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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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    kurt South Windsor, CT, United States 06-01-13
    kurt South Windsor, CT, United States 06-01-13 Member Since 2011

    These reviews are done by his wife :)

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    "Classic Nora Roberts"
    What made the experience of listening to Blue Dahlia the most enjoyable?

    Characters are loveable and you feel like you belong with them. It is predictable but perfect for an easy listening book to make you smile.


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    Judy 05-28-13
    Judy 05-28-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Another winner"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Blue Dahlia to be better than the print version?

    Only have audio (I travel alot - drive) so really can't say. Although, I do enjoy listening to the characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The realness. I found myself laughing out loud occasion - which is pretty funny when you're listening in public.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ghost looking for the boys. She honest sorrow and how the Mom realizes what's wrong.


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

    southern ghost story


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Godizgd Tulsa, OK, United States 04-18-13
    Godizgd Tulsa, OK, United States 04-18-13 Member Since 2009

    In love with love...

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    "Funny, entertaining and uplifting"

    This book is a hoot! The home sounds comfortable, open and inviting...even with a ghost. The characters are real aren't they? The narrator brings each one of them to life and I'm almost jealous that I don't have that southern drawl...it sounds so cool.

    I chose this because of the good reviews by others. They were not wrong. Try it...

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    Donna 04-08-13
    Donna 04-08-13
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    "So predictible!"

    I had just finished Nora Roberts' book "The Witness" and gave it rave reviews. However, it was pure misery finishing this book. You could tell the entire story after reading the first few chapters. It was boring, predictable, unimaginative, "Hallmarkish" and any other cliché I could use to say the book was a cliché. Don't waste your time, credit or money on this one.

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    LBD BIRMINGHAM, AL, United States 04-05-13
    LBD BIRMINGHAM, AL, United States 04-05-13
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    "Wonderful Narrator"
    If you could sum up Blue Dahlia in three words, what would they be?

    I love Nora Robert's books. Always have. This book along with all of the following books in this trilogy, are wonderful. Nora Roberts connects each book and the common theme in the books is intriguing.


    What does Susie Breck bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Suzie Breck does a wonderful job narrating this book. Each character has a distinct voice and it is easy to know who is speaking. Her voice makes this listen enjoyable.


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    Nina Beaconsfield, QC, Canada 03-28-13
    Nina Beaconsfield, QC, Canada 03-28-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Light and fun"
    Any additional comments?

    Thoroughly enjoyed ths book - yes it's a romance, and yes it's light and silly and girly, but fast paced and fun, and made me want to rush out into the backyard and start gardening immediately (snow notwithstanding). Great one for vacation reading.

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    Stephen DENVER, CO, United States 03-27-13
    Stephen DENVER, CO, United States 03-27-13
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    "instantly fell in love with the characters"
    If you could sum up Blue Dahlia in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting & page turner


    What about Susie Breck’s performance did you like?

    She makes you love each character. Make you feel like you are right there in the story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES! I found myself sitting in my car not wanting to stop listening.


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    Noreen WICHITA FALLS, TX, United States 03-26-13
    Noreen WICHITA FALLS, TX, United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Blue Dahlia"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Those who enjoy Nora Roberts should find this ok.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Nora Roberts again?

    Probably not.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Susie Breck?

    Sure. She was a fine reader.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Blue Dahlia?

    It's just the characters were so fake.


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    Voracious Reader NY 03-26-13
    Voracious Reader NY 03-26-13 Member Since 2012

    Retired tech writer/editor. Mensa. Pgh Steelers/ Penguins fan. Lib Dem/feminist. Grew up reading lit--M.A. English--now read mys/thrillers.

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    "So-so ghost story w/mostly likable characters"
    What did you like best about Blue Dahlia? What did you like least?

    I liked Roz Harper, the rich independent woman who owns Harper House, a huge storied estate on the outskirts of Memphis. Wealthy Roz starts her own plant nursery business, and business is booming so much she hires Stella Rothchild, a widow from Michigan, as manager. I liked Hayley Phillips, Roz's young pregnant distant cousin, who shows up at the door seeking a job. Roz not only takes in Hayley, gives her a job, and provides for her health care but also insists that Stella and her two boys live in the mansion, with live-in man-Friday David adding child care to his duties.

    I didn't care for the main characters, driven, planning-to-the-last-nanosecond Stella Rothchild, surprised into romance with slow-talking laconic strong-silent-cowboy-type landscape designer Logan Kitridge, who originally resents Stella's required paperwork and falls for her initially because of her wild red hair. I didn't like the ghost story either. We never find what happened to make the ghost haunt the children's rooms of the manse. The ghost is harmless (except for bringing freezing cold in her wake) when singing to the children but angry and threatening when their mother gets romantically involved.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Nora Roberts? Why or why not?

    yes, I've read a lot of her books. This was the first letdown.


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

    don't know


    Could you see Blue Dahlia being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    far from my favorite

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    June Sarasota, FL, United States 03-19-13
    June Sarasota, FL, United States 03-19-13
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    "Susie Breck the reader"
    What made the experience of listening to Blue Dahlia the most enjoyable?

    I am not finished with the book. The plot moves right along without too much conflict, but the narrator is fascinating. I really am amazed at her skill
    at narrating. I'll read other books read by her.


    What about Susie Breck’s performance did you like?

    Sue Breck can make the characters come to life as she changes her voice for each character.


    Any additional comments?

    have not finished it yet. I listen to an hour every night.

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