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Blue Dahlia (In the Garden, Book 1) (original 2004; edition 2004)

by Nora Roberts

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Title:Blue Dahlia (In the Garden, Book 1)
Authors:Nora Roberts
Info:Jove (2004), Paperback, 384 pages
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Tags:read, fiction, romance, gardening, In the Garden Trilogy, 2012

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(#1) In the Garden trilogy. Did not care for this book as listened to it on audio and the narrator Susie Breck was so country and southern, it was annoying. Setting near Memphis, TN with a backdrop of an historic house with a gardening business, three women bond while trying to uncover a past and work toward a future. Stella along with her two boys move into the home after the death of her husband to start a new career. She find friendship and bonds with owner Roz and expectant mother Hayley. She also develops an attraction to the handsome landscaper Logan and a romance begins. However, someone is not happy (the ghost is back-Amelia from the past)! Not one of my favorites.. ( )
  JudithDCollins | Nov 27, 2014 |
Things I Learned: Nora Roberts loves gardening and writes pretty well. I can see why she's a best-selling author.

Comments: On the whole, a pretty good book, Lagged in some spots, but not for long. A nice romance between a widow with two young sons and sexy, divorced landscaper. Sparks fly, miscommunication ensues, true communication follows and hot sex proceeds apace. Ms. Roberts balances her various plot lines and characters nicely. I would like to read more in this series and perhaps more of Ms. Roberts' work. ( )
  harrietbrown | Feb 7, 2014 |
A lovely story of a widow from Michigan moving to Tennessee with her two young sons to take the reins of a garden center. The story follows a few months of her acclimation - complete with ghosts, a new love, and a wonderful household of women. I enjoyed Blue Dahlia very much. ( )
  wareagle78 | Jan 26, 2014 |
Book 1. Typical contemporary paranormal romance from Nora Roberts. Heavy on the gardening details, ideas, etc. ( )
  lesmel | Jul 12, 2013 |
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  romsfuulynn | Apr 28, 2013 |
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If the plant root ball is tightly packed with roots, these should be gently loosened. They need to spread out after planting, rather than continue to grow in a tight mass.
--From the Treasure of Gardening, on transplanting potted plants.

And 'tis my faith that every flower Enjoys the air it breathes.
--Wordsworth
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To Dan and Jason, you may be men, but you will always be my boys.
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Birthing a bastard wasn't in the plans.
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Recently 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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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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Centering around three courageous women, who meet for the first time at a crossroads in their lives, this first installment in a new trilogy follows Stella as she casts aside her fears and finds a special love that she will do anything to protect.

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