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Black Rose (In the Garden #2)

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts presents the second novel of her In the Garden trilogy, as three women must discover the secrets from the past contained within their historic home…

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
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Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2005)
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Phrynne
Jun 09, 2015 Phrynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I nearly always enjoy this author's trilogies and this is no exception. I like getting to know a group of characters and then focussing on a different couple in each book but with all the familiar people on the peripheries. This book was centred around the developing relationship between Mitch and Roz with a fair bit of ghostly intervention along the way. It actually got a bit too creepy to read at home alone at one point. All very entertaining and highly recommended !
Jacob Proffitt
I was interested to see that the romantic couple in this one were both in their late 40s. Are people with adult children allowed to start relationships?

I liked both Roz and Mitch very much and their romance was a fun one to experience. You could see how they came together from a need for companionship but with a stability of having secure family relationships as well. This gave them space to parse their desires and the opportunity to act from a place of strength from already having healthy, esta
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Sonja
Feb 18, 2009 Sonja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book better than the previous one in the series, Blue Dahlia. I think it's mostly because the hero and heroine got more stage time than the hero and heroine in the first book did. I was glad that Roz got her share of the spotlight.

Another reason I liked this one better was because of the villains. Blue Dahlia didn't have much in the way of villains-- mostly just the promise of evil to come. In this book, the connecting evil in all three books (a ghost) gets way, way scarier. I read
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Amber
Oct 07, 2015 Amber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: librarybooks
The Harper Bride Ghost is back and this time she is preying on Rosalind Harper, the owner and proprietor of Harper House and in the Garden Nursery. When Rosalind Harper slowly falls in love with Dr. Mitch Carnegie who is helping her find out the identity of the Harper Bride Ghost, she is attacked violently by the ghost who hates men with a passion. Will the ghost be able to tame this black rose or will Rosalind snap back with thorns? Read on and find out for yourself.

This was a great second inst
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Krissy
Sep 23, 2012 Krissy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book two of the In the Garden trilogy. In this story we meet Roz & Mitch who fall in love while working over a genealogical project. They're in search of the Harper Bride Ghost who has been haunting Roz's family home for generations.

I was slightly surprised to see Roz take the lead heroine for book two. With Nora's trilogies you get a certain formula to them. The first heroine (in this trilogy Stella) goes through some sort of transformation and finds herself. The second heroine holds a toug
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Tammie Tackett
Jun 13, 2016 Tammie Tackett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was awesome and i loved the romance in it and the mystery also i gave this book a 5 stars i liked everything about this book
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Another book I enjoyed. I love gardening so these books are cute from that point of view. I'm still not sure how much I like the character of Roz. I like that she's a strong woman but somehow she just seems to rub me the wrong way.
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
I was going to give this a 4 or 4.5 but thought how much I liked reading this and thought, eh 5 stars will do just fine.

Anyway, I'm liking these new covers for this trilogy. Its just so beautiful and cozy and garden like, which makes sense.

I like how with each book, you get the know the characters as the book focuses on them, with the Harper bride ghost and of course the romance.

I don't read that much romance books. Except maybe now and then. This is one of those that I like to read when I'm eit
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Tammy Walton Grant
2.5 stars - is it just me, or are all of Nora Robert's stories starting to sound the same?
 Mary
Oct 24, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nora-roberts


En la Mansión Harper siempre ha vivido un Harper... ese es el lugar de Rosalind Harper. Roz es una mujer de 47 años, viuda, divorciada, madre de tres hijos y dueña de un vivero. Junto son Stella y Hayley trabajan y viven en la Mansión. Es una mujer orgullosa de sus logros, de sus hijos y sus amigas que son una extensión de su familia. Su vida es muy rica, ha pasado por muchas cosas, un hermoso primer matrimonio con un hombre maravilloso y e padre de sus hijos y por un segundo matrimonio con un e
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Kara Jorges
Dec 18, 2012 Kara Jorges rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second installment of the In the Garden trilogy is easily the best of the bunch. This book picks up where “Blue Dahlia” left off, in terms of the mystery of the Harper Bride, a ghost who haunts historic Harper House near Memphis Tennessee, and the personal lives of the living characters, as well. In “Blue Dahlia,” Roz Harper, fortysomething mistress of Harper House, hired Mitch Carnegie to do some family research in order to find the identity of the Harper Bride. Mitch and Roz were attracted ...more
valee
Ok, I don't know what to say about this. I really enjoyed the first installment in the series, but this... not that much. And it would really be a star 1/2, not even 2.

I was bored the whole time, even wishing for it to end. I must admit that it has been the worst romance book I had ever read. I didn't like a thing about it.

First, Robert's writing style in this book is horrible. You never get to really understand how the characters feel because she uses a very impersonal way for describing the ev
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Aurelia Rowl
I want to be just like Ros ;-)
Jennifer
Jan 01, 2016 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating 4.5 stars
Annasthasya
4 stars because, seriously, the story/mystery part goes way too slow. Though in this book it felt twice as fast than in the first.

That said... A GREAT BIG YES for Roz and Mitch! I love that they're about 50 and still written as having a life and hobbies and stuff to do and romance, and not just here to handle the kids and babysit.
Mitch's research in genealogy and (view spoiler)
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Linda
Aug 16, 2015 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Roz has her home, her boys and her garden centre to keep herself busy, shes got no time for the genealogist holed up in her library researching the Harper Bride. Even if he is gorgeous and ticks all her boxes.
Mitch loves his new committment to find the origin of the haunting Bride tormenting the Harper House. That the landlady is tempting is just icing on the cake. Can he persuade her that this thing between them is worth taking a chance on? And what will they do when not just the Harper Bride
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Galena Sanz
Esta segunda entrega está dedicada Roz y me ha interesado bastante. Sus hijos ya son mayores y uno de ellos vive en su casa, así que podemos ver como es su relación. Ella es un personaje más maduro que los otras dos, es fuerte y segura de sí misma, tiene claro lo que quiere y cómo actuar. Su relación con el personaje masculino no está mal, aunque como en el otro caso me parece que avanza muy rápido.

