Sunday, May 29, 2016

Susannah's Garden by Debbie Macomber

Title:  Susannah's Gardden
Series:  Blossom Street #3
Author:  Debbie Macomber
Publication Date:   May 1/07 by MIRA Books
Length:  394pgs
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  own
My Rating: ★★★
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Back Cover Blurb:

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 only that, she's balancing the demands of an aging mother and a temperamental twenty-year-old daughter. Her mother, Vivian, a recent widow, is having difficulty coping and living alone, so Susannah goes home to Colville, Washington. In returning 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....

My Review:

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 that allowed me to get to know them all very well.

All in all I think my biggest issue with this novel was the fact that I don’t really understand how this novel fits into the Blossom Street series (other than a single sentence at the end). It seemed out of place for me.

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