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CFBA Book Review- Rose House

Posted May 27 2009 11:41pm

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Rose House

WaterBrook Press (May 5, 2009)


Tina Ann Forkner


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 Rose House, go HERE


I love Tina Ann Forkner's writing style. She writes with vivid emotion and completely draws me into the story. I loved the first book- Ruby Among Us - and I love Rose House too. The book is filled with wonderful descriptions of the people and places and it makes me feel like I am right there with them. I found myself completely engaged with the main characters and the moments they were experiencing. The story itself is beautiful with a full range of emotion. One of the best parts of Forkner's books is how naturally faith fits into the storyline- it never feels forced or preachy. She also deals honestly with her characters REAL questions and emotions, even the tough ones- guilt, bitterness, grief, doubt, etc. Forkner's writing is deep and there are profound lessons to be learned from her stories. I definitely recommend both Ruby Among Us and Rose House!
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