What a fantastic end to this trilogy. It was a great reading pleasure and as always, the perfect mix of fun, passion, and romance the author knows so brilliantly to write about. If you don´t know the author yet, this trilogy is a wonderful way to get started. For all other fans of her, this is a must-read.

Red Lily
by Nora Roberts
In the Garden Trilogy #3
Publisher Berkley on November 29, 2005
Genre Novel
Pages 351
Format Paperback
Source Library

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 Rosalind, 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 – including Rosalind´s son Harper. To Hayley´s delight, her new daughter Lily has really taken to him. But to Hayley´s chagrin, she has begun to dream about Harper – as much more than a friend. It Hayley gives in to her desire, she´s afraid the foundation she´s built with Harper will come tumbling down. Especially since she´s begun to suspect that her feelings are no longer completely her own. Flashes of the past and erratic behavior make Hayley believe that the Harper Bride has found a way inside of her mind and body. It´s time to put the Bride to rest once and for all, so Hayley can know her own heart again – and whether she´s willing to risk it …
Hayley has settled in well with her little daughter Lila at Harper House and is happy. She has a home, a family, work she enjoys, and a cute little daughter, yet she longs for something: Harper Ashby. But he appears to her as far away as the moon and just as inaccessible. Because he is the firstborn of her boss Rosalind Harper Ashby and is therefore absolutely forbidden. But Hayley´s yearning and feelings for Harper are getting stronger. But one has something against this blossoming love, the angry soul of Amelia, the house spirit of Harper House. She disturbs and shows her destructive anger wherever she can and makes life difficult for the family. Harper, Hayley, and the rest of the family see only one way to bring her soul to rest and that is to find out what really happened to Amelia and her child in Harper House around 1890 …

Sentimental and extremely romantic, Nora Roberts skillfully interweaved passion and drama into a wonderful plot. Her characters are clearly and lovingly described, the scenery is depicted in wonderful colors, and yet the reader has enough space for their own imagination. It is a poem to read as the author describes the flora and blossom in the gardens and yet does not appear cheesy or overloaded. The dialogues are funny, entertaining, and amusing and I burst into laughter more than once when Rosalind or Hayley talked to one of the other characters or gave in to their thoughts. 

Nora Roberts described her characters impressively in a few words, especially Hayley. I had to wipe a tear from my cheek more than once as I accompanied her in her fight against Amelia while reading. On the one hand, Hayley trusts her natural mother instinct, but on the other hand, she also has a bad conscience not doing enough for her baby. She also constantly struggles with the feeling of no longer being attractive, since she absolutely withdraws herself as a woman and is primarily just a mother with comfortable and practical clothes and an equally functional hairstyle. An absolutely realistic, convincing, and highly likable main character. 

Extremely dramatic and romantic. Only one can write like this: Nora Roberts. Soulful and exciting from the first to the last page. An absolute page-turner and a must for every Nora Roberts fan. 

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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