Susannah’s Garden by Debbie Macomber is a story that will speak to many readers’ hearts. It is Susannah’s journey, to discover where the path not taken as a young girl in love, might have led her. It is also the story of Susannah’s transition from being the person who is tended by their mother, to being the person who needs to tend her mother.
Susannah has been married for a long time, but recently has been dreaming of her high school boyfriend, Jake. She cannot help but wonder where he is, and what he is doing now. She also wonders how her life might have been different had she followed her heart, and rebelled against a father who tried to keep tight reins on his family.
When her mother’s mental stability starts to fail, Susannah has to rush home to check the situation for herself, and determine whether Vivian can remain in the home she created; all those years ago, with her deceased husband George. The journey home brings many thoughts to the forefront of Susannah’s consciousness. Many are important, but the one that keeps fighting for prominence is what happened to Jake, and where is he now.
Susannah cannot help but decide to do what she can to find Jake. The journey she is about to embark on will have a marked effect on her life. It remains to be seen whether or not what she unearths will strengthen or destroy the family she was raised in along with the one she and her husband Joe have created together.
Ms. Macomber has written a story of family that is multigenerational, and should remind many readers of their own families. The secondary characters are strong and not superficial to the story, and in fact, Susannah’s best friend from high school, Carolyn, would make a good heroine, and I for one would like to see her story unfold into her own book.