The Widow of Rose House: A Novel

The Widow of Rose House: A Novel

by Diana Biller

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Overview

** A "MOST ANTICIPATED ROMANCE" of 2019 (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

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.

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ISBN-13: 9781250297860
Publisher: St. Martin''s Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/08/2019
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 11,855
File size: 2 MB

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.
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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The Widow of Rose House: A Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
ChandaReads 12 days ago
The Widow of Rose House, a stunning historical romance set during New York's Gilded Age, is Diana Biller's debut novel. **content warning: physical abuse. Most of it is not discussed in detail, but there is a flashback scene in which the heroine is choked by her late husband.** I was immediately drawn into the story and the book continued to captivate me until the very end. The Widow of Rose House is rife with strong women, witty banter, well developed characters, and explosive chemistry between the main couple. Alva is a survivor that carries the mental scars of physical and emotional abuse, but despite the atrocities she has lived through, she still finds the strength to move on with her life and pursue a career in interior design. Alva is my favorite kind of heroine to read about. While she is resilient, intelligent, and quick-witted, she is also jaded and wary, for good reason. I loved following her journey as Sam helped to guide her out of the darkness and discover what love is supposed to be. Sam. *sigh* Sweet Sam. Honestly, I can’t stop gushing about him. He was so endearing with his awkwardness and accidental social faux-pas I couldn’t help but fall in love with him. He is fiercely loyal, protective, sweet, romantic, and hilarious. Sam has lived a somewhat sheltered life surrounded by a loving and accepting family. The scenes with the Moore family were some of my favorite because of how wildly entertaining they all are. Although they were side characters I felt that each one of them were well-developed with a depth and back story that I wanted to know. Note: can we maybe get a story about Benedict or Maggie next? I need more Moores! I didn’t expect to laugh so much while reading this. Historical romances are always good for a chuckle here and there, but The Widow at Rose House had me laughing out loud and even reading passages to my husband because he kept asking what was so funny. Ghosts, but don’t let that scare you (haha) away if you’re not typically into paranormal elements. The ghosts are central to the story in a way that brings Sam and Alva together, but don’t overshadow the breathtaking love that grows between them. I thought the twist of who/what the ghosts were was really interesting and found myself on the edge of my seat as Sam and Alva followed the mystery to it’s conclusion. I really hope you decide to pick this book up because I can’t recommend it enough.
Virginiaw 4 days ago
I enjoyed this book filled with romance, scientists, insane asylums, suffragettes and ghosts. I love how each of these items are woven into one great story. These are wonderful characters. I really liked how Alva and Sam become friends and lovers. I received a copy of this book from St. Martin’s Press for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
Crystal61 4 days ago
This story had chills, humor, a little wackiness, science, attraction, and of course, love. Alva and Sam were wonderful people separately and as a couple. The danger surrounding Alva had me waiting to see how it would end. Sam's confidence that he could help Alva before he fully knew her and her problems had my heart thumping a little faster. He was an absent-minded professor with a gentleness and protectiveness inside. I loved the two of them, and I highly recommend this story. I received an ARC of this story through Netgalley, and this is my unsolicited review.
