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Recently widowed Stella Rothschild has found a new love in Logan Kitridge. But there is someone 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. Recently widowed Stella Rothschild has found a new love in Logan Kitridge. But there is someone 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.


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Recently widowed Stella Rothschild has found a new love in Logan Kitridge. But there is someone 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. Recently widowed Stella Rothschild has found a new love in Logan Kitridge. But there is someone 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.

30 review for Blue Dahlia

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cyndi

    A good romance and beginning of the trilogy. The hero is a bit hard to fall in love with, and the beginning is terribly sad, but the story comes around. Of course, It's Nora Roberts so its well written and the characters are developing perfectly. Stella moves back to Tennessee after losing her husband. She wants to raise her two sons closer to her father. There she lands the perfect job and makes some wonderful friends. But when she moves into the Harper House, she meets the Harper Ghost. Nora A good romance and beginning of the trilogy. The hero is a bit hard to fall in love with, and the beginning is terribly sad, but the story comes around. Of course, It's Nora Roberts so its well written and the characters are developing perfectly. Stella moves back to Tennessee after losing her husband. She wants to raise her two sons closer to her father. There she lands the perfect job and makes some wonderful friends. But when she moves into the Harper House, she meets the Harper Ghost. Nora gives more hints to the reader than she does the characters so its fun watching them uncover the mystery. Also it was fun figuring out which romances were going to blossom. (Get it? Blossom...flowers? Lol) 🤷‍♀️(well, I thought it was funny.) Anyway, one of my favorite parts in the book were watching the friendships develop between the women. Nora always has a knack for stressing the importance of women standing for each other and helping each other. 😊

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jane Stewart

    2 ½ stars. Not enough story. Not enough plot. Characters were nice people but not compelling enough for a story. My mind kept wandering. A lot of conversation about ordinary things. Characters did not interest or intrigue me. Stella likes to organize and manage things. Logan is creative and artistic with his landscaping but appears disorganized in other things. I wasn’t drawn to the relationship. The sex scenes didn’t do anything for me. The plot surrounding the ghost was not well developed and no 2 ½ stars. Not enough story. Not enough plot. Characters were nice people but not compelling enough for a story. My mind kept wandering. A lot of conversation about ordinary things. Characters did not interest or intrigue me. Stella likes to organize and manage things. Logan is creative and artistic with his landscaping but appears disorganized in other things. I wasn’t drawn to the relationship. The sex scenes didn’t do anything for me. The plot surrounding the ghost was not well developed and not finished. They hired someone to go through old records to discover the story behind the ghost. He started, but the book ended before he worked on it. The narrator Susie Breck was ok. DATA: Narrative mode: 3rd person. Unabridged audiobook length: 10 hrs and 46 mins. Swearing language: strong including religious swear words, but rarely used. Sexual language: none. Number of sex scenes: two briefly described. Setting: mostly 2004 Memphis, Tennessee, with some back stories from 1892 and 2001. Book copyright: 2004. Genre: contemporary romance with a little paranormal.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    In Nora Roberts's Blue Dahlia, she introduced to three women who came together to work in a garden nursery in rural Tennessee. First, there's Stella Rothchild, a recent young widow with two young sons have moved back to her hometown to be closer to her family. She met Roz Harper, who owned the Harper House and ran the flowery nursery. She wasn't intimated by her, since she tried to escape the ghosts of the past. As she settled down into her new life, she met expectant young mother Hayley and for In Nora Roberts's Blue Dahlia, she introduced to three women who came together to work in a garden nursery in rural Tennessee. First, there's Stella Rothchild, a recent young widow with two young sons have moved back to her hometown to be closer to her family. She met Roz Harper, who owned the Harper House and ran the flowery nursery. She wasn't intimated by her, since she tried to escape the ghosts of the past. As she settled down into her new life, she met expectant young mother Hayley and formed a friendship with her as with Roz. Later she met and fell in love with Logan Kittridge, the handsome landscaper. She couldn't help becoming attractive to him. But someone wasn't too happy with this coupling, the Harper Bride ghost. They've dug deep into the ghost past's of rage and heartbreak as she haunted Harper House.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Obsidian

