realized that he s fallen in love with Alva rather early in the story and he didn t question the feeling he accepted it and rejoiced Ahhh, I want heroes like Sam Alva was another thing entirely She s terrified and rightly so After the disastrous marriage, the cruel husband and his deplorable family, the filth she was heaped upon without being guilty of anything, she has every reason to be cautious and even terrified I loved Sam even because he as intelligent enough to understand Alva and support her in a very subtle way He kept her unbalanced with his outrageous statements, the way he jumped from one argument to another completly different It way wonderful The ghost story only adds to the enjoyment It was heartbreaking how the poor Rose was treated If I was treated like that my ghost would have been much cruel and vindictive But even without the ghost the story is wonderful The secondary characters are fantastic as well Sam s family and his friend adopted brother Henry were wonderful too Sam s family is hilarious like a mad scientist dream They act and speak in such a wonderfully innocently intelligent way that I wanted to hug them all I loved it very, very much and I ll be looking forward to books by this author


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    Love isn t na ve, Alva It s hope, and it s faith, and it can outlast buildings and wars and empires I 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


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