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4.00003210066769 out of 54.00003210066769 out of 54.00003210066769 out of 54.00003210066769 out of 54.00003210066769 out of 5 4.00 (31,152 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nora Roberts Narrator: Susie Breck Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The In the Garden Trilogy Release Date: October 2004 ISBN: 9781597100922
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There has always been a Harper living at Harper House, the centuries-old mansion close to Memphis. And as far back as anyone can remember, the ghost of the Harper Bride has wandered the hallways at night, singing lullabies.

On the run from the ghosts of her own past, Stella Rothchild, a young widow with two lively little boys, has returned to her roots in southern Tennessee with hopes of finding a new life at In the Garden nursery and Harper House. She is not frightened by the house, nor its legendary mistress Roz Harper. Although she is known as a difficult woman, Roz has been kind and generous with Stella, trusting her to manage the blossoming nursery and offering her a comfortable new home at Harper House.

As Stella happily adjusts to her new job and home, she forges new friendships with Roz, and with an expectant mother named Hayley. At the same time, she finds herself strongly attracted to the landscaper, Logan Kitridge, and his rugged good looks.

But someone cannot abide the flowering romance—The Harper Bride. As Stella and her friends investigate the long history of Harper House, they find that sorrow and anger have kept the Bride's ghost from resting many years after her death. Now, she will stop at nothing to end the love that Stella and Logan enjoy.

Author Nora Roberts, also known as Eleanor Marie Robertson, J.D. Robb, Jill March and Sarah Hardesty, is the bestselling author of more than 200 romance novels. She was the first writer to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame.

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. Blue Dahlia 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… Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deborah | 4/2/2016

    " I was ready for a love story this week and wasn't disappointed!! Looking forward to the next book in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Twihardian | 2/17/2014

    " Love the book (of course i say that about all the books i read unless you count the xanth novels and The Begariad series, no offense but they just arent for me ,) its nice and developes into a nice series but i really wish that Nora would stop all this broken record writting. All the trilogies start out the same way main character of the first book has a great tragety and for some reson travels away to start a group of six to do something, and first main character falls in love and gets married ,next book in the trilogy another main character fals in love with another main character, next book yada yada yada you get the picture. Its not that they arent great in their own way butas i like to call it i HATE broken-record writing. I read a lot of triligies by her and they all end up the same . No offense Nora but its true try reading some of your own triligies, seriously.they all go the same way . thanks for letting me rant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vonna | 2/17/2014

    " I've had this series for a long time, just never read them, after reading this first installment - I regret that it took so long. AWESOME! It has everything that I love about Nora's books, mystery, intrigue, love, romance and a resident ghost. YOWZA! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kris Holliday | 2/8/2014

    " This trilogy was an excellent set of books regarding the relationships of several generations of women. Excellent books!! You never want to put the book down. Nora Roberts can write sex scenes like no other author!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dina | 1/25/2014

    " Great brain candy! I really do like stories about spirits that want their story to be heard. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maggie | 1/21/2014

    " This book was my first Nora Roberts book that I have picked up, and after reading it, I must say that I am eager for more. It has romance tied in with a bit of the supernatural. I cannot wait for the next two! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brooxie Carlton | 1/20/2014

    " Some of the Nora Roberts' series are just fun to read. You know exactly what is going to happen, but that just makes it fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele bookloverforever | 1/20/2014

    " nora always writes a readable book and good story lines "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Alford | 1/20/2014

    " I loved this trilogy. This is what made me a Nora Roberts fan. I was reccomended to this book by another avid ready and almost said no because I am not that into romance. I decided to give it a chance and now can not stop reading from this writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Necole | 1/7/2014

    " This was a really good book. I have not done much with flowers but I think it added a nice touch to the story. I love a book that can make me laugh out loud and this one did. Stella and Logan were awesome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Moenck | 12/23/2013

    " Loved this book. It was an easy reader and a change from others I had just finished. Can't wait to read the next two. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dianna | 12/11/2013

    " Another great reread! I love the relationship between Stella and her stepmother Jolene. I have a great relationship with my stepmom, though I don't like to call her that. She has been Ma since I was 10. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/13/2013

    " I love most anything by Nora, but her trilogies are the best. Somethimes wish I wouldn't find them until they're all available to read back to back. This ghostly like story is no different. Think it was her first trilogy I read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 10/31/2013

    " I love this book and looked forward to the next one in this trilogy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Niki | 10/14/2013

    " I love Nora Roberts and her easy and quick to read romance novels that always help take you away for just a few hours. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shaunna | 9/30/2013

    " The In the Garden trilogy is amazing! Fate, and friendship flow over every page. Romance is everywhere! very good, and quick read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 8/3/2013

    " I liked the love story, but the ghost story was pretty weak. Maybe that storyline improves in the sequel?? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beverly | 6/4/2013

