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Susannah’s Garden

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I just finished reading Susannah’s Garden by Debbie Macomber. I really enjoyed her “Blossom Street” books, and since I knew that Susannah would eventually end up there, I decided to check it out.

I really enjoy Debbie’s books because they are so easy to read. I’m used to reading books that have a deep plot and several metaphoric meanings. Books that have history and are descriptive of certain time periods. Books that are over 500 pages long and seemingly take forever to read.

There is nothing wrong with either type of book and I do enjoy them all. But lately these quick reads are a nice distraction and help me fall into a hard and fast sleep.

Susannah’s Garden was a great book. I do wish that she would have developed the other characters like Carolyn and Chrissie a bit more, but I think that I’m used to her other books where each chapter is about one of the characters and you really get to know them.  However, I really enjoyed the story and even got a little sad as I read about her mother’s struggles with growing old.

One thing that my friends and I always seem to discuss when we talk about Debbie Macomber’s books, is the foul language. I realize that the language is probably less vulgar than what we’re bombarded with on every day television, but really… do we need it in these charming books? I think not.

As someone I consider a Christian author, I think that Debbie should hold herself to a higher standard and make her books totally clean. They will be just as enjoyable, and I won’t hesitate to let my daughter read them in a few more years.

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