Susannah's Garden (Blossom Street Series #3)

Susannah's Garden (Blossom Street Series #3)

by Debbie Macomber
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Susannah's Garden (Blossom Street Series #3) by Debbie Macomber

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 again, either. Doug died in a car accident that same year.

Now, at fifty, she 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, although she doesn't know exactly what. Not only that, she's balancing the demands of an aging mother and a temperamental twenty-year-old daughter.

Her mother, Vivan, 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 as they once seemed. Some paths are dead ends. But some gardens remain beautiful….

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778328841
Publisher: MIRA
Publication date: 05/01/2010
Series: Blossom Street Series , #3
Pages: 379
Sales rank: 355,949
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Debbie Macomber, with more than 100 million copies of her books sold worldwide, is one of today's most popular authors. The #1 New York Times bestselling author is best known for her ability to create compelling characters and bring their stories to life in her books. Debbie is a regular resident on numerous bestseller lists, including the New York Times (70 times and counting), USA TODAY (currently 67 times), and Publishers Weekly (47 times). Visit her at


Port Orchard, Washington

Date of Birth:

October 22, 1948

Place of Birth:

Yakima, Washington


Graduated from high school in 1966; attended community college

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Susannah's Garden 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 89 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Take one Seattle family: 1 mother, teacher 1 father, dentist 1 son, successful college student 1 daughter, average college student, drama queen, immature 1 aging widowed grandmother beginning to need assisted living 1 family secret childhood friends a high school antagonist a small home town. Give each character a thread and weave a summer tapestry that evokes the aroma of a summer garden and a sweet and sour after taste of the drama of life. Debbie Macomber is an expert story weaver, taking the threads of characters¿ lives and intertwining them into a satisfying story with the promise of future happiness. Add a dash of mystery and a pinch of bittersweet regret. Mix into a believable and satisfying story that will linger in your memory long after you've closed the novel.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Now fifty Susannah Nelson, wife to her husband Joe who adores her and mother to two wonderful teens (Chrissie and Brian), enjoys teaching fifth graders in Seattle. Not everything is perfect in her life as her dad George recently died and her mom Vivian seems increasingly incapable of taking care of herself. However, what eats at her soul most is recent dreams of her first love from high school Jake Presley. --- When Susannah turned eighteen, her parents sent her overseas to school. She said her goodbyes to Jake, her brother Doug and her parents not realizing that she would never see her boyfriend or sibling again. Not long after she left, Doug died in a car crash and Jake vanished. Feeling an obsession to know what happened to Jake, Susannah returns to Colville, Washington allegedly to settle her mother in a nursing home. As friction at home suddenly rises from her college aged daughter turned rebel, Susannah with help from a private investigator begins to learn the truth of what happened over three decades ago that tie Jake's disappearance with Doug's death. --- SUSANNAH¿S GARDEN is a fascinating character study that makes the case that hiding facts in order to protect a loved one is not necessarily doing that person any favors. Susannah is an intriguing protagonist as her family cherishes her though a revolt by her daughter has begun and she loves teaching yet finds increasingly pondering choices made for her when she was eighteen until she fixates on learning what happened. Though the support cast seems one-dimensional in comparisons to the fully developed deep star, fans of poignant contemporary tales will appreciate this deep look at a middle age adult struggling to come to terms with the pivotal year in her life though over three decades have passed. --- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Debbie's books and have truly enjoyed this series, but this book was surprisingly dull. It was so slow to get my interest, and I kept trying to figure out how it even tied into the rest of the series.  Was glad I got it from the library and did not purchase this book of the series. 
sofablue More than 1 year ago
I thought this book did a great job of expressing mid life. Filled with memories, what could have beens, mysteries, and finally understanding things when looked at from the adult point of view versus that of youth. In a way, it's a coming home again, crossroads kind of story. I was so happy when the threads began to be answered, that the main character could truly see the people in her life with clear eyes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being a fan of Debbie Macomber, I was eagerly awaiting 'Susannah's Garden'. It was a quick read with an edge of mystery that kept me wanting more until the very end. Debbie really pulls you in to what her characters are experiencing emotionally I love that about her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed reading this book.... plus i have enjoyed reading all of Debbie Macomber books so far. thanks
CJ_Stand More than 1 year ago
As always I love Debbie Macombers work and have read almost everything she has written or at least trying to catch up to all of them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story dragged and I was bored but then the ending was really good and made reading the book worth it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Debbie Macomber keeps getting better and better. This book has so much depth. Debbie writes such wonderful books that really touch your heart. Susannah's Garden: Susannah is 50 years old, married with 2 children but is wondering about the paths not taken. She has been having dreams about her first love, Jake, even though she has a loving husband and it has been 30 years since she has seen or heard from Jake. She plans a trip to her hometown in Washington to visit her mother, see friends and try to find what happened to Jake. At 18, Susannah's parents had sent her abroad and she lost touch with Jake, and never saw her beloved brother again as he died in an accident while she was away. While on her journey, Susannah finds things are not always as they seemed, including the poor relationship she had with her father. Debbie ties everything very nicely together in this must read book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Susannah Nelson is a member of the sandwich generation. On one side, her mother is deteriorating into a world of fantasies and unable to cope with the necessity of being placed in assisted living. On the other, her daughter in college is dissatisfied with the choices she's been forced to accept to please Susannah, and is rebelling by getting involved with a shady young man. Caught between the two crises, Susannah begins to examine her own life and discovers a mystery in her past that is relevant to the present. She also discovers herself. ........................... Though somewhat meandering and melancholy, this is a sensitive book that will speak to anyone who has lost a loved one by inches or come into conflict in the parent/child relationship. The mystery angle seems a bit forced, but it does add something to the novel.
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can you help me explain to her that my parentas are hades and athena?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"They did something that you dont wanna do"
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mishasmom63 More than 1 year ago
Like all of Debbie Macomber'S books, it is a delightful story about family and friends. Susannah goes hone to care fir her Mom and faces her past as well. She has much to deal with as well as the joy if reconnecting with old friends. I'm sure you will enjoy this story.Find a comfy corner, get your favorite drink, and spend an zfternoon immersed in Susannah's Garden.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed all the Blossom St books, this was my last one to read in this series
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musicloverVF More than 1 year ago
Am reading this series of Blossom Street Series Books by Debbie. Once I start reading a book, I can't put it down. She is so creative in keeping one's interest peaked until the very end.
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
Another engaging book by Debbie Macomber. This story takes a long look at how an individual’s past emotional attachments can forever affect their personal memories of others. Their perspective can be right or wrong and until they sort out the truth the emotional aspect cannot be sorted out. It is a long and twisted road that Susannah has to travel in this book. After traveling this road she has a much clearer view of her currant relationships as well.
Kilburn More than 1 year ago
This books was another great addition to the Blossom Street Series. Enjoyed it lots !
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KR10FL More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining! Easy read.
taxdeva More than 1 year ago
kept my interest waiting to see how this would all end