Thursday, January 15, 2009
Susannah's Garden by Debbie Macomber
Just as Susannah was completing another year of teaching she had a disturbing phone call about her mother. Since her father had died Susannah's mother had been extremely lonely, her memory had gotten worse and now she was accusing her long time housekeeper of stealing. The only thing to do was visit Vivian in her home and observe her behavior. Then decide what to do. Coleville had not changed much since her childhood so visiting was a nice change. Susannah reconnected with Carolyn, her best friend for years and enjoyed getting reacquainted. Though Vivian did not want to leave her home she agreed to move into a facility after her late husband paid her a visit. Several times he visited Susannah's mother which pleased her but worried her daughter. Susannah's daughter, Chrissie, decided to help packing in Coleville since packing up years of memories and household items was a huge task. And she felt unwanted and bored at home. Chrissie met Troy and became thrilled by his attentions. His reputation worried Susannah and Carolyn but Chrissie thought her mother would say anything against him to ruin her enjoyable relationship. As Susannah continued to pack her father's papers she learned of more disturbing decisions and actions that turned her life around. Trying to tie up loose ends just raised more questions and the answers were unsettling. If only she could just go home to her husband. But somehow she would learn the truth and keep her family together.