Thursday, September 29, 2011

"Susannah’s Garden" by Debbie Macomber

Sorry, cats weren't cooperating to model for me today.
Susannah's Garden by Debbie Macomber is a romance novel that covers young love, missed love, love in marriage and love after death.  Susannah is bored with her life, which although is good, isn’t really happy.  Susannah struggles with her college age daughter, her mother, her anger towards her dead father and her sense of missing something in her marriage.  Susannah wonders if she married the wrong man and seeks to find her first love in her hometown while getting her mother moved into an assisted living facility with the “help” of her daughter.  As Susannah hunts down her first love, hangs out with her best friend from high school, and packs up her parents things, she makes some enlightening discoveries which made the ending very interesting.

I loved the cover and liked some of Debbie Macomber’s other books so chose to read Susannah’s Garden.  I think the title and cover of this book are misleading.  For example, the cat belongs to a neighbor and is mentioned only once.  “Susannah’s garden” was mentioned twice and not until the last third of the book.  I would have chosen “Stupid Susannah,” “Judge Dad” or “Peace with the Past” instead.  I kept thinking Susannah was stupid through most of the book.  I liked this book okay, but it is all about relationships and the most action was when Susannah’s mother moved into the assisted living facility so it’s not a page turner.  My favorite character was Vivian, Susannah’s mother.  I felt sad for her having to leave her home just because she got lost one day and claimed to see her dead husband.   

If you want a good book about a garden, I recommend either The Midwife’s Confession by Diane Chamberlain or Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah.
Have you read this one? What did you think of it?

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