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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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    June Sarasota, FL, United States 03-19-13
    June Sarasota, FL, United States 03-19-13 Member Since 2013
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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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    Carol Branson, MO, United States 03-18-13
    Carol Branson, MO, United States 03-18-13
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    "I liked it!"

    I love to listen to books on my IPOD when working in the garden. This was a real treat.

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    Kristin LEESBURG, VA, United States 03-13-13
    Kristin LEESBURG, VA, United States 03-13-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great read!"
    Would you listen to Blue Dahlia again? Why?

    Yes, it is another great Nora Roberts book and the narrator was very good.


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

    This is my first Susie Breck performance. I look forward to hearing her again.


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

    Yes, it definitely is.


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    Patricia L. Ross Cornville, ME United States 03-04-13
    Patricia L. Ross Cornville, ME United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Nora Roberts lives up to all expectations in this book of the trilogy. I couldn't wait to read the next one.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved all things gardening related.


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

    Susie did a great job with voices and accents. I enjoyed listening to her southern twang.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of those trilogies I will read over and over. Each book in this series stands alone, and you don't need to read them all...BUT, each one builds on the ghostly presence and tells her story perfectly to the end. I was left wanting more!

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    LSC Miami, Fl 02-28-13
    LSC Miami, Fl 02-28-13

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    What disappointed you about Blue Dahlia?

    I was disappointed in the quality of the audio book. The narrator's voice was jarring and something about the quality made for background noise that I can't quite explain. This poor quality was in both of the books I bought for $4.95. I think they are just a lower quality that audible should have told me first. I couldn't even finish the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't finish it.

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    Rita 01-31-13
    Rita 01-31-13

    Audible addicted love mystery,lately stuck on love story. Mother of 1 Labrador and 1 perfect man. Work way too hard, and so ready to be retired

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    "Awesome,but"

    Awesome story didn't miss a beat Susie play all the characters superbly my favorites would between the kids and Logan. I wasn't impress with the ending but still gave 5 stars on 2nd book now

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    Phyllis S. Mike Bristol, CT USA 01-25-13
    Phyllis S. Mike Bristol, CT USA 01-25-13 Member Since 2012

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    "A Little Bit Disappointing"

    I love the characters and I love Nora Roberts. I can only rate this 4 stars because I was left feeling that she didn't develop the story enough, probably because it's part of a trilogy. Most of her trilogies are three complete stores, Boonsboro Inn and now In the Garden made me feel that she was stretching too thin. I would rather she does one great novel than 3. I'm hoping to read the latest Nora Roberts novels and see them as complete. She's been my favorite author, but I feel cheated.

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    Camden Naples, FL, United States 12-28-12
    Camden Naples, FL, United States 12-28-12

    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.

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    "Tragedy Turned Triumph"

    I hated the start of this story and thought I'd stop after 5 minutes until I understood the bigger picture of the story and I persevered through it

    I am not big of tragedy driven stories but this truly becomes unbelievable. Each character is introduced with little tid bits of why they are the way they are and you see these characters become a kind of family even though most of them are not related as they work to uncover the historical ghost that is a resident - and really angry about what the home owner's past relative did to her.

    This is the start of the investigation and it is unbelievable. You want to know why the ghost shows herself, where she is, who precisely she is and how these characters are going to assist her.

    Ghost stories sound stupid I know but these characters are all different. The discussions and quoted conversations are authentic. And you hear them grow.

    Roselyn the main character who owns the home is something of a cold creature you think until you move past this book, book one of the series, and to book two and and three and you learn she is a strong but soft woman.

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    Nadene 12-01-12
    Nadene 12-01-12 Member Since 2009
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    "LOVED, LOVED LOVED"

    The whole series was great fun! What is better than romance, real life issues that need to be solved with a little ghost looming in the background? Loved it all! Seemed realistic and believable.

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    Dea United States 10-15-12
    Dea United States 10-15-12 Member Since 2011
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    I loved this series and after the first couple of chapters I bought the others in the series, I enjoyed every one, I sure wish there was more in this series...

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