    Nothing really to say except that I love this series. After trying to start the inn series by Nora Roberts, I ended up seeing so many similarities to "In the Garden" that I happily DNFed the first book in the inn series and decided to re-read this one. I love gardening and the outdoors so this series was always fun to me. We have some romance and some characters that I actually enjoyed enough to revisit through three books. "Blue Dahlia" is the first book in the series and follows single mother a Nothing really to say except that I love this series. After trying to start the inn series by Nora Roberts, I ended up seeing so many similarities to "In the Garden" that I happily DNFed the first book in the inn series and decided to re-read this one. I love gardening and the outdoors so this series was always fun to me. We have some romance and some characters that I actually enjoyed enough to revisit through three books. "Blue Dahlia" is the first book in the series and follows single mother and widow Stella. I actually enjoyed how Roberts sets this book up. When the book begins we have Stella enjoying her life with her husband Kevin and their two boys who she loves, but who drive her up the wall at times. When an accident occurs leaving Stella widowed she honestly doesn't know what she's going to do. The book moves on a few years later, and Stella has relocated to Tennessee to be near her father and her stepmother. She wants to settle down in a new place that doesn't remind her of her former live and give her boys something strong to latch onto. She goes and works for Roz Harper in her home and takes over as manager running her "In the Garden" nursery that is onsite. Throw in a ghost and a romance she was not looking for, and "Blue Dahlia" may satisfy your need for a romance with a light mystery. Stella's love interest in this, Logan, is a bit much. I honestly at first found him annoying. Him finding Stella rigid because she likes things organized and wants items inputted into a spreadsheet (oh the horror! The horror!) made me want to brain him. But, he does grow on me. I think I liked it because you get to see Stella not change the way she's made up to fit Logan, but you do see Logan adjust more for her. Which I loved. Most romances this days seem to be about uptight women who just need a man to remind her to let her hair down. I liked that Stella thought first and foremost about her sons and how any changes she makes in her romantic life would impact them. And I loved that there were honest conversations about her first marriage (Stella was happy and her husband loved her and vice versa). Thank goodness where was no third hour retconning of their marrirage to make any love she had with Logan be the best thing ever. And thank goodness that Logan gets it (about Stella's marriage) and being an adult about that (looking your way Virgin River book #1). Due to the first book having to lay a lot of ground work we do move around to other perspectives. We get Roz's, her son Harper's and Roz's cousin Hayley included in this first book. It is pretty easy to see who the other couples will be in this series. And besides Hayley, I enjoyed everyone. I always found Hayley's whole backstory to be a bit much and I actually kind of loathed what she did and why. I probably will skip re-reading "Red Lily" this time through cause I recall going eh okay when I read it years ago. The main part of the book is full of Stella getting used to Roz's business, but also the three women and some of the men trying to find out what they can about Roz's ghost, called the Harper Bride. I kind of shrugged about Stella and Hayley wanting to investigate the ghost more until you get towards the middle and end of the book and realize that the ghost is at times dangerous to be around and the whole family wants to put the spirit to rest. Can I say that Roz is my favorite character though? She really is. I loved that this woman had a lot to deal with (she's also a widow and she raised three boys) and then when she gets older marries a POS man and manages to rebuild again. The book makes for a relaxing day at the beach or sitting in your garden if you have time.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    I love nothing more than a Nora Roberts trilogy! Especially when romance and the paranormal collide and you have a vengeful ghost wrecking havoc on the main protagonists in each novel. Blue Dahlia introduces readers to Stella, a young widow with two growing sons who moved from her "Yankee " home to work for Rosalind Harper in Tennessee. Rosalind's Harper House is the site of "In the Garden", her homegrown gardening and landscaping business. When Stella and her sons move into a wing of Rosalind I love nothing more than a Nora Roberts trilogy! Especially when romance and the paranormal collide and you have a vengeful ghost wrecking havoc on the main protagonists in each novel. Blue Dahlia introduces readers to Stella, a young widow with two growing sons who moved from her "Yankee " home to work for Rosalind Harper in Tennessee. Rosalind's Harper House is the site of "In the Garden", her homegrown gardening and landscaping business. When Stella and her sons move into a wing of Rosalind's house, chilling things begin to happen at night. Soon Stella, Rosalind and new employee Hayley are all interested in what the mysterious woman singing in the nursery and haunting the gardens might want. I really enjoyed Stella and her love interest, Logan and was cheering for them all the way. I read this one in one sitting. Goodreads review published 21/04/20

