Le dahlia bleu (Le secret des fleurs, tome 1)
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Le dahlia bleu (In the Garden #1)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  45,560 ratings  ·  895 reviews
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 l...more
Published (first published January 1st 2004)
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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...more
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...more
Patricia BookExhibitionism
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...more
♡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.
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...more
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...more
María
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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!!
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...more
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...more
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
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.
Jacob Proffitt
I'm not real big on gardens and really don't get the effort people put into them. Personally speaking, I mean. So the gardening aspect of this series isn't really much of a draw. Also, the Harper family ghost really bugs me, not least because we, the readers, are told her origin well enough to know her motives—and they aren't nearly benign.

Still, this is a relatively recent (in the last decade) Nora Roberts, so it was a good read and an enjoyable romance. Stella and Logan are the kind of opposit...more
Evaine
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Theresa
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,...more
Ne
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...more
Bookworm
The book starts off in Tennesse 1892, where the mistress of Reginal Harper, Amelia Ellen Conner, finds herself pregnant. She gives birth to a stillborn daughter and becomes mad with grief.
Then fast forward to Michigan 2001, where Stella Rothchild, thirty something mother of two young boys, becomes a widow when her husband is killed in a plane crash home from a business trip. A few years later, Stella and her kids move to Tennesse. She got a job working for Roz Harper's 'In the Garden' nursery,...more
Barbara ★
Stella, widowed mother of two, has relocated to Tennessee. She now manages a garden center located in a personal home. Rosalind is the owner and Stella and her boys move into Rosalind's mansion. Stella and Rosalind are becoming the best of friends when Hayley (a distant relative of Rosalinds) turns up pregnant looking for a place to stay. The three women instantly bond over gardening stuff. Enter Logan, the landscape designer. Stella and Logan fight tooth and nail over everything until they go o...more
Kathy Warren
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.
Sridhar Babu
There is something called story..but no twists and turns..
there is a Ghost for namesake..but there is no horror...
there is sex...................but no love and romance..
there are characters....but none of them memorable

so guys, moral of the story after reading a trash called
"blue Dahlia"....when ever you happen to see this book,
or get from your friends...first thing you have to do is
throw this book so hard, so that this trash hits Nora Roberts
face.

Dear Nora, please write something int...more
Caroline G'wattage
This is a great book, can't wait to read the other two of the Garden Trilogy.
L was so engrossed in this book with a little Supernatural in it and the romance was so Nora Roberts she never disappoints.
I especially liked the ghost story that wound in with the characters and their lives.
Stella, Roz and Hayley are three girls to fall in love with, and shows how strong women are, that they can get through anything with the power of friendship.
Looking very forward to read the Black Rose the Second boo...more
Debfiddle
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts comes the first novel of the In the Garden trilogy. 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.

A Harper has always lived at Harper House, the centuries-old mansion just outside of Memphis. And for as long as anyone alive remembers, the ghostly Harper Bride has walked the halls, singing lullabies at night…

Trying to escape...more
Andreia Silva
Não sabia nada desta trilogia, até ter os três livros na minha mão, prontinhos a serem devorados (já agora, obrigada Nê)! Mas, assim que deitei o olho nas costas do livros percebi que era o tipo de romance que gosto de ler com os ingredientes que sempre me fascinam: uma casa, mulheres e segredos, ou melhor, neste caso, um fantasma misterioso!

O inicio é feito totalmente a despachar, apenas construído para o leitor entender de onde vem e porque se muda Stella. Ela fica viúva no primeiro capitulo e...more
Connie
First in a trilogy. Nice love story. Easy escape. Stella was safe and secure in a forever loving marriage until her husband’s place went down. She struggled for a few years and decided to try for a job back in the Southern town of her birth. She packed up her sons, sold the house, and applied for a job at a prosperous greenhouse business. The business was run by a wealthy widow who also decided to make something of her life. Joining them is another young single gal whose baby is due soon. These...more
Stephanie Tracy
I was very anxious to pick up Nora's "In the Garden" series after hearing from the cashier at Turn the Page Bookstore that it was her favorite of all of Nora's series. This first book was REALLY good, I have to say. Loved how Nora peaked our interest in those first few pages by breaking our hearts with the main character's husband's death. Stella loses her beloved Kevin in a commercial plane crash, leaving her behind with two young sons, Luke and Gavin, with absolutely no idea where to turn. The...more
Megan
Jan 15, 2009 Megan rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romance readers
Recommended to Megan by: Debi Seymour
I really enjoyed this, as far as firsts in trilogies go. It threw me right in, and got me caught in the story with very little pages under my belt. I liked the juxtaposition of cautious, careful Stella and reckless, careless Logan, and that they both had a protective streak. I related to Stella a lot in that I have a flair for organizing, myself, and most of the time I love when Nora writes about children. They do say the darnedest things :)
Shayne Ireland
This is a fabulous story very passionate and exciting with a ghost no less. It takes place in a Garden Nursery at Harper House owned by Roz Harper who hires Stella to manage it. She is recently widowed and has two children and this is a new start. She meets and is attracted to Logan Kitridge who is a landscaper who works for Roz. They have a sizzling romance but the Harper Bride - a resident ghost is restless and causes much disruption. There are stories within stories, characters that are so di...more
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Eleanor Marie Robertson was born on October 10, 1950 in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. She was the youngest of five children, also the only girl, of a marriage with Irish ancestors. Her family were avid readers, so books were always important in her life. She attended a Catholic school and credits the nuns with instilling in her a sense of discipline. During her...more
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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-'
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