Blue Dahlia by Nora Roberts
(In the Garden, Book 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 as long as anyone alive remembers, the ghostly Harper Bride has walked the halls, singing lullabies at night…

Trying to escape the ghosts of the past, young widow Stella Rothchild, along with her two energetic little boys, has moved back to her roots in southern Tennessee—and into her new life at Harper House and the In the Garden nursery. She isn’t intimidated by the house—nor by its mistress, local legend Roz Harper. Despite a reputation for being difficult, Roz has been nothing but kind to Stella, offering her a comfortable new place to live and a challenging new job as manager of the flourishing nursery.

As Stella settles comfortably into her new life, she finds a nurturing friendship with Roz and with expectant mother Hayley. And she discovers a fierce attraction to ruggedly handsome landscaper Logan Kitridge. He’s difficult but honest, brash but considerate—and undeniably sexy. And for a sensible woman like Stella, he may be just what she needs…

Don’t miss the next two books of the In the Garden trilogy
Black Rose and Red Lily
 

About Nora Roberts

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Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels. She is also the author of the bestselling futuristic suspense series written under the pen name J. D. Robb. There are more than 400 million copies of her books in print.
 
Published October 26, 2004 by Jove. 401 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Business & Economics, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Crime. Fiction

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Flower metaphors run amok in this first installment of Roberts's newest trilogy, which focuses on a quaint nursery called In the Garden and the haunted estate neighboring it. The book starts ou

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Bo gets along with Reena's family, friends and co-workers, and handles the demands of her career with patient humor, so nothing stands in their way—except an obsessed, pyromaniac stalker determined to kill any man Reena loves.

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Fortunately, the pace picks up after Stella plants her roots at Harper estate and secures a job managing In the Garden, which is owned by Roz Harper, the same blunt, self-assured woman who presides over the estate.

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Both Stella and Roz are hopeful that they will work together splendidly, and Stella moves into the mansion for the first year as manager to make the job easier for both of them.

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Romance: Bride’s ghost tries to disrupt a budding romance.

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Just as things are reaching the point of being serious, the resident ghost at Harper House, where Stella and her children live with Roz, takes exception to the growing romance, trying to circumvent Logan and Stella's blooming love.

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As the women dig into the history of Harper .

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Massey Coal (which I discussed here), Lithwick opines that all the justices who wrote in that case–Kennedy for the majority, Roberts and Scalia in dissent–were evincing the very same concerns about overcoming judicial bias as those Sonia Sotomayor expressed in her notorious speech “A Latina Judge...

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