Susannah’s Garden by Debbie Macomber

>> Sunday, March 22, 2009

Genre: Fiction
Series: #3 in the Blossom Street series
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 347
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After reading Little Bee I was ready for a bit of brain candy. I’m going in for some surgery on my back on Wednesday and was really looking for something light and enjoyable for this weekend. Normally Debbie Macomber’s books are light, predictable and enjoyable breaks for me. This one was a disappointment.

Susannah Nelson is fifty years old and suddenly obsessed with finding her long lost lost high school boyfriend, despite a long happy marriage. When her mother starts showing signs of declining health and ability to live on her own, Susannah decides to take her summer off from teaching to return to her hometown to help her mother and find out what happened to the high school sweetheart.

By this point I was not that interested, but because I’ve enjoyed Macomber’s books in the past, I stuck with it. I shouldn’t have bothered. Susannah and her daughter are both rather annoying characters and I wasn’t that interested in seeing either one get what they thought they wanted. I had figured out the ending twist about halfway through the book.

I really only read this because I knew it had a tangential relationship to the Blossom Street series, but that connection is nearly non-existent. I’ll stick with the Blossom Street series and the Cedar Cove series, but just can’t recommend this particular book.


Joy 3/22/2009 5:42 PM  

I rated this one a 1.5 (Ugh!).

A successful surgery and speedy recovery thoughts are being sent your way. :)

Lynne 3/22/2009 5:43 PM  

I didn't like this one either.

Get well wishes being sent to you!

SuziQoregon 3/22/2009 5:43 PM  

Joy - thanks! I really do enjoy her Cedar Cove and Blossom Street books, but this one was just bleah.

SuziQoregon 3/22/2009 5:44 PM  

Lynne: I think you warned me that this one was worth skipping. I should have listened. :-)

Red lady-Bonnie 3/22/2009 5:54 PM  

I read this one awhile ago and don't remember disliking it that much. I do remember that it was one of my least favorite of Macombers. Sorry it didn't work fo you Suzi! I have her newest book in the Blossom Street Series (advanced reading copy) and will be reading it this week and writing a review.

Hoping that your sugery is a success and you have a stack of good books lined up to read as you recover!

SuziQoregon 3/22/2009 6:01 PM  

Bonnie - thanks! I'll be looking forward to your review of the next Blossom Street book. Back on Blossom Street is the next one for me in that series.

Literary Feline 3/22/2009 7:03 PM  

I am sorry you didn't care for this one. I am going to be reading my first Debbie Macomber book soon (not this one) and I'm looking forward to it.

I hope the surgery goes well and that you have a quick and smooth recovery.

SuziQoregon 3/22/2009 7:11 PM  

Literary Feline: Thanks! What Macomber book are you going to be reading?

Literary Feline 3/22/2009 7:58 PM  

I'm going to be reading Summer on Blossom Street. I know it's not the first one in the series, but it's one I got for review, so I'll be starting there. :-)

Kay 3/22/2009 8:33 PM  

I've enjoyed the Blossom Street and Cedar Cove series by Macomber. I did not read this one. Somehow, I missed it or maybe I started it and couldn't get into it. Can't remember. Anyway, Susannah appears tangentially in later Blossom Street books, but is not a main character. I've recently read Summer on Blossom Street and wrote a review.

Hey, hope your surgery goes fine and you are back feeling well soon.

Les 3/23/2009 5:06 AM  

Oh! I hope your surgery goes well and that you have a quick recovery, Suzi. I'll keep you in my thoughts on Wednesday.

Thanks for the honest assessment of this book. Definitely a pass for me!

Note to self: Start the Cedar Cover series!!

Liz 3/23/2009 9:41 AM  

I've found Debbie Macomber to be kind of uneven. Or maybe it's my reaction to her books! I believe I started this one and fairly put it in the "life's too short to finish" pile. So I have to agree with you... Am just starting Maeve Binchy's latest -- I think i've read 4 pages, so I can't recommend it yet, but I usually like hers. And I enjoyed Flying into the Sun by Ginger Blymyer. It's a relationship story (as opposed to thriller, mystery, etc.) with a glamorous woman whose life changes in ways she couldn't foresee. If you liked "Bridges of Madison County" you'll like this one, too. Loved the ending...

Good luck on the surgery! Bring some books for the recovery.

SuziQoregon 3/23/2009 5:39 PM  

Literary Feline: I'll be looking forward to hearing what you think of it.

Kay: you didn't miss much ;-) and thanks for the pre-surgery thoughts.

Les: thank you!! and yes - stick with the Cedar Cove series.

Liz: I agree, she can be uneven - partly due to the sheer volume of her writing - formulaic, but I've found that if I stick with the Cedar Cove and Blossom Street books she's just what I need when I'm in the mood for light, quick reads.

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