Jolie 5 days ago
I didn’t know what I was expecting when I started reading The Widow of Rose House. I was interested in reading the book. Anything with ghosts and romance in it, and I am reading it. But, I was a little iffy on the Gothic description. I haven’t had the best luck when it comes to reading books in that genre. That was my only hold back from being delighted in reading The Widow of Rose House. I am happy to say that, I was pleased to read this book. I did have an issue with the ending, but other than that, it was a great read. The Widow of Rose House’s plotline was medium paced. It wasn’t too fast or too slow. Which was perfect for me, and it made reading the book enjoyable. There were no dropped storylines. But there were storylines that I felt needed clarification like how Henry ended up with the Moore’s or why Alva’s mother hated her. The latter gave me a feeling that there was more going on in that relationship than what was said. Alva was such a complicated woman, and I found her hard to get to know in the beginning. The author held back a lot when it came to her marriage to Alain. There was a point in the book where I did wonder if she was as scandalous as the gossip made her out to be. Then the author explained that Alain was abusive. That is when she started to come to life in my eyes. Alva was vulnerable but at the same time had a backbone of steel. She was damaged goods, and she knew it. She had such a hard time trusting people, after what her husband did, and it took her forever to trust Sam. I loved everything about Sam. He defined the term absent-minded professor. People could be standing in front of him, and if something caught his attention, bam, they would cease to exist for him. It was awesome!! Take, for instance, the serving tray conversation. I was dying laughing as I read that scene. It was hilarious. I also loved how deeply he loved his family. They were everything to him and vice versa. Sam and Alva’s romance was unique. I say unique because Sam knew right away that Alva was his other half. But, he also saw that she was damaged. He did pursue her, but everything that happened was on her terms. On Alva’s side, she fought her feelings for Sam tooth and nail. It was amusing and sad to read. Amusing because she blustered a lot and sad because she felt she wasn’t good enough for him. I didn’t get any sense of sexual attraction or chemistry between Alva and Sam. So when they had sex, it was a surprise. It was a clean sex scene. Nothing explicit. It was descriptive but didn’t go over the line. I loved it!! The ghost storyline was interesting. I say interesting because I enjoyed the search that Alva and Sam did on the previous owners of the house. I also enjoyed seeing how paranormal research would have looked like in the late 1800s. But then the ghost storyline took a weird turn that involved possession and being able to see slightly into the future. I was a little “eh” on that part, but it did add a unique flair to the storyline. The storyline with Alva’s brother-in-law and Alva’s marriage was sad. I liked how the author didn’t get graphic with the abuse that Alva and her mother-in-law suffered. Alva’s brother-in-law was skeezy. He was trying to blackmail her into giving him money each month. Considering how divorce was looked upon in that century, I didn’t blame Alva for caving into him. But, I wasn’t expecting what happened to him at the end of the book. The end of the book was alright. But I got a sense that it wa
book_junkee 6 days ago
I was invited to read this story and after hearing good things from a trusted friend, I was excited to get to it. I loved Alva and Sam. She’s trying to find herself again and keep a low profile. He’s a genius and basically famous. Together they have fantastic chemistry and conversation. I loved his persistence and her reluctance. I especially loved how he always listened and prodded her for ideas and opinions. His family was absolutely one of the best ever written and I’m ready to hang out with them. Plot wise, there are a few moving parts here, but the core of this story is a romance. I was expecting a bit more of a thriller, but I’m in no way disappointed. The tension was between Alva and Sam and it was delicious. The ghost part sort of felt like an afterthought at times and the resolution was wrapped up much more than I would have expected. Overall, it was a captivating story with characters I was instantly rooting for. I could happily read these two forever and cannot wait to read this again. **Huge thanks to St. Martin’s for providing the arc free of charge**
xxjenadanxx 6 days ago
Widowed and scandalized Mrs. Webster is haunted by her past, so it is only fitting that the house she bought to restore is too. When famous inventor Sam Moore approaches her with a request to investigate the ghosts in her house, she wants nothing to do with it, unwilling to believe that those who tormented you in life could do so in death as well. But after her construction crew encounters something unexplained and refuses to do anymore work unless something is done she reluctantly teams up with Professor Moore to either debunk the stories, or to find a way to help the spirit move on. This book has a real tone of sadness overall but also glimmers of hope throughout in the form of Sam. I enjoyed the parallels between Alva and the ghost, and found the moody setting of early New York City perfectly suited to the story. I really enjoyed this book! It would be a perfect fall read. Thanks to Netgalley and the Publishers for providing me with a copy of this book to review. All opinions are my own.
SardisYS 7 days ago
WIDOW OF ROSE HOUSE by Diana Biller (dcbiller) Paranormal Romance set in 19th century NY; hunky scientist, spunky widow +a ghost. HIGHLY recommend.
