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Red Lily (In the Garden #3)

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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...

Hayley Phillips came to Memphis hoping for a new start, for herself and her unborn child. She wasn't looking for a handout from her distant cousin Roz, just a job
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Published November 29th 2005 by Jove Books (first published October 1st 2005)
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Phrynne
Feb 19, 2016 Phrynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was a very satisfying end to a very enjoyable trilogy. It was also a bit of a scary book as the household ghost started to step up her haunting and actually started possessing one of the main characters. Creepy! Nora Roberts is a very talented writer of romance. She must be because it is not one of my favourite genres but I can always enjoy one of her books. Especially when she adds in a bit of the supernatural. A good read and I am sorry I have finished the series.
Talya
This was my favorite in this Trilogy.

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
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Kara Jorges
I really hate to give Nora Roberts low marks on a book, but this one leaves me no choice. Instead of a neat wrap to a compelling trilogy, it was more of a dragged-out ending to a story that just didn’t stretch far enough. In “Blue Dahlia” we met the whole crew starring in this series and got an introduction to the Harper Bride, who haunts Harper House, where most of them live. In “Black Rose” we learned more about the Harper family, and how the Harper Bride fit into it. In this book, the rest of ...more
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo

Blue Dahlia by Nora Roberts Black Rose (In The Garden, #2) by Nora Roberts Red Lily (In The Garden, #3) by Nora Roberts 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

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Jennifer Wardrip
I always hate when trilogies end, and the "In the Garden" trilogy (BLUE DAHLIA, BLACK ROSE, and now RED LILY) is no exception. You get to know the characters so completely, and feel such a connection with them, that they become almost real--and you just want to keep on reading about their lives!

RED LILY is the story of Harper Ashby, oldest son of Rosalind (BLACK ROSE), and Hayley Phillips. Hayley had come to Harper House the previous year, pregnant and alone, to beseech Roz, a distant cousin th
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Evaine
Mar 18, 2008 Evaine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
A very satisfying end to the In the Garden trilogy. Again, as with many of Nora's books, it was Harper, the male lead who I found to be the most interesting character. I liked his quiet, introspective ways, as well as his lean, hot sexiness, of course. And I liked him and Hayley together as a couple. They worked for me.

My one regret about this trilogy is that we didn't get a romance for David, Harper's best friend, Roz's right hand man and housekeeper and the best cook and babysitter alive. *gr
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Nancy Steinle gummel
Red Lily by Nora Roberts is book 3 of a series. Each book can be independently read. Young love and new love gives you a special spring to your steps and a glow to your cheeks. Hayley lost herself a little when her father died. A young premed student helped with her loss but unfortunately left her pregnant. She was at a loss, angry at first, but she couldn't have an abortion. When she went to confront the baby's dad, he had met the love of his life and she decided to do all by herself. She sold ...more
Cyndy Aleo
Jan 11, 2012 Cyndy Aleo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, Nora Roberts of the swoony heroes; you got me with Red Lily .

::: 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 wo
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Cas H.
Aug 02, 2013 Cas H. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Red Lily was a very romantic book, but kinda freaky. The house ghost decides that she wants to invade Lily's body and Lily decides that Lily must take the ghosts place. The romance goes on between Lilly and Harper and is a wonderful love story with a two year old in the middle. I liked this one just a little bit, not as much as number one, but better than number two. It was nice to finally finish the series. I was disappointed that with all Nora Roberts research, she said that they found the Har ...more
Galena Sanz
Este tercer libro me gustó más o menos como los otros dos anteriores. La protagonista no me cae tan bien como Roz, la del libro anterior, pero la trama tiene un cariz interesante al centrarse más en el fantasma que habita la casa y en su trágica historia. Me gusta que la autora no haga de ella una víctima total, sino que la vemos con perspectiva, como no todo es blanco y negro.

La relación amorosa una vez más ha ido muy rápido, todo se ha precipitado y no estoy muy de acuerdo con algunos de los h
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 Mary


Harper Ashby es un encanto!!! De todos los personajes masculinos de esta trilogía Harper se lleva todos los aplausos!!

El libro final de la trilogía y la historia que faltaba sobre Harper y Hayley; me encanta que el romance entre estos dos personajes es probablemente el que tarda más tiempo en desarrollarse. Desde "Dalia Azul" me encantó Harper, es un personaje centrado, tranquilo, reservado. Es el hijo mayor de Rosalind y la mano trabajadora del Vivero "El Jardin", nunca tuvo la necesidad de sal
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Bark's Book Nonsense
I was pretty confused when I first began this audiobook but once again here I am coming into a series at the end . . . The book starts out in the past. A mistress, who apparently has lost all good sense, decides to chase down her infant son whom she was told died. She shows up at her lover's home, mumbling incoherently to the sleazebags wife that she wants her son back. The ticked off wife admits that she has the son and is none too happy about it, let me tell you, but must do her duty and raise ...more
valee
I'm totally disappointed with Nora Roberts. I really wanted to like her but I couldn't. I thought there must be a reason for why she is so famous, but this series was not a good one. I only enjoyed the first book in the series, the rest were not very good.

I really hated the ghost story, I really didn't care for it, it was boring. I did enjoy the first book because the ghost was a secondary element in it, but in the 2nd and 3rd book it was mentioned too much.

