The Rose House... a beacon of hope, a harbor for dreams and a refuge for hearts.
Lillian Hastings, a recent widow and prisoner of her thoughts, is drawn to a mysterious painting hanging in a gallery, it's significance plays on her emotions and engulfs her.
Geena, sister to Lillian has devastating secrets to share and a longing to right the wrongs in her past.
Kitty owner of Frances Di Camillo whose home is encompassed entirely of beautiful and captivating roses. She gives of her time and talents freely always lending friendly conversation to all in need.
A painting lovingly created by an artist longing to capture the beauty and essense of a perfect subject. Very much aware of how people view the creator's vision of paint to canvas and ability, the shy artist enjoys watching the reactions, yet longs for a critique and a way to approach others.
In the midst of Rose House something sinister lurks in the background always waiting for satisfaction.
Are you yearning for a romance that reaches out to touch you?
Are you searching for mystery and intrigue that will keep you guessing?
A deep and beautifully haunting novel that reaches the core of the heart to capture the reader. I thoroughly enjoyed spending time getting to know these different and well formed characters. Well written plot, dialogue, scenery intermingled with twists and turns kept me glued to the book and turning the pages. I was highly entertained by this impossible to put down book and will recommend this well written novel to others!
I have to say that while I enjoyed the book, I did not find it to contain a lot of spiritual content. Lillian had to move on with her life and found hope in "The Rose House". She did miss church, especially "the loud singing. and did attend an outdoor service after being invited. She and her sister did have some Christian characters around them, but not much was said about their need for God in their lives. Also, I would have liked to know more about Truman's character and what he was thinking. And, I was confused as to the motives of the stalker. It just seemed that some information was left out.
When Lillian found herself plunged into grief at the sudden loss of her husband and children she retreated to a beautiful place of hope - the Rose House in the Sonoma's wine country. Returning to the Rose House four years later she finds a painting revealing her deep feelings in those wretched moments from her past. Suddenly she finds herself followed by strangers, plagued by confessions from her estranged sister, and swept into an unexpected romance.
Rose House is the second in a loosely connected series of novels tied to the Rose House, the Sonoma valley, and the families who live there. The first in this series is the widely acclaimed Ruby Among Us (which I have not read). This book can easily be read as a stand-alone though.
I was drawn to Rose House by the mystery of the story - who had painted Lillian? How had they witnessed her secret grief? Was this a God thing? Unfortunately what I found was a choppy and confusing story. Tina Ann Forkner jumps around in time and space during the early portions of the book in a way that was hard for me to follow. It took me awhile to understand the backstory because it was revealed so slowly and jumpily.
I also found Lillian's emerging romance somewhat unbelievable - I actually thought her love interest had very strange stalker, obsessive-type qualities. I really couldn't understand why she would go in for that (I certainly wouldn't).
This was my first exposure to Forkner's work and though I can't say for certain what I was searching for (it was the nebulous mystery that drew me in), I can't shake the sense if disappointment I felt after finishing this novel.
Tina Ann Forkner is such a talented writer. Ruby Among Us & Rose House are 2 great books I recommend every one read. Tina writes in such a way that it makes you feel you are right there with the characters. Her writing keeps you so caught up in the story line that you can't put the book down. Can't wait for another book by her to come out.