  6. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    One review said that next to the ghosty atmosphere and romance, this novel also contains lots of gardening tips. I don't really do flowers or nature. I mean, I like green. As, maybe, a wallpaper. Or pullovers when children wear them. We used to have a green bird, too. Sweet thing. Obnoxiously loud. For f-cks sake, I'm probably the only human being, next to Bree's sex-addicted boyfriend in Desperate Housewives, who killed a cactus. In cold blood. I'm a cruel, evil person and I get crazy obsessed One review said that next to the ghosty atmosphere and romance, this novel also contains lots of gardening tips. I don't really do flowers or nature. I mean, I like green. As, maybe, a wallpaper. Or pullovers when children wear them. We used to have a green bird, too. Sweet thing. Obnoxiously loud. For f-cks sake, I'm probably the only human being, next to Bree's sex-addicted boyfriend in Desperate Housewives, who killed a cactus. In cold blood. I'm a cruel, evil person and I get crazy obsessed when people buy flowers and pretend they like them. Like, if you like them, why let them slowly wither away in your living room? THAT'S NOT LOVE. It's like owning three cats, five dogs, and eating chicken nuggets. At least, I admit that I'm a cactus-murderer. Except that maybe if it's just about gardening.. which isn't exactly flower-murdering, it might not annoy me as much? Although, I also get crazy over people who talk about flowers.. Like I do right now.. Um.. Wow.. this was such a deep, philosophical discussion. I'm amazed by my own brilliance and reflectiveness. (No, but the point was that flowers in books make me go crazy and gardening tips make me feel inadequate.) Update: I now found the perfect example for my problem with flowers and gardens and where it comes from. It was Erica from Celadon City (タマムシシティ or Prismania City)in Pokémon, with all her green little shits. God, how she owned me.. So, now you know it. Dear reader, it was a traumatic experience, but I'm almost sure that no one else'll feel like that and you should definitely give books with flowers in them at least a try, although I won't take it against you if you wouldn't, now that you've heard this dramatic, desperate story of innocent longing, humiliation and loss.

  7. 5 out of 5

    D.G.

    **2.5 stars** Like the Bride Quartet, this book is more about women running a business and their friendship. Even the ghost was more important than the romance, which was lukewarm and not very exciting. I never got the impression that the hero and heroine even liked each other, so I'm not sure how they fell in love. I'm not that interested in gardens so all the talk about plants bored me to death. If I had liked the main character, maybe I could have enjoyed the book more, but Stella was a control **2.5 stars** Like the Bride Quartet, this book is more about women running a business and their friendship. Even the ghost was more important than the romance, which was lukewarm and not very exciting. I never got the impression that the hero and heroine even liked each other, so I'm not sure how they fell in love. I'm not that interested in gardens so all the talk about plants bored me to death. If I had liked the main character, maybe I could have enjoyed the book more, but Stella was a control freak who didn't understand how people could be different from her. Half the time I wanted to kill her. The narration was very good. Characters were distinct and the male voices were adequate. I'd definite listen something else by this narrator. I may continue the series because I liked Roz and Hayley (the heroines of the next two books) but I'll definitely wait a while to read them. I don't know that I can stomach any more talk of plants.

  8. 4 out of 5

    ♡Karlyn P♡

    Started off great, even made me cry after the first few chapters. Then the story moved ahead a few years and it went downhill from there. Just slow, touchy-feely fluff in a small southern town. That may appeal to many, but it became boring for me.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    I needed a ghost book for a challenge and picked this up and it ended up being really good! I liked the characters and the little family that came together throughout the story, I'm glad the same characters are in the rest of this series. I didn't think I would like this because of something Stella went through in the beginning and I'm not big on sad type stories, but once it was over it didn't drag her down for long. And Logan was funny. I need to know more about the Harper Bride, I will read t I needed a ghost book for a challenge and picked this up and it ended up being really good! I liked the characters and the little family that came together throughout the story, I'm glad the same characters are in the rest of this series. I didn't think I would like this because of something Stella went through in the beginning and I'm not big on sad type stories, but once it was over it didn't drag her down for long. And Logan was funny. I need to know more about the Harper Bride, I will read the next one! The ghost added a nice touch of mystery to this

