The Widow of Rose House

The Widow of Rose House

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 debut novelIt'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 sudd...

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The Widow of Rose House Reviews

  • Alyssa Palombo

    Get ready for this delicious, swoony, spooky, completely engrossing historical novel. I couldn't put it down! My blurb is below:

    "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!"

  • June Hur

    It's almost Halloween and as I've been telling everyone, this spooky historical romance will go well with pumpkin spice latte and maybe some autumn scented candles. It's a book that will make you laugh so hard, cry as hard, and also make you hold your breath in suspense.

    THE WIDOW OF ROSE HOUSE is among one of the best book I've read in YEARS, and this is saying a lot coming from me - an incredibly picky reader. I can't tell you how many books I've stopped reading after the first chap

    It's almost Halloween and as I've been telling everyone, this spooky historical romance will go well with pumpkin spice latte and maybe some autumn scented candles. It's a book that will make you laugh so hard, cry as hard, and also make you hold your breath in suspense.

    THE WIDOW OF ROSE HOUSE is among one of the best book I've read in YEARS, and this is saying a lot coming from me - an incredibly picky reader. I can't tell you how many books I've stopped reading after the first chapter because the prose wasn't my style, or because the tone and atmosphere of the book wasn't my cup of tea. But THIS book - it has everything I love.

    It's a book I'd even pick up to reread every autumn. Maybe I'll make it a tradition...

  • Jonetta

    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

    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.)

  • Natasha is a Book Junkie

    I’m forever on the lookout for stories that are not only well-written and deeply romantic, but that are also fresh, textured, unique and wonderfully quirky in their own way, so when I stumble upon a book that ‘ticks’ ALL the boxes—a book that is as quietly unsettling as it is tender, as emotionally gripping as it is witty—I get all giddy inside. A ghost-hunting adventure and sweeping romance in equa

    I’m forever on the lookout for stories that are not only well-written and deeply romantic, but that are also fresh, textured, unique and wonderfully quirky in their own way, so when I stumble upon a book that ‘ticks’ ALL the boxes—a book that is as quietly unsettling as it is tender, as emotionally gripping as it is witty—I get all giddy inside. A ghost-hunting adventure and sweeping romance in equal parts, and peppered with moments of breath-holding tension, it amazes me that this Gilded Age gem of a story is a debut effort. It’s a moving, evocative, beautifully told and, at times, chilling read, and even when I desperately wanted to speed ahead to find out what happens in the end, I made myself savour every exquisite last word of it.

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  • Mei

    Another excellent debut! :)

    I loved the way the author incorporated a ghost story with HR!!! She did it in a way that avoided the gothic feel of the usual ghost stories! What was really good here is the way the MCs act, think and think!

    I loved the unusual hero, Sam - a scientist to the core who gets distracted by scientific pursuits in the most unexcpected moments! LOL

    He was such a breath of fresh air! In a romancelandia populated by arrogant alpha dukes, earls

    Another excellent debut! :)

    I loved the way the author incorporated a ghost story with HR!!! She did it in a way that avoided the gothic feel of the usual ghost stories! What was really good here is the way the MCs act, think and think!

    I loved the unusual hero, Sam - a scientist to the core who gets distracted by scientific pursuits in the most unexcpected moments! LOL

    He was such a breath of fresh air! In a romancelandia populated by arrogant alpha dukes, earls etc. he is a bright star! He realized that he's fallen in love with Alva rather early in the story and he didn't question the feeling; he accepted it and rejoiced! Ahhh, I want more heroes like Sam!!!

    Alva was another thing entirely! She's terrified and rightly so! After the disastrous marriage, the cruel husband and his deplorable family, the filth she was heaped upon without being guilty of anything, she has every reason to be cautious and even terrified!

    I loved Sam even more because he as intelligent enough to understand Alva and support her in a very subtle way! He kept her unbalanced with his outrageous statements, the way he jumped from one argument to another completly different! It way wonderful!!!

    The ghost story only adds to the enjoyment! It was heartbreaking how the poor Rose was treated! If I was treated like that my ghost would have been much more cruel and vindictive!!!

    But even without the ghost the story is wonderful!

    The secondary characters are fantastic as well! Sam's family and his friend/adopted brother Henry were wonderful too! Sam's family is hilarious: like a mad-scientist dream! They act and speak in such a wonderfully innocently intelligent way that I wanted to hug them all!

    I loved it very, very much and I'll be looking forward to more books by this author!

  • Linda

    "The haunted mansion is the perfect home: spacious, well-furnished, and it entertains your guests for you." (Walt Disney World)

    The Widow of Rose House is a colorfully wrapped package that touches on moments of the Gilded Age, the draw of romance, the weight of shifty crime, and the eerie stream of the paranormal. Diana Biller will see to it that you are entertained throughout.

