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**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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|Listening Length||9 hours and 57 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||October 08, 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #76,589 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#217 in Gothic Horror Fiction
#1,179 in Gothic Romances
#1,441 in Gothic Fiction
Reviewed in the United States on October 14, 2019
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Samuel Moore comes from a long line of scientists. He’s eccentric, brilliant and utterly irresistible. He wants to somehow find an explanation for the strange happenings at Alva’s mansion. And if everything goes as planned, that means that he gets to spend endless hours with the alluring widow.
She’s a mystery that he is determined to solve. Behind her carefully constructed wall is a woman with equal amounts of beauty and strength.
If only he can help her overcome the ghosts of the past – both corporal and otherworldly – and find the love of a lifetime.
Diana Biller makes her witty and atmospheric debut with The Widow of Rose House. It doesn’t matter that the story is set in 1875 because her characters are light years ahead of their time.
Alva is a modern woman who can stand proudly on her own and Samuel is the perfect quirky combination of brains and fiery passion. I love how they embraced the unconventional - in each other and in the world around them. Their strength as individuals is only complimented by their strength together - never diminishing and never overshadowing. A truly amazing blend of past and present.
Add a touching ghost story into the mix and the result is a sweetly charming, whip-smart love story that’s simply perfect for Halloween.
Twice in a short span of time I have read the first published book of a new historical author. Twice if was left stunned by both story,
With one only expectation, to read more about these awesome talented writers.
Mrs Diana Biller is one hell of a gifted with words person. She has crafted a moving and transcendental story of healing and redeeming the wrong done to others.
She brought all her characters to life, they are more blood and flesh than paper with their shortcomings and successes.
Sam and Alva are two sides of the same coin, they need to trust on each other and themselves to make things work between them.
Sam is one man to love so easily, the perfect portrayed scientific, losing himself in his work, very singleminded when focused to get what he is looking for and rebuffs do not deter him. With his sole smile as his weapon, he disarms anyone his simple and quite naive view of life, not influenced by rules, gossips and expectations.
Alva never experienced love even in her young years, every aspect of her life controlled by her overbearing family, so when a handsome man seduced her, she mistook it easily but too late, she was already in an other gilded cage. To break free, she confronted scandal and nearly lost everything. But now she is ready to wipe the slate clean of her past if only it hadn’t the wrong habit to jump at her face.
It was a tale about darkness and light, Sam is the light source in this tale with Alva, only surrounded by gloom and as her past is slowly revealed, will Sam’s life force be enough to pull her out of her nightmares. When she drowns in her fears and doubts, he brightens and alleviates the whole scene. With his truthfulness close to candor and his humor, he slowly brings back Alva on the side of the livings, opening her to a colorful avenir instead of the dreary one she was designing for herself.
This was a big five stars read to slowly devour to appreciate all its various depths and layers, the painful past of Alva, Sam’s appreciation of life, the Moore family’s humor, eccentricities and their shared love and the mystery behind the ghosts tale. Everything combined a wondrous journey beyond love and time.
I was granted this advance copy through Edelweiss via the publisher St Martin’s Griffin. I so loved it I purchased my own copy.
Here is my true and unbiased opinion.
I voluntarily read an early copy.
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Questa storia è in realtà piena di fantasmi, ma non tutti infestano la casa in Hyde Park, New York. Alcuni continuano a tormentare l'anima di Alva Webster, una affascinante vedova di ricca famiglia che nel 1875 decide di tornare in America e, seguendo la sua passione per l'interior design, decide di acquistare una bella dimora in rovina per ristrutturarla secondo il suo stile e ricavarci un libro. Solo che Alva ha un passato che non le lascia respiro e che la segue fino a New York; e inoltre la casa è veramente infestata!
Qui entra in scena uno dei protagonisti maschili a mio avviso meglio riusciti, il Prof Simon Moore, brillante giovanotto da una nota famiglia di notevoli e riconosciuti inventori e scienziati (tra cui la madre e la sorella).
La curiosità di Simon verso i fenomeni paranormali lo porta ad avvicinare Alva con la ferma intenzione di ottenere la possibilità di studiare il fantasma. I no non gli fanno effetto e alla fine Alva deve cedere. E qui incomincia un rapporto particolarmente ben descritto fra un uomo molto amato dalla sua famiglia e professionalmente riuscito e pertanto molto sicuro di sé e una donna ferita ed abbandonata dalla famiglia di origine e da quella del marito e che ha rischiato di perdere il rispetto di sé e la sua sicurezza. Ovviamente Simon si innamora perdutamente di Alva e i suoi sforzi per rompere il muro che lei ha eretto intorno a sé sono allo stesso tempo insoliti nel metodo e implacabili nella perseveranza; Alva non ha alcuna possibilità di sfuggire a questo insolito corteggiamento!
Poi c'è il mistero di Liefdehuis house e anche questo è particolarmente ben svolto.
L'unica pecca che posso trovare è che a tratti la narrativa rallenta e si fa fatica a procedere. Tuttavia sono piccole cose e il finale ripaga, eccome se ripaga.