I don't usually rush out for all the "best sellers", but give each intriguing book/author a look. I have found many diamonds in the rough.
A very typical Nora Roberts, with a good friendship story, a new romance, a birth and a ghost. Stella is a newly widowed, mother of two boys who moves back to her hometown in Tennessee, looking for a fresh start and a safe new place for them to settle. She ends up at a garden nursery owned by Roz, a strong older woman who provides her with a satisfying job and a safe roof over their heads at Harper House.
It is well known that a harmless, female ghost who is very protective of children inhabits Harper House, they call her, The Harper Bride. Once Roz takes in another border, Hayley, a pregnant, single, young girl, the ghost begins to let herself be seen more frequently than ever before. The three women bond and develop a very close, supportive, family like, friendship,.....all is well at Harper House.
Eventually Stella starts to date Logan, a local man who has become entirely smitten with her and her boys. Logan starts to frequent Harper House more often and for reasons unknown the ghost becomes unsettled and shows a different side to herself. When he asks for Stella's hand in marriage and The Harper Bride learns that they may be leaving to live with him, she becomes very upset and may not be so harmless after all. The ending was quite abrupt. I'm not sure if I will get into the series but it was a nice cozy with good narration.
This is the first part of a novel that should have been one book and I feel cheated. It doesn't stand alone except in the most "generous" sense because the characters are all fairly flat and while one storyline for one character is resolved, the rest are left lying there like fish on the counter.
I eventually bought and finished the 2nd and 3rd installments and by the time I finished the last one I was genuinely annoyed. This is one book puffed and plumped and pumped up with unnecessary "stuff" until it can be called three books. By the third book, I had had all I could stand of long bits about flowers and the increasingly unbelievable ability and behavior of the "Harper Bride".
Roberts has written some really very nice novels but I don't recommend this one novel pretending to be three (the sequels are The Black Rose and The Red Lily. Ditto this review for those. By the end of the third book you'll be laughing with scorn at the increasing nonsense.)
This was a slow go for me - I would say I was a good 50% thru the listen before it really captured me. The dynamics of the characters who lived in Harper house were really good. I especially like Stella and her unexpected beau. The ghost was interesting and without being a spoiler I will say I was disappointed and felt like I was left hanging with the ending. I guess I will have to continue to read the series.
Sidebar - I wish these talented writers would understand they can still have successful careers without using the unnecessary vulgar language. That is why I did not give it 5 stars.
No spoilers from me! Sexy, romantic stories, thrillers, mystery, relationship stories.. my library is a crazy mix.
This is the first of 3 in this series, and it sets the stage by character development and then creating interest in them. Narration was expressive and well done. The book went quickly, it was an easy and pleasant listen.
Her books are always well written but this one was too fairy tale.
Narrator did fine
More of a plot
Did not like the ending at all, I wouldn't even call it an ending
The reader has a great voice and very pleasing to listen to.
A Book that is really friend's becoming a family, you won't want to put it down, be sure to get it...
I am a beginner reading Nora Roberts stories. I loved Carnal Innocence and now I am expecting her novels to be as good. This was just ok and left me a little empty. The narrator maybe made it a little more empty with her narration of the characters as they sounded a little scruffy and cold without much personality. I wanted to picture Logan through her narration and just couldn't get a good feeling on that either. I think Stella was a bit too uptight and not enjoyable to picture having this fling with Logan. Just left me a bit empty.
I love this book and this trilogy so much. It is my favorite of the Nora Roberts books. I read this book years ago (before ereaders) and it still stuck in my head. I loved the book so much I got it for my kindle and as an audiobook.
This first book in the series is yet another example of Nora Roberts’ mastery of weaving together a story’s past, present, and future. I know there are some who will skip prologues because they feel they spoil some of the stories but don’t do that because the prologues set the basis for each book in this series. If you like a great plot with characters that develop and grow, you’ll love this one. It is an intriguing storyline without the need of graphic sex scenes. There are sex scenes but they are tastefully written and are not overly graphic. The story could actually stand without them. The narrator does a really good job with the way she uses her voice to bring the characters to life. I purchased this book as a part of a special and could not resist purchasing the other two books separately in the series. I’m so glad I did! I really enjoyed this read and am anxiously awaiting the latest series from Nora Roberts coming out at the end of the month. Try to read the books in order because each one builds on the next. You’ll not be disappointed!