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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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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.

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  • s
  • 07-06-17

Blossom street?

Not sure how this is book 3 in the Blossom street series. Good book overall but when listening to the books in order it didn't seem to fit well. Maybe on book 4 it'll make more sense

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Great book but not so great the performers voices for each character

I love the author so much that the story is self is wonderful. I have listened or read to several of her books. Her writing is such that you can just visualize everything about the characters and the scenery and the details of each of her books. However, the performance of the reader was less than desirable. The voices that she used to portray the different characters definitely needed improvement. I think at times it would've been better just to listen to the computer/Siri read the book rather than listen to this performer use her different voices. I would recommend this book as far as reading it but not to listen to it because of the performers lack of talent with different voices.

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Loved it!

The narrator was great !!! Just the type of listen I enjoyed while driving to and from work ! Good story !

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AZ Granda

I really loved the narrator. She changed her voice with each character, so it was very easy to tell who was talking. The story was good & kept my attention. Enjoyable!

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Was not expecting the outcome.

Would you listen to Susannah's Garden again? Why?

Yes. It was real and had a good twist.

Who was your favorite character and why?

George- a man of many ways.

Which scene was your favorite?

Carolyn's friends dinner.

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

When George helped Vinian home.

Any additional comments?

Voices of the males are quite similar.

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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
  • 05-01-13

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

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  • Andrea
  • LEAGUE CITY, TX, United States
  • 11-10-12

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!!!!!! =)

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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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  • Kym Enefer
  • 01-19-17

Susannah's Garden

Love this book as with all of Debbie Macomber books Susannah Garden is well written lots of surprises x loved all the characters with great twists x lovely story

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  • Lindy
  • 10-08-15

Very slow

Rather slow. Clear where the end is going to. Not one of the best in the collection. Easy listening.

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  • PB
  • 07-09-13

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.