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Blue Dahlia: In the Garden Trilogy [Mass Market Paperback]

Nora Roberts
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Oct. 25 2004 In The Garden (Book 1)
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Against the backdrop of a house steeped in history and a thriving new gardening business, three women unearth the memories of the past and uncover a dangerous secret—finding in each other the courage to take chances and embrace the future.

Stella has a passion for planning that keeps her from taking too many risks. But when she opens her heart to a new love, she discovers that she will fight to the death to protect what’s hers.

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...

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Flower metaphors run amok in this first installment of Roberts's newest trilogy, which focuses on a quaint nursery called In the Garden and the haunted estate neighboring it. The book starts out at a plodding pace, with the sudden death of Stella Rothchild's beloved husband and her subsequent move, with her two young boys, from Michigan to the outskirts of Memphis. Fortunately, the pace picks up after Stella plants her roots at Harper estate and secures a job managing In the Garden, which is owned by Roz Harper, the same blunt, self-assured woman who presides over the estate. Though strictly regimented Stella forms a fast friendship with Roz, she clashes with Logan Kitridge, the nursery's sexy landscape designer. Logan is the antithesis of Stella—brash and impulsive, he thrives on chaos—but their enmity inevitably gives way to love. The scenes between them crackle with wit, charm and sexual tension, and are rivaled only by the warm relationships that develop among Stella, Roz and Hayley, a distant relative of Roz's who comes to the estate seeking a fresh start. Less effective is a subplot involving a ghost who doesn't seem to approve of Stella's relationship with Logan. This thread provides a few spooky moments, but it would have been more effective without the prologue's clichéd setup. While this book isn't vintage Roberts, it's a promising start to a new series.
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Stella Rothchild loves everything about her new job as manager of In the Garden nursery. She appreciates her new, no-nonsense boss, "Roz" Harper, and she doesn't even mind living with Roz at Harper House, despite the fact that the ghost of the "Harper Bride" reportedly haunts the historic mansion. When a young and pregnant Hayley Phillips, a distant relative of Roz's, shows up at Harper House, she becomes a valued friend. The only thing Stella doesn't like about her situation is the ruggedly sexy yet completely annoying landscaper, Logan. Despite Stella's best efforts to develop a professional working relationship with him, he seems to have little time and no patience for her efforts to reorganize the nursery. Then Logan completely disrupts Stella's careful plans for her future by asking her out. 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. John Charles
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5.0 out of 5 stars review of nora roberts *in the garden* trilogy* Oct. 2 2010
By piglet
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i was so excited to discover this book, *blue dahlia* on it is actually book one from nora robert's *in the garden trilogy.* i had just read books 2 and 3, #2: black rose and #3: red lily and ordered *blue dahlia.* i was so sad to see this series end. absolutely fantastic!!! thoroughly enjoyed it, even though i read them backwards, from #3-#1. i miss the characters already! now i have ordered more books by nora roberts through, to work on completing other partial series i had found in a local second-hand store. it is great fun and nice to know i can find most anything i want from my current fave author. books come quickly and in great shape. yayyyyyy and nora roberts!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of my favorites by Nora Nov. 17 2004
By Marie
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am a huge fan of Nora Roberts therefore as soon as one of her books comes out I rush to get it. This one I must admit was very disappointing. When I first started reading it I was pretty tired and I thought it was the reason why I couldn't get into it. When I picked it up again I found that I still couldn't get into it,The story just didn't do it for me. I didn't feel any chemistry between Logan and Stella. They were arguing all the time and it seemed to me that Nora was trying to match two people that weren't meant for each other. I wasn't into all the talk about flowers either. If there would have been a little less flower talk and little more about Logan and Stella then maybe I would have enjoyed it more.
On the other hand I know that other people have enjoyed this book so if you are a big fan of Nora's go out and buy it but for others who have never read Nora Roberts I suggest you start with another trilogy like the Chesapeak trilogy, the Three Sisters trilogy or the irish trilogy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Nora's Best Nov. 26 2004
By Kayla
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'm not sure what was going on in Nora's head to publish this book, but I can't help wondering if someone else wrote it and stole her identity! Her writing is usually so much better than this. I wish I could say something really positive about the story but it's like the clever Nora has been blinded (perhaps by rose colored glasses). I thought I would go crazy if she made one more flower reference. The three stars I give her are purely for my absolute love of her talent and my hope that her next book will be back to the standards we all expect from her. In the meantime, if you want great romance, drama, or erotica, try "Bedtime Stories for Women" by Nancy Madore, or "To Die for" by linda Howard.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read Sept. 30 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was a touching story.. about how 3 strangers become best friends.

One of them finds true love (though I do feel that this was a bit forced.. they did seem a bit ill-fitted). Other than that.. it was a very well-written story. Oh, and did I mention, there's a ghost in the story too :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mrs G Feb. 10 2005
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I loved this book and can't wait for the remaining two to be realeased. I have read other reviews and have to strongly disagree with the negative remarks. I got hooked quickly like with all other Nora Roberts books and the mystery behind this story gives me goosebumps. Bring on May 31.
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