  10. 5 out of 5

    Karen Syed

    This one is a keeper. It's one of those books that I don't think I would have normally read, but I was going on a trip and needed an unabridged audio for a long trip. I am totally pleased with the end result. Blue Dahlia is a fun and invigorating read. Logan is a great hero, and Stella is a delightful thorn in his side. When Stella's husband dies in a freak accident, she is forced to take on a new type of life. She moves back to her birthplace in Tennessee and takes a job at Harper House. Her ne This one is a keeper. It's one of those books that I don't think I would have normally read, but I was going on a trip and needed an unabridged audio for a long trip. I am totally pleased with the end result. Blue Dahlia is a fun and invigorating read. Logan is a great hero, and Stella is a delightful thorn in his side. When Stella's husband dies in a freak accident, she is forced to take on a new type of life. She moves back to her birthplace in Tennessee and takes a job at Harper House. Her new boss is great and her life seems to take o new meaning. Too soon, Logan a fellow employee, roars into her life and turns everything upside down. And if that isn't enough, Stella finds herself haunted by the Harper Bride. The trouble is, no one knows who the Bride is or why she doesn't want Stella and Logan together. My trip ended before my CDs and I found myself sitting in my car once I got home just to listen to a few more tracs, and even making small needless trips to listen more. The character development is some of Nora's best and I am looking forward to the rest of the series. Engaging plot, enough emotional tug to keep you hoping it won't end.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Celeste

    I know I’ve read this series before, but it’s one of the few Nora Roberts trilogies that I don’t remember clearly. Which meant that I needed to reread them immediately! This isn’t my favorite Nora series, but it’s still fun and sweet with just enough mystery to add some flavor to the narrative. In the Garden is a nursery business set up by Rosalind Harper on her family estate, and she’s on the hunt for a manager. Stella Rothschild would give her right arm to become that manager. She and her boys I know I’ve read this series before, but it’s one of the few Nora Roberts trilogies that I don’t remember clearly. Which meant that I needed to reread them immediately! This isn’t my favorite Nora series, but it’s still fun and sweet with just enough mystery to add some flavor to the narrative. In the Garden is a nursery business set up by Rosalind Harper on her family estate, and she’s on the hunt for a manager. Stella Rothschild would give her right arm to become that manager. She and her boys have had a rough few years since the death of Kevin, her husband and the boys’ father. Working at In the Garden would be just exactly the fresh start the shattered family needs. Thankfully, Rosalind (Roz) agrees, and hires her on the spot. The catch is that Stella has to move herself and her boys into the sprawling Harper House, but that’s not exactly a hardship. The only kink in Stella’s plans is Logan, Roz’s landscape designer. He’s rude and disorganized and drives Stella completely insane. The fact that he’s disgustingly hot doesn’t help matters. Blue Dahlia was a sweet love story, with the humor and passion I’ve come to expect from Nora, with the added bonus of adorable and funny kids thrown into the mix. There was also the added mystery of the Harper Bride, the ghost who haunts the house and sings any children in residence to sleep at night. She’s mostly benign, but hell hath no fury like a ghost ignored when it comes to single mothers getting romantically involved. One thing I admire about Nora is the vast amount of research she puts into each and every occupation featured in her novels. Each of her series has a theme; sometimes that theme revolves around magic and saving the world from a potential threat, but just as often the theme centers around an occupation. For this series, it’s all about plants. I’ve never had any interest in gardening, but my mother loves it. She’s always happiest with her hands in the dirt, giving a cactus or succulent or an ivy a new home, or tending to those that weren’t properly cared for and restoring them to health. So anytime I read a book featuring a garden or nursery or florist shop, I think of her. Especially if that book happens to be written by Nora, who is without a doubt my mom’s favorite author. All of that being said, this isn’t my favorite book by Nora, simply because I don’t have all that much interest in gardening. But I'll definitely be finishing the series, because it’s still an incredibly enjoyable, easy to read series featuring strong relationships, be they friendships, romances, or family ties. And those relationships are what always bring me back to Nora’s work. Original review can be found at Booknest.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    Stella Rothchild's life comes crashing down on her when her husband Kevin dies in a plane crash. Willing for a fresh start, she uproots her boys and takes them back to her home place of Memphis, Tennessee to be closer to her father and Stepmother. Stella goes to Harper house where she is hired on by lady of the house Rosalind Harper to work in her nursery In the Garden as a manager. Her only condition is that Stella and her children must live in Harper House for the first months of her employmen Stella Rothchild's life comes crashing down on her when her husband Kevin dies in a plane crash. Willing for a fresh start, she uproots her boys and takes them back to her home place of Memphis, Tennessee to be closer to her father and Stepmother. Stella goes to Harper house where she is hired on by lady of the house Rosalind Harper to work in her nursery In the Garden as a manager. Her only condition is that Stella and her children must live in Harper House for the first months of her employment. Stella agrees and later learns that the house is haunted by a ghost known as the Harper House bride. Stella quickly butts heads with the nursery's landscaper Logan who turns her life topsy-turvy and tries to make a social acquaintance something more not knowing that the Harper House Bride hates men. Also moving into the house is Hayley Phillips who is a cousin to Roz Harper who is expecting a child in the future. Will everyone living in Harper House be able to survive the wrath of the Harper House Bride ghost and find out who she really is? Read on and find out for yourself. Blue Dahlia is the first book of the In the Garden trilogy and my first Nora Roberts book that I read for the Enchanted Garden reading challenge where you read books with flowers in it. It was also a pretty good read and I look forward to checking out the rest of the trilogy in the future. If you enjoy supernatural romance books, definitely check this out for yourself. You can find this book at your local library and wherever books are sold.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cyndy Aleo

