ROSE HOUSE by Tina Ann Forkner

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Summary for Rose 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.

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My comments on the story:

I loved the story line. I could picture Rose House as a beautiful place deserving to be on the cover of House Beautiful or some such magazine.  The cover art for the book is outstanding(I love roses).  And I loved Truman, the artist.

My only problem with the story is that the faith element is a little weak–superficial. They go to church. They pray. But I didn’t see any real grappling with faith. I know, I know, fiction is for entertaining, not preaching, but I would have liked to have seen faith at work in the lives of the characters or renewed or new faith in the lives of those who struggle with sin–like the sister Geena(I love stories of redemption-and while she was redeemed at the end, I can’t say it was because of her faith). I’m sure someone else reading this story would think the opposite.  So don’t take my word for it.

Even so, I enjoyed reading the book.