    " I love everything Nora the more I read the more I love her this book was no exception. It was a awesome read!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marleen | 3/19/2013

    " Wonderful start of new exciting trilogy by NR. I love all the characters and I love the Garden Nursery. Definitely going to re-read this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hilary | 3/5/2013

    " More chick-lit, with a twist, and lots to keep you interested. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christy | 1/12/2013

    " Probably not a bad book, but it has a creepy ghost so I didn't finish reading it and couldn't sleep for three nights. Ghosts scare the beejezus out of me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacy | 9/25/2012

    " Stella Rothchild has opened up a nursery and meets Logan. Together they try to answer the mystery unfolding in her old house with ghosts. Good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alice | 8/12/2012

    " Light entertainment. Didn't develop a lot of the relationships as she normally does. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janie | 7/19/2012

    " Quite a good read, but certainly not a "can't put it down book ". Read on my kindle and didn't rush to get book 2+3 in the series, but probably will at a later date. My first Nora Roberts read, ok but a little fluffy and predictable "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kare1971 Greaves | 4/1/2012

    " I love how Nora does the trilogies so you can read more about your favorite characters even after the story isn't focused completely on them. This was a very good trio. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 3/5/2012

    " I really liked this book. It had a good story, romance, relationships and a little mystery. Plus I like the name, Amelia. I love to garden and wish I had more time to. Looking forward to reading the next book and all my new friends adventures. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JanTheFlowergrower | 2/25/2012

    " A gardener after my own heart "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marci | 1/29/2012

    " Really liked this Nora Roberts. Stella a young widow with 2 boys moves to Memphis to be closer to her dad & stepmom. She gets a job working at "In the Garden" as well as living on site in the "Harper House." As she gets over her grief a landscaper named Logan irks her the wrong way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsay | 11/7/2011

    " Liked the characters, liked the children, liked the real-world problems and their solutions. Good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam Rugg | 11/1/2011

    " Was just OK. The ghost part I didn't love. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shawna | 10/7/2011

    " Typical NR book....girl meets boy that she doesn't like, they fall in love. A little "fantasy" on the side with a ghost....that was about the only part I cared about. I wish I didn't have to finish most books I start! I don't think I'll read the other two books in the trilogy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracie Thompson | 5/6/2011

    " I did like the whole Garden trilogy - I liked the spread of ages and different stages of life the three women were in. I liked seeing how Roberts' weaved those very different stages together and celebrated each. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia | 2/19/2011

    " Nora always tells a good story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wings | 10/8/2010

    " I did really like this series it was interesting and there was some rather funny parts and love it when I laugh during a book. Even though I mainly laugh in every book I read. David... the best gay friend you could have and Hayley she was FUNNY to me anyways. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ivy | 8/29/2010

    " Loved all three of these books. Each can stand alone if needed but together the tell a great story with lots of suspense and love! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luckngrace | 6/4/2010

    " I just can't break up a series so this boxed set was great for me. Nora Roberts and Catherine Coulter are who I read when I want to be free of all worries and indulge in a bit of romance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mls3 | 9/9/2009

    " Almost excellent. A good read for the plane, but I'm still not a huge Nora Roberts fan. I did like that this series was about a haunting and I bought it to add to my ghost story collection for my summer home on Ashley Lake. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 8/1/2009

    " What's not to love about these books? There's romance, gardening, kids, dogs ............. oh and a ghost :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeannette | 7/15/2009

    " I read these a couple of years ago and could not put them down. I would like to read them again "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marilyn | 3/4/2009

    " My first and last acquaintence with Nora robert's fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anneshirley06 | 11/13/2008

    " NR always has strong, independent women as her lead characters. Neither the men nor the women are able to solve the problem until they work together. LOVE! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Celine | 6/25/2008

    " Enjoy reading anything Nora Roberts writes--some romance-mystery-family-good combination "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tamra | 4/3/2008

    " A good look of the imperfection of family love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danyelle | 3/21/2008

    " fun- creepy.......nora roberts is always an entertaining diversion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 2/5/2008

    " book one - blue dahlia
    book two - black rose
    book three - red lily "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 2/2/2008

    " When I first started this set, I almost put it down. I'm SO glad that I didn't as I ended up loving it. There is a lot of information to do with the nursery that I don't understand, but it's a great story. "

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About the Author
Author Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than two hundred novels. She is also the author of a bestselling futuristic suspense series written under the pen name J. D. Robb, her other pseudonyms being Jill March and Sarah Hardesty. She was the first author inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. There are more than 400 million copies of her books in print.

About the Narrator

Susie Breck’s work has garnered awards both as narrator and director. She won an Audie Award, the audiobook industry’s top honor, for her narration of Sharyn McCrumb’s Ghost Riders. She is married to fellow voice talent Dick Hill, an AudioFile Golden Voice.