The Widow of Rose House: A Novel

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11 reviews

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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)

Ratings and reviews

11 reviews
Becky Baldridge
October 13, 2019
The Widow of Rose House is more romance than paranormal, although that's definitely in there too. This one is a bit of a hodge-podge of genres and tropes that Diana Biller has tossed together and somehow made it all work wonderfully. The characters are developed and relatable, and the writing style gives us an engaging tale. The romance is full of fun banter between a too-cute couple that you you just can't help but root for. I've read a number of these creepy old house stories lately and going by what I've found so far, I wasn't holding out a lot of hope. So, I was very pleasantly surprised by this one. I can't say that I was scared by anything in this one, but we do get some suspense, and it certainly held my interest. And as the icing on the cake, it's a debut and an excellent one at that.
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Linda Dossett
September 4, 2019
This story centers around Sam, the bright oblivious professor and Alva the wronged widow. Alva has been abused and wrongly accused and Sam comes to her rescue. There is a major supernatural force at work along with past evil, there is romance, humor and steam. Enjoyed this story immensely, not my usual read, put at the top of your TBR.
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Third-party review
Loved this; wonderful blend of spookiness without too much scary, and a perfect romance. Also Sam the hero was just the Best Guy, and I adored his family and hope we get to see more of them.

About the author

DIANA BILLER lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their very good dog. She is the author of The Widow of Rose House and The Brightest Star in Paris.

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