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)
I had just finished Nora Roberts' book "The Witness" and gave it rave reviews. However, it was pure misery finishing this book. You could tell the entire story after reading the first few chapters. It was boring, predictable, unimaginative, "Hallmarkish" and any other cliché I could use to say the book was a cliché. Don't waste your time, credit or money on this one.
I love Nora Robert's books. Always have. This book along with all of the following books in this trilogy, are wonderful. Nora Roberts connects each book and the common theme in the books is intriguing.
Suzie Breck does a wonderful job narrating this book. Each character has a distinct voice and it is easy to know who is speaking. Her voice makes this listen enjoyable.
Thoroughly enjoyed ths book - yes it's a romance, and yes it's light and silly and girly, but fast paced and fun, and made me want to rush out into the backyard and start gardening immediately (snow notwithstanding). Great one for vacation reading.
Interesting & page turner
She makes you love each character. Make you feel like you are right there in the story.
YES! I found myself sitting in my car not wanting to stop listening.
Those who enjoy Nora Roberts should find this ok.
Sure. She was a fine reader.
It's just the characters were so fake.
Retired tech writer/editor. Mensa. Pgh Steelers/ Penguins fan. Lib Dem/feminist. Grew up reading lit--M.A. English--now read mys/thrillers.
I liked Roz Harper, the rich independent woman who owns Harper House, a huge storied estate on the outskirts of Memphis. Wealthy Roz starts her own plant nursery business, and business is booming so much she hires Stella Rothchild, a widow from Michigan, as manager. I liked Hayley Phillips, Roz's young pregnant distant cousin, who shows up at the door seeking a job. Roz not only takes in Hayley, gives her a job, and provides for her health care but also insists that Stella and her two boys live in the mansion, with live-in man-Friday David adding child care to his duties.
I didn't care for the main characters, driven, planning-to-the-last-nanosecond Stella Rothchild, surprised into romance with slow-talking laconic strong-silent-cowboy-type landscape designer Logan Kitridge, who originally resents Stella's required paperwork and falls for her initially because of her wild red hair. I didn't like the ghost story either. We never find what happened to make the ghost haunt the children's rooms of the manse. The ghost is harmless (except for bringing freezing cold in her wake) when singing to the children but angry and threatening when their mother gets romantically involved.
yes, I've read a lot of her books. This was the first letdown.
far from my favorite
I am not finished with the book. The plot moves right along without too much conflict, but the narrator is fascinating. I really am amazed at her skill
at narrating. I'll read other books read by her.
Sue Breck can make the characters come to life as she changes her voice for each character.
have not finished it yet. I listen to an hour every night.
Yes, it is another great Nora Roberts book and the narrator was very good.
This is my first Susie Breck performance. I look forward to hearing her again.
Yes, it definitely is.
Nora Roberts lives up to all expectations in this book of the trilogy. I couldn't wait to read the next one.
I loved all things gardening related.
Susie did a great job with voices and accents. I enjoyed listening to her southern twang.
This is one of those trilogies I will read over and over. Each book in this series stands alone, and you don't need to read them all...BUT, each one builds on the ghostly presence and tells her story perfectly to the end. I was left wanting more!
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