    Nora Roberts books are a not-so-guilty pleasure of mine. Sure, she technically writes romance novels, but her books are always so well-researched you feel like you are actually learning something. Blue Dahlia is the first novel in her In the Garden series, and the gardener in me LOVES all the references she weaves into the story. ::: In the Garden ::: Blue Dahlia is the introduction to the story of three women who all work at a gardening store called (you guessed it) In the Garden. Roz Harper Ashb Nora Roberts books are a not-so-guilty pleasure of mine. Sure, she technically writes romance novels, but her books are always so well-researched you feel like you are actually learning something. Blue Dahlia is the first novel in her In the Garden series, and the gardener in me LOVES all the references she weaves into the story. ::: In the Garden ::: Blue Dahlia is the introduction to the story of three women who all work at a gardening store called (you guessed it) In the Garden. Roz Harper Ashby is the Southern belle who came from an established family, was widowed at an early age, raised her three boys alone, and opened her own gardening business where she works with her eldest son, Harper. Tired of spending so much time on the nuts and bolts of her business, she hires a newcomer to the Memphis area, Stella, recently widowed herself, and raising two young boys. To get a better feel for whether or not she can trust her business to Stella, Roz has her move into the sprawling old home she lives in with her assistant (and Harper's best friend), David. Not long after Stella moves in, a distant cousin, Hailey, shows up pregnant and looking for a job. Roz takes her in as well and gives her a job at In the Garden as well. Soon after being hired, Stella begins to butt heads with Roz's landscaper, Logan Kittredge. Logan is everything Stella is not: abrasive, unorganized, and above all, resistant to change. Of course, you know the two will be attracted to each other; after all, this is a romance novel. Of course, there's more to the story than gardening and romance; Harper House, Roz's family home has a ghost. And the ghost's story is a mystery that the women are going to need to solve. ::: Planting the Seed ::: Once you get past the extreme set-up, what with the women sharing a house and all, Blue Dahlia is actually one of Roberts' better "first" books. Many times, the first books in her trilogies seem rushed, with too many characters and too much set-up information crowding out the relationship that's supposed to be the central point of the plot. Roberts does a good job balancing things here, introducing the players, yet still giving Stella and Logan enough attention so that you feel like the relationship is actually developing in a normal time frame. They aren't rushed, and their arguments and differences seem very natural in their interaction. Blue Dahlia is a good book on its own, and does an excellent job setting the reader up for the rest of the trilogy, which is one of the better ones. This review originally published on Epinions: http://www.epinions.com/review/Blue_D...

