Debbie Macomber is one of my favorite authors and I never miss her HC release each spring. SUSANNAH'S GARDEN will not disappoint loyal fans and will entertain and welcome new readers. This time around, Debbie throws in a little mystery along the way, which to be honest, wasn't too hard (for me, anyway) to figure out early on.
Susannah is a woman nearing 50 who finds herself returning home to care for her ailing mother, convincing her that it's time she move into an assisted living facility. In addition to making this tough decision, she's stuggling with doubts and questions about a long-lost love, who abruptly left her while she was studying in Paris many years ago. She's also missing her father, who died about a year ago & who she had not gotten along with since she was in her early 20's. To further complicate things, her teenage daughter, home from college for the summer, has decided to come & stay with her to help her get her mom's house ready to sell, but instead, finds herself fallling for the local "bad boy" & spending every waking moment with him, against Susannah's better judgment & wishes.
Mothers, wives, daughters and women in general will identify with Susannah as she makes some of life's hardest decisions, trying to find herself and figure out how life got so hard & what has led her to this stage in her life. With so many unanswered questions and difficult choices to be made, Susannah cannot find peace within herself and be happy with her life until she finds the answers she thinks she's looking for.
As she sets out on a journey to find the answers that she needs, we meet her friends & family and even a few enemies, who cause Susannah to look at her life from an entirely different angle and see things she never imagained would be possible. Doubts come into play, as well as more unanswered questions, all leading up to Susannah's "happliy ever after."
The end of the story seemed to wrap up a little too neatly, but I enjoyed the journey of Susannah's self-discovery, and imagine it's a journey most women take around this age. I wouldn't say it's Ms Macomber's best work of fiction, but it's certainly worth the read. Debbie Macomber knows women and writes for them so that everyone can identify with her characters. She writes about today's women experiencing real problems in a real world and her characters can be anyone's friends & family, neighbors and loved ones.
If you're a fan of Debbie Macomber, I'm sure you will enjoy & appreciate SUSANNAH'S GARDEN, but if you've never read a Macomber HC & you're a woman who likes a good book about real issues facing today's women in an entertaining, emotional way without coming off as preachy, you should give it a try. I don't think you'll be disappointed. If you do like this book & have never read any of Ms. Macomber's prior HC novels, go back & try BETWEEN FRIENDS or THURSDAYS AT EIGHT - - I think these are two of Ms. Macomber's best works of fiction (BETWEEN FRIENDS is one my favorite all-time books!). Looking forward to future HC novels - Keep up the great work!