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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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    AdrndkGirl Corinth, NY, United States 03-06-15
    AdrndkGirl Corinth, NY, United States 03-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Enjoyable listen"

    Was a good story line and the production was well done, the voices the reader used fit the characters well.

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    Belle 02-23-15
    Belle 02-23-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Love This Series!!"

    I absolutely love this series of books. I have listened to each of them at least a dozen times!!

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    Dawn 01-11-15
    Dawn 01-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Good Listen"

    I thought this book had a slow start. I started listening and couldn't get into it so I stopped and left it sitting in my library for months. Glad I finally went back to give it another try. If you can get past the slow start it's a decent story.

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    Kathy Faifield, Australia 12-01-14
    Kathy Faifield, Australia 12-01-14
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    "Ghost Story"

    I was dissapointed to find that this book was actually a ghost story. Not my cup of tea.

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    Misselaineys 07-07-14
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    "Great book, wonderful series,"
    What made the experience of listening to Blue Dahlia the most enjoyable?

    Listening to the story let my imagination go wild. I loved the voices and the story line. I could just picture the heat between Logan and Stella. I just love Roz, Harper and Hailey. I listened to it again right after I finished the series.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Blue Dahlia?

    The sex was beautiful not dirty, but very very hot!


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

    I had never listened to her before, but I love her. I will be looking for others she does.


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

    She thought her life was over, but it was just beginning, a new life, love and adventure.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope the rest of Nora Roberts books make you love the people like I did these people.

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    Susan Bartonville, TX 05-19-14
    Susan Bartonville, TX 05-19-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A Favorable Cozy"

    A very typical Nora Roberts, with a good friendship story, a new romance, a birth and a ghost. Stella is a newly widowed, mother of two boys who moves back to her hometown in Tennessee, looking for a fresh start and a safe new place for them to settle. She ends up at a garden nursery owned by Roz, a strong older woman who provides her with a satisfying job and a safe roof over their heads at Harper House.

    It is well known that a harmless, female ghost who is very protective of children inhabits Harper House, they call her, The Harper Bride. Once Roz takes in another border, Hayley, a pregnant, single, young girl, the ghost begins to let herself be seen more frequently than ever before. The three women bond and develop a very close, supportive, family like, friendship,.....all is well at Harper House.

    Eventually Stella starts to date Logan, a local man who has become entirely smitten with her and her boys. Logan starts to frequent Harper House more often and for reasons unknown the ghost becomes unsettled and shows a different side to herself. When he asks for Stella's hand in marriage and The Harper Bride learns that they may be leaving to live with him, she becomes very upset and may not be so harmless after all. The ending was quite abrupt. I'm not sure if I will get into the series but it was a nice cozy with good narration.

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    Anne 04-05-14
    Anne 04-05-14
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    "A good idea milked to death"

    This is the first part of a novel that should have been one book and I feel cheated. It doesn't stand alone except in the most "generous" sense because the characters are all fairly flat and while one storyline for one character is resolved, the rest are left lying there like fish on the counter.

    I eventually bought and finished the 2nd and 3rd installments and by the time I finished the last one I was genuinely annoyed. This is one book puffed and plumped and pumped up with unnecessary "stuff" until it can be called three books. By the third book, I had had all I could stand of long bits about flowers and the increasingly unbelievable ability and behavior of the "Harper Bride".

    Roberts has written some really very nice novels but I don't recommend this one novel pretending to be three (the sequels are The Black Rose and The Red Lily. Ditto this review for those. By the end of the third book you'll be laughing with scorn at the increasing nonsense.)

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    J. 03-29-14
    J. 03-29-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Mixed Feelings about Blue Dahlia"

    This was a slow go for me - I would say I was a good 50% thru the listen before it really captured me. The dynamics of the characters who lived in Harper house were really good. I especially like Stella and her unexpected beau. The ghost was interesting and without being a spoiler I will say I was disappointed and felt like I was left hanging with the ending. I guess I will have to continue to read the series.

    Sidebar - I wish these talented writers would understand they can still have successful careers without using the unnecessary vulgar language. That is why I did not give it 5 stars.

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    Eddie Lynn 03-20-14
    Eddie Lynn 03-20-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Good story line, easy listen"

    This is the first of 3 in this series, and it sets the stage by character development and then creating interest in them. Narration was expressive and well done. The book went quickly, it was an easy and pleasant listen.

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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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