I have enjoyed Susan Branch's blog for many years. I love to see what she is up to at her beautiful home in Nantucket. I usually purchase one of her calendars each year. Right now, one is hanging in my walk in closet so I can see what day it is when I get up and get dressed!:)
I loved her book about the trip that she and Joe took to England...
Susan also adds lots of quotes and memorabilia to her story.
I especially remember her tales of learning to drive on the "wrong" side of the road. I find that terrifying myself! Joe soon mastered it!
The visit to Beatrix Potter's farm was another favorite portion of the book for this reader. I gave this book 5 stars on Good Reads.
So when Susan told us she was writing a new book, The Fairy Tale Girl, I was all in!
First, I must admit I thought this would be the love story of Susan and Joe, silly me! It turns out to be the love story of Susan and her first husband, Cliff Branch. Susan does share some of her growing up years as the oldest of 8 children. Then she tells us about her leaving high school and heading out with a friend to live on her own. No plans for college and as she put it, she always assumed she would be a wife and mom. The Women's Lib agenda had not made it to Susan's little world. Susan describes working for Cliff, falling in love with him and making a home with him before he ever thought of marriage. He was a young and successful entrepreneur who really wanted to have his cake and eat it too! Susan allows him to string her along and he seems to reluctantly agree to marriage. During this time however, Susan begins to hone her self taught talent as a water colorist. And sure enough this marriage does not last because Cliff found a new younger woman to be his girlfriend. Susan is broken hearted and as the book closes, she is on her way to New England.
First let me say...I admire anyone who keeps a diary. Susan could write this book so true to the events because she kept a detailed diary. She did not toss them out after the marriage ended so they were her reference points for the story. Now I will also add that I do not think I would have written in such detail about a previous marriage when Susan seems to be in her dream marriage now and she has done so well with her life. It just seemed that there is something about Cliff that she has not left totally behind. I say, Let it Go....she would probably say, " I am who I am because of my life experiences." I am just going to say it....I wish I had checked this one out from the library instead of purchasing it. Much of the story was so sad and I just wanted to scream.."Leave that jerk and find someone who loves you for who you are!" I felt so sorry for Susan who was trying so hard to please a man who could or would not be pleased. And sadly, I see so many young women today who still put up with some of the same things just to have a man in their lives. Maybe this book should be labelled "A Cautionary Tale".
Susan is now writing the story of her life in New England as an artist and how she met and married Joe. I think I will be much happier with the next book!!