Nora Roberts didn't become an immediate best-selling author, but once she sold her first novel, she never looked back. A mother of two small children at the time, Roberts began writing in 1979 with a number-two pencil and a spiral notebook. She wrote sporadically while her two sons were at school, a schedule she maintained long after they had grown up and gone to college. Two years and several manuscripts after her initial attempt, her first novel, "Irish Thoroughbred", appeared, the first of over 100 novels she would write in the following two decades. While having dabbled in many of the genre's forms, Roberts has found most of her success writing contemporary romances flavored with both suspense and adventure. The youngest of five children, Roberts grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland. In 1968, she married Ronald Aufdem-Brinke, the father of her two children, but divorced him in 1985, the same year she married her second husband, Bruce Wilder.
"Touching emotion, fascinating characters and a tantalizing ghost add up to extreme reading pleasure."
"[A] promising start to a new series."
From the Publisher
A relationship between a widow and a landscaper is threatened by an ancient tragedy in this suspenseful paranormal romance, the first in a projected trilogy entitled In the Garden. Stella Rothchild moves back home to Tennessee, where she finds a job and a home at Harper House, friendship with two women, and love with Logan Kitridge. But the Harper Bride, the angry, vengeful ghost haunting Harper House, is determined to put an end to Stella and Logan's newfound happiness.
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 DahliaA 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?