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Detailed Plot Synopsis of Blue Dahlia

Stella is a young woman and mother of two boys who is still reeling from the death of her husband. She moves from Michigan to Memphis to be closer to her family and to work as a nursery manager for Roz Harper. She moves into Roz's mansion with her two sons and begins reorganizing Roz's business.

She butts heads with the landscaper, Logan, but annoyance soons turns to attraction and she finds herself embroiled in a wild romance. To make things better, Logan is great with her children. There is only one problem, a ghost who doesn't want them together.

Stella thinks she's losing her mind when she sees a ghost singing to her children. However she soon learns that Roz, all the boys who used to live in the house, and Hayley, a young pregnant cousin of Roz's who comes to live with them, have all seen the ghost. The only problem is the ghost is now hostile to Logan and Stella. Can they overcome their difficulties and avoid a dangerous, meddlesome ghost?
This report prepared by Rachael High





Jove, Nov 2004, 7.99, 384 pp.
ISBN: 051513855X

In Southfield, Michigan Stella Rothchild is making dinner when strangers arrived to tell her that her beloved husband Kevin died in a freak accident. Stunned, not long afterward, she leaves Michigan with her two young children for Memphis to get away from the memories.

Two and a half years later in Memphis, Stella has become manager of a nursery on the grounds of the Harper Mansion. Owner Rosalind Harper persuades Stella to move into the large house with her two boys. The work is fine and Stella enjoys her battles with landscaper Logan Kitridge, which slowly brings her back to life. As they begin to fall in love, the angry lunatic ghost The Harper Bride haunts the mansion as she has for over a century seeking children, especially infants. Stella wants to know why in order to protect her offspring, but the truth goes back to 1892 to one of Roz's ancestors and his mistress.

Harriet Klausner
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner








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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Action/suspense subplot?    -   Yes Action:    -   the ghost chased me!

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   business executive    -   laborer/blue collar Age/status:    -   20's-30's Sex makes him    -   confident    -   blissful    -   sensitive

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   small businessman    -   business executive Effect of sexing    -   confident    -   less bitchy/arrogant    -   blissful

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast    -   Deep South City?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   Fancy Mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death What % of story is romance related?    -   80%    -   nearly 100% How explicit is the sex?    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   actual description of sex    -   Boob talk    -   Vagia talk    -   Weiner talk Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog How much sexing?    -   3-4 sex acts

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