At 45, Rosalind Harper is a woman whose experiences have made her strong enough to bend without breaking - and weather any storm. A widow with three grown sons, she survived a disastrous second marriage, and built her In the Garden nursery from the ground up.
Through the years, In the Garden has become more than just a thriving business - it is a symbol of hope and independence to Roz, and to the two women she shares it with. Newlywed Stella and new mother Hayley are the sisters of her heart, and together, the three of them are the future of In the Garden.
But now that future is under attack, and Roz knows they can't fight this battle alone. Hired to investigate Roz's Harper ancestors, Dr. Mitchell Carnegie finds himself just as intrigued with Roz herself. And as they begin to unravel the puzzle of the Harper Bride's identity, Roz is shocked to find herself falling for the fascinating genealogist.
Now it is a desperate race to discover the truth before the unpredictable apparition lashes out at the one woman who can help her rest in peace.
©2005 Nora Roberts; (P)2005 Brilliance Audio
"[A] warmly appealing heroine, resolutely finding her path through a midlife romance that is more complex and hard-fought than 20-something love." (Publishers Weekly)
"Susie Breck has a beguiling way of reaching into stories and making them come alive with her flawless performance." (AudioFile)
Rosalind is the type of woman you seldom if ever get to meet. Who takes in 2 strangers based on nothing but a gut feeling!
What confidence she has. She's had it hard but her life is now falling into place and she deserves to be happy.
The Harper bride almost keeps you up and makes you thankful she isn't with you!
Nora again - your research and insite you offer make these a have to read not a want to read!
These books just get better and better. I immediately dug into Black Rose upon the completion of Nora Roberts' 1st in this series, Blue Dahlia. Black Rose focuses on Roz Harper, the matriarch of the Harper extended family and owner/gardener extraordinaire of In The Garden Nursery - a business about which I might have fantasized had I known it might ever exist. A sprawling garden shop, offering all aspects of floral cultivation on the ancestral homestead (besides the huge and elegant home and warm, cozy cottage where her grown son Harper lives).
Didn't really get enough about Roz in the first book, so I was delighted the second locked in on her trials, tribulations and triumphs - A very feisty, generous and caring women with a green thumb that knows no bounds.
A gardener's delight, an inspiration for those who have never gotten dirt under their nails, a lovely glimpse into Southern culture and a gripping mystery, with a surprising amount of humor thrown in.
A very fun romp of a listen indeed.
Camden Smith owns DREAMFly Marketing, a full service marketing firm located in Southwest Florida. She regularly reviews books and is an avid reader as well as audible client. Favorite books are mysterious romances or those stories about personal growth.
Roz the business owner and home owner where everyone lives in book one really develops here. You see here really embrace trying to find out who this mysterious ancestor that is haunting her home and business so to speak.
I love the usage of the garden theme in the story because the author works different flowers in to represent each character who is developing in the three books of the trilogy series.
In this book, you learn more about Roz and realize she's not as "hard" as you originally thought in book one. You learn about what makes her tick and a romance develops between her and the "investigator" who is an absolute hoot - messy and terribly unlike Roz.
The author was great in letting us here some more about how Logan and Stella are doing. You still hear about the boys and Hailey and Roz's son. You meet Roz's ex husband who is a scum bag and you finally realize his true nature.
This story helps you learn more about the characters and lets real life play out at a natural pace without hurrying the zenith of the story.
At the end of this book, book 2 in the series, you are sad that you have only one last book to read or listen to....it is a beautifully written life story with a mix of mystery and you love ancestry you'll love this series.
I enjoyed this book as much as or maybe even more than the first (Blue Dahlia). This is a very interesting series with a good narrator. If you like any of Nora’s other series I’m sure you will like this one also. It is typical Nora (which is not a bad thing at all).
Roz is my favorite character in all of the 3 books. The narration is fantastic,10 stars to Susan Breck. In this book, Raz is the target of the Harper Brides anger. Hired to investigate Roz's ancestors, Dr. Mitchell Carnegie finds himself falling in love w/ Roz. The Harper Bride is not happy that Roz is falling for Mitchell and does her best to stop it. It seems that any time one of the woman starts to have feelings for a man the Harper Bride starts to haunt and go crazy. Roz's ex husband comes back into town and starts up all kinds of trouble for her. He opens credit cards in her name, cancelled memberships to clubs and tries to turn friends against her. In the end his big mouth tells the truth about what he's been up to. He goes to the gardens and trashes the place. Ends up getting beat up and sent to jail. Roz marries Mitchell and that is the start of the next book. The marriage really stirs up the Brides feels and her hatred for men. She was a mistress of the great great grand father of Roz. He got her pregnant and then stole the son she bore. This is why she is looking for her baby and hates all men. All n all a good book.
As always great story by Nora Roberts, I read the series several years ago and totally enjoyed revisiting it through this medium. The performance was good, only thing I would say is some of the voices the reader used was hard to distinguish characters. This was very slight and really does not detract from the overall performance.
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