Three womenâ€”Stella, Rosalind, and Hayleyâ€”come together at a time when what they each need and want is gone forever. For Stella, that would be her husband, Kevin, who died in a plane crash too young. The fact that she can never return her sonsâ€™ innocence to the way things were before their fatherâ€™s death. It would also be the knowledge that she needs somethingâ€”anythingâ€”to bring her back to life, to the land of the living, a reason for getting up each day that includes something besides the needs of her children.
And so, she comes to Harper House, a grand estate that could be a rival to Tara. Not just to the house, but also to the thriving nursery and landscaping business, In the Garden, that Rosalind Harper herself built from the ground up. Stella needs this job as manager, needs it more than sheâ€™s needed anything in a very, very long time. A new home, a new beginning, a new reason for being.
When she meets Logan Kiteridge, the landscape designer, her world is thrown into more chaos. As if the gay housekeeper/cook/babysitter, David, a quiet-as-a-mouse Harper heir who is more comfortable around plants than people; and a mysterious long-lost-relative to Rosalind on her dead husbandâ€™s side of the family tree, who just happens to be alone and pregnantâ€”isnâ€™t enough!
But what Stella learns most at Harper House is that new beginnings donâ€™t always come easily. Learning to let go of one love and embrace another is hard work, and when you throw into the mix the Harper Bride, who just happens to be a ghost, things can get a little complicated. Desires long dormant, a young, pregnant woman who radiates joy, a mistress of an empire who lost one love and was deceived by anotherâ€”these three women are the basis of a story you wonâ€™t soon forget.
As Stella learns to trust Logan, she opens herself and her sons to his love and devotion. The three womenâ€”now friendsâ€”delve into the mystery surrounding the ghost that haunts Harper House. Is it the ghost of a woman who once lived and died in the house? Was she a maid or a nanny? Perhaps, a mistress?
BLUE DAHLIA is a wonderful book on so many fronts. Although itâ€™s the story of how Stella and Logan learn to love again, itâ€™s also about the friendship of three women, all with the need of starting over. BLACK ROSE, the second installment, is set to debut June 2005, and is the story of Rosalind Harper, I can only imagine what Ms. Roberts has in store for us.