Forkner’s writing transported me to California’s vineyards and wove a fascinating saga of how secrets and decisions impact the lives of following generations-and how love can redeem. -Cindy Woodsmall, New York Times best-selling author, (referring to Ruby Among Us)
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 brush strokes of pain can illuminate the true beauty of life.
“Tina’s characters will stay with you long after you’ve finished the last page. You’ll want to visit the Rose House yourself.” – Nora St. Laurent, Novel Reviews
“Reading is a passion of mine, and when I find myself identifying with the characters, anxious to get to the next page to find answers to my questions, I know I’m into a good book! The daughter-mother-grandmother theme in Ruby Among Us pulled me in. Wonderful story-telling.” -Jordin Sparks Music Artist & 2007 American Idol Winner
“Tina Ann Forkner offers readers a visual feast for the soul and the spirit in this tender story…Readers will appreciate Tina Ann Forkner’s finely tuned ability to bring to life both her characters’ strong realistic emotions and the physical beauty that surrounds them. ROSE HOUSE is a lovely rendering of working through grief and learning to live fully again, despite the abiding wounds of loss.” – Michele Howe, Bookreporter.com
“Clear, vivid, evocative writing …” – Jennifer Donavon, 5minutesforbooks.com
“With Rose House, Tina Ann Forkner paints a breathtaking canvas of lush prose brushstrokes. Don’t get lulled into a sense of calm; the storyline casts suspenseful shadows on this masterpiece of women’s fiction. Delightful!” –Patti Lacy, author of Reclaiming Lily
“ The unique setting and her lyrical descriptions enticed me into the scene, where I was captivated by the appealing characters and the story’s underlying mystery. I couldn’t put it down.” –Ane Mulligan, Novel Journey
Captivating, mysterious, and romantically enticing, Forkner’s Rose House keeps the pages turning.” –Alice J. Wisler, award-winning author of Rain Song
“Ruby Among Us is an intriguing story of lost love, brokenness, and restored relationships. It is one girl’s search to unlock the secrets of her family’s past that ultimately leads to redemption, hope, and new life. This great read will truly touch your heart!” -Denise Jackson, best-selling author of It’s All About Him
See where it all began in Ruby Among Us, a stirring tale of remembrance and redemption.
Update: The Dutch version of Rose House, Liefde Levenslang, was released in Summer of 2010
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