Book Review: Susannah’s Garden by Debbie Macomber

Title of Book: Susannah’s Garden

Author: Debbie Macomber

Year: 2014 (had been reprinted and published again in 2021)

Genre: Women’s fiction, romance

*SPOILER ALERT” – If you have NOT read this book yet, I would strongly suggest you go back and read the book first before you read my review. Thank you*

Quick Summary of the book: Susannah Nelson’s life is upside down at the age of eighteen. She falls in love with her boyfriend, Jake, and wants so desperately want to be with him despite the objections from her father. When Jake disappears from her life for no reason, she is heartbroken and has no other choice but to move on with her life. To make matters worse, she ends up losing her brother in a car accident. Her life will never be the same.

Now, at the age of fifty, she should be content with her life: She has a job as a teacher, a loving husband and a daughter who is trying to figure out what she wants out of life after moving into her parent’s house for the summer. Unfortunately, she is haunted by the past and what could have been between her and her long lost love. When she decides to visit her mother back in her hometown of Colville, Washington, She makes a conscious decision to go find Jake while looking after her mother, who swears up and down that she is seeing the ghost of her dead father. But the longer she stays in Colville, the longer she finds out about the secrets her father has kept from her for years…not to mention that her daughter is keeping secrets from her own by dating the new boy in town who is proving to be more dangerous by the day. Susannah suddenly realizes that some things about her past should be left buried and should be left alone…until she gets a welcome surprise that changes her life.

Overall Rating of this book: This book was okay. I was able to follow the characters in the book from beginning to end and the author did keep the twists and turns coming from the first page to the last but it didn’t have the same effect on me as her previous book had (If you want more information on my review of her other book, I will provide a link for that as well). If it was a vote between this book and the last book I read, I would definitely say that It’s Better This Way was a little better than this book. There was a part in the book where things just seemed a little outdated when it comes to catching someone doing something dirty such as stealing or cheating (Following them around physically is a lot harder to do vs. using a cell phone to track someone down instead).

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Susannah’s Garden

It’s Better This Way Book Review

Dominique Gibson

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My first love has always been writing since I was eight years old. After getting my Bachelor's Degree in Fiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago and struggling for years trying to get published the traditional way, I decided that the only way to promote my work was to promote myself which is why I am self-publishing my paranormal romance The Truson S.E.T. Series.

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