ARC Review: The Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller

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ARC Review: The Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller
The Widow of Rose House

4 Stars

Book Info

Released: October 8 2019
Genre: Historical Fiction
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
Format: eARC

Recommended Read!

“If you need the perfect book with a touch of Halloween but with all the romance feels, pick this up.”
~ Under the Covers

I was initially attracted to this book because of the pretty cover, plus it’s a debut novel!  I knew immediately it had to be included in my lineup of ghostly and atmospheric books to read this fall.  And while this delivered great things in that atmosphere I was expecting, it also gave me a new book boyfriend to add to my list of swoony good guy heroes.  Ladies, you have to meet Sam Moore.

This story is about Alva, a recent widow who’s come to America and bought a house with the intention of renovating it and publishing her design and decor ideas in a book using her “popularity” in the scandal sheets to do it.  They say she’s a whore, that she cheated on her husband with so many men and had debauched parties.  Even her family won’t talk to her.  But she’s closed off to all that gossip and just wants to secure her financial future doing something that has some meaning to her.  Except that the house she’s purchased is haunted and now no one wants to work there.  So she enlists the help of sexy scientist Sam Moore, who has a passion for the paranormal and ghosts, to come and prove the rumors wrong.

While this story is about a haunted house, it’s not very scary and I think also not very spooky.  It does have the right setting but if you’re looking for truly spooky this is very light.  That being said, the romance!  OMG this book is all about that romance.  I fell head over heels with Sam Moore from the very first time we meet him and the more we see from him, the more I swooned.  Sam is just too adorable and such a good guy, a little beta, and really everyone’s perfect guy. Go out and get this because Sam Moore is everything!

I have to say that Diana Biller really has a great debut here.  THE WIDOW OF ROSE HOUSE is a character driven story that really kept me interested ’til the end.  If you need the perfect book with a touch of Halloween but with all the romance feels, pick this up.


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About Diana Biller

I think the best way to you about myself is to tell you about the things I love. So here's a completely inexhaustive list: I love my husband, my dog, my family, and my friends. I love ballet--both watching it and taking adult beginner classes. I love hiking alone, writing in gardens, and jumping in waves. I love Disneyland. I love Los Angeles, where I live. I love reading--it's my oldest passion and my favorite.

And I love playing pretend, which is, for me at least, the thing underneath all the words and writing. I love living in worlds I've imagined, and I love meeting every new character who walks into them. I hope you'll love them too.


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Sophia Rose

You sold me!!! I want to read about Sam. 🙂

Under the Covers Book Blog

YESSSSSSSS! You have to meet him. Good guys need more love in romance.


I requested an ARC of this because I thought it was going to be gothic. It really wasn’t, more just a great romance with some light paranormal elements, and I loved both Sam and Alva. Great debut for the author!

Under the Covers Book Blog

Same, I was expecting more of that spooky gothic vibe and that’s not quite as developed in this story as I wanted. But great romance with a side of ghosts. Glad you liked it as well.


Great review Francesca. Can’t wait to read it

Under the Covers Book Blog

Thank you and hope you get to soon


This sounds great! I really want to meet Sam!

Under the Covers Book Blog

Ohhh you have to! He’s adorable <3


Wow! This sounds fantastic. Thanks for the review!

Under the Covers Book Blog

🙂 Heeeeeey! It is a great debut.

Amy R

Thanks for the review, I have borrowed this from library.