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Blue Dahlia Audiobook

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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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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    Wilma Seabrook, TX, United States 03-11-14
    Wilma Seabrook, TX, United States 03-11-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A little mushy for me"
    What did you like best about Blue Dahlia? What did you like least?

    Her books are always well written but this one was too fairy tale.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Nora Roberts again?

    Sure


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narrator did fine


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    More of a plot


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    Peggy huntington beach, CA, USA 03-07-14
    Peggy huntington beach, CA, USA 03-07-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Blue Dahlia"
    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Did not like the ending at all, I wouldn't even call it an ending


    What three words best describe Susie Breck’s voice?

    The reader has a great voice and very pleasing to listen to.


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    Nyoka Brownstown, MI, United States 02-20-14
    Nyoka Brownstown, MI, United States 02-20-14 Member Since 2014

    Nyoka Mullins

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    "Another Winner"

    A Book that is really friend's becoming a family, you won't want to put it down, be sure to get it...

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    Sandy Orlando, FL 12-10-13
    Sandy Orlando, FL 12-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I was expecting more, but it was just ok."

    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.

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    April 12-06-13
    April 12-06-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Love Love Love"
    What did you love best about Blue Dahlia?

    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.


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    Susan-Marie United States 10-17-13
    Susan-Marie United States 10-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A Must For The Beginning Of a Great Series!"

    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!

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    Carol H. Gilmer Alabama USA 08-24-13
    Carol H. Gilmer Alabama USA 08-24-13 Member Since 2010

    Carol H. Gilmer

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    "Love Nora Roberts! The whole trilogy is great!"
    If you could sum up Blue Dahlia in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, ghostly, and just good!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Well-developed characters with a good story line


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Loved all the ghostly encounters!


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

    Don't know...........


    Any additional comments?

    Keep more coming Nora!

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    Kimberly 08-20-13
    Kimberly 08-20-13
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    "Loved it!!!!"
    Would you listen to Blue Dahlia again? Why?

    Yes, it was easy to follow and to picture the scenery!


    Would you recommend Blue Dahlia to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, my mom is listening to it right now.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Her voice was hard to get used to.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes when Logan melted Stella's heart with the way he was with her boys regarding their real father.


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    tgp157 Alabama, USA 07-22-13
    tgp157 Alabama, USA 07-22-13
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    "Wonderful Series--How Does She Do It"

    This is the first of a triology that is absolutely wonderful. I am constantly amazed at how Nora puts so much detail in to her books on so many different subject matters. This series the subject is gardening. Makes the books individual & interesting. Good narrator, too.

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    Kristy 07-22-13
    Kristy 07-22-13 Member Since 2016

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    "Original Story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Blue Dahlia to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked that it was an original story but was a bit disappointed that the end was a bit cheesy for my likes. GREAT love story though!

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