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Blue Dahlia: In the Garden, Book 1 | [Nora Roberts]

Blue Dahlia: In the Garden, Book 1

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.
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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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    L. Calder Fort Bragg, California USA 04-26-13
    L. Calder Fort Bragg, California USA 04-26-13 Member Since 2004

    Gardening Geek

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    "Garden erotica if ever it existed"

    Never was drawn to Nora Roberts, but Blue Dahlia tugged at my passion for dahlias and not having ever seen a blue one. The extraordinary landscape designs, the luscious nursery set up, the amazing skills of the gardeners were far more erotic than her sex scenes! (which were pretty steamy.) Oh yeah, the plot was great, the characters, spanning 3 generations, are all folks you root for (pun intended) and there's even a very unpredictable ghost in the magnificent southern ancestral home. Though I'd had two other books lined up, when Blue Dahlia was done I immediately got the next in this series, The Black Rose, because, well, there was no choice. Irrevocably hooked was I.

    As talented and sweet to the ears is narrator Susie Breck, the characters, especially the men, confused me at the start. Had to re-wind over and over (actually broke down and bought the paperback). So, here's a list of the characters, that I wish I'd had, to make the first scenes more enjoyable, as this is one delicious series of books:
    Setting: In The Garden Nursery at Harper House near Memphis, Tennessee
    All the women are gorgeous, the men good looking and the children way beyond average.
    STELLA (35ish, widow with two young sons from Minnesota - token Yankee)
    ROZ Harper (45ish, matriarch of Harper household, owner/head gardener of Nursery, widow having raised three (?) boys)
    HAYLEY (25ish, pregnant with no husband and thus banished from her southern home where she was raised by her father. Distant cousin of Roz)
    LOGAN (Late 30's? Landscape designer and gardener, long time employee of Roz, grew up in the area)
    DAVID (Late 30's, best buddy of Logan and banished from his family cause he's gay. Manages the Harper House and In The Garden Nursery, family gourmet cook and sage adviser to all.
    HARPER (guess he's Harper Harper, haha, she doesn't call him by any other name in the novels. late 20's? Son of Roz, grafter/cultivator extraordinaire)

    If you get those folks straight, it's all smooth sailing from there. Excellent muli-dimensional plot and terrific bits about cultivation, grafting and garden design. (Course, it doesn't sound like Tennessee has gophers. Lucky them.)

    This is obviously a fantastic place to start with Nora Roberts. Humorous, inspiring female characters, educational with an intriguing mystery—how pleasantly surprised I am to find how well Roberts crafts a story AND sows a seed!

    2 of 3 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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Karissa Freeman, SD, USA 06-15-10
    Karissa Freeman, SD, USA 06-15-10 Member Since 2010
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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 Member Since 2009
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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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Misselaineys 07-07-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book, wonderful series,"
    What made the experience of listening to Blue Dahlia the most enjoyable?

    Listening to the story let my imagination go wild. I loved the voices and the story line. I could just picture the heat between Logan and Stella. I just love Roz, Harper and Hailey. I listened to it again right after I finished the series.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Blue Dahlia?

    The sex was beautiful not dirty, but very very hot!


    Have you listened to any of Susie Breck’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I had never listened to her before, but I love her. I will be looking for others she does.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    She thought her life was over, but it was just beginning, a new life, love and adventure.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope the rest of Nora Roberts books make you love the people like I did these people.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Bartonville, TX 05-19-14
    Susan Bartonville, TX 05-19-14 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.  

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    "A Favorable Cozy"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Ballwin, MO, United States 04-05-14
    Anne Ballwin, MO, United States 04-05-14 Member Since 2009
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    "A good idea milked to death"

    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.)

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    Agnes PINE BLUFF, AR, United States 04-03-14
    Agnes PINE BLUFF, AR, United States 04-03-14 Member Since 2006

    BardLady

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    "Story great, reader has never been south"
    Would you listen to Blue Dahlia again? Why?

    No. The narrator was simply awful, with her totally inaccurate and annoying southern accents. Ugh!


    What didn’t you like about Susie Breck’s performance?

    As above, her accents are awful and quite distracting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. United States 03-29-14
    J. United States 03-29-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Mixed Feelings about Blue Dahlia"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hoxiesgirl The Ozarks, USA 03-20-14
    Hoxiesgirl The Ozarks, USA 03-20-14

    Hoxie's girl

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    "Good story line, easy listen"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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