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Black Rose A Harper has always lived at Harper House the centuries old mansion just outside of Memphis And for as long as anyone alive remembers the ghostly Harper Bride has walked the halls singing lullabies at nightAt forty seven Rosalind Harper is a woman whose experiences have made her strong enough to bend without breaking and 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 than just a thriving business it is a symbol of hope and independence to Roz 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 of In The GardenBut now the future is under attack and Roz knows they can't fight this battle alone Hired to investigate Roz's Harper ancestors Dr Mitchell Carnegie finds himself just as intrigued with Roz herself And as they being to unravel the puzzle of the Harper Bride's identity Roz is shocked to find herself falling for the fascinating genealogist Now it is a desperate race to discover the truth before the unpredictable apparition lashes out at the one woman who can help her rest in peace 25 stars is it just me or are all of Nora Robert's stories starting to sound the same The second book in the trilogy Of course it’s excellent It’s Nora Although Mitch is a great character his story steps back from Roz and the ghost I think its a delicate balance when so many strong characters are in a story Roz’s strength seems to take center stage Enough so that I was a bit intimidated at times I mean she raised three sons started a business and jogs every day When my three kids were growing up I sometimes had trouble finding time to shower 🤷🏼‍♀️ I nearly always enjoy this author's trilogies and this is no exception I like getting to know a group of characters and then focussing on a different couple in each book but with all the familiar people on the peripheries This book was centred around the developing relationship between Mitch and Roz with a fair bit of ghostly intervention along the way It actually got a bit too creepy to read at home alone at one point All very entertaining and highly recommended I was interested to see that the romantic couple in this one were both in their late 40s Are people with adult children allowed to start relationshipsI liked both Roz and Mitch very much and their romance was a fun one to experience You could see how they came together from a need for companionship but with a stability of having secure family relationships as well This gave them space to parse their desires and the opportunity to act from a place of strength from already having healthy established family relationships in place This was an interesting dynamic and one you don't see very oftenI was ready to praise Roberts for her adroit handling of an older couple romance but as much as I like Roz and Mitch they just feel young to me so I'm not sure if she actually did pull it off While they're certainly mature they could as easily have been mid to late 30s as 40 when all is said Still that's the thing about us old folks—we don't really have to be any different than our 30 something peers maturity wise Or physically either if we take basic care of ourselves which we see both Roz and Mitch doing actuallyIf there is a downside to the book it's the over active presence of the Harper Ghost who we now know as Amelia When a selfish person goes whacko and sticks around after death the result isn't pretty I'm really not sure what the point of adding the supernatural was here though it did drive some of the story not least in that it brought Roz to Mitch Still those story elements could easily have had a better foundation and a ghost with violent tendencies detracted somewhat from my fun—particularly as we continue to get a prologue from her perspective to start us out Really not a pleasant way to start a bookA note about Steamy Like the first book this one was light on the steam A couple of scenes that weren't very long Unlike the first book these scenes were at least well done

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