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
"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)
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.)
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.
No spoilers from me! Sexy, romantic stories, thrillers, mystery, relationship stories.. my library is a crazy mix.
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.
Her books are always well written but this one was too fairy tale.
Narrator did fine
More of a plot
Did not like the ending at all, I wouldn't even call it an ending
The reader has a great voice and very pleasing to listen to.
A Book that is really friend's becoming a family, you won't want to put it down, be sure to get it...
I am a beginner reading Nora Roberts stories. I loved Carnal Innocence and now I am expecting her novels to be as good. This was just ok and left me a little empty. The narrator maybe made it a little more empty with her narration of the characters as they sounded a little scruffy and cold without much personality. I wanted to picture Logan through her narration and just couldn't get a good feeling on that either. I think Stella was a bit too uptight and not enjoyable to picture having this fling with Logan. Just left me a bit empty.
I love this book and this trilogy so much. It is my favorite of the Nora Roberts books. I read this book years ago (before ereaders) and it still stuck in my head. I loved the book so much I got it for my kindle and as an audiobook.
This first book in the series is yet another example of Nora Roberts’ mastery of weaving together a story’s past, present, and future. I know there are some who will skip prologues because they feel they spoil some of the stories but don’t do that because the prologues set the basis for each book in this series. If you like a great plot with characters that develop and grow, you’ll love this one. It is an intriguing storyline without the need of graphic sex scenes. There are sex scenes but they are tastefully written and are not overly graphic. The story could actually stand without them. The narrator does a really good job with the way she uses her voice to bring the characters to life. I purchased this book as a part of a special and could not resist purchasing the other two books separately in the series. I’m so glad I did! I really enjoyed this read and am anxiously awaiting the latest series from Nora Roberts coming out at the end of the month. Try to read the books in order because each one builds on the next. You’ll not be disappointed!
Carol H. Gilmer
Interesting, ghostly, and just good!
Well-developed characters with a good story line
Loved all the ghostly encounters!
Keep more coming Nora!
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