Rose House: A Novel - eBook  -     By: Tina Ann Forkner
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WaterBrook Press / 2009 / ePub

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Amid a tangle of rose blooms and thorn, widow Lillian Diamon's private moment of grief is captured in a painting on display in a present-day, Sonoma Valley, California, art gallery, Her quest to find the artist unravels a greater mystery changing everything about her loss-and her future.

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: WaterBrook Press
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 9780307457936
ISBN-13: 9780307457936
Availability: In Stock


Rose House, written by Tina Ann Forkner, is a romance novel whose main character, Lillian Diamon, must wrestle with painful memories of her past while trying to establish a new relationship with a temperamental artist. This story, set in a tiny southern California town called La Rosasleda, finds Lillian trying to come to terms with her grief over losing her husband and two children in a suspicious car accident in which her sister, Geena, was able to walk away unharmed. Lillian meets Truman Clark, a local landscape artist, who has painted a remarkable picture of the Rose House, named for the massive rose bushes covering the outside. The painting, called Beauty and the Beast Within, also includes a woman who resembles Lillian. Thus, a romance begins. But Truman leaves Lillian to give her space when she seems unable to put away her old feelings for her deceased husband.

This story is relationship-driven rather than plot-driven. Heavy use of description drags the pacing to a slow crawl and makes this book difficult to get through. Forkner’s book consists of main characters who are partially developed if not two-dimensional, settings are confusing, and the pacing is slow. As a result, this book is not a page-turner. As a Christian novel, religious references are sparse and incidental, not contributing to the storyline at all. There are a few references to an outdoor Sunday morning service, and once we find Geena thinking of herself as the prodigal daughter of a stepfather who happens to be a preacher. However, the main focus is the Rose House itself and its presence, inviting visitors to experience hope, dreams, and inspiration while harboring secrets from within. – Anita Tiemeyer,


“In Rose House, Tina Ann Forkner brings us back to the beauty of California wine country and draws us into a story fit for the misty gothic moors. Just as the Rose House itself sits within a mass of beautiful, entwined roses and vines, so is the story nestled in a masterful weaving of secrets, betrayals, hope, and healing.” — Allison Pittman, author of Stealing Home and Saturdays with Stella

“Tina Ann Forkner pens a compelling tale of betrayal and grief, of hope and forgiveness in Rose House. The unique setting and her lyrical descriptions enticed me into the scene, where I was captivated by the appealing characters and the story’s underlying mystery. I couldn’t put it down.” — Ane Mulligan, author of Novel Journey

“With Rose House, Tina Ann Forkner paints a breathtaking canvas of lush prose brushstrokes. Don’t get lulled into a sense of calm; the storyline casts suspenseful shadows on this masterpiece of women’s fiction. Delightful!”— Patti Lacy, author of An Irishwoman’s Tale and What the Bayou Saw

“Captivating, mysterious, and romantically enticing, Forkner’s Rose House keeps the pages turning.” — Alice J. Wisler, author of Rain Song and How Sweet It Is

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