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Black Rose (In the Garden #2)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  26,488 ratings  ·  564 reviews
Roz is a woman of independent means who thinks love is all in the past-but she's about to be taken by surprise.
Number-one bestselling author Nora Roberts presents the second novel of her "In the Garden" trilogy, as three women discover the secrets from the past contained within their historic home.
ebook, 384 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by Jove Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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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
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
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
Tammy Walton Grant
2.5 stars - is it just me, or are all of Nora Robert's stories starting to sound the same?
Kara Jorges
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
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
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.
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
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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
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
ms bookjunkie
Story: *happy sigh* I do appreciate an older heroine—and a heroine who's got her shit together. Cute, nerdy hero with moves. 5 stars

Narration: Pretty near perfect. Expressive. Great basic narrative and voices, great accents (though I have no clue as to how accurate they are, region-wise). 4-4.5 stars
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 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
Kathy Anne
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
Tracy Walters
This is the 2nd book in the Nora Roberts "In The Garden" series....I loved the 1st book......this book was a bit slow at first and I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy it as much as the first.....but by the end I was pleased with how it turned out....Roz Harper ROCKS!!! She is one amazing strong-willed woman and it made me want to be more like her.....classy and independent and loving.....the world she has made at Harper House has made me often wish that there was such a place and that I could be ...more
Kathy Warren
This 2nd book was slow to start. I love Roz and all who live in Harper House. The ghostly Harper Bride that walks the halls is becoming more interesting.
I liked this book better than the first in the trilogy. Roz is an interesting, complex character and Mitch is a thoroughly likable love interest. The ghost story, which continues from Blue Dahlia, is a little darker here and a little sadder. I'm interested to see how it is resolved in Red Lily. I like the secondary conflict, with Roz's ex-husband, Bryce, and I am relieved that there is no moment when he is considered a possible romantic interest again. His "comuppance" scene is funny and clever. ...more
I really loved the plot, the characters, and the mood. And the several ghost scenes gave me goosebumps. However, there was way too much garden filler for my taste. This series is set around a garden center run by one of the main characters, and it really shows that Nora loves gardening in real life. Seems like every five minutes, there are lengthy descriptions of plants and the joys of gardening.

I'll continue to read the series, for all the reasons I mentioned, but I've started skipping the gar
Yasmin Munoz
One line ruined the whole book for me. "Of course, that girl hasn't got the sense God gave a retarded flea..."

At first I had to read the sentence again to make sure I wasn't being overly sensitive and reading a word that actually wasn't there, but there it was: retarded.

My initial reaction was, "What the hell was she thinking?!". My second was a tiny bit of denial; "perhaps it was her editor", "maybe a friend suggested the line", "maybe she doesn't realize how incredibly offensive, insensitive a
Ayu Wirdha
Its Roz/Rosalind's story. This is love story of mature people, karena Roz & Mitch sdh berumur 47 & 48 thn, punya anak yg sdh dewasa, sdh mengalami divorce, kehilangan suami/istri. Khusus Roz, suami keduanya adalah fortune hunter & cheater. Pdhal Roz perempuan yg smart, mandiri jg kaya tp ttp saja termakan rayuan. Ternyata jd org kaya jg hrs sangat pintar2 memilih teman atau pasangan hidup, krn semakin bnyk org bermuka dua di sekelilingnya.

Sy penasaran dgn novel As You Like It, krn se
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
3.5 stars.

The second installment in the "In the Garden" trilogy does not disappoint! Roz Harper, a widow in her later 40s who owns a gardening business, hires 48-year old divorcee Dr. Mitch Carnegie to find out the history of her family, specifically the identity of the ghost who is a permanent resident of Harper House, Amelia. Amelia has been haunting the house of the Harper family since the late 19th century, albeit always in a benign way. But recent events have made that change, and Amelia no
Stephanie Tracy
This was a great second book in Nora Roberts' "In the Garden" trilogy. Roz made a great heroine - independent, hard-headed, beautiful, and successful. She is, in my opinion, the epitome of the type of heroine Nora strives to write about. In the first novel (Blue Dahlia) I was intrigued by her, and I knew I'd enjoy reading her love story… even though I feel like I probably relate to the first heroine, Stella, a bit more. Roz and Mitch are an unlikely couple, I think, but they hit it off right fro ...more
Andreia Silva
"A Rosa Negra", segundo livro da trilogia No Jardim, traz-nos uma história mais focada na Roz, uma mulher que, depois de ficar viúva e ter fracassado num segundo matrimonio, contrata Stella e recebe de braços abertos Hayley, transformando-se numa espécie de confidentes.

Toda a introdução feita em "A Dália Azul"^não é necessária neste livro e por isso, a autora, insere-nos logo na história deste volume. Vemos o desenrolar da personagem do primeiro volume mas de uma forma subtil, mas mesmo assim da
This is the second or third time I've read this book. The action picks up in Roz's story and I like her better as a character because she's a stronger woman than Stella was. Stella often comes across as worried and afraid and Roz is more like I'll be damned if anyone sees me cry. While it still has Robert's typical lyrical winding writing, it doesn't meander off into the day to day life as much as it did in the first book.

I will say in some scenes I think it could have used a little closer atte
Black Rose is the second book in the "In the Garden" trilogy by Nora Roberts, The premise of the novel set is three women coming together after dealing with life's most challenging losses - loss of husbands, parents, jobs, friends - and how the rebuilding of friendship can make those tragedies of the past feel like building blocks of the future.

In book one we met Stella, Roz, and Hayley (and the men in their lives) and the plot focused mostly on Stella coming home. Not just in the literal sen
This is the second book of the In the Garden series. I really liked the continuing story line but sometimes found myself thinking that Ros must be 20 years older because of the way they portray her as the matriarch of this family! Looking forward to the third and final book of the series to see how they tie up the story.
Tina "coffee and books"
All I can say isi want to be Roz Harper when I grow up. She is sucha strong woman and mother. Very straight forward and confident in who she is and in her abilities. Mitch is precious. An honest man who has made mistakes and takes responsibility for it. And an awesome father. Who doesn't love that?
Shelby *wants some 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.
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“That woman doesn't have the sense God gave a retarded flea.” 199 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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