  14. 5 out of 5

    ✨Susan✨

    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 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.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)

    I liked the author's other series about an Inn, 3 brothers, a bookstore, etc. And now found a new favorite. This was a pretty good start. And liked that the ghost character was introduced from the beginning and is mentioned again as the story gets going. The characters you like and get a hint as to what their story will be in the next book. Plus Logan I think is one of my favorites. While he and Stella bicker and try to get along, he's at least honest but at the same time unsure of some things. A I liked the author's other series about an Inn, 3 brothers, a bookstore, etc. And now found a new favorite. This was a pretty good start. And liked that the ghost character was introduced from the beginning and is mentioned again as the story gets going. The characters you like and get a hint as to what their story will be in the next book. Plus Logan I think is one of my favorites. While he and Stella bicker and try to get along, he's at least honest but at the same time unsure of some things. And same with Stella. I liked that about these two. Made them get together in a way believable. Plus it was just fun, reading their moments and what the other characters thought of them as well. The writing really helped and liked the moments with Stella and co ran the garden nursery, researching more about their ghost, their love for gardening. And that cover is beautiful. Anyway, good start and looking forward to the other two books.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Phrynne

    I don't actually like romances very much but Nora Roberts has a talent for adding the supernatural into hers which make them great reading for me! This one was actually sufficiently spooky that I did not like to read it in bed at night. So having just finished it in the cold hard light of day I can say that I enjoyed the story, the characters, the haunting and even the romance. The sex scenes reminded me of Eve and Roarke but I guess that is not surprising. Another good book from an amazingly pr I don't actually like romances very much but Nora Roberts has a talent for adding the supernatural into hers which make them great reading for me! This one was actually sufficiently spooky that I did not like to read it in bed at night. So having just finished it in the cold hard light of day I can say that I enjoyed the story, the characters, the haunting and even the romance. The sex scenes reminded me of Eve and Roarke but I guess that is not surprising. Another good book from an amazingly prolific author.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Alix

    This was cute. I liked that the characters were in their 30s. I found the romance OK but it didn't completely work for me. I didn't get a proper sense of time passing so it felt somewhat insta-love. While that got clarified, I didn't like how Logan acted at the end (view spoiler)[with the marriage proposal. I didn't like him telling Stella they were getting married and then just going to her parents and his about it (hide spoiler)] . The paranormal parts were a little spookier than I expected but This was cute. I liked that the characters were in their 30s. I found the romance OK but it didn't completely work for me. I didn't get a proper sense of time passing so it felt somewhat insta-love. While that got clarified, I didn't like how Logan acted at the end (view spoiler)[with the marriage proposal. I didn't like him telling Stella they were getting married and then just going to her parents and his about it (hide spoiler)] . The paranormal parts were a little spookier than I expected but it's interesting. I'm looking forward to the next book since I enjoyed Roz and Mitchell seems like a good match.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    Stella Rothschild's husband suddenly dies and she is left alone with two young sons. Devastated and afraid, Sarah grieves but eventually turns her attention toward the future. She moves from Michigan to start all over again in Memphis, the place where she was born and her father now lives. There she gets a job as a manager of a nursery/garden shop. She quickly becomes friends with Roz, the enigmatic owner of the shop, her new boss and owner of Harper house where Stella lives as a condition of he Stella Rothschild's husband suddenly dies and she is left alone with two young sons. Devastated and afraid, Sarah grieves but eventually turns her attention toward the future. She moves from Michigan to start all over again in Memphis, the place where she was born and her father now lives. There she gets a job as a manager of a nursery/garden shop. She quickly becomes friends with Roz, the enigmatic owner of the shop, her new boss and owner of Harper house where Stella lives as a condition of her employment.. She also becomes friend with Hayley, a somehow cousin of Roz's who shows up pregnant on Roz's doorstep. The three women bond, Stella embarks on a romance with a landscaper and there is a ghost haunting the place. You can always count on Nora Roberts putting out one of her JD Robb titles(Visions in Death), a single title (Northern Lights) and trilogy title at least once a year and usually around the same time. I used to be thrilled about this because there is no bigger bummer than a favorite author not being prolific enough to satisfy your need to read their new book(George R.R. Martin, I am speaking to you!). But this time around I am not as satisfied with the results that I normally am. I think "flat" is a very good adjective to describe this book. Stella, Roz, Logan, Hayley even the ghost are all such `meh' creatures that the I had a very hard time getting involved or excited about any of them. The romance between Stella and Logan wasn't very exciting and I can't even get worked up to anticipate the two follow ups. This is a major change from her most recent "Key" trilogy where each book was a page turner and I couldn't wait to see how the story ended. This one, I could barely get to the end of the first book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    ☼♎ Carmen the Bootyshaker Temptress ☼♎

