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Susannah's Garden | [Debbie Macomber]

Susannah's Garden

When Susannah Nelson turned 18, her parents sent her to school abroad. She said goodbye to her boyfriend, Jake - and never saw him again. She never saw her brother again, either; Doug died in a car accident while she was away. Now, at 50, she finds herself regretting the paths not taken. Returning to her home town, she finds that some paths are dead ends. But some gardens remain beautiful.
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Publisher's Summary

When Susannah Nelson turned 18, her parents sent her to school abroad. She said goodbye to her boyfriend, Jake - and never saw him again. She never saw her brother again, either; Doug died in a car accident while she was away.

Now, at 50, she finds herself regretting the paths not taken. Especially the chance to be with Jake...Long married, a mother and a teacher, she should be happy. But she feels there's something missing, although she doesn't know exactly what. Not only that, she's balancing the demands of an aging mother and a temperamental 20-year-old daughter.

Because her mother, Vivian, a recent widow, is having difficulty coping and living alone, Susannah prepares to make some hard decisions. In returning to her hometown of Colville, Washington, to her parents' house, her girlhood friends and the garden she's always loved, she also returns to the past - and the choices she made back then.

What she discovers is that things are not always as they once seemed. Some paths are dead ends. But some gardens remain beautiful.

©2006 Debbie Macomber; (P)2006 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Laural Merlington's clearly enunciated voice breathes life into Macomber's moving novel about mid-life expectations....Merlington expertly fills Susannah's voice with hopefulness as she faces her ghosts and looks forward to the future." (AudioFile)

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    Stella Gibsonville, NC, USA 09-07-09
    Stella Gibsonville, NC, USA 09-07-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Susannah's Garden"

    Wow Debbie Macomber is such a wonderful writer. I loved this book and the ending was a such a surprise. How marvelous.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Captain Skurvy Queensland, Australia 08-31-13
    Captain Skurvy Queensland, Australia 08-31-13 Member Since 2008

    I like Fantasy & Science Fiction but not into Zombie. Due to Health issues, listen to Audiobooks/read ebooks where I can enlarge the print

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    "Great Narrater pity about the plot . . ."

    Susannah is portrayed in my opinion for most of this book as a flaky, brainless, stubborn, woman who seems to want to risk all for basically flimsy, and all the wrong reasons and whose daughter appears to be made from the same die . . .

    A few parts of the book, the ending and a good narrator (Laural Merlington) save this book as do some of the "secondary characters" such as Susannah's mother and her old friend Carol

    I must admit I never guessed the twist at the end . . . but knew one was coming and Susannah and her daughter appear to regain their sanity which they lack in spades for most of the book and right at the very end we get given a quick short tie in to Blossom Street.

    I had to stop listening and go to another book for awhile in some parts of this book, but stuck it out to the end and glad i did.

    Debbie Macomber is an excellent author but i don't think this is one of he better books.

    That of course only my opinion and judging by other scores and reviews not wildly held by others who read/listened to this book.

    This book is more a tie in rather than about Blossom Street.

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    DJ CANTON, TX, United States 05-01-13
    DJ CANTON, TX, United States 05-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Never saw that coming!"
    If you could sum up Susannah's Garden in three words, what would they be?

    surprising, loving, great read


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Susannah


    What does Laural Merlington bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    don't know. Could have done the male voices differently


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Doug's true identity is discovered


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea LEAGUE CITY, TX, United States 11-10-12
    Andrea LEAGUE CITY, TX, United States 11-10-12
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    "Not Even Done & Love Love Love IT!!!!"
    Would you listen to Susannah's Garden again? Why?

    Well, not even done just yet, but I'm so pulled in to the story - - trying to figure out the ending! LOVE IT!


    Any additional comments?

    I use to read Debbie Macomber years & years ago, but just recently found her on Audible.com & decided to try to catch up. So glad! I'm addicted!!! I'm on my 4th book!!!!!! =)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Limerick, ME, United States 08-01-12
    Sandra Limerick, ME, United States 08-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Love it"

    Riveted can't get enough, I can not say enough good about Audible and about Debbie Macomber

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    Karla livingston, TX, United States 06-11-10
    Karla livingston, TX, United States 06-11-10
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    "Nice Sweet Story"

    Good portrayal of dealing with an aging parent and questions of midlife boredom. Not terribly exciting, but a good read.

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    "I still havent finished this one"
    What would have made Susannah's Garden better?

    I should have listened to the narrator before starting this book, the American accent was awful.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Debbie Macomber again?

    Probably not


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I will revisit it and try and get a spark.


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