In MARTHA'S VINEYARD, ISLE OF DREAMS, Susan packs up her broken heart and flies away from California to follow her long-time dream of living in New England and experiencing the four seasons. Having fallen in love with Martha's Vineyard (an island off the coast of Massachusetts) during a short visit seven years earlier, Susan decides it would be the perfect place to stay for a three-month period "just to try it." When she gets there, she slowly comes to realize that nothing is the same, that everything has changed, and so much of it is new. She finds healing in the sea and surf that surrounds the island; she sees magic in snowstorms and autumn leaves, lobster dinners, heart shaped rocks, ferry boats, mittens, winter clothes, fireflies, deep woods, daffodils, church bells, and the discovery of a tiny cottage in the woods that becomes her first "house of creativity" and her inspiration for writing her first book. Starting over is the theme of this book, and the slowly dawning revelations in Susan's struggle to make her dreams come true.
|Publisher:||Spring Street Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||6.50(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)|
About 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 water colored ~ 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have just finished this book and could not get over here fast enough to write a review. You will laugh. You will cry. You will be reminded of everything good in the world. It reaches into your soul and and dances on your heartstrings. A "memoir" that reads like a novel and like nothing you have read before. It's like talking with your best girlfriend on her way through self discovery. The highs... the lows... It's funny and light and heartbreakingly deep. Her struggles and triumphs are lived like they are your own. Handwritten type, with gobs of Susan's original watercolors, photos, recipes, and inspirational quotes. You will fall in love with Susan on her brave journey and how she reminds you of what is really important in life. I raced to the end and read it all in one long sitting. I will go back and reread it to savor all the gorgeous details. And I will read it again and again throughout the years because it will be like an old friend. Destined to be a classic. I cannot properly put into words how beautiful this book is and a perfect book to give all the women in your life. The 3rd release in a trilogy including, The Fairy Tale Girl (prequel) and A Fine Romance: Falling in Love With The English Countryside (sequel). All just as wonderful. Buy this book!!! You will not be disappointed!!! Not familiar with Susan? Checkout what started it all... Heart of the Home: Notes From a Vineyard Kitchen. And her glorious blog where all her Girlfriends meet and share. [...] You can buy her books there and get an autographed copy!!!!
Loved this continuation of The Fairy Tale Girl, did not want it to end. Love her writing!