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“First in the triology. I loved the book and didn't want it to end. It is a romantic novel.”see full review » see other reviews »
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“Boring romance. I don't know why I picked it up.”see full review » see other reviews »
“This is the first blook in a series of 3 and they are all good. I read the last two before I could get from the library and now I know the entire story of the ghost, Amelia, of Harper House. Stella and Hayley come into the picture, both being transplanted from other areas. Stella llost her husband, Kevin, two years ago in a plane crash and she wanted to move near her father, as her mother was always such a stupid lady and married 3 times and on her fourth. She accepts a manager's job at a posh nursery and garden center working for Rosalind Harper and they hit it off right away. Hayley comes into the picture a little later, having lost her father and now in her early pregnancy with a young man who had a new girlfriend. She didn't tell him about it, as she didn't want to burden him with her troubles. She is a distant cousin of Roz Harper, who has a huge estate and plenty of room and wants Stella and her two young sons and Hayley to live with her. She also has been married twice, her first husband died and they had 3 sons together, now grown. One, Harper, lives in the carriage house on the property and is also an avid worker in the nursery, having learned from his mother. "The Ghost" visits both Stella and Hayley and sings to the two boys and has negative vibes to Stella, to whom she makes many appearances and has nasty cold interferences with her, especially now that she has started a love affair with Logan Kittridge, who is a landscaper mostly for the garden center. He has been divorced and now they are in a romance. He falls for her and her two boys and wants to marry her, but she is wary of it all happening way too soon. He perseveres and adores the boys and she is finally weakening. He is spretty rough around the edges, compared to her Kevin, but they make "beautiful music" together and she will probably say, "yes, very soon. Hayley is now VERY pregnant and also works at the nursery, but goes into labor a couple weeks early and delivers a darling little baby girl, who they are all nuts about. Harper is keeping his distance from Hayley, but smitten with her, so something definitely will happen between them! Roz is now looking deeper into "The Ghost" and now has lots of old papers of the family going back umpteen years to see if they can find out who she is. She sang to her boys when they were small, too, but not much after they grew into teenagers. She has now hired a geneology professor to come to help look into the family history and even he sees the wrath of "The Ghost" one night when Stella's two boys are asleep and she wants to get to them. She is evil and sets up a icy barrier and those who try to help....can't get near. So, it goes on to the next book, which is another interesting one. Highly recommend all 3!”Elfinity wrote this review Tuesday, October 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Just re-read it--OK so I like paranormal stories. Just as good the second time around.”minigirl wrote this review Saturday, August 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“An OK book. Doesn't draw me in that much, but is just the first part of a trilogy, so maybe it will get better. It's supposed to be scary, with a ghost in the house, but that doesn't bother me. I have the next book, so will read it. ”Jeannie S wrote this review Tuesday, June 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Fantastic trilogy! Just fantastic!”Carla Moore wrote this review Tuesday, May 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Stella Rothchild moved to Tennessee after losing her husband in a plane crash. She and her two boys, Gavin and Luke, are looking to start fresh in a new place.
What Stella didn't count on are the amazing friends she'll meet in Rosalind (Roz) Harper, Hayley Phillips, and her unborn child, David Wentworth, and Harper Ashby, Roz's son. She also didn't count on meeting Logan Kitridge.
Stella's new job as Roz's nursery manager is working great, even though she and Logan, Roz's landscape designer seem to be bumping heads at every turn. But all of a sudden, things start to heat up between her and Logan, and those feelings stir something malevolent within Harper House, the manor that Roz lives in, and that Stella moved into as part of her employment agreement.
Will this malevolent presence keep two people apart? Guess you'll just have to read it and find out!
Blue Dahlia is book one of Ms. Roberts' In the Garden trilogy. It is my second favorite trilogy by Ms. Roberts. As always, Ms. Roberts is a great writer. Her characters are all very down to earth, and feel real. You feel yourself getting caught up in their lives, and you actually begin to care about what happens to them.
This book series has a bit of suspense/mystery to it that begins to reveal itself more in the next book, Black Rose. But the mystery is present in this book as well.
Since this is a romance novel, the sweet part of the romance makes you want to melt, and the hot side of the romance is HOT. But, I was reading these books in Jr. High, with my mother's approval, because Ms. Roberts does very tasteful love scenes.
All in all, this is a great introduction to the In the Garden trilogy, and, if you've never read Ms. Roberts before, a great introduction to her books. Be sure to pick it up!”
“Boring romance. I don't know why I picked it up.”Samantha O wrote this review Saturday, May 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Good one”starrwy wrote this review Thursday, April 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was a re-read for me, and just as enjoyable the second time. In this book, we are introduced to Stella (a widow with 2 young sons who is an organized, efficient mother and manager), to Roz (the owner of the Harper estate and the nursery In the Garden who gives Stella the job of a lifetime), and to Hayley(Roz's distant cousin who is 6 months pregnant when we meet her; she is an energetic, people person who excels at sales). Stella (with her 2 boys) and Hayley end up living in Roz's house and quickly become a family. We also meet Stella's love interest - the creative, disorganized landscape designer who is working for Roz, and David, Roz's quiet son who works in the propogation part of the nursery. The last important character to mention is the "Harper Bride" - the ghost who visits children and sings to them.”Melinda wrote this review Wednesday, February 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I like it alot”Chantal R wrote this review Monday, September 17, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No