Rose House by Tina Ann Forkner

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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.

Rose House is about grief and loss.  Lillian finds herself at Rose House grieving a loss of family to a tragic car accident.  While staying close to Rose House as detectives have requested, she feels as though she is being watched.  Years later upon her return to Rose House she wanders into a shop and finds a picture of Rose House with a woman in the picture who is undoubtedly her.  Who took the picture?  What did they want?

Rose House is the type of book I really want to say more about, but find that anything I say feels like I am giving too much away.  A gentle read on grief and beyond….

Tina Ann Forkner is the author of Ruby Among Us. Originally from Oklahoma, she now lives with her husband and three children in Wyoming, where she serves on the Laramie County Library Foundation’s board of directors.

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This book was a review copy sent to me by Ashley Boyer of Multnomah Books, Random House

This book is rated G



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Posted on August 29, 2009, in Book Review and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. It is a great book isn’t it? I loved it, but yep…it is hard to review without blowing it. :)

    • It really is…. it felt like anything I said would lead me down a trail of giving part of the book away. I t took me several tries to write the review so I think I was pretty vague.

  2. justicejenniferreads

    A quiet cottage called Rose House sounds lovely – I fee like that alone would inspire me to dig into the book. It sounds like an interesting read.

  3. LOVE the cover on this one, but I would blubber like a baby.

  4. Thanks so much for your thoughts. I am so glad you liked Rose House. :-)

    Happy Reading. Love your blog.

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