Crazy with Joy . . .

What kind of a crazy person would EVER update her blog if she knew that the previous post would work itself down and become part of internet never-never land?  I really don’t know.  But she would probably like MUSICA when she did it . . .

 As you may have been able to tell, I’ve had a hard time forcing myself to post something new.  I never want to let go of that pool of light called “comments” from that last post!   Before last week I never knew for sure what you might think of A FINE ROMANCE.  Of course I did my best, but self-criticism is one of my middle names (I have other nicer middle names, like cake-baker and cat-feeder).  I’ve been on cloud nine ever since the very first one of you got our book.  Thank you Girlfriends, for your thoughts, lovely words and sentiments.  You, who bought the book even when I was still writing it, sight unseen, because you had faith in me.  I don’t know what to say, I’m so touched.

And today I found out we already have NINE reviews for our book on Amazon, and I KNOW that has to be you girls, because no one has the book so far, but you!  I’m so happy you like it, hap-hap-happy!  It’s like giving your niece a sweater at Christmas and finding out SHE LIKES IT.  You know how good that feels?  Well, times that by a million, and you almost know how happy I am.  Doing this book with you has been a pure treat!  Better than I ever imagined.  So much more fun for me.  I wasn’t alone.  Everything felt good.  Thank you Thank you!  Pretty soon we hit the road, driving across country state to state, where I hope to meet as many of you as possible.  We leave the island at the end of August.  And the clock is ticking!

Our book seems to have started without us . . . this is a photo from Kathy, one of our girlfriends, who took her book up to the gorgeous Mt. Washington Hotel ~ a place I went one time and found some of my dreams. I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to see the book out on vacation!  She told me she read it while sitting in a rocking chair on that gorgeous porch with the fragrance of the New Hampshire mountains all around!  Lucky book and lucky Kathy!

So here it is, in case you haven’t seen it, here’s our Fine Romance van, all decorated for the trip.  We put a photo of the English Countryside on it!  I think it’s cute, but Joe is still in eye-roll mode.  It’s good we are balanced. 

Please keep your eye on “EVENTS” (in the right-hand column of this blog) to see where it will be stopping and come see us!  Be sure to print out your Girlfriend Name Tags . . . we also have them for the boys now ♥.  They’re on the Events page too.  And we’re still adding bookstores; we have a long way to go, so keep the faith that we will be somewhere relatively (compared to here anyway) near you. ♥  Our first booksigning is on Martha’s Vineyard, next week, the 15th of August at the Bunch of Grapes Bookstore ~ where I had my first book signing ever, all those years ago . . . 

So what else?  Well, I designed the covers for our 2015 Calendars so they could be ready for insert into the manufacturer’s catalog while we’re away.  Yes, 2015!  I thought you might like a preview of the wall calendar ( up there )  Pink!  (And yes, I designed a new Blotter for 2015 too!)  This is why I never know what year it is!  I hope you all got your 2014 calendars, cuz it’s 2013 and time to do that!

Besides that, I’ve been getting things ready for us to go. Cleaning the house, getting it ready for winter actually, because that’s what it will be when we get back home, and we will want it cozy.  We even ordered firewood!  I’m spending extra time hugging the kitties and shooting the rubber band for Jack.  I also updated the I LOVE ENGLAND part of the blog and added our visit to the wonderful house in Chawton where Jane Austen lived and wrote.  I wanted to make sure she got some of the prime real estate of love.   And look what else I found . . .

Joe’s Hat!  They just came in . . . the perfect stocking stuffer!  Isn’t my model adorable?  We got them in a couple of colors . . . I wear berets too, they are cozy and warm and do the job for our winters, but I have to admit, they look cutest on Joe!

And something else new arrived the other day (I do believe in continuous small treats!) ~ something I think you will love too . . .

 Here’s the mock up I made of it with glue and paper . . .

And now, the real thing!  In my time I have very rarely had something manufactured!  Being as small as we are, all the paperwork and time involved makes it prohibitive, plus they have “minimums” which means you have to order a gazillion of anything, and like I said, we are small.  But I started thinking about my favorite tea, and thinking, I need a cute tea tin, and thinking, I’m going to get one made!   And here it is, the very first one, hot off the press.

Here’s the top.

and here’s the side . . .

. . . and here it is on top of my stove.   Then I thought, even though this Tea Tin would work great for cookies, crackers, coffee, marshmallows or just about anything, we probably need some actual TEA for it.  And because I’m partial to my Lavender and Roses Dessert Tea . . .

