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Summary

When Susannah Nelson turned 18, her parents sent her to school abroad. 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 while she was away.

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.

Critic reviews

"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)

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Susannah's Garden

Love this book as with all of Debbie Macomber books Susannah Garden is well written lots of surprises x loved all the characters with great twists x lovely story

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Very slow

Rather slow. Clear where the end is going to. Not one of the best in the collection. Easy listening.

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  • 09-07-13

I still havent finished this one

What would have made Susannah's Garden better?

I should have listened to the narrator before starting this book, the American accent was awful.

Would you ever listen to anything by Debbie Macomber again?

Probably not

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I will revisit it and try and get a spark.

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Another superb book

I really love Debbie Macomber books. Susannah’s Garden is another truly wonderful story from this talented storyteller. Thank you for your talent in storytelling.

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  • 06-07-17

Blossom street?

Not sure how this is book 3 in the Blossom street series. Good book overall but when listening to the books in order it didn't seem to fit well. Maybe on book 4 it'll make more sense

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  • Stella S. Gerringer
  • 07-09-09

Susannah's Garden

Wow Debbie Macomber is such a wonderful writer. I loved this book and the ending was a such a surprise. How marvelous.

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  • 20-12-20

Relaxing listen

Not a superb book, but a pleasant enough listen whilst stitching. Storyline is not exciting so am glad I was stitching at the same time, if listening was my sole activity I would feel bored. On a positive note, I like that these book is about middle aged women, not a demographic often written about.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-12-20

Taken Back

I was taken back that this was book 3 of a series. I was waiting and waiting for Lydia's name and trying to connect these characters to the 2 previous books. This book for me was more of a mystery. Nice story.

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  • Katjandu
  • 12-08-18

Debbie Always Gives My Heart A Lift

I couldn't wait to know this story. Chrissy wasn't the only one who matured, Susannah did too. And I think I did and I read this story. Maybe she'll write a sequel.

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  • Debbie S.
  • 18-01-18

wonderful story

I loved this
A+ for Debbie Macober
her books are always super awesome 😍 😍

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  • Trish
  • 10-12-16

Great book but not so great the performers voices for each character

I love the author so much that the story is self is wonderful. I have listened or read to several of her books. Her writing is such that you can just visualize everything about the characters and the scenery and the details of each of her books. However, the performance of the reader was less than desirable. The voices that she used to portray the different characters definitely needed improvement. I think at times it would've been better just to listen to the computer/Siri read the book rather than listen to this performer use her different voices. I would recommend this book as far as reading it but not to listen to it because of the performers lack of talent with different voices.

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  • Judes
  • 07-10-16

Loved it!

The narrator was great !!! Just the type of listen I enjoyed while driving to and from work ! Good story !

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  • Paula A Cummins
  • 02-08-15

AZ Granda

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!

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  • loia kosvic
  • 10-07-15

Was not expecting the outcome.

Would you listen to Susannah's Garden again? Why?

Yes. It was real and had a good twist.

Who was your favorite character and why?

George- a man of many ways.

Which scene was your favorite?

Carolyn's friends dinner.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When George helped Vinian home.

Any additional comments?

Voices of the males are quite similar.