2 stars Not enough story Not enough plot Characters were nice people but not compelling enough for a story.My mind kept wandering A lot of conversation about ordinary things Characters did not interest or intrigue me Stella likes to organize and manage things Logan is creative and artistic with his landscaping but appears disorganized in other things I wasn t drawn to the relationship The sex scenes didn t do anything for me.The plot surrounding the ghost was not well developed and not finished They hired someone to go through old records to discover the story behind the ghost He started, but the book ended before he worked on it.The narrator Susie Breck was ok.DATA Narrative mode 3rd person Unabridged audiobook length 10 hrs and 46 mins Swearing language strong including religious swear words, but rarely used Sexual language none Number of sex scenes two briefly described Setting mostly 2004 Memphis, Tennessee, with some back stories from 1892 and 2001 Book copyright 2004 Genre contemporary romance with a little paranormal. Recently Widowed Stella Rothschild Has Found A New Love In Logan Kitridge But There Is Someone Who Isn T Happy About Stella S Growing Feelings For Logan The Harper Bride, An Unidentified Woman Whose Grief And Rage Have Kept Her Spirit Alive Long Past The Death Of Her Body In Nora Roberts s Blue Dahlia, she introduced to three women who came together to work in a garden nursery in rural Tennessee First, there s Stella Rothchild, a recent young widow with two young sons have moved back to her hometown to be closer to her family She met Roz Harper, who owned the Harper House and ran the flowery nursery She wasn t intimated by her, since she tried to escape the ghosts of the past As she settled down into her new life, she met expectant young mother Hayley and formed a friendship with her as with Roz Later she met and fell in love with Logan Kittridge, the handsome landscaper She couldn t help becoming attractive to him But someone wasn t too happy with this coupling, the Harper Bride ghost They ve dug deep into the ghost past s of rage and heartbreak as she haunted Harper House. 3,5 estrellas.No puedo y nunca ser imparcial con esta autora Nora Roberts para m es de las mejores en el campo de la contempor nea y hay muy cosas historias que ella haya escrito y no me hayan gustado, interesado o entretenido.En esta ocasi n, tenemos una historia entretenida y con un misterioso fantasma de por medio, lo que lo hace m s enganchable.Con unos protagonistas totalmente opuestos, Stella y Logan han tenido escenas de todo tipo, pero sobre todo divertidas, ya que sus personalidades chocan tanto que acaban teniendo conversaciones inesperadas Su romance ha sido a fuego lento al principio y luego ha dado un salto bastante grande, a n as , puede ser plausible y me ha convencido Aunque el final haya sido demasiado precipitado para mi gusto.Ahora vamos a los secundarios De entre las mujeres, Hayley y Roz son geniales As , sin m s Dos mujeres luchadoras, valientes que saben lo que quieren pero a la vez son vulnerables con los que aman La primera, con apenas 24 a os se ve envuelta en una vida en donde ya no solo tiene que velar por ella, sino por el hijo que espera, y la segunda es una mujer madura de m s de 40 a os que viendo que su negocio es mucho para ella contrata la ayuda de Stella y Hayley, lo quelas convierte casi sin darse cuenta en las tres mejores amigas en las que apoyarse y no sentirse solas.Harper, el hijo de Roz y Mitch, los secundarios masculinos tambi n son de lo mejorcito y me encanta la parejita que hacen con las futuras protagonistas del resto de la serie.Sobre la historia, lineal, tranquila, sin m s sobresaltos que los que produce esa presencia en la mansi n Harper y que imagino durante toda la serie estaremos averiguando un poco m s de lo que le ocurri y bueno, un principio muy duro, no lo vamos a negar.Ten a ganas de una serie as , donde no hubiera conflictos graves, ni giros sorprendentes en la trama, solo una historia de tres mujeres que, por azares de la vida y el destino viven juntas y encuentran todo aquello que siempre han deseado rodeadas de plantas, invernaderos llenos de flores y hombres muy interesantes.A por el siguiente de cabeza. Nothing really to say except that I love this series After trying to start the inn series by Nora Roberts, I ended up seeing so many similarities to In the Garden that I happily DNFed the first book in the inn series and decided to re read this one I love gardening and the outdoors so this series was always fun to me We have some romance and some characters that I actually enjoyed enough to revisit through three books Blue Dahlia is the first book in the series and follows single mother and widow Stella I actually enjoyed how Roberts sets this book up When the book begins we have Stella enjoying her life with her husband Kevin and their two boys who she loves, but who drive her up the wall at times When an accident occurs leaving Stella widowed she honestly doesn t know what she s going to do The book moves on a few years later, and Stella has relocated to Tennessee to be near her father and her stepmother She wants to settle down in a new place that doesn t remind her of her former live and give her boys something strong to latch onto She goes and works for Roz Harper in her home and takes over as manager running her In the Garden nursery that is onsite Throw in a ghost and a romance she was not looking for, and Blue Dahlia may satisfy your need for a romance with a light mystery Stella s love interest in this, Logan, is a bit much I honestly at first found him annoying Him finding Stella rigid because she likes things organized and wants items inputted into a spreadsheet oh the horror The horror made me want to brain him But, he does grow on me I think I liked it because you get to see Stella not change