The Widow of Rose House: A Novel by Diana Biller – 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 novel
It’s 1875, 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 more 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.
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin (October 8, 2019)
Genre: Gothic Romance, Historical Romance, Mystery, Fantasy, Paranormal
About the author: (from amazon.com) DIANA BILLER lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their very good dog. The Widow of Rose House is her debut novel.
Review of The Widow of Rose House
The Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller is a mysterious paranormal romance novel that will pull you into a world full of unknowns and keep you second-guessing until the surprising end. A wonderfully well-written story full of family drama, ghosts, chemistry fueled heated romance, unexpected twists, and turns, Alva and Sam have a chemistry that is off the charts. They cannot be in the same room together without the heated romantic chemistry between them causing sparks to fly. A ghost-hunting adventure and sweeping romance with a hint of mystery and intriguing as Alva and Sam try to find the supernatural. The Widow of Rose House is a delicious, swoony, spooky, completely engrossing historical novel. Add in some suspense and a strong dose of spookiness that makes this book hard to put down. *I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.*