After all that had happened in book one, I had to know how things would go on with the Harpers. Guess I read all three books of this trilogy in one single swoop. These books are so worth your time – believe me. Filled with hilarious scenes, dialogues, and the perfect mix of romance, passion, and a slightly spooky setting. 

Black Rose
by Nora Roberts
In the Garden Trilogy #2
Publisher Berkley on June 1, 2005
Genre Novel
Pages 355
Format Paperback
Source Library

At forty-seven, Rosalind Harper is a woman whose experiences have made her strong enough to bend without breaking – and to 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 Rosalind, 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 on In the Garden. Hired to investigate Rosalind Harper´s ancestors, Dr. Mitchell Carnegie finds himself just as intrigued by Rosalind herself. And as they begin to resurrect old secrets, Rosalind is shocked to find herself falling for the fascinating genealogist – even when he learns more about her than anyone has before … 
The Harpers are still trying to solve the mystery of the Harper bride and discover her story. In order to achieve a result more quickly, Rosalind engages the genealogist, Mitchell Carnegie, as she must find, extremely attractive man who fascinates her from the first moment and still forces her to be careful. She is no longer twenty, has family and responsibility for a thriving company, and after her humiliating divorce from Bryce Clerk, she is no longer looking for a man anyway. So while Mitch reads death registers, birth certificates, and diaries page by page in the Harper library and tries to track down the Harper bride, Rosalind pursues her daily passion of growing, caring for people, and caring for her plants in her greenhouses. She is a loving grandmother for the little one Lily and has a watchful eye and ear when it comes to her loved ones. But Mitch creeps into her heart incessantly and that does not please a being in the house at all: Amelia, the house spirit. When Rosalind finally has to fight for her life in a hot bath in her own way of making itself understood, it is over for Mitch, her eldest son Harper and the other residents of Harper House with the peaceful one indifference to the Harper bride. As this becomes increasingly angry and aggressive, it is clear to everyone that they are getting closer to the secret of Amelia and the well-kept family secret and the solution is within reach. But before you continue to deal with it, there is a pleasant event in the house. The wedding of Stella and Logan. But as it is in life, even with such a joyful event, one cannot miss the charm and house spirit Amelia shows what she is capable of when she is pushed to the extreme. 

With “Black Rose”, Nora Roberts has conjured up a wonderful family story in a delicious quick-witted and original way, which has no shortage of wit, lively dialogues, and fantastic landscape and scene descriptions and which literally captivates the reader from the first word to the last and dreamily entertains. The author offers such great scenes as the one in the Country club when Rosalind elegantly persuades her ex-husband Bryce to confess his crimes in public, or when she engages in a divine battle with her aunt Rissy without losing her temper or get loud. 

With a brilliant choice of words and in her unmistakable style, Nora Roberts captured the atmosphere of Harper´s Garden and its inhabitants, which makes reading the pages a real pleasure. The author names things by name, speaks a clear language that always suits every character and every situation and, when reading, causes outbursts of joy, stunned shaking of the head, or amused smiles. 

Rosalind Harper is the perfect mother for every reader. Not because she would be perfect, on the contrary, but because she is able to use her mother´s instincts excellently, interprets it absolutely correctly and, despite all her inner fears, doubts and conflicts always has an open ear and arms for the others around her. Her pride has been more than scratched by her ex-husband Bryce, she is annoyed by her own stupidity and yet shows a fantastic mastery in every scene with him, does not fall out of the role although she had every reason to do so. No, her behavior is elegant, dignified, and full of a level. Only once, in the presence of Hayley, does she explode and provide the reader with an absolute bombastic and eloquent scene. Holy smokes!

This novel offers excitement, great emotions, a dash of drama, wit, and a lot of passion. An absolute reading pleasure and the curiosity and anticipation for the last part is inevitable. 

Happy reading

Nora Roberts
Nora Roberts ©Bruce Wilder

Nora Roberts, born in Silver Spring, Maryland, is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels. During the now-famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write. It was there that a career was born. Several manuscripts and rejections later, her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, was published by Silhouette in 1981. Having spent her life surrounded by men, Ms. Roberts has a fairly good view of the workings of the male mind, which is a constant delight to her readers. It was, she’s been quoted as saying, a choice between figuring men out or running away screaming. Nora is a member of several writers groups and has won countless awards from her colleagues and the publishing industry. Recently The New Yorker called her “America’s favorite novelist.” She is also the author of the bestselling futuristic suspense series written under the pen name J. D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.


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