THE WIDOW OF ROSE HOUSE by Diana Biller
Published by St. Martin’s Griffin | On sale: October 8, 2019
Trade Paperback Original | ISBN: 9781250297853 | $16.99
**Named a MOST ANTICIPATED ROMANCE of 2019 by BookPage**
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 romantic comedy debut
Diana Biller’s debut novel, THE WIDOW OF ROSE HOUSE is a gorgeous piece of prose, with a decidedly dark Victorian Gothic flair and an intrepid and resilient American heroine guaranteed to delight readers everywhere. Prior to penning this novel, Biller had one idea in mind: “Edith Wharton, ghost hunter.” After touring Wharton’s estate, The Mount, and the Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park, New York, she came away with a wealth of inspiration, and THE WIDOW OF ROSE HOUSE was born.
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 refuses 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 its beautiful owner to let him study it. Can he find his way into her house…and her heart?
A historical romance with haunted mansion blended with a bit of paranormal. I enjoyed the banter and chemistry between the two main characters. It did seem more of a modern read then a historical. Well written and the characters were entertaining. I did like Sam and his eccentric family. It was an okay read for me. I think others will enjoy it.
Read and Reviewed by Comfy Chair Books/Lisa Reigel (October 7, 2019)
ARC provided by St. Martin’s Press
Advanced Praise for THE WIDOW OF ROSE HOUSE
“Biller’s complex and intriguing debut, set in 1875 New York City…is part romance, part ghost story, and part period piece with just enough modern sentiment on the topics of feminism, mental illness, and abuse.” —Publishers Weekly
“A chemistry-fueled debut with a bit of a ghost story, great for readers of gothic romance” —Booklist
“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!”
—Alyssa Palombo, author of The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel
About the Author
DIANA BILLER lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their very good dog.
THE WIDOW OF ROSE HOUSE is her debut novel.
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