Susannah's Garden

Author: Debbie Macomber

Publisher: Mira Books

Release Date: May 2006

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4.5

Format: PRINT

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Susannah's mother is having a difficult time adjusting to the recent death of her husband. When Susannah hears of her problems, she goes back to her hometown to spend some time with her over the summer. She also uncovers some of the past.  Susannah was sent to school abroad when she was eighteen. She never saw her boyfriend Jake again and her brother was killed while she was away. She never forgave her father for not letting her come home.

Susannah loves meeting her old friends and wishes she could find out what happened to Jake. She often wonders if her life would have been different if Jake hadn't disappeared. One of Susannah's rivals from high school, Sharon, still has the same disposition and refuses to help her find Jake but taunts her about still hearing from him. To make matters worse, her daughter has taken a shining to Sharon's son.


Susannah's mother has relented to moving into a nursing home but still insists that she has seen her late husband. The move is emotional for everyone involved and Susannah often wonders if it would have been easier if her brother were alive to help.


Debbie Macomber explores the "what if's" of taking different paths in life. The characters are complex but easy to relate to. SUSANNAH'S GARDEN examines the intricate relationships between a parent and kids. As a parent, you always wonder if what you have done is always the best thing from the child's perspective. The truths that Susannah uncovers reveal a lot of her father. I had a hard time putting down this book and fell in love with Susannah. SUSANNAH'S GARDEN is a great, insightful read that you will love.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Kim Atchue-Cusella

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