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“What a wonderful book. I really love Debbie Macomber! She always writes heartfelt story that are not sappy. I love the ending, I never saw it coming.”see full review » see other reviews »
“HB-B @ 2006, 6/07. When Susannah Nelson returns to her childhood home to help her recently widowed mother cope with dementia, she discovers things are not always what they seem. Good.”Diane Wachter wrote this review Monday, June 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Loved it! Beautiful ending!!!!!”Jessica T wrote this review Monday, March 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ipod”Lori wrote this review Tuesday, January 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“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 question of the untraveled path. What untraveled path in your past makes you wonder how life would have been different? It was an interesting read, although perhaps the daughter Chrissie was a little more clueless than was believable. And Carolyn should have recognized some things, too. I had most of it figured out, but it still was a pleasant read. This book, like the other two, came from my mother-in-law.”Cathy C wrote this review Wednesday, January 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I wasn't sure if I would like this book at the begining, put as I read, I found out that I could not stop reading it. The characters became real to me and I enjoyed read it.”Jeanette R wrote this review Monday, July 23, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I didin't understand how this was in the Blossom Street series until the end.”Cara wrote this review Tuesday, November 15, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Sweet book, loved it.”peachesandolivia wrote this review Wednesday, October 19, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I was expecting a sappy romantic-comedy and instead got what turned out to be a mystery. It was still quite enjoyable!”Kate Pendo wrote this review Wednesday, October 5, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“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” of her daughter. As Susannah hunts down her first love, hangs out with her best friend from high school, and packs up her parents things, she makes some enlightening discoveries which made the ending very interesting.
I loved the cover and liked some of Debbie Macomber’s other books so chose to read Susannah’s Garden. I think the title and cover of this book are misleading. For example, the cat belongs to a neighbor and is mentioned only once. “Susannah’s garden” was mentioned twice and not until the last third of the book. I would have chosen “Stupid Susannah,” “Judge Dad” or “Peace with the Past” instead. I kept thinking Susannah was stupid through most of the book. I liked this book okay, but it is all about relationships and the most action was when Susannah’s mother moved into the assisted living facility so it’s not a page turner. My favorite character was Vivian, Susannah’s mother. I felt sad for her having to leave her home just because she got lost one day and claimed to see her dead husband.
If you want a good book about a garden, I recommend either The Midwife’s Confession by Diane Chamberlain or Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah.”