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A Fine Romance: Falling in Love with the English Countryside
     

A Fine Romance: Falling in Love with the English Countryside

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by Susan Branch
 

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A thrilling ocean voyage on the Queen Mary 2 from New York City to Southampton culminating in a two-month ramble through the charming back roads and small villages of the pastoral English countryside in the spring of last year is the subject of this delicious travel journal that Susan has painstakingly hand-lettered and water colored in the way many of us have

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A thrilling ocean voyage on the Queen Mary 2 from New York City to Southampton culminating in a two-month ramble through the charming back roads and small villages of the pastoral English countryside in the spring of last year is the subject of this delicious travel journal that Susan has painstakingly hand-lettered and water colored in the way many of us have grown to love over the years.

Join Susan as she recounts her lighthearted ramble of discovery through the historical homes and gardens of art and literary heroes, along ancient footpaths, through wildflower meadows and fields of lambs, into tea rooms, pubs and antique stores. This lovely hard-cover book includes hundreds of photographs and a red ribbon sewn-in book mark. A FINE ROMANCE is a work of art, part love story, part travel guide and all dream come true.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780984913664
Publisher:
Spring Street Publishing
Publication date:
08/28/2013
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Susan Branch is the American author of the thirteen HEART OF THE HOME lifestyle books (with her new two-book memoir, there will be fifteen). There are over four million books in print, all of them homemade, hand-written, and watercolored ~ books about the home arts of cooking, gardening, homemaking, family, best friends, entertaining and the little things that make life sweet. Susan has also been designing best-selling calendars since 1993 and has licensed her art and design to many other things, from dishes to fabric to hooked rugs.

Born and raised in Southern California, Susan followed her heart to the island of Martha's Vineyard in her 30s, "unable to live any longer without four seasons and picket fences as everyday architecture." She shares her 1849 Captain's home with her two kitties, Jack and Girl, and Joe Hall, "the man of her dreams." She writes a newsletter called "WILLARD," named for her grandfather, that goes to 53,000 subscribers monthly and is is available through her blog at www.susanbranch.com.

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A Fine Romance: Falling in Love with the English Countryside 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
DELIGHTFUL!!!  A beautifully written and illustrated journal complete with the pretty watercolors that we've come to know Susan Branch by, along with lots of photographs that almost make you feel like you are there along with Susan and Joe.  This book has totally lived up to it's expectations.  An absolute MUST for any Anglophile.  I found this journal to be a sweet and enjoyable trip "across the pond"  and almost hated to see the journey end.  A real keepsake!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
CharSto More than 1 year ago
A cozy trip through the English countryside. I read this 2 times in a row because it was so great. Susan branch is the best. While she is best known for her handwritten and watercolor cookbooks, her product lines, her art, and her blog... she has come out with this wonderful book. She takes you on a journey and let's you see the English countryside through her eyes. Plus, it is a darling love story between her and her husband, Joe. Everything you want it to be... done in Susan's handwriting with photographs, inspiring quotes, and her lovely paintings included. But this book. You won't be disappointed!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Susan Branch's hand written books and several line my bookshelves. I am delighted to add this to my collection. Her hand written words read like a diary. Her charming drawings plus some of her photos transform you to the heart of English countrysides. This book is filled with ideas for travel and for your own garden. You even get some recipes!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Magical, enchanting I didn't want this book to end. Been to England, did the tourist bit , but would love to go back just to visit the castles , cottages and towns that are part of the National Trust.
AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
The first Susan Branch book I read was her lovely The Summer Book. It’s filled with many delicious hot weather recipes and quotes about summer, but what makes this book—and all of her books—special are that they are all handwritten, drawn, and painted in watercolor. At first I thought it was a font she created—and perhaps she has, I’m not sure—but a quick study of several different letters shows that no two “y’s” or “g’s” are the same. In 2012, Branch traveled the English countryside for two months with her beloved husband, Joe. They crossed on the Cunard ship Queen Mary 2 instead of flying—a much more civilized way to travel, with the added bonus of a gradual adjustment to the time difference—no jet lag! She also says it helps ease the way from the history of England to modern 21st century New York City. This is also a love story as she recounts how she met her husband 28 years ago—a second marriage for her to her soul mate, a man five years her junior, who she thought was too young for her. In 2004, they visited England and this was an encore trip. They rented lovely little cottages and flats and they were lucky to have friends to visit; one owns a lovely hotel. Their trip coincided with the 60th Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth’s reign, so there was a celebratory atmosphere throughout the country (complete with bunting!). They visited Rudyard Kipling’s house Batemans, Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Farm—her idol—the Yorkshire Dales, Jane Austen’s Chawton, Vera Sackville-West’s Sissinghurst Castle, the country house of actress Eileen Terry, along with countless local pubs, public footpaths, and gorgeous scenery. She also describes the awkward terror of driving on the different side of the road. I loved the little details that Branch describes: their cozy little cabin on the Queen Mary 2 (with private balcony!), how The Tale of Peter Rabbit (narrated by Judi Dench) played in the rest rooms of the pub near Hill Top Farm (!), uniforms in a little country grocery store, and the charming pronunciations of words (“Yowk-sha” for Yorkshire, “scuns” for scones). She has inspired me to visit England sooner rather than later. But even more than money, time is needed to savor and enjoy, which is exactly what Branch did. A delightful love letter to England and the English people.
jms41 More than 1 year ago
This book is a fantastic work of art. The drawings, the handwriting, the story completely awesome. Mi am from UK and loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Charming! A lovely travelogue. If one hasn't had the opportunity to go to England, it will make you want to go. Enjoyed the pictures, the writing, and especially the art work. ♥♥♥♥♥
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book! I could not put it down! I read it from cover to cover in one day :) I have never been on a cruise much less been to England, but she made me want to do both!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book that really makes me want to take a trip to England.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i loved every page and felt like i was on the trip with susan and her husband. the wonderful desciptions and photos and lovely art was so pleasing. of course, i've always loved all of susan's books, but this was very special. i'll never travel to england, but after reading 'a fine romance', i feel that i have been there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a delight! Susan Branch is such a talent - her wonderful text and superb illustrations put you right there with her and Joe on their fabulous trip to the English countryside. I highly recommend this soul satisfying and eye delighting journey.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think that Susan Branch has certainly made a very interesting book, I really love it, I felt I was there in the English Countryside, it made me quite home sick! I loved the way she describes every little detail of places she visited, and it was so refreshing to have it written like a diary, the photos were great and the drawings and little paintings here and there made it so delightful, I could not wait to see the next page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have found this book to be a very enjoyable read. The photos and water colors are perfect and I feel as if I am traveling through the English countryside with Susan and Joe.
EAH More than 1 year ago
I had to wait a long time to find this book and I was not disappointed one bit. It is beautifully illustrated and the travel stories are delightful. It is especially nice because it covers the almost the same time period that my husband and I visited England and Wales in the same year 2012. It brings back many delightful adventures and the challenge of driving on the opposite side of the road and dealing with heavy traffic in roundabouts. My husband dealt with that for most of the trip. I highly recommend this travel book if you are interested in going to Britain.