Susan Branch, I applaud you. Never before have I read a better quality book. Every aspect of my reading experience has been thought of with The Fairy Tale Girl. The paper is thick and nice, the illustrations are colorful, and don't even get me started on the curly, adorable font that I love. The pictures are in color. Yes, color. This book is a hardcover, has a gorgeous cover illustration, and a pretty ribbon to help keep my place while I read—all great additions. Brand even used quotes in a fun, appropriate way. The fact that Branch’s books are printed in the USA is phenomenal! I would buy a book for that fact alone. Did I mention that the content rocks? I can't wait to read the next one. To all readers: You will connect to The Fairy Tale Girl instantly and want to ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ up until the end, and still want more. If you're afraid $29 is too much for a book, you'd be wrong. You can't put a price on happy.
In The Fairy Tale Girl, Susan Branch shares the most intimate details of her life in this journal. The fact that she opens up her diary, memories and pictures over this amazing journey we call life is simply wonderful.
Based on the diaries Susan has kept since she was in her 20s, THE FAIRY TALE GIRL is book one of a two part series. Together the books are an illustrated memoir, charmingly designed in Susan's style with her whimsical watercolors and personal photographs. It's an enchanting story of love and loss, mystery and magic that begins in a geranium-colored house in California, and ends up, like any good fairy tale, on the right side of the rabbit hole, in a small cottage in the woods on the New England Island of Martha's Vineyard.
THE FAIRY TALE GIRL humorously explores Susan's journey as an artist and as a girl/woman, from the 1950s through the 1980s. In the first book of the series we get a revealing view of Susan's early life as the oldest of eight children and the marriage she imagined would be forever; it's filled with inspiration, romance and discovery, and a leap into the unknown.
Journey back to the olden days with Susan, to the land of happily-ever-after, where men were men and girls just wanted to have fun. Bring a hankie, we think you might need it.
Coming Mother's Day, 2016, book two in the series: MARTHA'S VINEYARD, ISLE of DREAMS
Both books are prequels to Susan's 2013 bestselling book, A FINE ROMANCE, Falling in Love with the English Countryside, and both are proudly printed in the USA. More expensive, but hey, we're worth it.