Mermer 8 days ago
A very good Mystery,romance with a little ghost story. Really like Ava and Sam and their connection. The dialogue between them was great. Really enjoyed reading . Voluntarily reviewed
3900980 8 days ago
Infamous widow Alva Webster decides to buy a run-down house in 1800’s New York. Having had to endure horrible rumors during her marriage and with her husband now dead, she decides it’s time to start over with a brand new life so hopefully her notoriety will wane. She has already gotten herself a book deal, unheard of during the time for a woman, in which she will chronicle the restoration and decoration of the house. But when her contractor and his laborers refuse to continue their work on the house because of ghosts she sees her new life begin to crumble. Enter Dr. Samuel Moore, a well-known scientist who takes a liking to not only finding the ghosts but to our lovely widow Alva. Moore, who is a bit eccentric, comes from a family of scientists and doctors and must convince Alva that he can scientifically figure out how to talk to the ghosts, hence send them on their merry way. Alva, for her part is done with love, and doesn’t particularly believe in ghosts. Having just come out of a horrible marriage she does not want anything to do with the doctor romantically, although she must admit he is adorable. Sam has other ideas. Although unconventional himself, he realizes Alva is his soul-mate. Now he just has to persuade her of this realization! But, while falling in love, they must also try and solve the mystery as to who is haunting the house and why. The Widow of Rose House is an adorably romantic funny ghost story which although takes place during the 1800’s has themes that ring true even in today’s world. I would love to see more adventures of Alva and Sam!
Momma_Becky 8 days ago
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 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.
Rhonda-Runner1 9 days ago
I do not usually read paranormal/ghost stories but something about this book made me want to read it and I am so glad I did. The story takes place in Hyde Park, New York in 1875 when Alva Webster returns after the death of her abusive husband. She buys Liefdenhuis, a dilapidated mansion and wants to restore it. Rumor has it that the house is haunted. An inventor, Professor Sam Moore, wants to explore the house for ghostly activity and he falls for Alva after meeting her. This is a really cute, romantic, story with paranormal activity. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Griffin for the ARC of this very delightful Gothic Romance.
Ejaygirl 11 days ago
Alva Webster returns to New York from Paris in the midst of false scandalous rumors after fleeing her abusive husband three years before. Now that her husband is dead, Alva wants to move on with her life and purchases Liefdehuis, a neglected mansion in Hyde Park. Her plan is to restore it and write a book about the process. Stories of it being haunted circulate quickly, getting the attention of famed inventor Samuel Moore who wants to research it, scientifically of course. When he sees Alva for the first time, he’s as equally captivated by her as he is her house. I thought I was getting a creepy, spooky story about ghosts and got a creepy, spooky story about a ghost, a house AND two utterly delightful characters in Alva and Sam. She’s darkness and resilience and he’s a magnificent bright light and energy. Together they make the most fascinating combination with some of the best, most clever and witty banter I’ve experienced in some time. I had this categorized as historical fiction and the 1875 setting makes that completely appropriate but it’s also a paranormal with its ghostly elements, a mystery as the identity of the apparition is explored and a combustible romance as Alva and Sam will rank as a favorite couple of fiction. This turned out to be much more than I’d anticipated when I agreed to read this story. I read it in one day, not wanting to put it down. Alva’s story is tragic and Sam’s was rather glorious, coming from the most delightful family of inventors. Their presence gave me insight into this free-spirited man whose quirky nature just made him more endearing. But these two fit so perfectly because their imperfections balanced so beautifully. The ghost story is not your ordinary tale either, with an angle I hadn’t foreseen. It’s hard to believe this is a debut novel as it’s so well constructed with outstanding characterizations. It turned out to be a wonderful reading experience and my hope is we haven’t seen the last of Alva & Sam. This needs to be a series...seriously! 4.5 stars (Thanks to St. Martin’s Griffin for my complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.)
