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Blue Dahlia (In the Garden #1)

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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.
Mass Market Paperback, 372 pages
Published December 2nd 2004 by Piatkus (first published January 1st 2004)
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Jane Stewart
2 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
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Kristen
Apr 20, 2008 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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
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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
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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
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♡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.
Marisa Sauco
Dalia azul” es el primer libro de la Trilogía del Jardín.
La historia me gustó (creo que es casi imposible que no me guste alguna historia de Nora Roberts), pero me faltó un poco más de romance entre los protagonistas.
Entiendo que en esta primera parte la autora tenga que hacer la presentación de todos los personajes y ponernos en situación sobre el conflicto principal de la trilogía, pero me faltó emoción y esa química tan característica entre sus protagonistas.
Majo's Library.
Dalia Azul… ¿Qué pensar después de leer este libro? Simplemente me encantó.

Primero que nada, y admitiendo que no soy una (gran) fan de la literatura rosa, considero este libro como sumamente dulce. Si, no puedo calificarlo con otro adjetivo. De una lectura extremadamente fácil y rápida, con personajes sencillos y trama (aunque también simple) solida.

Roberts no se equivocó al optar por los clásicos personajes que intentan no caer en una relación relativamente “difícil” por circunstancias similar
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Karen Syed
Jul 07, 2008 Karen Syed rated it it was amazing
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
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Cyndy Aleo
May 20, 2011 Cyndy Aleo rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
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
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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 ...more
Susan
Sep 09, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kara Jorges
Dec 18, 2012 Kara Jorges rated it really liked it
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 ...more
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
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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 ...more
Reen
Aug 15, 2013 Reen rated it liked it
Shelves: audio-book
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!!
Amor
Mar 26, 2017 Amor rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lecturas-2017
No está mal, pero adolece de lo que la mayoría de los primeros libros de las trilogías de la Roberts: el afán de presentarnos a los 6 protagonistas y, en este caso, le restan voz a los verdaderos protagonistas.
Melissa
Oct 27, 2016 Melissa rated it liked it
A quick run down on what I liked and didn't liked:

What I Liked
1. The ghost story aspect. Although it is not resolved until the third book, it was the most interesting part of the book.

2. Nora Roberts knows how to write competency porn. The business side of gardening and the hobby/private gardens were described perfectly.

3. The characters of David, Roz, Harper, and Hayley. Side characters were way more interesting than the main couple. For being plot moppets, the kids were alright.

4. Chapter 1. H
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Darcy
I was surprised by how much I liked this one as there were some rough spots. I really liked the women's friendships. I liked the 3 decades that they spanned, each at a different spot in their lives, yet they could relate to the other and give support where needed. By the end I loved the little family that was built.

I loved all the action around the garden center. It really made me itch to get outside. However in my part of the world right now, Mother Nature is being cruel and sending inches up o
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☼♎ 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 ...more
Phrynne
May 16, 2014 Phrynne rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Kathy
Jun 19, 2016 Kathy rated it really liked it
I liked it.......up until about the last 10 pages.....then it seemed to go at warp speed and almost fall flat. It felt like Roberts forgot she had a deadline and the jammed everything in and then abruptly ended the story. Could be it was supposed to lead into the next book of the trilogy but it felt too choppy to me. Of course I'll read the next part - maybe it will smooth things out? Aside from that I did like the character development and loved the setting......an easy and quick read so it fit ...more
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.
Kathy Warren
Mar 22, 2014 Kathy Warren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This read is wonderful fast paced and sure to keep you on your toes. Harper House has a ghost as a residence that songs to the children. Can't wait till I read the next sequel to find out who the Harper ghost is and what happens to the families who live there.
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.
Michaela
Apr 03, 2017 Michaela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mir hat das Buch sehr gut gefallen. Ein richtiges Wohlfühlbuch. Das Einzige, was ich nicht so gut fand, war, dass die Zeitsprünge mit ein paar Wochen manchmal zu viel waren, denn dann kam man aus der Liebesgeschichte zwischen Stella und Logan raus, weil man in dieser Zeit nicht erfahren hat, wie sie sich eigentlich näher gekommen sind. Es fehlte dann irgendwie etwas.
Ansonsten ein sehr schönes Buch von Nora Roberts. Ich freu mich auf den zweiten Teil.
Annasthasya
So. I got very different opinions of this thing through the reading. The 'plot' is good enough (ghost story). But it's basically nothing more than a very thin thread through the series to keep thing coherent and give a reason for the characters to meet together. From what I gathered, it's not really a series, it's more like one book separated in three. Which explains why it's so sloooooooow to start (you start 'hearing' about the intrigue around 55 % of the book ^^;;; )

Apart from that, I really
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Sara ♥
I think I probably would have gotten more out of this book if I knew anything more about flowers than that they're colorful and pretty..... but I still really enjoyed it! Stella and Logan were pretty hilarious together. They drove each other crazy.... right up until they didn't.... haha! It was DEFINITELY a case of opposites attract! But I thought they fit really well together. And of course, in any story where one of the main characters has kids, it's important that they romantic partner be coo ...more
Ne
Dec 22, 2011 Ne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblioteca
Toda a gente que me conhece aqui nas "nets" já sabe a minha opinião dos livros da Nora - são de ler e chorar por mais.
Este não é excepção, foi ler até à última página sem cansar!
Aqui inicia-se mais uma, das muitas, trilogias da escritora. Esta, em semelhança à Trilogia Irlandesa, tem uma entidade espirita, digamos assim, que vai ser a causadora dos distanciamento e difícil aproximação de Logan e Stella. Claro que as suas personalidades muitoooo opostas vão piorar tudo. Pessoalmente prefiro que e
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Theresa
Dec 31, 2012 Theresa rated it it was amazing
The Blue Dahlia is the first of the "In the Garden" Trilogy. Stella is making dinner one evening and arguing with her boys waiting for her husband to come home from a business trip. She hears on the news that a commuter plane has gone down and there are no survivors. The husband she loves and the father of her children are gone forever and her whole life turns upside down.

She moves back home with her father and stepmom in the hopes of starting over. Her stepmom introduces her to Rosalind Harper,
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Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including The Obsession, The Liar, The Collector, Whiskey Beach and coming in June 2017, Come Sundown. She is also the author of the futuristic suspense In Death series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.
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“Oh, for heaven's sake, Harper, I didn't just pee on the floor. My water broke.'
'What water?' He blinked, then went pale as a corpse. 'That water. Oh, God. Oh, Jesus. Oh, shit. Sit. Sit, or... I'll get-'
An ambulance. The marines.
'My mother.”
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