It is a beautiful romance.
I love gardening and a good romance and this was a widow with young children to which I could relate. Stella's character could actually be any one of us mothers. But if you are looking for a scary ghost story this is not it. The way the story is told it is not even closed to being a scary story at all. If anything you will feel sorry for the Herper Bride ghost by the end of the novel.
If you have an interest in gardening, landscaping, propagation, or cross pollination Nora Roberts paints beautiful pictures or all of these processes. She does this using Miss. Roz who runs her surroundings from her beautiful gardens, her loved one's lives surrounding the gardens, and her love for the old house.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Blue Dahlia. It's a delightful love story with interesting characters including, Amelia, the convoluted ghost.
I like to listen to books!
She does very well with voices and feeling.
This book had its sad parts The beggining couple chapters especially. The story is well told. This one is told from the perspective of Stella. We get her story, and at the end the characters r just finding out a little about who the harper bride ghost really was. So there is a cliffhanger on that part.
The narrator does well, but maybe a little slow. I listened at faster speed.
So I'm conclusion this isn't a stand alone. U will have to buy the other books to get the whole ghost s story.
Worth a credit? Yes!
This series just took me away. I have read it several times.. or listend ;) Susie Brecks performance is wonderful. Lovely series with great characters and love stories that though could be a bit obvious at times... still gave you the warm and fuzzies. Cool ghost/historical plot weaved through as well. Just really enjoyed it!
LOVE AUDIO BOOKS! I listen on my long commute and I'm surprised how the books have stacked up! Love Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance.
Good romantic storyline with an underlying ghost story. I laughed and cried and got into the characters fairly well. Southern accent threw me off a little and I'm from the South. Overall, it was a good story with lots of gardening and flower references.
C O Ehren
I am a ghost story buff. This story utterly fails as a ghost story. At the risk of writing spoilers, ghost stories go through a few stages. The character experiences things that might be attributable to a ghost, but doesn't believe that they are ghost related, belief dawns, others doubt them, they convince a few confederates (or find confederates that also believe) through a variety of means, the problem or the message that the ghost is trying to communicate becomes clear, and the climax involves solving the ghost's problem and the related human problems, which gives the ghost and the people involved closure. At least, this is the western model. This story follows the western model through a few of the first steps and then just stops. The main character effectively says oh well, I got mine, I no longer care about the ghost's problems. If you are a ghost story reader, don't bother, there is no denouement for you.
There should have been a completed story arc for the ghost plot. And the romance felt pretty perfunctory. The first part of the book, mourning the loss of the husband, was so heartfelt it was hard to listen too, and then we fall into this arguing for the sake of arguing romance. The relationships between the women were more interesting than the relationship with the love interest. At one point I felt like she was just finishing to finish. Why introduce the researcher character at all? He does nothing, literally nothing, but add to the page count. It looks at one point like there are going to be romances for all three women. Did she just run out of space, time or interest in the project?
I thought the scene where she first hears the ghost singing to her boys was particularly eerie. There was so much potential here.
I would not cut any characters. Did Dickens need to cut characters? No. Dickens took his time and developed all his story lines. I would have liked to have seen all these characters developed to their full potential. Failing that, cut the researcher and have these characters do some research on their own. It would give them something to do.
Nora Roberts is a very successful writer, and I know she has tons of fans. I am sure some of her books are awesome. It is unfortunate that the one I chose to try was one she was not at her best in. I don't think I'm giving her another shot, though.
Follow different genres in my selection of books. Like mysteries of all kinds. Absolutely love audio books.
Loved it! Easy to follow along with story. Good narrator. Liked the paranormal. Some language.
I think so. I have a separation of characters w/the narrator. I enjoy how she makes each one have their own identity. She is not just reading, she is acting.
The suspense of the ghost and build up of the characters. I added the other 2 books to my wish list, which I will get at the end of the month.
She shows the separation of characters and adds the feelings behind each one. she is skilled at identifying all their nuances. She is the reason I added the rest of the series to my wish list.
since I am still listening, all I can say is that I love listening and don't want to stop. The story is so well written that i will hate for it to end.
First the narrator Susie Breck was FANTASTIC. The story has action, romance, and ghosts. What more can you ask for. Stella young widow sells her home after the death of her husband and moves back to her birth place down South. She takes a job the manager of a Garden center run by a prestigious Southern woman names Roz. Stella moves into the Roz's mansion where she and her two boys meet Amelia the ghost. This sets the stage for Amelia the ghost to visit her boys where she sings to them each night. Stella also befriends a young distant relative of Roz's who shows up one evening at Roz's door. Haley is 6 months pregnant and in need of a job. She is smart and willing to work hard for her baby. Stella butts heads w/ the master landscaper who she ends up falling in love w/. The love triangle are pretty predictable but still a good story. The book ends rather abruptly after a fight between Stella and Amelia the ghost over Stella's two sons. This forces you to start the 2nd book in the series.
I love the romance of the story but the ghost was a bit much. I really liked learning about plants. I would love to know so much about gardening.
I read this series several years ago. I enjoyed listening to the first book- I like how the Roberts ties in a historical mystery with the current storyline.