Njkinny 12 days ago
Diana Biller's debut Gothic Romance, The Widow of Rose House takes the readers way back to 1875 New York. A heroine hounded by gossip who wants to rise above her traumatic past to live her life her way and an eccentric, genius scientist with a heart of gold make for a very interesting and pleasant reading in this latest Gothic Historical Romance from St. Martin's Griffin. As if this is not lure enough, there is also a ghost and a haunted mansion! I only got attracted towards this book because of the blurb and the fact that I have just started reading gothic historical romances and come to love this genre. The title doesn't do justice to the awesome story within and the cover also pales in comparison to the splendid narrative inside. The story starts a bit slow but I got interested in it right from the beginning. The mystery around Alva and Dr. Samuel Moore whose mind is always working on his latest inventions, the strength of this book is the romance between these two poles apart personalities. The banter between them and then the memorable dialogues that not only touched my heart but also made me fall in love with these people had me sitting glued to my seat right until the very end. I drank too many cups of tea, ate too much cake and totally lazed around oblivious to the world while I followed Alva and Sam, all the way rooting for them! I absolutely adored Sam. He is not at all like the alpha overbearing heroes we find in almost all the books but a man comfortable in his life. He is sweet, patient and willing to let the heroine lead where she is more knowledgeable. The way he convinces Alva of their mutual love was so beautifully done. I loved meeting the Moore family and I am so eager to read about their stories in the future. Diana please write about them! I wanted to know what happened with Alva's family and if they realised their mistakes but was disappointed when we didn't get a closure. The ghost angle took a backseat for majority of the story and then picked up at the end. I think this angle could have been handled better. However, the end wrapped it up beautifully. This book tackles the sensitive topics of abuse, mental illness and the feminism with poise and without taking sides, the author frankly showcases the societal handling of these topics in 1875. My heart broke for the victims and I felt powerless to do something for them which made Alva's character all the more powerful because she is the woman in that time of gender inequality who wants to make a difference with no support from anyone. The narration is fluid and the world building so realistic that I easily visualised the New York of 1875. Diana Biller has the talent for writing and I wish her the very best. I hope I get to read lots more from her in the future. All in all, The Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller is a splendid ghost hunting gothic historical romance with a story about overcoming challenges to pave the path for our dreams, of finding love, redemption and taking chances in life. Full of memorable quotes with vibrant characters that stay with us long after the end of the story and sprinkled with ghostly apparitions, this is an entertaining, evocative and at times chilling book that Njkinny recommends to everyone. 4 stars out of 5 to it from me, go grab it at a discounted rate right now! This review is also available on Njkinny's Blog
TheGenreMinxBookReviews 12 days ago
From the start I truly enjoyed reading The Widow of Rose House because Alva Webster was a strong character who did not let society dictate her choices or her future. She had much to overcome after her most recent scandals and I couldn’t help feeling a righteous indignation for her, even not knowing the whole story, because I did feel that she was being unjustly viewed by mostly everyone. I say ‘mostly’ because there was one man who could not have cared a bit for what society thought. When he saw Alva, Samuel Moore saw a woman who was different from the rest and was a woman he wanted to get to know. What made her only more intriguing to him was that she was the owner of Liefdehuis, a house rife with rumors of paranormal hauntings which was a special interest of his. Samuel, being a very famous and well-respected man, thought that he could use his influence to have Alva agreeing to allow him into her home to run paranormal testing but he was very far off the mark on that assumption. The last thing Alva wanted was anyone in her life, especially one who wanted to hunt for ghosts, ludicrous. She had to keep her distance from everyone because she knew after her disastrous marriage than no one was worthy of trust. It wasn’t until situations beyond her control brought her to a point where having Samuel investigate was more valuable than keeping him out of her life that she even agreed to his request. Despite her fondness for Samuel, Alva had more darkening her doorstep than a supposed paranormal presence. With everything to lose but also with everything to gain, Alva was going to have to choose which life she wanted to lead. I was sure that The Widow of Rose House was going be a story that captivated me because it involved a house, that was rumored to be haunted, with a protagonist who didn’t believe in ghosts. I love nothing more than a good haunting with a character who has to be brought to the point of belief. What I received from this story was so much more than a tale with Victorian Gothic flair. Alva was a character who had been tremendously hurt and neglected over the days of her life and of course she was going to want to keep her distance from anyone with the