St. Martin's Griffin
On Sale: October 8, 2019
Featuring: Samuel Moore; Alva Webster
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Suspense Gothic | Women's Fiction Historical
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 debut novel
Itâ€™s 1875, and Alva Webster has perfected her stiff upper
lip after three years of being pilloried in the presses of
two continents over fleeing her abusive husband. Now his
sudden death allows her to return to New York to make a
fresh start, restoring Liefdehuis, a dilapidated Hyde Park
mansion, and hopefully her reputation at the same time.
However, fresh starts arenâ€™t as easy as they seem, as Alva
discovers when stories of a haunting at Liefdehuis begin to
reach her. But Alva doesnâ€™t believe in ghosts. So when 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 turns him down flat. She
doesnâ€™t need any more complications in her life―especially
not a handsome, convention-flouting, scandal-raising one
like Sam. Unfortunately, though Alva is loath to admit it,
Sam, a pioneer in electric lighting and a member of the
nationally-adored Moore family of scientists, is the only
one who can help. Together, the two delve into the tragic
secrets wreathing Alvaâ€™s new home while Sam attempts to
unlock Alvaâ€™s history―and her heart.
Set during the Gilded Age in New York City, The Widow of
Rose House is a gorgeous debut by Diana Biller, with a
darkly Victorian Gothic flair and an intrepid and resilient
American heroine guaranteed to delight readers.
Fresh Fiction Box Not To Miss, Selection, July 2019
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