It felt like a gift! Truly it did!
It was one of those gifts that we wait a very long time for, making it feel even sweeter.
I wasn’t alone, as I waited. Thousands of Girlfriends were also waiting!
Beloved author, Susan Branch, has been hard at work for over a year, pouring through the diaries she has kept since her 20s and all of her cherished, old photos. She was lovingly writing her memoir, watercoloring her illustrations, and choosing just the right photos to tell her story. Her newest book, The Fairy Tale Girl, published in September, is what we have all been waiting for!
After reading her books again and again through the years, Susan’s devoted readers already knew many parts of her story. Her charming blog posts let us peek into her wonderful life today on Martha’s Vineyard.
Over the years, so many of us have been blessed to meet Susan. We smiled as she shared her delightful stories about traveling through the English Countryside at book signings across the country. We listened with rapt attention, at a tea party in her honor, as she told us about the time she met the Beatles.
What a joy to meet Susan for the second time, at a lovely tea party!
Last May, Susan’s legions of devoted Girlfriends had the opportunity to pre-order her new book. While Susan was still busy illustrating her memoir, adding the photos, choosing the perfect paper, and ribbon bookmark, we cheered her on. ‘Our’ book was almost ready… and we were eagerly waiting!
Just two weeks ago, our books began arriving in our mailboxes! I was sitting on the front porch with with a guest, when our mail carrier walked up holding a package. I *might* have squealed and hugged the package! 🙂
I knew that it was a true gift, tied with heartstrings!
The Fairy Tale Girl ~ by Susan Branch
Oh, the joys of reading Susan’s life story…
With great anticipation, I had carefully planned ahead for some long, lazy afternoons of reading. I wanted to savor her words, her illustrations,… her story! Afternoons on the front porch, with The Fairy Tale Girl and a cup of tea, were such a gift. There were knowing smiles as she shared her childhood stories of growing up in the 1950s and 1960s. Laughter filled my heart and tears flowed. The beautifully watercolored song lyrics had me singing along to the soundtrack of my life. (I’m just a wee bit younger than Susan.) As I read, I often paused to think about my own life during the very same time, making so many connections.
Each chapter felt like a gift from Susan.
She is sharing her heart with all of us!
What a privilege it is to know the real story
of the author who has inspired me in so many ways over the years.
It is so enchanting to watch Susan grow into the amazing woman we all admire today!
The diaries that Susan has kept since she was in her 20s fill her memoir with vivid details
and the pure emotions of each chapter in her life.
She is very open and honest about her adventures in life,
her happy childhood, hopes, dreams, heartbreak,
and starting over.
It’s easy to see why Susan cherishes both her lifelong girlfriends
and the Girlfriends (fans) that celebrate her today.
I had planned to read the entire memoir very slowly, savoring each moment.
However, when Susan’s heart was broken,
I just had to keep reading nonstop, trying to pull her through those years.
As the chapters of her life unfold,
Susan reminds us all that life is sprinkled with both sad and joyful parts.
It is just another one of Susan’s gifts ~ tied with heartstrings!
“A part of ALL of us is written into the pages
of The Fairy Tale Girl.”
You might enjoy reading The Fairy Tale Girl, too!
As you read Susan’s story,
you will certainly reflect on your own life
(or perhaps your mother’s life),
growing up at a time
when women’s roles were evolving.
It’s the very best kind of book ~
the kind that leaves you wanting more!
Susan leaves us with a real “cliff-hanger” at the end of the book.
Now we are anxiously waiting for Book Two of her memoir,
Martha’s Vineyard ~ Isle of Dreams.
I can’t wait to read about how Susan runs away from heartbreak in California,
buys a little home of her own on Martha’s Vineyard, in Massachusetts,
and makes all of her dreams come true!
It’s sure to be another lovely gift ~ tied with heartstrings!
Whether you are a seasoned Susan Branch fan or brand new to her books,
you will love her engaging writing style and charming artwork.
Autographed copies are available now at SusanBranch.com
Visit your favorite independent bookstore soon.
Amazon will have the book later this month.
P.S. Can’t wait to chat about this book! If you are a nearby Girlfriend, let’s get together over tea to talk about the book. 🙂 Please share your thoughts with a comment or via email. I look forward to chatting…