potential to hurt her. Samuel had to work really hard and prove much to her but that made this story utterly romantic. They balanced each other out perfectly. Samuel was such an absentminded character who was very quirky but dang if he didn’t prove himself to be the most romance worthy character. He was a true hero who never gave up on Alva and I loved him from the start! With a debilitated house that Alva desperately wanted brought into the Gilded Age, a whimsical scientist who wanted to prove the existence of ghosts, and a cruel reminder of Alva’s past, there is much to love in The Widow of Rose House. Yes, there was a slow burn romance element but this was woven within scenes of anger, dismissal, extortion, lightheartedness, mystery, and reveals of abuse. I was kept on a rollercoaster of emotion where I would be burning with righteous anger one moment and laughing with uncontained glee the next. The Widow of Rose House was a truly delightful book and Diana Biller is one debut author that will be staying on my radar for a long time to come! This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.
Anonymous 12 days ago
I am not always a fan of historical fiction, but The Widow of Rose House was so much more than that. It is a romance, a ghost story, a mystery and a book with a strong female lead character. I requested it from NetGalley because it centers around a fixer upper house that is rumored to be haunted. I seem to always be involved in a fixer upper, so I enjoy reading about other people who have bigger issues with theirs than I do with mine. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for allowing me to read this preview copy.
Byrony 12 days ago
I have always been a fan of the Gilded age and throw in a bit of romance and the paranormal and I am intrigued. This book did not disappoint. The book introduces widow Alva Webster a “scandalous” widow, at least according to the press. She has returned to New York from years abroad in Europe, She purchases a dilapidated house to renovate and plans to write a book documenting the renovation and decoration of the house. A kind of 19th century Martha Stewart. Enter scientist Samuel Moore who has heard rumors that the house is haunted and wants to investigate. Alva is not really interested in allowing him to investigate. Thus starts a wonderful book with lots of charm and romance. The supernatural parts were creepy but not overly so. I would recommend this book for anyone interested in the Gilded Age, Romance or the Paranormal. This was a great addition to these genres. I look forward to more books from this author. Thanks to St Martin’s Press and NetGalley for the chance to read and review this book.
SarahM-M 12 days ago
Alva is a widow, recently returned to New York from France. She has a scandalous and notorious reputation, dating back a couple years, since the estrangement from her brutish husband, the death of whom did nothing to help improve her reputation. She has been accused of affairs, flings, and orgies; men are constantly propositioning her. She sees no need for a man in her life, does not wish to be beholden to any man and finds these propositions to be incredibly tedious. Hoping to create a life for herself in New York, she has purchased Liefdehuis, a dilapidated mansion in Hyde Park. To build her own income source, she plans to capitalize on her notorious name and publish her own book on interior design, based on her restoration and redecoration of Leifdehuis. Rumor has it though that the mansion is haunted and if she has any hope of hiring a crew to restore it she must prove that either there is not ghost or that the ghost has moved on. Professor Samuel Moore, from the famous Moore family of scientists and inventors, may be her only hope. ______________________________ This book was so much more than I was expecting, I loved it. What I expected was a light historical romance with a hint of romance, and this went so much deeper. I was so invested and the characters and storyline and I wa squeezing in time to read any chance I had. I don't want to give anything away and ruin it for anyone else so I'm going to be incredibly vague here. I loved Alva and Sam. He was such a dear and such a dork, I found his character to be incredibly amusing in his absent mindedness. Honestly his entire family was a gold mine and probably my favorite aspect of this book. Alva was a flawed character. She had a difficult past, which she is still learning to cope with the trauma as she worked to build an independent life for herself. It's a learning curve and she has a couple stumbles, but that just made her all the more human and more relatable of a character. I will say no more to make sure that I don't spoil anything. I love historical fictions, I love historical romances, and I love paranormal fiction; this book ticked all those boxes for me. This book is for sure going on my favorites shelf. This is not a clean romance, there is one quite detailed intimate scene and another shorter one. So if you're looking for a clean romance this may not be the book for you. But you could also skip these sections, as the rest of the book is clean. Further there is not much of an authentic historic voice in this book, everyone has a much more modern voice than would be expected. But I enjoyed the book so much and was invested in the story enough that this didn't detract from my enjoyment of the book. ______ I would like to thank NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for giving me the chance to read and review an eARC of The Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller. This is my honest review.
