Now, at 50, she finds herself regretting the paths not taken. Especially the chance to be with Jake...Long married, a mother and a teacher, she should be happy. But she feels there's something missing, although she doesn't know exactly what. Not only that, she's balancing the demands of an aging mother and a temperamental 20-year-old daughter.
Because her mother, Vivian, a recent widow, is having difficulty coping and living alone, Susannah prepares to make some hard decisions. 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.
What she discovers is that things are not always as they once seemed. Some paths are dead ends. But some gardens remain beautiful.
©2006 Debbie Macomber; (P)2006 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Laural Merlington's clearly enunciated voice breathes life into Macomber's moving novel about mid-life expectations....Merlington expertly fills Susannah's voice with hopefulness as she faces her ghosts and looks forward to the future." (AudioFile)
I should have listened to the narrator before starting this book, the American accent was awful.
I will revisit it and try and get a spark.
Wow Debbie Macomber is such a wonderful writer. I loved this book and the ending was a such a surprise. How marvelous.
The narrator was great !!! Just the type of listen I enjoyed while driving to and from work ! Good story !
I really loved the narrator. She changed her voice with each character, so it was very easy to tell who was talking. The story was good & kept my attention. Enjoyable!
"Was not expecting the outcome."
Yes. It was real and had a good twist.
George- a man of many ways.
Carolyn's friends dinner.
When George helped Vinian home.
Voices of the males are quite similar.
"Great Narrater pity about the plot . . ."
Susannah is portrayed in my opinion for most of this book as a flaky, brainless, stubborn, woman who seems to want to risk all for basically flimsy, and all the wrong reasons and whose daughter appears to be made from the same die . . .
A few parts of the book, the ending and a good narrator (Laural Merlington) save this book as do some of the "secondary characters" such as Susannah's mother and her old friend Carol
I must admit I never guessed the twist at the end . . . but knew one was coming and Susannah and her daughter appear to regain their sanity which they lack in spades for most of the book and right at the very end we get given a quick short tie in to Blossom Street.
I had to stop listening and go to another book for awhile in some parts of this book, but stuck it out to the end and glad i did.
Debbie Macomber is an excellent author but i don't think this is one of he better books.
That of course only my opinion and judging by other scores and reviews not wildly held by others who read/listened to this book.
This book is more a tie in rather than about Blossom Street.
"Never saw that coming!"
surprising, loving, great read
don't know. Could have done the male voices differently
When Doug's true identity is discovered
"Not Even Done & Love Love Love IT!!!!"
Well, not even done just yet, but I'm so pulled in to the story - - trying to figure out the ending! LOVE IT!
I use to read Debbie Macomber years & years ago, but just recently found her on Audible.com & decided to try to catch up. So glad! I'm addicted!!! I'm on my 4th book!!!!!! =)
Riveted can't get enough, I can not say enough good about Audible and about Debbie Macomber
"Nice Sweet Story"
Good portrayal of dealing with an aging parent and questions of midlife boredom. Not terribly exciting, but a good read.
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