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Blue Dahlia Audiobook

Blue Dahlia: In the Garden, Book 1

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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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    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.

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

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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
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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

    Practical Shopper

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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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    Maurine Porto 07-06-13

    I listen to audiobooks mainly while commuting 90 minutes a day and when walking. Sometimes when knitting.

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    "Couldn't finish this one"

    I am not an avid Nora Roberts fan but have listened to and read half a dozen of her books and enjoyed them. However, I could not make it to the end of this one. I think it might be one of her older books that has been reissued. The narrator was good but the plot was very predictable. Most romance plots are predictable and I can still enjoy them but this one was boring. The characters were nor very interesting either. There are better Nora Roberts books so don't waste your money or credit on this one.

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    Music Lover 06-18-13
    Music Lover 06-18-13

    Your mileage may vary

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    "This is a wonderful series"

    I love this series! The depictions of the gardens, the amazing strong women and the struggles they overcome. I actually want to visit Memphis now that I've read this book!

    Spoiler alert: I think the story would stand alone without the mystery of the ghost, but others will enjoy the historical context it brings.

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    Jennifer Voris Marin County 06-15-13
    Jennifer Voris Marin County 06-15-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Romance, Likable Characters & Interesting Plot"

    The ending had me searching for the next book in the series. If you like Nora Roberts, this book is for you.

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    Debra Veedersburg, IN, United States 06-11-13
    Debra Veedersburg, IN, United States 06-11-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Traditional Nora Roberts, but I like the genre."
    Would you listen to Blue Dahlia again? Why?

    Probably not, but I seldom listen to a book twice.


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

    I have read or listened to several Robert's series and while they all have the same formula, they are all different.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the spirit took over the boy's room


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

    Both


    Any additional comments?

    Keep them coming, Ms. Roberts!

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    kurt South Windsor, CT, United States 06-01-13
    kurt South Windsor, CT, United States 06-01-13 Member Since 2011

    These reviews are done by his wife :)

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    "Classic Nora Roberts"
    What made the experience of listening to Blue Dahlia the most enjoyable?

    Characters are loveable and you feel like you belong with them. It is predictable but perfect for an easy listening book to make you smile.


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