Anonymous 12 days ago
The Widow of Rose House is the debut of author Diana Biller. It is a fun and suspenseful historical romance set in New York in the 1870s. Alva is a widow with a scandalous background who buys an old home to fix it up while writing a book on interior design. She meets an eccentric scientist whose personality and family you can't help but love. Together, they investigate the haunting of her new home. The characters were developed nicely and I loved the integration of humor into what could have been a very dark ghost story. I love Alva and Sam together and may have found my new book boyfriend. I will definitely keep an eye out for the author's next book!
Rachel_Denise01 12 days ago
The Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller is primarily a romance, however the added facets of historical fiction, mystery, and a spooky/paranormal activity. I enjoyed the two main characters and their connection. I enjoyed the historical timeline. My only slight negatives to keep this from being a 5/5 is the added “sexual content”. I was not offended by anything by any means, but it could have been excluded and been an even better novel. The ending was a nice wrap up and I am looking forward to what the author has in store for these characters for the future. 4/5 stars
NhaughtyV 12 days ago
“They were two sides of the same story. That’s what he’d been waiting for…the other side of his story. And now he very much thought he might have found her.” Fleeing her abusive husband, Alva Webster believes she has finally found safety by returning to New York. Once word of her husband’s death and the scandal attached to their marriage reaches the newspapers and gossip columns, Alva perceivers to hold her head high, and make a life for herself. Purchasing a mansion in the Hyde Park area, Alva pitches to a publisher on how she could restore and write a book on architecture and design that everyone would benefit from reading. What she didn’t count on was the house being tainted of tales of ghostly hauntings…and one very handsome and persistent Professor Samuel Moore. Absent minded Professor Samuel Moore is widely known for his engineering brilliance. When he hears that the Liefdehuis mansion has been purchased, he makes it his mission to get the owner to grant him permission to attempt to contact the spirits housed within. But when he discovers that the owner is non-other than the infamous Mrs. Webster, Sam becomes fascinated with her strength and will to rise above scandal to make her own way in the world…and Sam is determined she won’t do it alone. While their romance may have started in an unconventional manner, Alva and Sam work together to unlock the ghostly secrets bound to the house. And little by little, Sam works towards getting Alva to share not only her own secrets, but her heart as well. Now, rating/reviewing this story is a wee bit difficult for this reader. While I found the beginning and end quite enjoyable, the middle dragged on too much for me. Professor Moore’s character was my favorite, and I enjoyed how the author weaved his absent-mindedness into a delightfully charming quirk. Diana Biller’s debut novel The Widow of Rose House is perfect for fans of Victorian/Gothic Romance. Overall, the story was good and well written, and I’d recommend to fans of this genre! **I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. **
Literaturebabe 13 days ago
This is a wonderful Victorian Gothic Romance you can get lost in. Full of comedic moments and romantic interludes,"The Widow of Rose House" is an absolutely delicious read by an excitingly talented new author. Take a trip back in time to the Gilded Age of New York and immerse yourself in an exciting gothic love story; often funny, sometimes heartbreaking, but definitely captivating, the characters stay around (just like the ghosts they meet) long afterwards. Alva, aka the widowed Mrs. Webster, has just left England along with her scandalous reputation, and moved back to New York hoping for a new start. Alva is smart, beautiful and wealthy...and she invested in an old house. She just didn't expect it to be haunted. Sam is from a well established wealthy family; handsome, genius, and a scientific inventor who sees Alva for more than her beauty. What evolves is a romantic, yet lively relationship where things go bump in the night and it isn't always ghosts! Loved these characters so much!...let's hope Ms. Diana Biller brings them back for further adventures. 5 stars Thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin's Press and the author Ms. Diana Biller for the opportunity to read this Advanced Readers Copy of your delicious read "The Widow of Rose House"