    Another win for Nora Roberts. I loved this story. Stella is a strong single mother looking to get control of her life with her boys after the death of her husband and happen to find a great place to work. Three women become close and find a beautiful friendship but Stella also found herself falling for a handsome man that she thought was going to drive her crazy. He does in a good way and he is so good with the boys too. That's just the beginning and I can't wait to see how the story will contin Another win for Nora Roberts. I loved this story. Stella is a strong single mother looking to get control of her life with her boys after the death of her husband and happen to find a great place to work. Three women become close and find a beautiful friendship but Stella also found herself falling for a handsome man that she thought was going to drive her crazy. He does in a good way and he is so good with the boys too. That's just the beginning and I can't wait to see how the story will continue.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*

    I really need to remember this book. I remember liking it a lot and being enchanted by the ending, wishing I had the sequel.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lyn

    I'd forgotten how much I loved Logan. I'd forgotten how much I loved Logan.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lucy

    I picked this up from my library because I've enjoyed Nora Roberts in the past and my library actually had the first book in this series.  This book is about a woman who loses her husband and moves to Memphis where her father and stepmother live and gets a job at an old house with a garden. She starts up a relationship with the other gardener but the house ghost is not appreciative of it.  I enjoyed this book. I'm not going to lie, I'm finding that I can take or leave the Nora Roberts' romances bu I picked this up from my library because I've enjoyed Nora Roberts in the past and my library actually had the first book in this series.  This book is about a woman who loses her husband and moves to Memphis where her father and stepmother live and gets a job at an old house with a garden. She starts up a relationship with the other gardener but the house ghost is not appreciative of it.  I enjoyed this book. I'm not going to lie, I'm finding that I can take or leave the Nora Roberts' romances but I love her plots and her wider cast of characters. I liked Stella's friendship with Roz and Hayley and how she had to deal with the ghost, as well as living in a new place and her relationship with her stepmother and mother. It was a very quick read. I liked the ghost and how Stella talked about the ghost with the other people in the house. It wasn't a secret and it wasn't such a horror book because of that, more of a mystery. I did enjoy how Stella's kids were a huge part of the story and Logan interacted with them and it was a big reason why the ghost focused on them. But I wasn't the huge fan of Logan. He didn't strike me as very unique in any way and the way he didn't ask Stella on a date but just assumed she would say yes really rubbed me the wrong way.  3.5 stars and I'm definitely going to reread the next book in the series. 

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kara Jorges

    Stella Rothchild's world comes apart the night her husband dies in a plane crash, leaving her to raise their two boys alone. When Stella makes a fresh start a couple years later, she moves to the city of her birth, Memphis, Tennessee, to be closer to her father and stepmother. She takes a job at In the Garden, a garden center run by Roz Harper, an admirable woman 10 years older than Stella. Roz stipulates that Stella and her children must live in Harper House, her ancestral home, for the first f Stella Rothchild's world comes apart the night her husband dies in a plane crash, leaving her to raise their two boys alone. When Stella makes a fresh start a couple years later, she moves to the city of her birth, Memphis, Tennessee, to be closer to her father and stepmother. She takes a job at In the Garden, a garden center run by Roz Harper, an admirable woman 10 years older than Stella. Roz stipulates that Stella and her children must live in Harper House, her ancestral home, for the first few months of her employ, but that is no hardship, as Harper House is beautiful, big, and gracious. Stella also soon finds it's haunted. The ghost, known as the Harper Bride, likes to sing children to sleep, and she appears to Stella's boys almost immediately in this manner. She also starts appearing to Stella to warn her against falling in love with Logan Kitridge, In the Garden's landscaper. Logan and Stella don't get along at first, Logan being artistic and disorganized and Stella being the type to make lists for everything, but sparks soon fly, and before they know what hits them, they fall in love. In addition to Logan and Stella, we also meet several other engaging characters. There's Roz Harper, fortysomething mistress of Harper House who raised three boys on her own and built In the Garden; her eldest son Harper, the scientist behind her plant growing operations; Hayley, a distant cousin by marriage who shows up pregnant on Roz's doorstep; and David, Roz's gay housekeeper. They are all delightful characters you can't help but love. They also add Mitchell Carnegie to their group when they hire him to research Harper family history to find the identity of the Harper Bride. This book has Nora's distinctive stamp all over it. Once again, she has given us a big, diverse, noisy family to love. I also particularly enjoyed the story of the Harper Bride, which had me rushing to pick up the next in the trilogy, "Black Rose," as soon as I finished the last page. I highly recommend this book, though I'd advise buying the whole trilogy before you start. I can't imagine having to wait to read the next installment.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Spencer

