"The story of the Harper Bride begins..."
Stella Rothchild has just lost her husband and moves to
Tennessee to start fresh with her young children. She
immediately happens across a management position at the In
the Garden nursery and becomes fast friends with the owner,
Roz Harper. Stella quickly falls in to the routine of the
business, but her strict management techniques put her at
odds with landscape designer Logan Kitridge.
In spite of their differences, Stella and Logan slowly
develop a new relationship. Just as things are reaching the
point of being serious, the resident ghost at Harper House,
where Stella and her children live with Roz, takes
exception to the growing romance, trying to circumvent
Logan and Stella's blooming love. Who is the ghost and why
does she hate their new relationship so much?
This first book in the new trilogy will appeal to die hard
fans of Nora Roberts. All of her trademark writing skills
are found in abundance. The relationship between Logan and
Stella develops slowly but steadily, drawing readers in and
making them hope for the requisite happy ending. Readers
will like the hint of romance to come for other characters
in the novel as well.
The addition of an unidentified, unhappy ghost, known only
as "the Harper bride," lends another facet to the story,
making one eager to find out who she is, why she haunts
Harper House, and why she hates the budding romance of
Stella and Logan. Many questions are left unanswered,
expected to be explained in more depth in the second and
final books of the series.
© Kelley A. Hartsell, November 2005. All
Courtesy CK2S Kwips and Kritiqes
Posted April 25, 2006
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 4, 2006