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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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    Rita Tampa, FL, United States 01-31-13
    Rita Tampa, FL, United States 01-31-13 Member Since 2012

    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 2010

    sandymike

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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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    "This series is awesome"

    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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    Leigh Neely St. Petersburg, FL 10-08-12
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    "The Beginning of a Beautiful Bouquet"
    If you could sum up Blue Dahlia in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, eerie, and exciting


    What other book might you compare Blue Dahlia to and why?

    Any Nora Roberts romance


    What about Susie Breck’s performance did you like?

    Her dead-on Tennessee accent.


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

    Yes, but I made myself stretch it out.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a wonderful romance and ghost story. Nora hits every button with suspense and sense of family. Her love of gardening comes through in a beautiful way. Great book.

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    Mrs. Pamela Oughton Porirua, Wellington, NZ 09-04-12
    Mrs. Pamela Oughton Porirua, Wellington, NZ 09-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "excellent"
    What made the experience of listening to Blue Dahlia the most enjoyable?

    voice of narrator


    Any additional comments?

    Just enjoy them, I can even do housework while listening and I hate housework

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    maureen phila, PA, United States 07-23-12
    maureen phila, PA, United States 07-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "very goog"

    I like the story line I did not want to put the book down .I like all three of sorry when it ended

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    Donnalee Fort Lupton, CO, United States 06-17-12
    Donnalee Fort Lupton, CO, United States 06-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Love these books"
    Where does Blue Dahlia rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This series ranks high in my listening time


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters where great..


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

    I am not sure if I have but enjoyed this book


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed cried and just really enjoyed my time


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    Kristi L. BELLE CHASSE, LA, United States 05-02-12
    Kristi L. BELLE CHASSE, LA, United States 05-02-12

    avid mommy

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    "Nora Roberts, amazing all over again."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Totally. This is, so far, my favorite trilogy of Nora Roberts'. It's about a ghost who haunts a family and the women around it. I just love it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stella. As a widow and a mother whose life was yanked out from beneath her, she was really easy to relate to. I could imagine myself in her position.


    Which character – as performed by Susie Breck – was your favorite?

    In this one...Hayley hands down through out the entire trilogy Hayley was the one who wrang with the most amazing... truth.


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

    The past never dies, it reached through time to make itself known.


    Any additional comments?

    When Nora Roberts does paranormal, she does it right. I wish I could be in her shoes, the amount of research, through plottin, and wonderful character creation. I just love her!

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