Blue Dahlia Mass Market Paperback – Oct 26 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
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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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.
Loved them all.
Another reason that I love reading Nora Roberts is the trilogies (and more) she does. I always find that after reading a single book I am always thinking about what happens next or to the other characters, Nora Roberts explores them and brings their stories to life as well.
Such is the case in this series. It follows a successful business woman and her friends through their lives as they try to unravel the mysteries of the ghost in her house. Of course love blooms along the way as each lady finds someone to spend the rest of their life with. Set in the here and now in the Southern United States, you feel as if you are right there too!
I took this trilogy with me on vacation, and had a hard time putting it down to enjoy any of my vacation. I must recommend this trilogy, and am online right now ordering more Nora Roberts books!!!
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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As always, Nora Roberts has delivered an adventure with love and just enough lust mixed in......In The Garden was an absolute delight to read and heartbreaking to finish because I... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Tanya
As expected Nora can spin a tale that keeps you hooked from the first page to the last page of the trilogy's she writes. Read morePublished 16 months ago by carol gilbeau
This was a reread for me. With the kindle technology it is awesome to own this and reread as many times a sI wish in the future. A great trilogy!Published 18 months ago by Toni McEathron