WendyLeGrand 13 days ago
Historical romance meets paranormal to give readers an amazing gothic tale! One of my favorite bloggers, Natasha is a Book Junkie, recently talked in her Facebook group about reading this book and how amazing she thought it was. I take what Natasha says to heart, and Diana Biller has taken a couple of my favorite tropes and melded them into one fantastic story! This is my first time reading a historical romance combined with some paranormal and I absolutely loved it! This book is categorized as Gothic Romance, which I admit is a trope I am not familiar with, but will be one that I plan to research thoroughly now that I've had a taste! I truly felt for Alva, her life has been less than glamorous even though she comes from a very prominent family. And her married life was even worse, so she has really had no guiding light through it all, having to rely on her own inner voice to make decisions. Sam was so refreshing as a male character. He was such a good man. That was what Alva thought of him, he was a good man. He bore no pretenses and he was scatterbrained and couldn't seem to match his socks, but he stood up for what was right and he helped those who needed a hand, and he knew exactly what he wanted, and he wanted Alva. Even though there is a paranormal element in this story, it isn't a creepy book, and in fact the ghost story per se doesn't really come to a head until the end of the book. The majority of the story centers around Alva and her journey to restoring her name that has been besmirched, and how Sam helps her to see what her truth worth really is. There are plenty of entertaining secondary characters that come along for the ride. This story moves at a steady pace and I found myself not being able to put the book down until I turned the last page. I'm highly impressed that this is Ms. Biller's debut novel and I very much look forward to seeing what she has in store for us in the future! Many thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an advance review copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.
ledLD 13 days ago
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.
Katie__B 13 days ago
3.5 stars It's not very often I will read something involving ghosts but the synopsis sounded interesting so I rolled the dice and took a chance on this one. Thankfully my gamble paid off and I thought this was a pretty cute historical romance. Always good to step out of your reading comfort zone from time to time. It's 1875 and you aren't going to find many people who have a kind word to say about Alva Webster. Even though she had been living in Europe, gossip about her and her marriage still found its way across the Atlantic Ocean. After the death of her abusive husband, she has returned to New York with the hopes of restoring, Liefdehuis, a mansion in desperate need of repairs. However, rumor has it ghosts haunt the home and not many people will even go near it. Professor Samuel Moore is highly interested in checking the place out for research purposes but Alva is wary of the idea and him. Perhaps he can charm his way into her heart. So while ghosts are an aspect of the story, it wasn't the only thing going on, In my opinion the romance was the strength of the story as Alva and Samuel had good chemistry together and I loved their banter back and forth. I don't normally read many historical fiction books taking place in the 1800s, and I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed reading about this time period. My only slight criticism about the book is I felt the dialogue at times was too modern. A few times during romantic scenes, I would find myself questioning if certain words or phrases were realistic sounding for that time period. I could be wrong though and it's not like it truly affected my overall enjoyment of the story. I think there's a little something for every type of reader with this book. If you like romances, the 1800s time period, and/or ghosts, consider checking this one out as it's a cute and enjoyable read! Thank you to St. Martin's for sending me an advance reader's copy! I was not obligated to post a review and all views expressed are my honest opinion.
SOMDReigel 13 days ago
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.