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Author: Laural Merlington,Debbie Macomber
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Susannah's Garden by Laural Merlington,Debbie Macomber



Written by Debbie Macomber. Narrated by Laural Merlington. 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.

Debbie Macomber (Author), Laural Merlington (Reader). Not wanting to miss any critical information, I swapped back to Susannah's Garden to hopefully pick up on what I missed. I listened the whole way through and it wasn't until literally the last five minutes when they even mentioned Blossom Street. So, if you're in the middle of the series like I am, skip this one.

Listen to Susannah's Garden audiobook by Debbie Macomber. Stream and download audiobooks to your computer, tablet or mobile phone. Bestsellers and latest releases. Simply book, nice twists and turns. Not exactly a 'page turner' but not bad. Anonymous. I have enjoyed Debbie Macomber's series of books around the shop on Blossom Street and picked this story up knowing that these characters would eventually intertwine with the Blossom Street characters; however, I found I immensely disliked the female lead character as well as her daughter. I think it's because I couldn't relate to them in any sense of the word.

Written by Debbie Macomber, Audiobook narrated by Laural Merlington. Your audiobook is waitin. usannah's Garden. Narrated by: Laural Merlington. Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins.

SUSANNAH’S GARDEN: When Susannah Nelson turned eighteen, her parents sent her to school abroad. She said goodbye to her boyfriend, Jake-and never saw him again. Now, at fifty, she finds herself regretting the paths not taken. Especially the chance to be with Jake. In returning to her hometown of Colville, Washington, 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

Booklist on Susannah’s Garden. Debbie Macomber’s gift for understanding the souls of women-their relationships, their values, their lives-is at its peak here. BookPage on Between Friends. Macomber is known for her honest portrayals of ordinary women in small-town America, and this tale cements her position as an icon of the genre. Publishers Weekly on 16 Lighthouse Road. Macomber offers a very human look at three women who uproot their lives to follow their true destiny. Booklist on Changing Habits. An insightful look at relationships through the interaction of four women.

Narrated by Laural Merlington. It was the year that changed everything. Not only that, she's balancing the demands of an aging mother and a temperamental twenty-year-old daughter.

Blossoom Street, Book 3. CHAPTER 1. V ivian Leary stood motionless at the corner of the street, her eyes darting from side to side. Her irises were lovely this spring, even though her garden was in sad shape. For years, it had been a source of pride and she hated the way it looked these days. She did as much as she could, but so much else needed to be done.

Susannah's Garden (Blossom Street is a Romance novel by Debbie Macomber. What she discovers is that things are not always as they once seemed.

Susannah's Garden (Blossom Street, Published April 24th 2007 by MIRA. Paperback, 400 pages. Author(s): Debbie Macomber (Goodreads Author). ISBN: 0778324443 (ISBN13: 9780778324447). Susannah's Garden (Paperback). Published May 1st 2010 by Mira. Paperback, 384 pages. ISBN: 0778328848 (ISBN13: 9780778328841). Debbie Macomber (Goodreads Author), Laural Merlington (Read by). ISBN: 1608475247 (ISBN13: 9781608475247).

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….

Reviews: 7
Nagis
I recently started listening to the Blossom Street series on audio during my commute. I was excited to start the next book, and had purchased a set of three books, including this one, Back on Blossom Street and Twenty Wishes. I noticed on the box that this one didn't say "a Blossom Street Novel" under the title on the cover image, so I did some online research to determine which book I needed to read next. I can't stand reading a series out of order. I found mixed information, but on Debbie Macomber's website, it lists this as the next book, preceding Back on Blossom Street. So, I started it.

Right away, it got into the story about Susannah and her family, etc. Ok - fine. After quite some time, I realized I hadn't heard ANYTHING about any other other regulars from Blossom Street (Lydia, Alex, Jacqueline... anybody?!), and started to get irritated. So, I stopped listening and started on Back on Blossom Street. Ahhh - there are the characters I was expecting! Right away, Lydia & friends made an appearance. Hooray! So, I just figured that Susannah's Garden happened to be written between books in the Blossom Street series and made its way onto the official series list.

BUT THEN... there is a part not too far into Back on Blossom Street that mentions a new flower shop called Susannah's Garden. Damnit! Not wanting to miss any critical information, I swapped back to Susannah's Garden to hopefully pick up on what I missed. I listened the whole way through and it wasn't until literally the last five minutes when they even mentioned Blossom Street. Spoiler Alert: Susannah buys Fannie's Flowers and calls it Susannah's Garden. THAT IS THE ONLY THING THAT LINKS THIS BOOK TO THE BLOSSOM STREET SERIES.

