In the Garden Boxed Set (In the Garden Trilogy Series)

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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.

This Garden Trilogy boxed set includes: Blue Dahlia, Black Rose, and Red Lily

Black Rose
First in the Garden trilogy. Stella has a passion for planning that keeps her from ...

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Overview

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.

This Garden Trilogy boxed set includes: Blue Dahlia, Black Rose, and Red Lily

Black Rose
First in the Garden trilogy. Stella has a passion for planning that keeps her from taking too many risks. But when she opens her heart to a new love, she discovers that she will fight to the death to protect what’s hers.

Blue Dahlia
Book two in the Garden trilogy. Roz—a woman of independent means—thinks love is all in the past. But she's about to be taken by surprise.

Red Lily
The final book in the Garden trilogy. Hayley Phillips came to Memphis hoping for a new start, for herself and her unborn child. She wasn't looking for a handout from her distant cousin Roz, just a job at her thriving In the Garden nursery. What she found was a home surrounded by beauty and the best friends she's ever had. But danger still follows Haley.

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What People Are Saying

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"Roberts has had great success with her romance trilogies, and this is another jewel in her crown." - Oakland Press
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515142365
  • Publisher: Jove
  • Publication date: 10/31/2006
  • Series: In the Garden Trilogy Series
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 80,298
  • Product dimensions: 4.28 (w) x 6.88 (h) x 3.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Nora Roberts
One of the most prolific and popular writers in the world, Nora Roberts (who also writes as her edgier alter-ego J. D. Robb) publishes multiple books a year. Not that it’s enough for her fans, who tear through her unconventional romances. With her trademark mix of fantasy, mystery, and romance, Roberts has created her own genre -- and romance fans are grateful for it!

Biography

Not only has Nora Roberts written more bestsellers than anyone else in the world (according to Publishers Weekly), she’s also created a hybrid genre of her own: the futuristic detective romance. And that’s on top of mastering every subgenre in the romance pie: the family saga, the historical, the suspense novel. But this most prolific and versatile of authors might never have tapped into her native talent if it hadn't been for one fateful snowstorm.

As her fans well know, in 1979 a blizzard trapped Roberts at home for a week with two bored little kids and a dwindling supply of chocolate. To maintain her sanity, Roberts started scribbling a story -- a romance novel like the Harlequin paperbacks she'd recently begun reading. The resulting manuscript was rejected by Harlequin, but that didn't matter to Roberts. She was hooked on writing. Several rejected manuscripts later, her first book was accepted for publication by Silhouette.

For several years, Roberts wrote category romances for Silhouette -- short books written to the publisher's specifications for length, subject matter and style, and marketed as part of a series of similar books. Roberts has said she never found the form restrictive. "If you write in category, you write knowing there's a framework, there are reader expectations," she explained. "If this doesn't suit you, you shouldn't write it. I don't believe for one moment you can write well what you wouldn't read for pleasure."

Roberts never violated the reader's expectations, but she did show a gift for bringing something fresh to the romance formula. Her first book, Irish Thoroughbred (1981), had as its heroine a strong-willed horse groom, in contrast to the fluttering young nurses and secretaries who populated most romances at the time. But Roberts's books didn't make significant waves until 1985, when she published Playing the Odds, which introduced the MacGregor clan. It was the first bestseller of many.

Roberts soon made a name for herself as a writer of spellbinding multigenerational sagas, creating families like the Scottish MacGregors, the Irish Donovans and the Ukrainian Stanislaskis. She also began working on romantic suspense novels, in which the love story unfolds beneath a looming threat of violence or disaster. She grew so prolific that she outstripped her publishers' ability to print and market Nora Roberts books, so she created an alter ego, J.D. Robb. Under the pseudonym, she began writing romantic detective novels set in the future. By then, millions of readers had discovered what Publishers Weekly called her "immeasurable diversity and talent."

Although the style and substance of her books has grown, Roberts remains loyal to the genre that launched her career. As she says, "The romance novel at its core celebrates that rush of emotions you have when you are falling in love, and it's a lovely thing to relive those feelings through a book."

Good To Know

Roberts still lives in the same Maryland house she occupied when she first started writing -- though her carpenter husband has built on some additions. She and her husband also own Turn the Page Bookstore Café in Boonsboro, Maryland. When Roberts isn't busy writing, she likes to drop by the store, which specializes in Civil War titles as well as autographed copies of her own books.

Roberts sued fellow writer Janet Dailey in 1997, accusing her of plagiarizing numerous passages of her work over a period of years. Dailey paid a settlement and publicly apologized, blaming stress and a psychological disorder for her misconduct.

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    1. Also Known As:
      J. D. Robb; Sarah Hardesty; Jill March; Eleanor Marie Robertson (birth name)
    2. Hometown:
      Keedysville, Maryland
    1. Date of Birth:
      1950
    2. Place of Birth:
      Silver Spring, Maryland

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  • Posted January 10, 2014

    Recommended

    I enjoyed reading these three books, especially the relationships between the women, the men they married and their children. I realize the "ghost appearances and history" was the crux of the main drama in the books but I thought, at times,it was little over done. It's okay if you are into paranormal activities. The descriptions of the gardens and flowers were lovely, especially for someone who might enjoy gardening. Again, Nora Roberts is an expert writer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    Great read.Check it out!

    Nora Roberts is a great author.Great read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2010

    Enjoyed this Series

    I had purchased Book 2 "Black Rose" at a Garage Sale and didn't realize at the time it was the middle of a Series. I then had to go online and find them all. I really enjoyed reading all of the series. I don't know much about Ghosts but it did bring some reality to it. Would recommend it but the language is a bit too "colorful" for my tasts!

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  • Posted February 15, 2009

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    In the Garden trilogy boxed set

    I enjoyed reading the trilogy. The first book was a bit of a drag for me up until the 9th chapter. The books really do go into detail about the garden industry so if your into that sort of things you might enjoy reading it since you'll understand it more. The characters were realistic which was nice. I'd recommend this trilogy simply because it's a classic Nora Roberts. The ending in the first book to me was brilliant because it made me want to pick up the second. The second book was good but the third was the best by far. The ending was a bit dramatic but it should have ended when they found what they were looking for. NOt sure I was "wowed" by the ending but then I haven't been by any endings of any of the Nora Roberts books. I would recommend this book and I still look forward to any other Nora Roberts books since she does have the writing skill to keep me on the edge in the romance sector as others. ;)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2007

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    If you love Nora Roberts, then you'll definatley love this trilogy! They are definatley page turners! They'll keep you guessing.

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