Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Rose House~ by Tina Ann Forkner

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Tina Ann Forkner

My Review: The Rose House tells the story of a Lillian Diamon, a woman dealing with grief and heartbreak who finds solace in a beautiful rose covered house. Unknown to Lillian the private moment of grief she experienced visiting the Rose House is captured in a painting which so vividly depicts her private moment that it leaves Lillian feeling exposed and vulnerable. Interested in finding the artist Lillian finds herself entangled in a mystery that not only involves the painting but also the tragedy that brought her to the Rose House in the first place.

This is a book that you won't want to put down. I really enjoyed it and loved how unique the story was and how the story was told from more than one point of view so which added to the suspense and gave a more complete picture. The book has many unexpected turns that will keep you guessing and is a great entertaining read.


Tina 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.


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.

If you would like to read an excerpt from HERE

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