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Publisher's Summary

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.  

At 45, Rosalind Harper is a woman whose experiences have made her strong enough to bend without breaking - and weather any storm. A widow with three grown sons, she survived a disastrous second marriage, and built her In the Garden nursery from the ground up.

Through the years, In the Garden has become more than just a thriving business - it is a symbol of hope and independence to Roz, and to the two women she shares it with. Newlywed Stella and new mother Hayley are the sisters of her heart, and together, the three of them are the future of In the Garden.

But now that future is under attack, and Roz knows they can't fight this battle alone. Hired to investigate Roz's Harper ancestors, Dr. Mitchell Carnegie finds himself just as intrigued with Roz herself. And as they begin to unravel the puzzle of the Harper Bride's identity, Roz is shocked to find herself falling for the fascinating genealogist.

Now it is a desperate race to discover the truth before the unpredictable apparition lashes out at the one woman who can help her rest in peace.

©2005 Nora Roberts (P)2005 Brilliance Audio

Critic Reviews

"[A] warmly appealing heroine, resolutely finding her path through a midlife romance that is more complex and hard-fought than 20-something love." (Publishers Weekly)  

"Susie Breck has a beguiling way of reaching into stories and making them come alive with her flawless performance." (AudioFile)

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black rose by norah Robertw well written and f

fascinating writing well spoken I love this author and
d will read again and again

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Excellent

As always Nora Roberts has you sitting on the edge hanging for answers. She has you cheering and giggling and holding your breath. Loved it ! Bring on book three

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  • mendolynne
  • 26-04-2013

Ghost on the rampage amidst the fragrant flora

These books just get better and better. I immediately dug into Black Rose upon the completion of Nora Roberts' 1st in this series, Blue Dahlia. Black Rose focuses on Roz Harper, the matriarch of the Harper extended family and owner/gardener extraordinaire of In The Garden Nursery - a business about which I might have fantasized had I known it might ever exist. A sprawling garden shop, offering all aspects of floral cultivation on the ancestral homestead (besides the huge and elegant home and warm, cozy cottage where her grown son Harper lives).

Didn't really get enough about Roz in the first book, so I was delighted the second locked in on her trials, tribulations and triumphs - A very feisty, generous and caring women with a green thumb that knows no bounds.

A gardener's delight, an inspiration for those who have never gotten dirt under their nails, a lovely glimpse into Southern culture and a gripping mystery, with a surprising amount of humor thrown in.

A very fun romp of a listen indeed.

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  • Heidi
  • 17-01-2009

Nora Roberts is the best

Rosalind is the type of woman you seldom if ever get to meet. Who takes in 2 strangers based on nothing but a gut feeling!

What confidence she has. She's had it hard but her life is now falling into place and she deserves to be happy.

The Harper bride almost keeps you up and makes you thankful she isn't with you!

Nora again - your research and insite you offer make these a have to read not a want to read!

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  • Harlingen gh
  • 01-03-2016

Had a devil of a time with Susie Breck

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Could not get past the first chapter

Would you ever listen to anything by Nora Roberts again?

I will be sure Susie Bre4ck is not the narrator.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Susie Breck?

Kate Reading

Any additional comments?

will probably read this book myself as I know Nora Roberts is a very excellant writer.

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  • Sandy M
  • 27-02-2016

Typical and Reliable Nora Roberts

What did you like best about Black Rose? What did you like least?

Liked the most: There is life after age 50, and life after loss.
Liked the least: the narration

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Loved the garden and all things related to the garden, plants, etc.

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Narrator was mediocre at best, tolerable women voices (only tolerable), but down right painful male voices. Took about an hour and a half before I could ignore the narrator enough to quit thinking I'd have to stop listening to this book.

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  • Camden
  • 28-12-2012

Ear Catching Mystery You'll Love It!

Roz the business owner and home owner where everyone lives in book one really develops here. You see here really embrace trying to find out who this mysterious ancestor that is haunting her home and business so to speak.

I love the usage of the garden theme in the story because the author works different flowers in to represent each character who is developing in the three books of the trilogy series.

In this book, you learn more about Roz and realize she's not as "hard" as you originally thought in book one. You learn about what makes her tick and a romance develops between her and the "investigator" who is an absolute hoot - messy and terribly unlike Roz.

The author was great in letting us here some more about how Logan and Stella are doing. You still hear about the boys and Hailey and Roz's son. You meet Roz's ex husband who is a scum bag and you finally realize his true nature.

This story helps you learn more about the characters and lets real life play out at a natural pace without hurrying the zenith of the story.

At the end of this book, book 2 in the series, you are sad that you have only one last book to read or listen to....it is a beautifully written life story with a mix of mystery and you love ancestry you'll love this series.

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  • Jessica
  • 13-08-2010

Great 2nd Book

I enjoyed this book as much as or maybe even more than the first (Blue Dahlia). This is a very interesting series with a good narrator. If you like any of Nora’s other series I’m sure you will like this one also. It is typical Nora (which is not a bad thing at all).

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  • Kimberly
  • 12-07-2010

Once again Excellent

2nd in the series. Excellent!!! A must to listen to.

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  • tina
  • 16-01-2010

great

after the first this reader knows how to give u the charaters feelings you start feeling a part of it

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 31-05-2021

Made sewing Moe fun!

Loved it. listened while I sewed. loved all three. I don't like stories that end too soon.

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  • Moucheron
  • 06-05-2021

Just brilliant!

I read the first book, Blue Dahlia and gave it 4 stars. That was because I didn’t know it was a series of three books. I was disturbed because it ended so abruptly not finishing all the storylines. When I found out there are two more books I’m immediately bought the second book and it is just as wonderful as the first. I look forward to reading the last book in the series, Red Lily.
These books are not stand alone books. You must start with first and then I know you will want to continue on as they are that good.

Some reviewer’s criticize the mentioning of the different flowers in the garden but that is very important part of the book. I suppose because I am a gardener, I loved that. The characters are so real… So much so that you will wish you could be part of this family. This is a family that is created by welcoming people into a very special home by lady, Rosalind Harper, that you will want to be like. They are not blood related, not all of them, but they are a family and each has a very important place therein.
As in the first book, there are laugh out loud lines in places that are warm and funny. The children aren’t in this book as much as the first and I missed their delightful antics.
The romance is so loving and beautiful making my toes curl at the tender words. Romance in it’s highest form.

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