Susannahs Garden:When Susannah Nelson turned eighteen, her parents sent her to school abroad. She said goodbye to her boyfriend, Jakeand never saw him again. Now, at fifty, she finds herself regretting the paths not taken. Especially the chance to be with Jake. In returning to her hometown of Colville, Washington, to her parents house, her girlhood friends and the garden shes always loved, she also returns to the pastand the choices she made back then.
Back on Blossom Street:Theres a new shop on Seattles Blossom Streeta flower store called Susannahs Garden, right next door to A Good Yarn. Susannah Nelson, the owner, has just hired a young widow named Colette Blake. A couple of months earlier, Colette had abruptly quit her previous jobafter a brief affair with her boss. To her dismay, hes suddenly begun placing weekly orders for flower arrangements!
Twenty Wishes:Anne Marie Roche wants to find happiness again. At thirty-eight, her lifes not what shed expectedshes childless, a recent widow, alone. She owns a successful bookstore on Seattles Blossom Street, but despite her accomplishments, theres a feeling of emptiness. On Valentines Day, Anne Marie and several other widows get together to celebratewhat? Hope, possibility, the future. They each begin a list of twenty wishes, things they always wanted to do but never did. Anne Marie begins to act on her wishes, and when she volunteers at a local school, an eight-year-old girl named Ellen enters her life.