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Old Boyfriends (Blossom Street #3)

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When Susannah Nelson turned 18, her parents sent her to school abroad. She said goodbye to her boyfriend, Jake - and never saw him again. Years later, Susannah finds herself regretting the paths not taken. Returning to her past, she discovers that things are not always as they once seemed.
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Published July 1st 2007 by Mira Books (first published January 1st 2006)
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Melissa Elder It is part of Blossom Street but more of an offshoot. You don't have to read it to understand the rest of the series.
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Julie
Jun 10, 2008 Julie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book thinking it was a sequel to The Shop on Blossom Street. And Blossom street was only mentioned at the very end of the book. I was hoping for something more like Blossom Street and instead I got a book full of characters that I disliked intensely and a story that only kept me reading to find out the answer to the mystery behind the story. I was glad when it was over and I was disappointed that the characters who deserved it never got their comeuppance and the characters the reader ...more
Heather Chandler
This is a book that you are supposed to read befor "Back on Blossome Street" It isn't part of the series but yet it is. I was a little upset with having to read the whole thing to finelly figure out in the end why I should read it befor the final book in the series. Like I said you don't have to read it but it is a good idea to do it. It helps in the last book so you know the characters. I did like the book I was just trying to figure out how it all went together the whole time I was reading it ...more
Christel
May 01, 2008 Christel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: debbie-macomber
I think I liked this one the best. Things sometimes change in mid-life, call it a midlife crisis or whatever, but they do. I love the way the author spins her tales and develops her characters in the storyline
Andrea Guy
Jun 12, 2010 Andrea Guy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Debbie Macomber's books never disappoint. EVER. Susannah comes back to her hometown to deal with a mom with failing mental capabilities and a 20 year old daughter that is getting mixed up with the wrong guy.

As always, Debbie focuses more on relationships rather than love and passion. Her books touch your heart, because there's something about everyone's life in Debbie's book.

Susannah is in a rut when she goes home to Corville. She's frustrated with life and maybe a little bit frustrated with her
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Me
Dec 29, 2015 Me rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although this is part of the Blossom Street series, it could also work as a stand-alone. One of the best books describing problems of the sandwich generation, it also depicts some of the heart-breaking situations that dementia can cause in families.
Patty
Jul 06, 2014 Patty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book but keep wondering why this was considered a 3rd book in the series until it finally mentioned at the end that tied it in. I really enjoyed how she ties end everyone in at the end
Pam
Sep 23, 2007 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
TITLE/AUTHOR: SUSANNAH'S GARDEN by Debbie Macomber
RATING: 4.5/B+
GENRE/# OF PGS/PUB DATE: Romance, 347, 2006
TIME/PLACE: Present, Colville, WA
CHARACTERS: Susannah Nelson/50 yr old teacher mother to Chrissie &
daughter to Vivian
COMMENTS: Susannah returns to her hometown to take care of her mother. Since her father's death, her mother's mental & physical health has been going downhill. Going home brings back memories of high school and a her last boyfriend. She's heard nothing about Jake for
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Sabrina
I liked this book also, mainly because it was about a character that I read about in one of her other books. This one was not as fun to read, because the main character seemed to be hung up on finding answers on her old boyfriend even though she we now 50 years old and married for 25 years. It seemed that she was desperated to find out information that she just needed to let go. I did like the ending and how everything did work out between all characters. This author tends to have happy endings ...more
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Susannah Leary Nelson is still grieving over her father's death. She and her father never really got along nor has she forgiven him for not letting her attend her brother's funeral. Susannah's mother Vivian is having difficult time letting go of her husband George. She's losing things, forgetting important dates and names, and losing weight too. Susannah returns to her hometown with mixed feelings and haunted by dreams from her first love Jake Presley. What Susannah finds stuns her greatly. Susa ...more
Aliya
May 13, 2014 Aliya rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of romance, people having familial difficulties
Shelves: family, growing-up
This is the first Debbie Macomber book I've read. I picked it up at a book sale, though I'd never heard of the author. The book got progressively better, and went up from 3 to 4 stars towards the middle.

