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Friday, August 28, 2009

Back-to-School Fiction Blog Tour - Rose House by Tina Ann Forkner

Thank you again to Ashley Boyer from Random House for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour. Please be sure to check out the reviews for The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper by Kathleen Y'Barbo and The Sweetgum Ladies Knit for Love by Beth Pattillo.


Rose House by Tina Ann Forkner

* Category: Fiction - Contemporary Women; Fiction - Christian
* Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
* On Sale: May 5, 2009
* Price: $13.99
* ISBN: 978-1-4000-7359-7 (1-4000-7359-6)

Click on Random House's Link for more information or to purchase: Rose House

Book summary from the back cover:

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 momment of misery, from teh sorrow etched across her face to the sandals on her feet.

What kind of artist would dare to initrude 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 abut what really happned that day.

A captivating novel rich with detail, Rose House explores how the brushstrokes of pain can illuminate the true beauty of life.

My Review: Captivating indeed. Literally the very first page of Tina Ann Forkner's novel Rose House slipped me into a spell. The words were so descriptive I felt like I was drinking them in. Literally every moment was etched in my mind like a film. Seriously, I have no doubt that this book would truly make an outstanding film!

Lillian is searching for hope when life has truly given her a blow that is unfathomable. She has lost her husband and children to a horrific accident. Where does one turn to let the grief out? What does one do when faced with so much loss?

This book moves at an easy pace. It is like a walk in a beautiful park with the nearly poetic descriptions. You savor the descriptions and the story. Lillian is a person that you cannot help but feel for. Her healing is not done in a quick leap which is really just how one would expect someone to progress through such a deep loss. Her relationship with God was approached and the questions too were very clearly real.

This is another book in a series. This is book two. I did not read the first book, and I did not feel like I missed out as that story apparently focuses on another family.

I would definitely recommend this book. It was a delight to read in many ways and was like a vacation in my own home.

1 comment:

Sheila DeChantal (bookjourney) said...

I posted my review on this book last night as well. I enjoyed reading your review and your description of the book.