Rose House: A Novel by Tina Ann Forkner

Rose House: A Novel

byTina Ann Forkner

Kobo ebook | May 5, 2009

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“A story nestled in a masterful weaving of secrets, betrayals, hope, and healing.”
–Allison Pittman, author of Stealing Home and Saturdays with Stella

A vivid story of a private grief, a secret painting, and one woman’s search for hope

Still mourning the loss of her family in a tragic accident, Lillian Diamon finds herself drawn back to the Rose House, a quiet cottage where four years earlier she had poured out her anguish among its fragrant blossoms.

She returns to the rolling hills and lush vineyards of the Sonoma Valley in search of something she can’t quite name. But then Lillian stumbles onto an unexpected discovery: displayed in the La Rosaleda Gallery is a painting that captures every detail of her most private moment of misery, from the sorrow etched across her face to the sandals on her feet.

What kind of artist would dare to intrude on such a personal scene, and how did he happen to witness Lillian’s pain? As the mystery surrounding the portrait becomes entangled with the accident that claimed the lives of her husband and children, Lillian is forced to rethink her assumptions about what really happened that day.

A captivating novel rich with detail, Rose House explores how the brushstrokes of pain can illuminate the true beauty of life.

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Title:Rose House: A NovelFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:May 5, 2009Publisher:The Crown Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307457931

ISBN - 13:9780307457936

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Grief and Reconciliation This is a character driven book that is beautifully written. It was a little slow to start and I wasn't sure about it at first. Then I started to care for the characters and wanted to see how they worked out their issues of estrangement, grief, betrayal, jealousy and sadness.
Date published: 2011-09-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Bit Odd 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. Reviewed at
Date published: 2011-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Take the time to smell and admire the roses Roses, countryside and photography – all things that speak to me. I was mainly attracted to this book by it’s cover. A dried rose. So romantic I find. However, I got hooked on the story as I was reading it. Imagine you are married and you have two children – twins. Sometimes dreadful happen to them. You are in pain and visit a special house surrounded with roses. You think you are followed and suddenly meet the owner of the Rose House. Fast track 4 years later, you are back at the Rose House and discover that someone has painted you with the Rose House. However, you don’t know who the artist is as the painting has been given anonymously. You decide to stay and find who invaded you… This is the story of Lillian and you will discover with her who painted the Rose House with her, you will become friends with the people who tend the B&B as well as the owner of the Rose House, you will reconnect with the sister who betrayed you, and discover that love is possible for a widow. The Rose House novel has mystery as well as reconciliation and love stories in it. It will transport you to a place where you wish you could visit. Sometimes, during my reading session, I closed my eyes and tried to picture the house surrounded by the flowers. It spoke to me somehow. I enjoyed reading this book and would suggest it to anyone who would like to travel in a place where roses are growing without restrictions.
Date published: 2009-08-23