It explores the relationship between parent and child, and how we only learn that our parents do/ say stuff for our own good once we grow up. We find it so difficult to understand this as adolescents, especially when it comes to boys we like ;)

I've never read a book like this one before, but I
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Elizabeth
One summer, in middle age, Susannah returns to the home of her childhood to help her mother move into assisted living. Being "home" brings up all sorts of memories of growing up there. She searches out her closest friend from that time, Carolyn, who is still living in the town. They rekindle their friendship and begin resolving issues from that long ago time. Carolyn had bad feelings toward her now deceased father who was protecting her from an unsavory boyfriend. History repeats itself when Sus ...more
Cathy Cramer
This is the 3rd installment of the Blossom St. series, but it was completely unlike the others in the series so far. The other two books are about women's friendships and lives intertwining. This book is a mystery, and all the characters are different than in the prior two books. The main character is trying to arrange eldercare for her mother and solve the mysteries from the past of her family, while trying not to make the same parenting mistakes that her father did. The story brings up the que ...more
Tracy
May 11, 2016 Tracy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an entertaining book but I wanted to strangle Susannah's daughter every time she did or said anything. She was a whiny brat that took no responsibility. It was annoying. Susannah was also making me mad because she wouldn't tell her husband anything about what she was doing or dealing with. There were some twists I didn't see coming. Fun book.
Jeanine Lent
I did enjoy the book, but I found myself getting very annoyed with both Susannah and Chrissie. Susannah should have talked with her daughter. She kept her mouth shut, at all the wrong times. A mother needs to speak with her almost-grown daughter, without judging her, without being "bossy." She can speak with love, teaching her about respecting herself & taking care of herself. In the end, of course, the "adult" child will make her own decisions, but you can be a very good influence. Susannah ...more
Alice Harbin
I read this book some time ago; probably about 2012. I enjoyed it then. It begins with an older woman getting lost in her own neighborhood. She is aware of her dilemma, but unable to solve it on her own.
A woman after 23 years of marriage is haunted by dreams about a teenage lover who her father forbade her to see. Her mother is failing mentally and she returns to her childhood home to take care of her as well as to find her lost lover. Her daughter joins her only to fall in love with a untrustw
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Barbara
Feb 13, 2016 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this to be an enjoyable book. I could relate to many of the situations addressed in this book. There were many times when I wanted Susannah to stand up to her daughter, but I felt that Susannah was paralyzed by the situation she found herself in. She was in the typical "sandwich" generation. She was dealing with her elderly mother while trying to deal with her difficult college-aged daughter. My only disappointment about this book was that one part of the story line was not resolved. It ...more
Jen Manceau
This one ties into The Blossom Street Series, however, I didn't realize that until I read Back on Blossom Street, a nice surprise. Thought the book was good, was glad I read it because it does tie into the others which I really enjoyed reading.
Christy
This is a great novel about missed opportunities. At age 50, Susannah Nelson has returned to her hometown. Her father died six months earlier and her mother took his loss very hard. Susannah's mother suffers from what seems as early Alzheimer's. Susannah makes arrangements for her mother in an assisted living facility.

Susannah never got over her brother Doug's death or the abrupt end of her relationship with her boyfriend, Jake. She somehow feels her father is to blame...

Yet, upon her return hom
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DJ
Nov 14, 2015 DJ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
I am enjoying audio books as I travel back and forth to work these days...
With a 20 something brat of a daughter and having to deal with placing her mother in a care home, it's no wonder Susannah feels unsure of herself! Stuck on a lost connection in the past, wanting to reconnect with a lost beau, she hires a P.I. to find him and learns alot more along the way. What she learns helps her to deal and become closer to her husband, as well as her mom and daughter. It also enables her to form a new
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Tessa
Feb 02, 2016 Tessa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was an interesting tie into the Blossom Street series since none of the book actually takes place on Blossom Street. However, at the end it becomes apparent how it will all tie in together. I found the main character, Susannah, to be quite annoying. I know there was a grand mystery to the whole book and a part of her life that she had been lied to about, but she just abandons her husband and seeks after some high school boyfriend and makes a million other hurtful mistakes in-between. W ...more
Charlene
Feb 10, 2015 Charlene rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was going to be more about the relationship between a mother and daughter and reconnecting with a past love -- exploring the what-if and what might have been. Based on this premise, I was surprised and felt this story was also about protecting others, hidden identities, minimizing damage, and letting go.

