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Susan Branch

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I'm the author of the Heart of the Home series of hand-written and watercolored books, and most recently, a three-part illustrated memoir that begins with The Fairy Tale Girl (as the appetizer), goes to Martha's Vineyard, Isle of Dreams (for main course), and then (for dessert) it's A Fine Romance, Falling in Love with the English Countryside. (You can take the girl out of the cookbook, but you can never take the cookbook out of the girl.) Hope you love them. I've been waiting a long time to tell this story.

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Susan Branch My newest book, Martha's Vineyard, Isle of Dreams is all about how I wrote and sold my first book, and the inspiration for doing it . . . but I probab…moreMy newest book, Martha's Vineyard, Isle of Dreams is all about how I wrote and sold my first book, and the inspiration for doing it . . . but I probably don't have to tell anyone on Goodreads the answer to that question, especially for children, is "read" -- read like crazy, read everything, and also, keep a diary. I didn't know I would grow up to be a writer, so I didn't quite "plan" it, but I kept diaries all my life, which turned out to be a wonderful way of practicing without even knowing I was doing it. And, if I were to start over, I would take every creative writing class I could find because I see now how good practice is. It isn't just the writing, it's the story, so also I would suggest you go out and live and learn and apply those things so you have something to write about. Hope this helps!(less)
Susan Branch Hi Kim, Thank you so much! I keep the decorations for the kitchen and the mantle over the living room fireplace in the bottom of a sideboard in our di…moreHi Kim, Thank you so much! I keep the decorations for the kitchen and the mantle over the living room fireplace in the bottom of a sideboard in our dining room because I like to do those spots first (and this way I don't have to ask Joe to go get them). But for the tree ornaments, door decorations, all those sort of bigger things, they go into the attic. In general, when I think storage, I think hutches . . . they are a huge help if you have any room for them. Merry Christmas Kim! (less)
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"I LOVED this book. Charming and wise, a great reminder of what's important in life...friends, nature, coziness, and creativity. This book feels like it found me at just the right time when I needed it. I always knew Susan's work as a watercolor artis" Read more of this review »
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"This is a unique style of book. It really fits where I am in life just now, so I am giving it 5 stars. A sequel to 'The Fairy Tale Girl,' it continues on nicely. Ahhhhh, if I can't be Maisy Dobbs or Laura Ingalls Wilder or Jane Austin or......can I p" Read more of this review »
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"I find this artist to be very inspiring for me. I enjoyed this story of how she came to be the owner of a quaint cottage in Martha's Vineyard before it came to be a [popular place to visit and how her journey as an artist came to be. Love her style o" Read more of this review »
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I never get too far from Earl Grey ... I've mixed and matched, worked with a tea dealer and developed a tea I love so much I finally put it in my web store ~ it's Earl Grey with lavender and rose petals, I seem to be addicted, even take it with us wh See Full Answer
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“Breakfast! My favorite meal- and you can be so creative. I think of bowls of sparkling berries and fresh cream, baskets of Popovers and freshly squeezed orange juice, thick country bacon, hot maple syrup, panckes and French toast - even the nutty flavor of Irish oatmeal with brown sugar and cream. Breaksfast is the place I splurge with calories, then I spend the rest of the day getting them off! I love to use my prettiest table settings - crocheted placemats with lace-edged napkins and old hammered silver. And whether you are inside in front of a fire, candles burning brightly on a wintery day - or outside on a patio enjoying the morning sun - whether you are having a group of friends and family, a quiet little brunch for two, or an even quieter little brunch just for yourself, breakfast can set the mood and pace of the whole day.

And Sunday is my day. Sometimes I think we get caught up in the hectic happenings of the weeks and months and we forget to take time out to relax. So one Sunday morning I decided to do things differently - now it's gotten to be a sort of ritual! This is what I do: at around 8:30 am I pull myself from my warm cocoon, fluff up the pillows and blankets and put some classical music on the stereo. Then I'm off to the kitchen, where I very calmly (so as not to wake myself up too much!) prepare my breakfast, seomthing extra nice - last week I had fresh pineapple slices wrapped in bacon and broiled, a warm croissant, hot chocolate with marshmallows and orange juice. I put it all on a tray with a cloth napkin, my book-of-the-moment and the "Travel" section of the Boston Globe and take it back to bed with me. There I spend the next two hours reading, eating and dreaming while the snowflakes swirl through the treetops outside my bedroom window. The inspiring music of Back or Vivaldi adds an exquisite elegance to the otherwise unruly scene, and I am in heaven. I found time to get in touch with myself and my life and i think this just might be a necessity! Please try it for yourself, and someone you love.”
Susan Branch, Days from the Heart of the Home

“Remember, childhood only lasts 10-12 years. There's a lot that has to be squeezed in to make for a lifetime of happy memories. ♥”
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“The tension between what is, and what we dream of, is important. Not to discount what we have, but to hold onto that middle ground, because it's in there that the magic happens.”
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“Goodbye Darcy, goodbye Jean, goodbye stone cottage, scratchy towels, fields of wildflowers; good bye gorgeous Peak District ... OK English People, for your own good, get off the roads, here we come!”
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“The tension between what is, and what we dream of, is important. Not to discount what we have, but to hold onto that middle ground, because it's in there that the magic happens.”
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“And beyond the timeless meadows and emerald pastures, the rabbit holes and moss-covered oak and rowan trees and the "slippy sloppy" houses of frogs, the woodland-scented wind rushed between the leaves and blew around the gray veil that dipped below the fells, swirling up in a mist, blurring the edges of the distant forest.

(View from Windermere in the Lake District)”
Susan Branch, A Fine Romance: Falling in Love with the English Countryside

“Remember, childhood only lasts 10-12 years. There's a lot that has to be squeezed in to make for a lifetime of happy memories. ♥”
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“Before Julia Child there was only onion dip.”
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Catherine Holman Love, love, love this book! I couldn't put it down. It was such a pleasure to meet you when you were in Kansas City and I was so blessed that my daughter wanted to come with me!


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