Esta historia también tiene de diferente que sabremos cómo averiguan quien es el fantasma que hay
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Cindy
Jan 04, 2016 Cindy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: swapped
This series just isn't coming alive for me like most NR works. I know they are formulaic, but that's not my problem here. I'm really just not finding the characters interesting. There are sparks of interest, but nothing lasting.
Lizzy
Aug 15, 2014 Lizzy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a solid and enjoyable read from start to finish. It’s got all the characters we know and love from Blue Dahlia, and it continues to build on the story of the Harper Bride. I enjoyed the mystery surrounding Amelia and the drama with Bryce helped mix up the plot in a good way too. Surprisingly, however, I didn’t love Roz as the MC. I can’t put my finger on why, but I just didn’t connect with her character even though she is tough as nails and takes no crap, traits I normally appreciate. Ov ...more
Yasmin
May 04, 2016 Yasmin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75*s

I enjoyed this second book in the In The Garden series a lot more than the first one. It had a warm sense of family about it, and was richer in detail.
I liked the two main characters more, especially Roz, who is classy, strong and always able to handle herself.
One of the plot lines, about the vindictive ex- husband was very good. The other plot threads were also interesting, especially the one about researching the identity of the ghost that haunts the house.
It was an enjoyable read, an
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Sashi
I think I like Black Rose more then the first one Blue Dahlia. Many would say the leads should be young and wild but in this book it changes the basic perception that leads can be a person who is above 40 and still can find love.

I like how the character Rose and Mitch is potrayed. It shows in life we should gamble and take risk. In this story also it shows sometimes in life we will find bliss in the oddest situation even when we are looking for our anchestors and doing a family tree. Odd but tr
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Evaine
Mar 18, 2008 Evaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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Tracy
Mar 26, 2011 Tracy rated it really liked it
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 comfort turns to t ...more
Amélie
(4.5/5)

Really preferred it to the first book, especially on the romance side. Having protagonists well past their forties is really refreshing, and Roz is a great character. Her chemistry with Mitch works really well!

The side-stories were also more interesting, even though the Bride storyline is still on the slow side - a bit too slow at times, though now that I know it's built up for a trilogy it makes it less frustrating.

Started the third book right after finishing this one!
Julie
Jan 30, 2013 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I purchased the trilogy as a set. Blue Dalhia, Black Rose, Red Lily. With my Kindle I prefer all three at once; as I know I will read them anyway. For me Nora Roberts is comfort food. Macaroni and cheese, roast beef, using a recipe you have used for many years. Occasionally you change it up a little for various reasons. Certainly three women who become close as sisters is pretty regular stuff for Nora. Substitute three men again brothers or close enough as friends to consider themselves brothers ...more
Kristen
Aug 25, 2014 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 3-09
In the second installment of the In the Garden trilogy series, Black Rose focused on Roz Harper. A widow with three grown sons and one failed marriage, her garden nursery was thriving with the help of new mom Hayley and newlywed Stella. The three of them had bonded and became close friend and soul sisters. With their future under attack by the Harper Bride's ghostly appearance, she teamed up with Dr. Mitchell Carnegie, a genealogist, to delve into her family's ancestral history. The closer they' ...more
Dawn Michelle
Aug 08, 2008 Dawn Michelle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dawn Michelle by: Read the first in the Trilogy
This is the second book of the "In the Garden" trilogy. And, I think this was almost better than the first book (which is rare for this author), much more action (thanks to a scheming, thieving, no-good ex-husband), more background on the "ghost" and more "learning to trust and love after being seriously wronged" story.

There was A LOT more swearing and the use of more "colorful phrases" used in this book. A little more than I am normally comfortable with. But I have learned to skim when necessa
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Becky ♡The Bookworm♡
This was so good! Roz and Mitch are stepping up their search for the identity of the Harper Bride and things are getting very interesting around Harper House. Of course, the ghost isn't too thrilled about Roz and Mitch's budding romance and decides to make her feelings known. Gotta love a good haunting! Can Roz handle it? Read it and find out.

I love these characters. Their is a delightful sense of family surrounding them and the close knit friendships are really well written. I also enjoyed the
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Kathy Anne
Nov 04, 2011 Kathy Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second In the Garden trilogy book.The ghost is showing more of her true insane self as she was before she died and he took her baby from her.She is still singing to the little ones in the nurseries tho she has attacked a couple of adults in a serious way.The owner of the house she truely loves, and after trying to kill her she writes,"I`m sorry in the steam",because the owner has become seriously involved with a man,and she hates men...
Still I have to wonder why the adults don`t remove their
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Amelia Strydom
Jan 06, 2016 Amelia Strydom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful read: I loved the characters, the love story and the ghostly element. The whole trilogy was a delight, I couldn't wait to return to the story every time I had to put it down.
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Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland. She began writing when a blizzard in February 1979 kept her in her hilltop home with a three and six year old for nearly a week of canceled kindergarten and dwindling chocolate supplies.

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In the Garden (3 books)
  • Blue Dahlia (In The Garden, #1)
  • Red Lily (In the Garden, #3)

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“That woman doesn't have the sense God gave a retarded flea.” 204 likes
“Roz to Amelia (the house ghost): How considerate of you, after trying to kill me, to see that I don't catch a cold.” 9 likes
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