The Widow of Rose House
Updated: Mar 3
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 a stiff upper lip after three years of being denounced in the presses of two continents over fleeing her abusive husband. His sudden death now allows her to return to New York to make a fresh start. Her aim is restoring Liefdehuis, a dilapidated Hyde Park mansion, along with rebuilding her reputation and completing a home interior book at the same time.
Fresh starts aren’t as easy as they seem especially when Alva discovers stories of hauntings at Liefdehuis beginning to reach her. Alva doesn’t believe in ghosts. However once 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 of course, turns him down flat! Alva doesn’t need any more complications in her life—especially not a handsome, convention-flouting, scandal-raising one like Sam.
Alva is loath to admit it, but Sam being a pioneer in electric lighting and a member of the nationally-adored Moore family of scientists seems to be the only one who can help. Together, the two delve into the tragic secrets hidden in 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 marvelous debut by Diana Biller. And you have to know I adore debut authors and their books! Absolutely loved Samuel Moore the brilliant and extremely amusing scientist and of course his boisterously brilliant family. Alva was being persecuted by her late husbands family and I loved how Sam was able to both put them in their places and make sure they would never have the audacity to bother Alva ever again.
Brilliant and highly recommended!!