The Widow of Rose House

“This isn’t about real life. Real is people leaning on each other when things are hard. It’s loving each other so much there’s no question about facing things together. It’s fighting for each other and with each other and being damned grateful for every morning you wake up together.”

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for gifting me an advanced copy of The Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller. 

It’s 1875, and New York’s Gilded Age is in full swing. After fleeing her abusive husband, Alva Webster, spent three years being pilloried in the newspapers of two continents. Now he’s dead, and she’s returned to New York to start over, restoring Liefdehuis, a dilapidated Hyde Park mansion for her new home decoration book and hopefully her reputation in the process. So when the eccentric and brilliant Professor Samuel Moore appears, threatening her fresh start with stories of a haunting at her house, she refused to give him access. Alva doesn’t believe in ghosts. 

A pioneer in electric lighting and a member of the nationally-adored Moore family of scientists, Sam’s latest obsession is ghosts. When he learns about a house with a surprising number of ghost stories, he’s desperate to convince it’s beautiful own to let him study it. Can he find his way into her house… and her heart?

This debut novel from Dianna Biller is sure to be a hit when it’s officially released on October 8th. It is full of quick-witted banter, a little steamy romance and a ghost story or two; it was truly a fun read. 

From the very first chapter, I was intrigued by the back story of Alva Webster. Is she really who the tabloids say she is or is there a story about her that will explain why she seems to close herself off to the world? After learning the truth about Alva, she gained a special place in my heart. She is a fierce, knowledgeable woman who has finally decided that enough is enough; even if it means confronting the ghosts that are being said to inhabit Liefdehauis. 

I would like to point out that there are instances of domestic violence that made me a tad uncomfortable while reading. But, there is so much more that goes into the novel The Widow of Rose House that it didn’t stop me from continuing to read it. 

This story is SO much more than a story about a haunted house. It is about overcoming all the odds that are stacked against you and allowing your heart to take down the wall that has formed around it.

I loved how the Biller wrote out the dynamic between Alva and Sam. Like any good story following two characters as they grapple with their intent for one another, it kept me on my toes wondering if it was finally going to happen between the two of them or would I be left hanging?

I guess you better add this one to your reading list and find out for yourself. 

Thank you to St. Martin’s press and Dianna Biller for gifting me this book before it’s October 8th release day. The Widow of Rose House is available for pre-order now! 

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