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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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    Leigh Neely St. Petersburg, FL 10-08-12
    Leigh Neely St. Petersburg, FL 10-08-12 Member Since 2014
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    coral phila, PA, United States 07-23-12
    coral phila, PA, United States 07-23-12 Member Since 2012
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    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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Lumpkin, GA, United States 03-18-12
    Amazon Customer Lumpkin, GA, United States 03-18-12
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    "One of my favorite series"

    This is one of my favorite series by Nora Roberts. I love the stories that take place in Ireland but this was so perfect. The characters were great, and as always Ms Roberts gives you a wonderful local description as well as information. In this case about gardening. Susie Breck brought this story to life, I can't think of anyone who could have done a better job with this story. She had the accents without being cheesy. With just enough "spooky" to add interest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Houston mom 01-29-12
    Houston mom 01-29-12 Listener Since 2005

    I love witty, fast-paced books that keep you turning the page.

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    "Gripping series plot"

    I love all of Nora Roberts' books for there sweet stories and characters, but this series is one of her best. Not only do you fall in love with the characters, but you also get drawn in further and further to the Harper Bride ghost story. As you read the books you learn about the tragic and complex world that the Harper Bride lived in. It's not every day that you read a story that has you laughing, swooning, feeling pity and feeling love all on the same pages. Truly excellent book and series that I couldn't stop listening to!

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    Debra A. Blouin 07-16-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent!"

    This is a wonderful series! A great romance with the underlying story of the Harper Bride. One of Nora Roberts best series.......

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    MickeyMarie 03-15-13
    MickeyMarie 03-15-13 Member Since 2014

    I read so I can write

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    "Nora Roberts And Susie Breck -- Winners!!"

    First of all this is one of the best Nora Roberts books I've ever read and that says a great deal. If asked to pick a favorite character I couldn't do it. I loved them all. And the dialog between them had me laughing out loud more times than I can count.

    Great story great finish!

    Next Susie Breck shines as a narrator. She does a Yankee and a bunch of southerners and the accents are impeccable.

    Over all a most enjoyable listen. Five stars all the way. I have to have the next books in this series

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Lia Sutton, Australia 09-05-13
    Lia Sutton, Australia 09-05-13 Member Since 2009

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    "Great Start To A new Series"

    The book starts out with a bang. Stella Rothchild is a wife and stay-at-home mother of two. When her husband dies quite suddenly, Stella feels uprooted and unsure of how she can move on. The only thing that gets her through the two years following her husband's death is her two sons, Gavin and Luke. With the intent of starting anew, Stella packs up her family and moves closer to her father and step-mother in Memphis.

    After finding the perfect job for her obsessive organizational personality, Stella is determined to make a place for herself at In the Garden nursery. The fact that she admires and likes her boss is an added bonus. Though at first leery of her boss, Roz Harper's request that her family live in Harper House, Stella soon finds herself and her boys fitting right in. Hired by Roz to take over the business aspect of In the Garden, Stella is eager and willing to implement a new system that will help business run smoother. The only thing that does not run smoothly is her relationship with Logan Kitridge, Roz's Landscape Designer who has an aversion to people who are as rigidly organized and uptight as Stella.

    Logan Kitridge had been happy working for Roz, until she hired Stella Rothchild. Stella was such his polar opposite that he was mystified by his attraction to her. Things that were at first annoying to him, he now found amusing. However, if he wants a future with Stella, there are several obstacles to overcome. One is her nervousness over committing; the other is the Harper Ghost.

    The Harper Ghost who has been known for generations as "The Bride" seems like a benign presence. When Stella first hears singing in her son's room, her analytical mind cannot comprehend the idea of a ghost. When she mentions it to the other people in the house, she is relieved to realize that she is not losing her mind, nor is she crazy. As Stella and Logan grow closer, The Bride reacts badly. Stella isn't about to let a ghost tell her how to live her life, nor is she going to let a ghost keep her from her children.

    The first book of the IN THE GARDEN trilogy shows great promise that this will be a great series. The dynamic between Logan and Stella is very amusing at times, and touching at others. Throw in a ghost and some family secrets and you have a great start to a new series.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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