It has been a couple of months since I read Rose House and quite a few other novels have passed this way in the interim. Nevertheless, I will try to do it justice as I review it.

Rose House is one of those books that is difficult to describe. It has an atmosphere of its own that is almost tangible – an exquisite portrayal of both setting and characters that made them come alive. In Rose House despair is tempered with love and hope, betrayal with forgiveness, unbelief with renewed faith.

After losing her husband and children in an accident, Lillian is drawn to the sanctuary of the Sonoma valley and the peace she finds there. However that peace is often broken by an unseen sense of menace. As Lillian learns that people in her life were not always the way she perceived them, she becomes increasingly unsure of who she can trust. When a fresh chance at love presents itself, can Lillian let go of the past and its pain and find new joy? Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Rose House today to find out.



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.


forknerTina Ann Forkner writes contemporary fiction that challenges and inspires. She grew up in Oklahoma and graduated with honors from CSU Sacramento before settling in Wyoming. She lives with her husband, their three bright children and their dog and stays busy serving on the Laramie County Library Foundation Board of Directors. She is the author of Ruby Among Us, her debut novel, and Rose House, which recently released from Waterbrook Press/Random House.

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