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Susannah's Garden (Blossom Street #3)

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  9,067 ratings  ·  513 reviews
It was the year that changed everything…

When Susannah Nelson turned eighteen, she said goodbye to her boyfriend, Jake—and never saw him again. She never saw her brother, Doug, again, either. He died unexpectedly that same year.

Now, at fifty, Susannah finds herself regretting the paths not taken. Long married, a mother and a teacher, she should be happy
Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Mira (first published January 1st 2006)
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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
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
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
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
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
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
May 13, 2014 Aliya rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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 Farmer
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
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
Beverly Taylor
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
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
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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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
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
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
While reading: The 3rd in the Blossom Street series, although this book has nothing to do with Blossom Street. At 70% through (on my Kindle) I am just now getting sincerely interested in the story. And that’s only really because I just want to finish it. I have seriously never read a book that I’ve just been so apathetic about before. It’s just blaaaaah. And I’m so not interested in any of the characters and their problems.

Update: The book improved within the last 40%. But that first 60% is a lo
While most of Debbie Macomber's books are nice little stories that keep me interested -- this one was just down-right depressing. I didn't like any of the characters. They just seemed so whiney and gutless.

There wasn't much to keep me interested, but I still kept plugging away hoping that it would get better. It never really did. I wanted to shake Susannah's daughter "Chrissy" more than once. Sheesh, how could one character be so whiney and spoiled? Moreover, why would I want to read pages and
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This is a romance novel that covers young love, missed love, love in marriage and love after death. Susannah is bored with her life, which although is good, isn’t really happy. Susannah struggles with her college age daughter, her mother, her anger towards her dead father and her sense of missing something in her marriage. Susannah wonders if she married the wrong man and seeks to find her first love in her hometown while getting her mother moved into an assisted living facility with the “help” ...more
I liked this book, yet I would not read it again. The story line was engaging and well written. Yet I found the female characters a little bit weak and lacking a back bone.

Vivian's health, after loosing her husband was declining rapidly. Susannah was going through her midlife crisis. Her daughter was being a very difficult and naïve. Susannah's friend was wasting her life away because of one failed marriage...

So if I've looked only at the female characters I would not enjoy this book at all. Bu
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Probably would have given this one a 3 1/2 if halves were an option here.
I love Debbie Macomber's books, they are quick and light reads. This wasn't one of my favourites although I did still enjoy it.
I seem to be reading several books this year about the road not taken and missed opportunities. Life is full of what ifs and in this book, Susannah goes back to the town where she grew up to see her aging mother and make arrangements for her now that she's unable to live on her own. While there, f
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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)
The Shop on Blossom Street (Blossom Street, #1 ) A Good Yarn (Blossom Street, #2) 204 Rosewood Lane (Cedar Cove, #2) Twenty Wishes (Blossom Street, #5) Back on Blossom Street (Blossom Street, #4)

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