. . . because, for one thing, it looks like it comes right out of the garden!  So Joe looked around and he found a tea company that would allow me develop my own blend and soon, very soon, bags of this delicious loose tea I took with me to England and described in our book, will be coming into the studio.  I drink my Lavender and Roses “Fine Romance” Earl Grey tea in one of my favorite cups almost every day at 4 pm.  It is the perfect afternoon tea, because with a little honey and some half and half, it’s just like dessert.

“The heart-opening, wink-tippling” tea tradition I love. 

And this is another one . . . my “every-day” tea which we will also be carrying in the web store.  This is the tea I drink every morning.  I like my every-day tea be organic, which is more expensive, but I get it anyway, because as much as I drink of this tea, I think it’s better for my health.  It’s a delicious Earl Grey, with organically grown cornflowers.

We’ll have two kinds of tea in six ounce bags, tucked into the tin ~ OR, if someone just wants one or the other, the teas and the tin will be sold separately.  I’m not really planning to go into the tea business, just these two kinds because they’re my favorites, and for a true lover of tea, I think they would make the perfect gift, either for a friend or for YOU.  (I may not be in the tea business, but I’m definitely in the gift business! 🙂 )

The tins and the tea should be in by the end of September … or is it August?  I forget, we’ll let you know for sure.  My sample Tin is all packed up and ready for the trip! I know I got carried away taking pictures!  It’s actually worse if you’re here, because I take that tin to every room I’m in!  Not used to it yet!  It looks good with the book. 🙂

But to change the subject for a moment, and get us out of the house . . . let’s go up island to the famous old Aquinnah Shop where Joe and I went the other night to watch the sun set . . . past the wonderful rock walls that line the roads . . .

And the beautiful farms overlooking the sea.  It’s been gorgeous these first weeks of August, cool and clear, good sleeping weather, really almost like fall . . .

We left home without a plan, just meandering, and stopped at the Chilmark Church near Beetlebung Corner when we saw the sign out front for their church-made lobster rolls.  We ate them in the car while we drove along.

Lots of people don’t realize how much of the island is just open space . . .

This is the view from our parking space in Aquinnah!

And here’s the view from Joe’s car window…

See where we are?  All the way to the very left side of this map.

We needed to grab hold of as much summer as possible, and this certainly was the night to get some!

A gorgeous sunset.

And now, Girlfriends, we’re almost all caught up … just one more little thing to show you . . .

I told you I’d joined the Beatrix Potter Society, right?  I got an envelope from England the other day . . . You can scroll down in POTTERING ABOUT, and you’ll see they wrote about our book.

We’re now proud card-carrying members and expecting our first Journal and Newsletter in October.  Just one more something to look forward to when we get home.

OK, must go Girlfriends, errands to do today!  Hope you have a terrific day.  I’ve loved every moment of our book writing adventure.  Thank you so much for everything.  Speaking of making dreams come true . . .   XOXO

Ooops, P.S! Rachel, OUR Rachel, sometimes known as Ray, sent this photo of our book actually IN England!!  She also Tweeted this to me today, “Anyone who has lost faith in humanity should RUN to your blog & read the comments.  Amazing women!  Brilliant stuff…xo”

I tweeted back: xo I have known this forever, because of letters I’ve gotten and always had faith because of it. This is the REAL world.

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879 Responses to Crazy with Joy . . .

  1. Kay - North Central Texas says:

    It’s been a crazy week, but I wanted to chime in with all your followers and thank you for taking us along on your adventures last summer. Now we get to relive every grassy meadow and sweet fragrance as we read A Fine Romance.

    I had a smile on my face with every page turn and it was almost like we were sitting in your backyard listening to your sweet voice sharing details of your trip and flipping through stacks of photos. You made it real to us! Just didn’t want that last page to come.

    Love I was lucky enough to get a bookplate. It’s a treasure!

  2. Laurie says:

    Oh Susan, must you tease us so? The tea, I’m dying to try the tea!

    I finished the book last night at 11:30. I had planned to wait until this morning but I just HAD to read until the end. I browsed back through the pages so hungry to see our adopted homeland of three years.

    The hubs and I were talking last night at dinner and I was telling him about the book. He said, oh ya, I saw that book sitting on your end table and the cover really intrigued me. He said he picked it up and browsed through the pages. He loved the way the book was laid out, the graphics and pictures. This is HIGH praise from the hubs (it brought back great memories for him too). I’m going to have to buy him his own copy. My copy will be treasured and cared for like a new born babe (I think baby girl will be getting a copy in her Christmas stocking…did I mention “baby” girl will be 29 soon?).

