Red Lily (In the Garden #3)
by Nora Roberts
4 Star Trilogy
Nora Roberts introduces 3 women whose lives become intertwined: Roz, the elegant 40 something Southern belle and owner of Harper House/In the Garden nursery and retail store; Stella, the 30 something mother and perfectionist Yankee is manager of In the Garden: while Hayley is the pregnant 20 something distant cousin of Roz and also works at In The Garden. The store and gardening/gardens are very prominent in the trilogy. For those who don't like gardens or gardeni
At first I thought the trilogy got off to a bit of a slow start for me in Book 1, Blue Dahlia. But for me trilogies seem to hit the ground running and suck me right in, or it's a slower build when the groundwork is being laid and the characters are introduced.
I felt the trilogy built on itself and got better and better with each story, and this was a very fulfilling conclusion. When nearing the end I felt like I knew these characters and didn't want the story...more
First, she does a great of handling female beauty and self-i...more
::: The Plot :::
We first meet Hailey in the first book of the In the Garden Trilogy, Blue Dahlia, when she shows up at Roz's (the heroine of the second book in the series) house -- a distant cousin related by marriage in the way only old Southern families seem to keep track of -- pregnant, alone, and looking for work.
We've known from the first book that Harper, Roz's oldest son and the one who shares her love of gardening and wor...more
Over one hundred years ago, a young woman on the brink of insanity...or just beyond it...disappeared without a trace. Her ghost haunts the house and grounds of the Harper household and has for as long as anyone alive can remember. Most who have seen or heard her speak of the care she shows to the children of the house, singing lullabies to the young and offering a comforting presence to young mothers. But there is a darkness, too, and when lullabies become edged in madness and com...more
Set in and around Memphis, Tennessee, the In The Garden Trilogy is about three women (Stella, Rosalind, and Hayley) who come together seemingly by chance. All three have quite a bit in common, but all three are unique as well. Stella is a sort o...more
Unfortunately, there were two large facets of the novel that really grated on me. First, and unsurprising if you've read my reviews of the other two, is Amelia Co...more
I was surprised by how active and real the ghost became with this book. It seemed like with each new piece of info Amelia b...more
It’s an easy read and qui...more
For capable, hard-headed heroines, just read Nora Roberts. Even Red Lily, despite Hayley's youth, doesn't belie this statement. Three wom...more
… The possession was interesting. Very interesting. And Hayley is probably my favorite of the women. Not sure what to think about Harper, to be honest. I like him and his grafting. And I was a bit surprised when I knew what he was talking about when he was explaining hybridization (I went through a plant phase, same as I did with animals).
Wow. Amelia was t...more
The wrap up of the Harper Bride was unexpected and thrilling. I could not put the book (Kindle) down and that is exactly how a good mystery should be!
This trilogy as a whole was a very enjoy...more
I don't see how finding Amelia's body is enough to end her restless wandering, but it works. I like the end funeral scene, and the feel of this series.
Good gardening tips. I'll have to bring these over for Kelly to take a look at.
One thing I'd like to note, from...more
Eleanor Marie Robertson was born on October 10, 1950 in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. She was the youngest of the 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 sopho...more