    Alva Webster sits rigidly at a table in the famous Delmonico's restaurant in New York City. She k

    "The haunted mansion is the perfect home: spacious, well-furnished, and it entertains your guests for you." (Walt Disney World)

    The Widow of Rose House is a colorfully wrapped package that touches on moments of the Gilded Age, the draw of romance, the weight of shifty crime, and the eerie stream of the paranormal. Diana Biller will see to it that you are entertained throughout.

    Alva Webster sits rigidly at a table in the famous Delmonico's restaurant in New York City. She knows that there is an abundance of eyes upon her every move. Although she is meeting a publisher to discuss a book proposition on home decor, Alva knows that she, herself, is the title of every topic discussed at every table.

    A recent widow living previously in Europe, Alva has decided to come back to New York. But what has followed her here are horrendous rumors of her questionable lifestyle abroad. Scandalous, you might say, even though it is nothing but lies. But lies are like little demons jumping from one pointed tongue to another here in New York City.

    Alva has recently bought a property in the Hyde Park section of the city. Rumors abound that this said mansion is haunted by its previous owners. Even the workmen that Alva has hired for the renovation left their tools and materials behind in their haste to escape the creepiness from within its walls.

    Soon Alva is contacted by Professor Sam Moore who wishes to proceed with paranormal investigations in the mansion. He comes from a very quirky family of delightful scientists. In time, Sam and Alva combine their efforts into finding out what is at the core of the mansion even though Alva has a real flesh and blood enemy pursuing her.

    I enjoyed The Widow of Rose House and would rate it at 3.5 kicked up to a 4 star review. Although a historical fiction novel, the relationship between Sam and Alva has a more modern day vibe as you'll find out. I also would have liked to have experienced more creepy inner explorations of the mansion throughout the book......unexplained voices and chilling experiences in the build-up and less romance. But that's just me. Still a worthy read that will grab your attention.

    I received a copy of this book through NetGalley for an honest review. My thanks to St. Martin's Press/Griffin and to Diana Biller for the opportunity.

  • Lisa Leone-campbell

    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 h

    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!

    Thank you so much to #NetGalley #St.Martin’sGriffin #DianaBiller #TheWidowofRoseHouse for the advanced copy. The book will be out October 8.

  • Katie B

    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 marri

    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.

  • ♥Rachel♥

    Alva’s back in New York after the death of her estranged husband, partly to salvage her reputation from the rumors and gossip written after their separation, and to revamp Liefdehuis, an old Hyde Park house. She plans to publish the process of renovation as well as interior design ideas for the middle classes, a new and emerging market. But the ghost stories surrounding Liefdehuis threaten to derail her plans, so she has no choice but to investigate and hopefully dispel. Here’s where Sam Moore,

    Alva’s back in New York after the death of her estranged husband, partly to salvage her reputation from the rumors and gossip written after their separation, and to revamp Liefdehuis, an old Hyde Park house. She plans to publish the process of renovation as well as interior design ideas for the middle classes, a new and emerging market. But the ghost stories surrounding Liefdehuis threaten to derail her plans, so she has no choice but to investigate and hopefully dispel. Here’s where Sam Moore, the famous inventor comes in, much to Alva’s dismay.

    I loved The Widow of Rose House! Parts were a bit scary, (hello, ghost story!) and tragic, but a large part of the story was so much fun, thanks to Samuel Moore and his wonderfully quirky family! Sam’s eccentric, sexy, and handsome, and Alva’s reactions to him were a complete delight! Alva tried to resist Sam’s charm, but he was impossible to put off and completely irresistible. Loved the banter and chemistry between them!

    I adored Alva! Enduring everything she did, from her unloving family to her abusive husband (now dead, thank goodness) while still retaining her spirit showed a strength I admired. If anyone deserved a happy ending it was Alva. Dealing with the possibility of the ghost on top of salvaging her reputation proves to be a daunting challenge, but one Alva’s determined to take on.

    The Widow of Rose House was a captivating story, a wonderful debut! While the story wraps up nicely, I’d

    to have more stories centering on the Moore siblings, Henry included!

  • Holly

    The Widow of Rose House is a very enjoyable and satisfying read. It is a story of second chances and redemption. This book is a mix of different genres and multiple themes - suspense, mystery, paranormal, romance, abuse, bullying, and mental illness. Above all else, The Widow of a Rose House is an engaging romance novel with a paranormal twist. Most importantly, it has an unusual take on haunting and ghosts, which I found clever and captivating. This is not your usual ghost story by any means!

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