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Susannah's Garden

(Blossom Street #3)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  12,498 ratings  ·  752 reviews
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. But she feels there's something missing in her life. Not ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 24th 2007 by MIRA (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.…moreIt is part of Blossom Street but more of an offshoot. You don't have to read it to understand the rest of the series. (less)

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Jun 10, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another fantastic Blossom Street book! This one technically didn't take place on Blossom Street, but at the end it ties it into the series lol. The ending was SO amazing Cannot wait to read the next one ...more
 Readaholic Jenn
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not one of my favorite Blossom Street books but it's still good.
Heather Chandler
Aug 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Vi ~ Inkvotary

It was a bit of a surprising, that the structure of this novel was totally different from the one, the first two books show.

Susannah is feeling that something needs to change. She isnt happy with her current life and missing something. What if she rebelled against her father during her teenage years and done things differently? And why is she dreaming of her past boy-friend Jake? When she gets informed, that her mother isnt able anymore to live alone, Susannah has to make decisions she
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
I picked this up at a library book sale and read it while emptying my mother's storage unit. I wanted something light at the end of the day. This was oddly parallel to my daily tasks - Susannah goes to her childhood home to move her mother with memory issues. You would think I would want to avoid a book about what I was dealing with, but I kind of liked hearing about someone else dealing with similar things. I gave it 4 stars not because of great writing (the plot is a bit far fetched), but just ...more
Dec 03, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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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
This book is so gripping! It's my favorite Debbie Macomber book that I have read thus far. There is a little bit of mystery, a lot about growth, healing, relationships, family life, and new directions. I will read this one again. Thank you for sending it to me, Jennifer!
Dec 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, print
This was an emotionally turbulent novel. Hard choices are made that affect so many lives. Macomber’s inviting writing shines through in every aspect of the tale. This was an interesting tale but not nearly as captivating as the 1st two novels in the series. Susannah’s opinions and prejudices permeate everything. The entire novel revolves around her need to do something that may not necessarily be in everyone’s best interest. Through it all, Macomber develops her cast of characters in a manner ...more
Nov 02, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Monique Pearson
Apr 01, 2018 rated it liked it
This story was barely connected to the Blossom Street series and that was disappointing. I did enjoy the twist at the end but I spent the whole book trying to figure out how the hell these people connected to the characters I'd met so far. Totally off track from the series. I felt it was unnecessary to read at least at this point.
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love all of Debbie Macomber books this one had such a great meaning to it with the right choices and paths a person takes in their lives times change when you take one path and than wish you would have taken another path instead and her garden was great I can relate to that as I like to garden too
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did not expect to enjoy this book as much as I did! After reading some reviews, I knew that it would be unlike the previous two books in the Blossom Street series. For the first half of the book, I was only mildly entertained. Susanna, Carolyn and Chrissie appeared to be nice people albeit somewhat ditzy. Then it got better! Now I am looking forward to Book #4 of the series.
Vivian Leary's husband died and she was experiencing symptoms of Alzheimer's. She was out walking and lost. She saw her husband and he took her back home. She thanked George and went to bed. She continued to see her dead husband over the summer only no one believed her.
Susannah was Vivian and George's daughter. She married Joe Nelson after her first boyfriend, Jake, moved away while she was attending school in France. He had asked her to marry him before she left but she was only 17 and didn't
Jun 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
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,
Andrea Guy
Jun 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book

Unlike most of the Blossom Street books, the primary setting for this book is Colville, not Seattle. However, just as in her other books, Macomber has created a wonderful story line. Susannah learns that you do what you have to do for your children because you love them.
Dec 26, 2015 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.
Jen Manceau
Sep 19, 2008 rated it liked it
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.
Jun 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Debbie knows how to keep my interest. She writes books from her heart and I love everyone of her stories.

She is the best women's story teller around!

This one was a lovely story about Love!
Beverly Taylor
Jul 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Deejay Gardner
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this series. It was about day-to-day trials and friendship.
Kim Smiley
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this story even though some of the characters really, REALLY annoyed me.

Susannah goes back to her childhood home after learning that her mother has been going very senile since her father's death. Her neighbors think she's not able to live on her own anymore. Susannah has been having dreams of her high school boyfriend Jake as well. She feels things were so unsettled when she left to have her last year of school in Europe with her best friend Carolyn. Jake and his father were gone when
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Susannah's Garden is the third installment in the Blossom Street series but it really should be a prequel or separate entity to itself as the only mention of Blossom Street (and the other shops) is in the last five pages. The story focuses on three women from three different generations within the same family who's lives become intertwined when Susannah, our main character, has to move back home to care for her elderly mother Vivian after her father has died. That's when Susannah's 20 year old ...more
1 star for the first half of the book and 3.5 stars for the end. The 3 main characters are: Susannah, a 50 year old, disgruntled 5th grade teacher who doesn't appreciate her husband or her life; Vivian, Susannah's mother is depressed after her husband's death and she is having memory episodes and she is angry about moving into an assisted living facility; and Chrissie, a VERY immature, lazy, spoiled and whiny 20 year old. (I have 2 daughters Chrissie's age and I would be mortified to be ...more
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Susannah Nelson; teacher of fifth grade student's in Seattle, where she lives with her husband Joe. They have two teenagers Brian; who still lives at home and Chrissie away at college. Susannah classes herself as happy in her marriage; so why is she dreaming of her teenage boyfriend Jake? Joe notices Susannah isn't her self an thinks she hasn't dealt with the death of her father. As school is about to break up, she get's a call from
Christine Roberts
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Susannah is returning to her hometown to look in on her mother. But what she finds is not what she expects. Since her father's death a few months ago, her mother has lost weight, is having memory problems, and was recently lost when out taking a walk. Susannah does not want to, but knows she must place her mother in an assisted living facility. Her mother Vivian is not going to go without a fight. While dealing with all of this, Susannah has been having recurring dreams about her first ...more
Apr 21, 2019 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book about a woman, Susannah, returning to her home town to take care of her mum and then re-connectiing with her high school friends. For some reason, leading up to this return home, she'd been dreaming of her high school sweetheart, Jake. Jake had disappeared at the same time as her Susannah's brother, Doug, had been killed in a car accident while Susannah was spending the year in France at boarding school. Susannah had decided to look Jake up while she was home. She gets ...more
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I liked this book better than the others in the series that I have read. I am not trying to read them in any order. I will say that it didn't have much to do with Blossom Street. I listened to audio and the daughter was made to sound very immature---not sure if I would have read her to be as bad. The voice they chose made her sound more like 13 than 19. I loved the voice of the grandmother. I think everyone reaches a point in their life where they think back to the past and say "what if"..... ...more
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Other books in the series

Blossom Street (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • The Shop on Blossom Street (Blossom Street, #1)
  • A Good Yarn (Blossom Street, #2)
  • 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)
  • Blossom Street Collection Volume 1: The Shop on Blossom Street\A Good Yarn\Susannah's Garden\Back on Blossom Street