by Nora Roberts

June 2005
ISBN: 0515138657
Reviewer Graphic Button Jove Books
Mass Market Paperback

Rosalind Roz Harper has lived her whole life in Harper House. Shes also lived with the Harper Bride, a ghost who visits young children at night, singing to them. With the help of her houseguests, Roz has decided to have the Bride investigated. Thus enters Dr. Mitchell Carnegie. Hes going to trace the Harper family to find the woman in hopes of helping Roz put her to rest. When Roz and Mitch start to have a more personal relationship, the Bride starts to have temper tantrums that quickly turn from frightening to dangerous.

In this story, the second installment of the In the Garden trilogy, the reader gets to spend more time with Roz Harper, her ghost, and the genealogist, Mitch Carnegie. Roz has become my favorite heroine so far. She is strong, outspoken, and so independent that its hard for her to lean on anyone; especially the man shes coming to feel strongly for. Roz has an innate ability to be a socialite one moment and a hard-working nursery owner the next. Mitch is sweet and endearing in his myopic ways. He focuses hard on Rozs family, yet as he comes to learn more about the woman and her relatives, Mitch comes to love the woman in all her intricate facets. With the ghost showing more madness in this book, the story takes on a more suspenseful aura.

While this tale focuses on the romance between Roz and Mitch and the progression of the Harper Bride, the continuation of the romance of Stella and Lance and the budding relationship between Haley and Harper, as well as the addition of Rozs ex-husband Bryce (the fiend), of this well-rounded story will have you holding your breath, fuming in anger, and sighing with passion. I thoroughly enjoyed Black Rose, as I expected to, and cant wait for the next and final installment of In the Garden.

Reviewed in May 2005 by Vikky.

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