Rose House: A Novel
by: Tina Ann Forkner
Published by: WaterBrook Press
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Reviewed by Kathy Johnson
Lillian Diamon lost not only her husband and children in a horrific car accident, but also her trust. Tensions mount as truths are laid bare. Mysteries compound when new people enter her life. Is someone stalking Lillian? Will she close the chapter of pain she is in the midst of processing? Will she enter a new chapter in her life which might even include loving again?
Lillian and her sister Geena lost their parents and brothers in a house fire when they were little. Aunt Bren, her mother’s best friend, and her pastor husband, raised the sisters. Lillian must take lessons learned from Aunt Bren and now work through pain and betrayal.
Lillian seeks out Rose House during the course of her struggles and finds hope, friendship, and possibly love. A mysterious picture turns up with Lillian featured in the painting, standing alongside Rose House. The painting clearly shows her outward beauty and inner suffering. Could anyone paint such a picture and not have suffered loss? Some of Lillian’s suffering is focused around her little sister Geena.
We see the faith of Lillian’s childhood applied to the tragedy of her adult life.
The story line was excellent although difficulties existed within the novel including:
— The story line moved slowly since the author relied on telling most of her story.
— There were too many individual and personal secrets which different characters held within the framework of the story, diverting attention from the main character. The secrets did fit the framework of the story, but because there were so many of them, they reached a point at which they appeared contrived.
— When a mystery is involved we need to see more of the antagonist during the story. Even though he is hinted at, he must also appear within the story as a character much sooner.
— Using descriptive language that appeared not to fit the mood of the character. At one point Lillian looks at a painting she thinks is beautiful but the expression on her face is described as indifferent.
Armchair Interviews says: Follow the course of your own life as you travel with Lillian from betrayal to renewed hope.
Author’s Web site: http://www.TinaForkner.com
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