And about the romance, it never did de
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KindleKay
Jan 07, 2010 KindleKay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This was, by far, my favorite book of the trilogy! Of course, this is the book where the storyline comes to a head and all my questions got answered, so I suppose that will always make a book better...but I also enjoyed so much the romance of Hayley and Harper. (I called that way back in book #1, by the way)

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
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Linda
Aug 24, 2015 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The third and final part in the In the Garden series.
Haleys found her place in life, for her and her daughter, here at Harper House, and although shes found Harper likable, she wasnt expecting the explosive feelings that blooms between them. And the Harper Bride is not happy, at all.
Harper knew there was something between him and Haley since the beginning, but he never thought it would be love. Now that they have to fight the Harper Bride for their happiness theyll need the help of all the fami
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Janna
Jan 22, 2008 Janna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read and enjoyed every book from Nora Roberts. She is one of my favorite authors!! The Garden Trilogy was very good, some love, some romance and a bunch of mystery.
Jen
Sep 17, 2007 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Love this series. Present day setting-three single women brought together by circumstances and how they each find friendship and love. Ghost story intertwined.
Barbara ★
I'm not a flower/garden person so I read over these references. But even with that annoyance, I loved this series! It was great to reconnect with Stella and Roz and even though Hayley was the "star" of this installment, they both played a prominent role. The biggest star was the vengeful ghost Amelia. The team (Stella, Mitch, Roz, Logan, Hayley and Harper) spent a good portion of their time investigating Amelia and trying to find a way to get rid of her. Amelia popped up whenever Hayley got emot ...more
Jacob Proffitt
My least favorite of the trilogy, but it's not a bad book, I don't think. Since Hayley has been my favorite of the three women of In the Garden, I'm sad I didn't like her book better. There's a lot to like with a perky, optimistic girl facing difficulty with a smile and willingness to dig into the hard work to get where she wants to be.

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
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Amylou1977
Jun 07, 2008 Amylou1977 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hayley Phillips had no place to go to safely raise her newborn Lily, so she came to Memphis' legendary Harper House hoping to obtain work from her distant relative forty-something Roz Harper at the attached In the Garden nursery (see BLUE DAHLIA). She has found much more as she becomes friends with her curmudgeon host, Stella and others who shower her and Lily with love. However over time, Hayley realizes she also loves Roz's son Harper, but fears revealing her deep feelings because she worries ...more
Sarah
Aug 24, 2012 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
True confession: I do enjoy Nora Roberts' romances. Though I feel morally obligated to rate them low because of the portrayal as good of things that I, as a Biblically-oriented Christian, believe to be wrong (such as crude and/or blasphemous language, graphic fornication, occasionally homosexuality as in this trilogy), there are 2 things I think she does well that I appreciate (and seem to keep coming back for, despite the other stuff).
First, she does a great of handling female beauty and self-i
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Yasmin
May 16, 2016 Yasmin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 *

A good ending to the In The Garden trilogy. The tension was kept up well throughout the story, and the flashbacks into the life of the Harper ghost were excellent.
I wasn't too enthralled by the romance of the two characters, but liked them enough to keep reading.
The big reveal at the end of what actually happened to the ghost was worth waiting for- very different and more macabre than I was expecting!
A good and enjoyable read.
Francis M.
Dec 29, 2015 Francis M. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My goodness this book has me hooked, not only is Nora Roberts one of my all time favorite Roman novelist, she seriously sent it HOME with this book!! My goodness the 100 year mystery is solved, happy endings on all different types of directions, possible murder, everything it was just mind blowing.... Great way to end the year with an amazing Nora book...
Adi (Reading in the Windowseat)
You'd think the trilogy is classic NR, but this one came out creepier and somewhat different from her other, similarly-themed works. So if you like NR, but are kind of tired of the underlying similarities (which I guiltily enjoy while most boo), you should probably pick the In The Garden books.
Vanessa
I'd forgotten how much Hailey whines in this book after listening to it again, but still it gets 5 stars. It's a great trilogy, the end's pretty exciting, and I'll probably listen to it again someday. I listened to this particular one because I just received the mp3 through bookswap. The reader could have done a better time differentiating the characters; most female readers have more of a problem with the men, which is understandable. Luckily there weren't that many characters to deal with and ...more
Carly Ellen Kramer
I love a good romance-meets-ghost-story by Nora Roberts anytime, and Red Lily did not disappoint!
Katrina
Jan 26, 2016 Katrina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Three women learn that the heart of their historic home holds a mystery of years gone by, as number-one bestselling author Nora Roberts brings her In the Garden trilogy to a captivating conclusion, following Blue Dahlia and Black Rose . 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... Hayley Phillips came to Memphis hoping for a new ...more
Lara Maynard
Roots, blooms and rot: Mother love gone mad; relationships good, bad and absent

The In the Garden series was my first time reading books by Nora Roberts or by the author under any of her other pen names. It was also my first trilogy that I can recall. I don't remember having reading anything in the way of a series of books since my Nancy Drew days.

As I wrote in my first comment about The Blue Dahlia (book #1), this isn't an author or genre that I'd normally choose, but the trilogy was given to me
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Andrea Porco
Mar 30, 2014 Andrea Porco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really really enjoyed this book! The third book in this series was my favorite of them! I just knew I was going to love the storyline between Hayley and Harper. Harper was one of my favorite characters since book one.

Another aspect of the book that I really enjoyed was the whole ghost and mystery part of it. It was an enjoyable thing to read and figure out. Roberts did keep you in suspense. She drug the facts out in a good manner for three books and keeps you guessing until the end. There wer
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Andreia Silva
Com este "O Lírio Vermelho" terminamos uma saga que nos encheu de cheiros e texturas florais e que nos deu a conhecer a mudança na vida de três mulheres que, por obra do destino e da vida, partilham a Harper House a empresa No Jardim! Faltava-nos a reviravolta de Hayley, a mais jovem das três, a decisiva no desvendar do mistério do fantasma.

Gostei mais uma vez muito deste volume. Só não li os três de seguida porque achei que deveria esperar pelo desfecho, mas se tivesse lido, não teria achado de
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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.

During the now-famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write a story for her own entertainment. From the first page, she knew it was wha
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