The Widow of Rose House

The Widow of Rose House

A Novel

Book - 2019
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" The Widow of Rose House is close to perfection and any lover of historical romance will adore this debut." - Smart Bitches Trashy Books

It's 1875, and Alva Webster is ready for a fresh start. After three years of being pilloried in the presses for fleeing her abusive husband, his sudden death allows her to return to New York where she is determined to restore a dilapidated Hyde Park mansion, and hopefully her reputation at the same time. She is decidedly not supposed to fall in love.

But when a haunting at her new home threatens her careful plans, she must seek help from the eccentric and brilliant and - much to her dismay - very handsome Professor Samuel Moore. Alva doesn't need more complications in her life, especially not a convention-flouting, scandal-raising one like Sam. Unfortunately, Sam 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 gorgeously romantic debut by Diana Biller, with an intrepid and resilient American heroine guaranteed to delight readers as she starts over and finds true love.

"A chemistry-fueled debut with a bit of a ghost story, great for readers of gothic romance." - Booklist

"Biller mirrors Wharton's genius for revealing the emotional gold lying beneath the Gilded Age, which motivates the novel's massive romantic turmoil." - Bookpage (Most Anticipated Romances)

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, [2019]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250801548
Branch Call Number: BILL
Characteristics: 352 pages ; 21 cm


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May 28, 2021

OK for Gothic romance readers, ghostly intrigues lukewarm.

May 01, 2021

Fast reading! Excellently written. Love time period reading. Would love more books by this author.

JessicaGma Feb 11, 2020

I have to agree with jac523, Sam's family really stole the show here, and would be entertaining to follow along further. It was an okay historical romance/mystery - I think it was overhyped for me, so I had higher expectations. It wasn't terrible, but I wanted more about Sam's family of mad inventors over the ghost tale.

Jan 06, 2020

While this wasn't the ghost story that I was expecting, this was a delightful historical romance. Witty banter for the win! While Alva is a sympathetic character, Sam stole the show with his eccentric ways. I would not be averse to getting some more stories featuring his equally eccentric family members.

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