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Back-To-School Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Rose House by Tina Ann Forkner

8/27/09

tina ann forkner
Summary (from Publisher):

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.

Author Bio (from Publisher):

Tina Ann Forkner is the author of Ruby Among Us. Originally from Oklahoma , she now lives with her husband and three children in Wyoming , where she serves on the Laramie County Library Foundation’s board of directors.

You can purchase this book at Random House. And you can find out more about this author at her site. Tina Ann Forkner also has a blog where you can find book reviews and giveaways.

My Review/Thoughts:

I was disappointed that this book was not available at my library. When I finally got my hands on a copy of Rose House, I was very excited! This is a beautiful story about dealing with tragedy, learning to forgive, and love. Tina Ann Forkner's descriptions in this book are poetic and lovely. She vividly paints pictures of what is happening down to the last detail so you feel like you are there. I highly recommend this book!

Giveaway:

Thanks to Waterbrook Multnomah and Random House, I have been given an extra copy to giveaway to one of my readers. If you would like to enter, leave a comment on this post (along with an email address so I can contact you) telling me why you would like to read this book. This is mandatory for entering.

To Earn Extra Entries (leave a separate comment for each; if not done correctly it will not count):

1. Follow my blog through Google Friend Connect
2. Add my blog button (leave a link telling me where it is located)
3. Blog about this giveaway with a link to my blog
4. Follow me on Facebook Networked Blogs
5. Follow me on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway (leave a link from your twitter status, this may only be done once)

You may enter until Thursday night September 3rd at 12pm EST. This giveaway is open to US residents only and the winner will be announced Friday September 4th.

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Buukluvr81 said...

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Buukluvr81 said...

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It's tweeted!

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Buukluvr81 said...

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Michelle said...

I'm following your blog. :D

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Michelle said...

This sounds like an excellent story!! Tina is a new author for me, so I'm really looking forward to it. I can't wait to read it once I finish Ruby Among Us.

Thanks for the opportunity to win this book!! :D

scraphappy71 at sbcglobal dot net

Michelle said...

I'm following you on Twitter (DrQuinnFan).

JenniferB said...

I have read reviews on this book and I really want to read this to find out who saw Lillian in her most vulnerable moment and painted a picture of her. That would be so crazy to stumble upon a painted portrait of yourself.

JenniferB said...

following blog on google connect

JenniferB said...

got your button on blog sidebar under even more cool blogs

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JenniferB said...

following on twitter and tweeted
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Buukluvr81 said...

I would love to have the chance to read this book! I just checked it on the author's website and read some of the reviews on it and now I am curious to find out who the mysterious painter is! It would also be another great book to review about on my blog!

Mollydawn1981[at][aol][dot][com]

Buukluvr81 said...

I have posted a blog about this giveaway!

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Dawne Prochilo said...

I'm following you on blogspot. Dawne

Winning Readings said...

I'd love to read this!

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

Winning Readings said...

And I'm now following!

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

Winning Readings said...

And we've posted about this at Winning Readings:

http://winningreadings.blogspot.com/2009/08/rose-house_30.html

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

Marie said...

This sounds like a great read, I would love to have a chance to check it out. Plus it would be a new author for me and I always enjoy finding a new author!

marielay@gmail.com

Marie said...

I am a follower.

marielay@gmail.com

grammy said...

This looks like a really great book. I love to read.

grammy said...

By the way I became a follower.

Laura said...

Hello and thanks for hosting a giveaway! I'd like to read these book because I don't know about two many Christian fiction authors so would love to find a new one. I like that you mentioned forgiveness being a big theme, something we all need to learn to put into practice!
My email is lauraleighanderson(at)hotmail(dot)com

tinaannforkner said...

I LOVE your blog! Thank you so much for reviewing Rose House.

And thank you for all of your wonderful comments everyone! I do hope you can get your hands on a copy and that you enjoy it!

Good luck on the contest. :-)

marisia said...

Hi i would love acahnce to read that book!!!

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