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The Widow of Rose House

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Narrated by: Samantha Desz
Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
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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.

©2019 Diana Biller (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • My Audio Romance Blog
  • 19-04-20

Palate Cleansing, Sweet Ghost Story Romance

The cream of this story is really the sweet hero. He is a handsome absent minded famous scientist who grew up in a family of famous scientists who all love, adore and support each other. Sickeningly healthy right? But also clearly exactly what Alva needs after her horrific first marriage. While her first husband was emotionally and physically abusive, the gruesome details are never expounded upon which is nice from a trigger warning perspective. But it is still obvious from Alva’s attitude and actions that she was badly abused. She is smeared as a very loose woman upon leaving her late husband (yet had only had sex once in her life) and lest you think she is freed of him by his death, think again. His TWIN brother comes around to blackmail Alva for her late husband’s death. Seriously, a twin brother of your abusive late husband - that would SUCK. And he’s about as bad as his brother too. So understandably she is all business and Sam swans into her life trying to disturb everything. There is immediate like and attraction so Alva tries her best to keep her distance from Sam. However when ghosts scare off the contractors working on her new home (her salvation and redemption), she needs Sam to help identify and extricate said ghosts. The remainder of the book is all about Sam and Alva discovering the ghost’s identity and unfinished business while also falling in love. It’s a bumpy road with Alva’s hang ups but in the end they are each keen on protecting the other and in the end, of course, it’s an HEA. I found the writing and plot very smooth and easy to follow, the ghost story wasn’t predictable and kept you guessing but the real mystery was how Alva was going to deal with the blackmailing brother. This was a bit more predictable but the story flowed well and the narrator did an excellent job with the story and voices (there weren’t strong accents or inflections but the subtle differences she used worked with this story).

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  • Ashlee » Library In The Country
  • 27-01-20

Sweet and funny!

This is a funny, scandalous and sweet historical romance! I thoroughly enjoyed the humor in this book, particularly from Sam and his family. In addition to the humor and romance, The Widow of Rose House has a tantalizing ghost story and mystery begging to be solved. Definitely recommend!

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  • 10-01-20

great book.

I loved this book. the reading was excellent but the book was amazing all on its own.

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  • Linda Youngquist
  • 19-10-19

Rose house

Was a fun read. Now do Henry’s story! I will be looking forward to it!

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  • Tracy
  • 27-10-19

Not that Great....

I was so hoping to enjoy this book, but unfortunately I found it slow moving and quite boring.