the way she s made up to fit Logan, but you do see Logan adjustfor her Which I loved Most romances this days seem to be about uptight women who just need a man to remind her to let her hair down I liked that Stella thought first and foremost about her sons and how any changes she makes in her romantic life would impact them And I loved that there were honest conversations about her first marriage Stella was happy and her husband loved her and vice versa Thank goodness where was no third hour retconning of their marrirage to make any love she had with Logan be the best thing ever And thank goodness that Logan gets it about Stella s marriage and being an adult about that looking your way Virgin River book 1 Due to the first book having to lay a lot of ground work we do move around to other perspectives We get Roz s, her son Harper s and Roz s cousin Hayley included in this first book It is pretty easy to see who the other couples will be in this series And besides Hayley, I enjoyed everyone I always found Hayley s whole backstory to be a bit much and I actually kind of loathed what she did and why I probably will skip re reading Red Lily this time through cause I recall going eh okay when I read it years ago The main part of the book is full of Stella getting used to Roz s business, but also the three women and some of the men trying to find out what they can about Roz s ghost, called the Harper Bride I kind of shrugged about Stella and Hayley wanting to investigate the ghostuntil you get towards the middle and end of the book and realize that the ghost is at times dangerous to be around and the whole family wants to put the spirit to rest Can I say that Roz is my favorite character though She really is I loved that this woman had a lot to deal with she s also a widow and she raised three boys and then when she gets older marries a POS man and manages to rebuild again The book makes for a relaxing day at the beach or sitting in your garden if you have time. One review said that next to the ghosty atmosphere and romance, this novel also contains lots of gardening tips I don t really do flowers or nature I mean, I like green As, maybe, a wallpaper Or pullovers when children wear them We used to have a green bird, too Sweet thing Obnoxiously loud For f cks sake, I m probably the only human being, next to Bree s sex addicted boyfriend in Desperate Housewives, who killed a cactus In cold blood I m a cruel, evil person and I get crazy obsessed when people buy flowers and pretend they like them Like, if you like them, why let them slowly wither away in your living room THAT S NOT LOVE It s like owning three cats, five dogs, and eating chicken nuggets.At least, I admit that I m a cactus murderer Except that maybe if it s just about gardening. which isn t exactly flower murdering, it might not annoy me as much Although, I also get crazy over people who talk about flowers. Like I do right now. Um..Wow. this was such a deep, philosophical discussion I m amazed by my own brilliance and reflectiveness No, but the point was that flowers in books make me go crazy and gardening tips make me feel inadequate Update I now found the perfect example for my problem with flowers and gardens and where it comes from It was Erica from Celadon City or Prismania City in Pok mon, with all her green little shits God, how she owned me. So, now you know it Dear reader, it was a traumatic experience, but I m almost sure that no one else ll feel like that and you should definitely give books with flowers in them at least a try, although I won t take it against you if you wouldn t, now that you ve heard this dramatic, desperate story of innocent longing, humiliation and loss. 2.5 stars Like the Bride Quartet, this book isabout women running a business and their friendship Even the ghost wasimportant than the romance, which was lukewarm and not very exciting I never got the impression that the hero and heroine even liked each other, so I m not sure how they fell in love.I m not that interested in gardens so all the talk about plants bored me to death If I had liked the main character, maybe I could have enjoyed the book , but Stella was a control freak who didn t understand how people could be different from her Half the time I wanted to kill her.The narration was very good Characters were distinct and the male voices were adequate I d definite listen something else by this narrator.I may continue the series because I liked Roz and Hayley the heroines of the next two books but I ll definitely wait a while to read them I don t know that I can stomach anytalk of plants. Dalia azul es el primer libro de la Trilog a del Jard n La historia me gust creo que es casi imposible que no me guste alguna historia de Nora Roberts , pero me falt un poco m s de romance entre los protagonistas Entiendo que en esta primera parte la autora tenga que hacer la presentaci n de todos los personajes y ponernos en situaci n sobre el conflicto principal de la trilog a, pero me falt emoci n y esa qu mica tan caracter stica entre sus protagonistas. Started off great, even made me cry after the first few chapters Then the story moved ahead a few years and it went downhill from there Just slow, touchy feely fluff in a small southern town That may appeal to many, but it became boring for me. I needed a ghost book for a challenge and picked this up and it ended up being really good I liked the characters and the little family that came together throughout the story, I m glad the same characters are in the rest of this series I didn t think I would like this because of something Stella went through in the beginning and I m not big on sad type stories, but once it was over it didn t drag her down for long And Logan was funny I need to knowabout the Harper Bride, I will read the next one The ghost added a nice touch of mystery to this