I have read several of Macomber's books and felt this story was unlike the others. The details of the characters and their lives lacked the same depth as other of Macomber's
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Beverly Taylor
Jul 27, 2015 Beverly Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THIS WAS A VERY GOOD READ. I CAN READ HER BOOKS ALL DAY LONG. IF ONLY EVERYONE COULD WRITE LOVE LIKE DEBBIE MACOMBER.
Susan
Jun 18, 2014 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book got better toward the end. I read the first two Blossom Street novels and this one was related but until the last page, I didn't know how. At the end of the book, the main character Susannah, decides to open a flower shop next door to Lydia's yarn shop "The Good Yarn" on Blossom Street in Seattle. There were times I was frustrated with Susannah and her relationship with her daughter, 19-year old Chrissie. Overall, it was an interesting read and now I can continue on with Debbie Macombe ...more
Melissa
Jul 07, 2014 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. It wasn't exactly a sequel, but Susannah does eventually gets to Blossom Street. Unlike the other books in the series, this book focuses on Susannah, not Lydia, not A Good Yarn, just Susannah and dealing with her mother and her past. She finds herself dealing with her aging mother whose memory is fading, a yearning to know what happened with an ex boyfriend, her feelings for her husband, and dealing with her daughter.

All and all this was a good read with a lot of unexpected
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Nicolette Kernohan
When Susannah Nelson returns to Colville, Washington to look after her ageing mother, she renews old friendships, digs up past memories and contemplates reviving an old romance. However, Susannah soon discovers more about her family, her friends and herself than she could ever have imagined.



Susannah finds herself wondering what her life could have been like if she had taken another path. Her life is in a bit of a rut. She teaches fifth grade in Seattle and lives with her husband Joe and two adol
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Susan Baranoff
It took me a while to get onto why this was included in the "Blossom Street" series of books. It seemed to be a stand alone story.... and then I read the author's notes at the end. I get it.

This was a fascinating book. I have cared for family members with Alzheimer's and Ms Macomber's ability to portray not just the caregiver's distress and point of view, but to also put voice to the confusion that must be going on inside the dementia victim was pure genius. The details of accusations and "Stole
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Chris
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Drebbles
Apr 08, 2010 Drebbles rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
Susannah Nelson is returning to her hometown of Colville, Washington to help her mother Vivian, who is recently widowed and not coping well. While Susannah's main reason for the visit is to help her mother, she has another reason - to reconnect with old friends, especially her high school boyfriend Jake. Even though Susanna is happily married with two children, she can't help wonder how Jake is doing. What she discovers will not only change her marriage but her relationship with her parents (inc ...more
Debbie
Aug 19, 2009 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At age 50, Susannah Nelson finds herself regretting the paths she has taken in life...often thinking in "what-ifs". She should be happy, she's been married for quite awhile, is a mother and a teacher but still feels that something is missing, but not sure what.

In addition to her own musings regarding her lifepath, she is also dealing with a temperamental 20 year old daughter (haven't we all been there?!) and an aging mom who recently became a window. During her summer break, Susannah heads back
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Lindsay
Apr 10, 2010 Lindsay rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've tried to read this book twice, and it keeps calling to, so I tried to read it a third time and finished. It wasn't anything special or life changing. It's about Susannah who comes home to put her elderly mother into a home and then to clean out the house (or so she says, there wasn't a whole lot of cleaning going on). When she gets there she decides to look up her high school boyfriend to see why he stopped writing to her when she was in France many, many years ago. This of course makes her ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Blossom Street (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • The Shop on Blossom Street (Blossom Street, #1 )
  • A Good Yarn (Blossom Street, #2)
  • Christmas Letters
  • Back on Blossom Street (Blossom Street, #4)
  • Twenty Wishes (Blossom Street, #5)
  • Summer on Blossom Street (Blossom Street, #6)
  • Hannah's List (Blossom Street, #7)
  • A Turn in the Road (Blossom Street, #8)
  • Starting Now (Blossom Street, #9)
  • Blossom Street Brides (Blossom Street #10)

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