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Blue Dahlia Audiobook

Blue Dahlia: In the Garden, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

A Harper has always lived at Harper House, the centuries-old mansion just outside of Memphis. And for as long as anyone alive remembers, the ghostly Harper Bride has walked the halls, singing lullabies at night.

Trying to escape the ghosts of the past, young widow Stella Rothchild, along with her two energetic little boys, has moved back to her roots in southern Tennessee - and into her new life at Harper House and In the Garden nursery. She isn't intimidated by the house - nor its mistress, local legend Roz Harper. Despite a reputation for being difficult, Roz has been nothing but kind to Stella, offering her a comfortable new place to live and a challenging new job as manager of the flourishing nursery.

As Stella settles comfortably into her new life, she finds a nurturing friendship with Roz and with expectant mother Hayley. And she discovers a fierce attraction with ruggedly handsome landscaper Logan Kitridge.

But someone isn't happy about the budding romance...the Harper Bride. As the women dig into the history of Harper House, they discover that grief and rage have kept the Bride's spirit alive long past her death. And now, she will do anything to destroy the passion that Logan and Stella share.

©2004 Nora Roberts; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"Roberts, the queen of romance, launches a new trilogy with a captivating tale in which her considerable talents at creating richly compelling characters and witty, spellbinding stories come into full bloom in a paranormal-tinged romance." (Booklist)

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    tropicaltwizter 12-03-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Blue Dahlia: Book 1 - EXCRUCIATINGLY SLOW"
    Would you try another book from Nora Roberts and/or Susie Breck?

    No I wouldn't. She is a good writer but the story was very dragged on. Since this received a large amount of good ratings and I still didn't enjoy it, I can't risk the time with another.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Nora Roberts again?

    No. This felt as if I was listening to a soap opera, too watered down, very predictable.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator, Breck, was pretty good. A complete fail with the main character, Stella. She was extremely robotic and spoke very sharply. Perhaps overdone as she was supposed to be a stiff and organized character? The character Stella quickly became annoying. Sometimes I couldn't tell if Susie Breck was narrating as the story teller or the character. The other characters she did fairly well though.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    She did well on character differences and horticultural research.


    Any additional comments?

    Probably good for an older generation. I like much more depth and something not so plain.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 06-15-13
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 06-15-13 Member Since 2015
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    "2 ½ stars. Not enough story. Not enough plot."


    Characters were nice people but not compelling enough for a story.

    My mind kept wandering. A lot of conversation about ordinary things. Characters did not interest or intrigue me. Stella likes to organize and manage things. Logan is creative and artistic with his landscaping but appears disorganized in other things. I wasn’t drawn to the relationship. The sex scenes didn’t do anything for me.

    The plot surrounding the ghost was not well developed and not finished. They hired someone to go through old records to discover the story behind the ghost. He started, but the book ended before he worked on it.

    The narrator Susie Breck was ok.

    Genre: contemporary romance with a little paranormal

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mary 02-25-13
    Mary 02-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent listening"
    What did you love best about Blue Dahlia?

    Th story is part of one of my favorite Nora Roberts trilogies. I love everything about it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's hard to pick a favorite. They are all equally well-developed.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I love the dinner scene near the end when Amelia reveals her madness.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I think the descriptions of Amelia's response to the loss of her baby and Stella's response to the loss of her husband both ring very true- very real.


    Any additional comments?

    In this book and in the other three, the narration is superb. I have never heard anyone that did accents and individual verbal characteristics so well. She is a pleasure to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    tina elkton, MD, United States 01-16-10
    tina elkton, MD, United States 01-16-10
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    "wow"

    you find yourself laughing and crying with the reader

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly CARMICHAEL, CA, United States 07-12-10
    Kimberly CARMICHAEL, CA, United States 07-12-10
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    "Excellent"

    Must read all 3 in this trilogy. Excellent, hard to stop listening to this book. Love it.

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    Karissa Freeman, SD, USA 06-15-10
    Karissa Freeman, SD, USA 06-15-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Love it!"

    Just love it. When I finished reading it I was so bummed there wasnt more but then I had this feeling it was part of a trilogy and it is! Cant wait to dig into Black Rose.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tara Imperial Beach, CA, United States 05-22-10
    Tara Imperial Beach, CA, United States 05-22-10
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    "Finished in one sitting"

    The story and narration were very good and I look forward to book 2 of the series. This was my first Nora Roberts and I think I'm going to continue listeing. It was a little slow to start but eventually captured my attention through the end.

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    Ruth 09-23-16
    Ruth 09-23-16
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    "Nora Robert's did it again."

    Loved it. Had to keep listening til it was over. I also like that is the first in a series.

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    Amazon Customer 07-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Blue Dahlia"

    An sweet love story laced with a ghost who tries the prevent the couples happiness

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    MSUmom Michigan 07-28-16
    MSUmom Michigan 07-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Nora Roberts Always a Winner "

    Stumbled on Book 2, backtracked to Book 1, can't wait to read Book 3! GREAT

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