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Blue Dahlia

Number 1 in series (In the Garden Trilogy)

By Nora Roberts

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Format: Paperback, 384 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 11 November 2004
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Recent widowed Stella Rothchild is no stranger to the ghosts of the past, but the move from Michigan back to her roots near Memphis, Tennessee is supposed to be about the future. Her two energetic young sons are thriving in their new school. Stella's got a great job managing successful nursery 'In the Garden' and an interesting boss and landlady in local legend Roz Harper. She even has a new friend in Hayley Phillips, the feisty young pregnant woman who turns up at Harper House, Stella's new home, looking for a job. More than that, Stella feels an instant attraction to 'In the Garden's' landscaper, Logan Kitridge, who gets under her skin and makes her feel truly alive for the first time in years. But there is someone at Harper House who isn't happy about Stella's growing feelings for Logan - the Harper Bride, an unidentified woman whose grief and rage have kept her spirit alive long past the death of her body. Love and loss broke her mind, and in her madness, she will stop at nothing to destroy the new passion that Logan and Stella have found.

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Nora Roberts is the author of more than one hundred New York Times bestsellers, with more than 300 million copies of her books in print. Under the pen name J. D. Robb, she is author of the bestselling futuristic suspense series. Visit her website at


Stella Rothchild moves to southern Tennessee, hoping to put her husband's tragic death behind her and build a new life for her two little boys. She lands her ideal position, managing the Harper House Garden nursery. Roz Harper feels an immediate connection and moves the family into Harper House as a condition of the job. She neglects to mention the resident ghost, as well as landscape designer Logan Kitridge. Stella is a born manager; Logan hates forms and schedules. The sparks between them intrigue Logan and frighten Stella, particularly when the Harper House ghost clearly resents their growing closeness. Susie Breck's Southern accents are warm and soothing, inviting you into the story. Each woman is from a different part of the South, and Breck has accents to burn. The tale unfolds painstakingly slowly, but the pace should pick up considerably in book two of Roberts's "Garden Trilogy."-Jodi L. Israel, MLS, Jamaica Plain, MA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

compelling characters . . . Sheer entertainment,

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 clich?d setup. While this book isn't vintage Roberts, it's a promising start to a new series. Agent, Amy Berkower. (Nov.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

EAN: 9780749935337
ISBN: 0749935332
Publisher: Piatkus Books
Dimensions: 17.8 x 11 x 2.3 centimetres (0.16 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Caroline on
Another great Nora Roberts read. I enjoyed the hints of the supernatural in the story.
Karina on
I'm used to reading Historical Romances as opposed to modern day mystery/romance, however this book was a nice change. Nora Roberts is indeed a great writer and this book was very well written.
Although, I did find it a bit boring in places....I'm not overly interested in reading lots about plants or in-depth detail about how the nursery is laid out...bla bla bla.
I would have much preferred to read more about Logan and Stella and of course the Harper Bride!

Nonetheless, this is book ONE of three, so I will read the following two before I disgard this author of my Fav Author List.

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