It appears that prolific New York Times Bestselling author Nora Roberts is passionate about more than just writing. Her In the Garden trilogy – Blue Dahlia, Black Rose, and Red Lily – celebrate all things gardening.
Roberts is best known for her well crafted characters and relationships and here she doesn’t disappoint. In Blue Dahlia, we meet Stella Rothschild, recent widow, mother of two young boys, and the new manager at In the Garden nursery. We discover more about Roz Harper, widowed owner of the nursery and Harper House, a historic Tennessee mansion, in Black Rose. The main story in Red Lily surrounds Hayley Phillips, unmarried, pregnant, distant cousin of Roz, looking for a new start. The friendships that develop between the women are the highlight of the stories and, in my opinion, what Roberts writes best. But it wouldn’t be a “Nora Roberts” without romance – love blooms and there’s a Hero for each of our Heroines.
There is also an element of the supernatural in each of the stories. The mysterious and sometimes malevolent ghostly Harper Bride walks the halls of Harper House at night, singing lullabies. As their friendships and romances develop, Stella, Roz and Hayley must each face their own ghosts and that of the Harper Bride if they are to find happiness.
With the tie in to the supernatural, readers will be reminded of Roberts’ MacKade Brothers series: The Return of Rafe MacKade (1995), The Pride of Jared MacKade (1995), The Heart of Devin MacKade (1996), The Fall of Shane MacKade (1996).