So, if you're in the middle of the series like I am, skip this one. If you're obsessed with DM and want to read everything she's ever written, this is a fine read. But, it really has nothing to do with the series. And, for that, I am kind of angry. They threw me off with this random story and now I need to refresh my memory on where everyone on Blossom Street left off in A Good Yarn. Ugh. Darnit, Debbie!

The story itself started really slow for me. In my opinion, there was way too much mundane day-to-day information on Susannah's mother in the first half of the story. It really poked along for me. If I hadn't been hoping to catch the linkage to Blossom Street, I would have stopped listening rather quickly. Maybe I was a little biased (in a negative way) due to the fact I was annoyed that the book didn't seem to have a connection to Blossom Street, but I thought this was the worst DM novel I've read. It picked up toward the end a bit, but even then things became pretty predictable and just so-so.

As for the audio version, the narrator's annunciation of certain words bothered me (such as the words "true" and "Coalville"). Her character voices were also pretty annoying. I'd rather the narrator not use any special voices if they can't do a seamless character voice. This lady used a shaky, loud, grumbling voice for the old man and a shaky weak voice for the mother. Perhaps the most annoying, though, was the voice she did for Chrissy, who is an almost-20-year-old. She voiced her as if she were 6, and that really bothered me. A 19-year old is a grown woman and should have a normal female voice, not that of a child. Hopefully the rest of the Blossom Street books are ACTUALLY about the crew we know and love from A Good Yarn. Fingers crossed.
Anarawield
This book encompassed all 3! It's a beautiful story & one I couldn't put down!
As usual in Debbie' s stories, the characters come alive & feel like a part of of your extended family & more friends! I'm following this Blossom St.series & am eager to go to #4. This one,#3 should definitely be read before moving on as it sets the background for the opening of Susannah' s Garden on Blossom St., right next to A Good Yarn. It is genius of Debbie & how she links them together in this series. They are awesome & a huge fan of ALL of her books as I've read many of her series.
Now time for me to jump into #4!
Akelevar
I just started book five of the Blossom Street books. Susannah's Garden was number 3. I am enjoying this series immensely. The characters are real, and their life events are common challenges that are relatable. I have enjoyed the ebb and flow of prominence of the different characters as they weave through the various stories, always coming back to the yarn shop that started it all. I would recommend this series to everyone.
WinDImmortaL
I am halfway into the book, and I'm glad I got it, though it is different from the first two. I like it much better that the first 2 books. A Good Yarn was too similar to the first book in the series. This book has some mystery, not as confusing, and much more interesting! A nice break from the yarn shop, and when I'm done, I'll be ready to go Back to Blossom Street, and will understand the flower shop, where the main character will be located.
Dianaghma
I can't say that this was a Blossom Street book other than Susannah ended up buying the flower shop. When I sit down to read a book that is part of a series I expect at least some of the characters in the series appear at some point and they didn't in this book.
I must say that I had a tough time reading this book because it was slow moving until it got close to the end. I hate books that do that, I'd rather they move at a continuous pace. It almost seemed like the author had a hard time telling the story until she got close to deadline and then the pace picked up. I also didn't like the fact that the problem with Troy Nance was never really solved, it was left up in the air with Susannah's husband saying he would "take care of it". If you are reading the Blossom Street series don't feel bad if you skip this book, I probably should have.
Hucama
It took awhile to get into this book, wondering how this story was tied into the other blossom street books. Once the main character Susannah went to Colville and ran face forward into her past the story became more interesting. She didn't realise how much the death of her father four months earlier had hastened the dementia in her mother's life. It's a good story and you do find the connection with Blossom Street,definitely worth the read.
Thundershaper
Debbie has written another good one. I enjoyed it very much and hated to see it end.

I loved Vivian, Susannah's mother, and would like to have spent more time with her.

There is only one negative I have regarding Debbie Macomber's books - they are so good, I just can't put them down so I don't get to relax and take my time savoring the contents, and then have to wait patiently for the next book.

I did figure out the "mystery" early on, but that's okay. I still enjoyed seeing how Debbie worked it all out and it did have a predictable "happy ending." In this angry, anxiety-driven world we live in, we can all use some happy endings, can't we?

Susannah's Garden was an enjoyable read and I am looking forward to the sequel as I get the feeling there will be a sequel - The Yarn Shop and the Florist...interesting possiblities on the way.
This is one of the Blossom Street books. I have now read almost all of the series and plan to keep them and read them again. Loved the characters, felt like they were friends, struggled through their problems and rejoiced through the good times with them. Debbie Macomber is a great writer and really makes her readers anxious for the next book.