    2020 I can't wait to find out more about the Harper's bride ghost! I understood her needing/wanting to protect the boys, but it still surprised me at the end scene where she tried to keep Stella away from her sons (although, she's a little bit crazy, so I guess that could explain it). I think Stella and Logan were perfect together. It was so cute when he took her son to the bathroom at the movies. It's such a little thing, but it was sweet that Luke wanted to go with Logan. And I loved that he 2020 I can't wait to find out more about the Harper's bride ghost! I understood her needing/wanting to protect the boys, but it still surprised me at the end scene where she tried to keep Stella away from her sons (although, she's a little bit crazy, so I guess that could explain it). I think Stella and Logan were perfect together. It was so cute when he took her son to the bathroom at the movies. It's such a little thing, but it was sweet that Luke wanted to go with Logan. And I loved that he realized he'd have to start stocking up on popsicles for the boys. And that he wanted to build a treehouse. I just loved how invested in was in Stella's sons. It wasn't just that he was in love with their mother, he also just loved being around them.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Anne (Booklady) Molinarolo

    Sometimes I like lite reading and my sister in law recommended Nora Roberts. I don't normally like her, but found her delightful in this trilogy. Yes, I hide my lite reading until I'm ready to post my thoughts, lol I really liked the story. Review of this and the whole In the Garden trilogy to come. I combined the 3 book reviews for posting on Red Lily. Sometimes I like lite reading and my sister in law recommended Nora Roberts. I don't normally like her, but found her delightful in this trilogy. Yes, I hide my lite reading until I'm ready to post my thoughts, lol I really liked the story. Review of this and the whole In the Garden trilogy to come. I combined the 3 book reviews for posting on Red Lily.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Reen

    The story was okay and kept my interest but the characters, especially Stella, I just found annoying. She was just too tightly wound for me. The ending is what really disappointed me. Listening to it in the car, even my son said, "that's it? Is there a sequel? There are way to many loose ends here and I haven't even listened to the whole book!" That about sums it up!! The story was okay and kept my interest but the characters, especially Stella, I just found annoying. She was just too tightly wound for me. The ending is what really disappointed me. Listening to it in the car, even my son said, "that's it? Is there a sequel? There are way to many loose ends here and I haven't even listened to the whole book!" That about sums it up!!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    1st read in 2009. Still enjoyed it in 2020.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Marie (UK)

    Earlier this year i became hooked on Nora Roberts alter ego J D Robb and now this has me hooked on more of her writing. Mainly a ghost story but with her romantic sprinklings throughout this follows Stellas move across America from Michigan to Memphis Tennessee. A new job and home with an unexpected additional feature in its century old ghost give Stella's life enough complications and then there is Logan. I listened on audio - a very easy and compelling audio of an equally compelling tale I am no Earlier this year i became hooked on Nora Roberts alter ego J D Robb and now this has me hooked on more of her writing. Mainly a ghost story but with her romantic sprinklings throughout this follows Stellas move across America from Michigan to Memphis Tennessee. A new job and home with an unexpected additional feature in its century old ghost give Stella's life enough complications and then there is Logan. I listened on audio - a very easy and compelling audio of an equally compelling tale I am not sure why it has taken me so long to bring this author onto my shelves

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lark of The Bookwyrm's Hoard

    3.5 or 4 stars. Enjoyed the story and the characters, although I can't quite see how the two main characters, so totally opposite in terms of organization and spontaneity, will manage to get along in a marriage. The overall ghost-story arc plays out through the entire trilogy, and it's interesting without being too creepy. Full review to come. 3.5 or 4 stars. Enjoyed the story and the characters, although I can't quite see how the two main characters, so totally opposite in terms of organization and spontaneity, will manage to get along in a marriage. The overall ghost-story arc plays out through the entire trilogy, and it's interesting without being too creepy. Full review to come.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Abby

    What. the. [email protected]*? We just aren't going to solve the mystery? Like at all? It has just come to my attention that this is the first book in a trilogy. So this makes slightly more sense now. What. the. [email protected]*? We just aren't going to solve the mystery? Like at all? It has just come to my attention that this is the first book in a trilogy. So this makes slightly more sense now.

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