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Blüte Der Tage (In the Garden #1)

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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
Published (first published January 1st 2004)
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Jacqueline Jansen I have read about 19 books written by Nora Roberts in the past few months. I loved the Calhoun Women ,The Mackade brothers and the perfect Hope (it's…moreI have read about 19 books written by Nora Roberts in the past few months. I loved the Calhoun Women ,The Mackade brothers and the perfect Hope (it's the last book in the inn boonsboro trilogy).(less)
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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 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
May 23, 2012 Patricia marked it as to-read
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
♡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
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
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
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
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
**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
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
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
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
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!!
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
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
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
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.
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
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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,
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
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,
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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
Luan Dieleman
I really enjoyed this story. Stella was a great character. She was a strong, passionate woman dealing with a 'family ghost'. Which leads her to get more involved with Logan. Her sons, Gavin & Luke are an important part of her life. But the 'Harper Bride' is not happy, and tries to express her emotions to the women in the house.
This book kept me reading. Wasn't boring, was mysterious, romantic & funny. I recommented this book.
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

Dear Nora, please write something int
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
Nikki Kalani
This is the first novel i have read of Nora Roberts and I enjoyed it immensely. With all these three women gathered in Harper house, doing the business of gardening, it was full of fun moments, emotional moments with an intriguing touch of romance. I totally enjoyed it and then there is a mystery of ghost on top of these to solve... my goodness i couldn't stop reading it till i finished it. At some points it got a little boring but still it kept me going on, what with the turn of events of Stell ...more
Filipa Monteiro
Primeiro livro da Trilogia das Flores.
Conta a história de Stella, Roz e Hayley. Stella tem dois filhos e perde o marido inesperadamente. Acaba por trabalhar na casa de Roz como gerente do seu horto. Hayley é prima afastada de Roz que, está grávida, pede a Roz que lhe dê um emprego. As três acabam por dar-se lindamente e fica uma curiosidade ao longo da história em saber quem é e o que aconteceu ao fantasma que assombra a casa.
Gostei muito do livro, é uma leitura muito leve e fácil!
Livro pertenc
☼♎ 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
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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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