  3. I received your beautiful book and love it so far! I can’t wait to read the rest! AND I love the tin you designed, what a great idea. I have a question about your tea coming to your shop…do you know if it will have caffeine? I can’t have it (unfortunately) so I have to ask! 🙂

    • sbranch says:

      Yes, I’m sorry, it will have caffeine in it. There are so many wonderful teas, it’s going to be hard to keep narrowed to just two. But we’ll see how those go. I’ll tell you my favorite caffeine-free tea. It’s Bengal Spice by Celestial Seasonings. Just delicious!

      • Sounds good, I’ll look for that one! I know other people who would love to get your new tea as a gift though (my sister for one, who loves all things Susan Branch!) Thanks for the info!


  4. Laure says:

    omg! omg! omg! I die!!! Just reading A Fine Romance which I love love love!
    Went to check SB Blog before lulling into slumber.
    When suddenly.
    SB as tea master?!?! Even if only for a moment?!?!
    Seriously freaking out!!!
    Totally not be able to sleep!!!
    Omg, why isn’t tomorrow “late September?!?!?”
    ….For the millionth time in my life I think, “Susan Branch, I love you…” 🙂
    xoxox, Laure…

  5. Susan on Bainbridge Island in Wa. state says:

    I placed a comment and it was the first one on this blog……but somehow, it is still waiting moderation!!! Hmmmm…..did it just not come through????weird!

    • sbranch says:

      It’s me. Because say for example 100 comments come in. I manage to get 60 approved, then I have to run. By the time I get back, there’s another 40. So then that leftover original 40 gets pushed to the bottom. Then maybe I get another 50 approved. Then I go away and 100 come in. The original, very first comments, are now crushed to the bottom. That’s where we are, and perhaps where your comment is right now Susan! I’m going for it!

      • Carol Maurer ~~ Eureka, CA says:

        We don’t need to worry about the moderation now. We know how these comments work. Nice to know. I’ve lost a couple never to be put on and now I know. No big deal really. You do so much…. have an extremely busy life. You do have a life other than your blog, lol. Let’s see… grocery shopping, laundry, house cleaning (right, you have help there.. lucky), etc etc. We forget that you are just one person. I have a question for you: how do we get your addrress? I would love to send you a card or 2 for encouragement.

        Carol M

      • Susan on Bainbridge Island in Wa. state says:

        Hey Susan!!! thanks for the explination…You are such a busy gal and I really didn’t want to take up more time..but it may answer some questions others may have too!!!! Thankxxxxx!
        Back to my island and back to yours!!!! poof!

  6. Megan says:

    Congratulations on the book, of course it is doing well in the shops! Well as luck would have it I am making my first visit to America, we are travelling via the Queen Mary and will be in the New York region while you are book signing on the other side of the country! I looked at your QM2 posts to help me decide what to take with me… you took 12 suitcases! I’m travelling from Sydney and will be lucky to get everything into one suitcase. However I do have lots of places to see thanks to your great blog. Thanks and good luck on the road.

    • sbranch says:

      How exciting Megan! What a trip! Is it from Sydney on the QM2, or are you picking up the ship in England? I know you’ll love New York, it’s just a wonderful city. I hope you get out to New England a bit too, for a little bit of countryside. Enjoy! Be sure to write later and let us know what you did!

      • Megan Hyatt says:

        We are flying from Sydney and picking up the QM2 at Southampton. We do plan to hit the road and see some autumn colour not sure where to go but we do have a guide to New England and NYC. the hard thing will be staying on the correct side of the road!

        • sbranch says:

          Both our countries would do well to mark our tourist-rent-a-cars as “dangerous interlopers” with little sirens and blinking lights! Just talk it out loud each time you leave a driveway. It’s good to remind. The first time we went to England, we got confused, were toodling along a country road on the WRONG SIDE. A car came right at us. Joe swerved just in time, but I couldn’t really figure out WHAT that person was doing on the wrong side of the road. But it was us. Poor poor English person. Now we always say out loud, left left. You can do it. Our roads are six times wider than English, very few hedgerows or rock walls. Not as pretty, but allows for give.

  7. Diana says:

    Love the tin with the layered crocheted potholders. Nice idea. Love the detailing on the van. I hope I see you or the van but living out away from the cities I really doubt that it will be happening. Thanks for a great blog.

  8. Debby says:

    Squeeeal! I can’t wait for the tea tin. I’ve been looking for one that I LOVE and I just found it!
    Thank you!

  9. Rosemary says:

    Susan, I just read your book for the 2nd time. Can’t stop thinking about it. What a wonderful story to treasure.

    I have a curious (nosy) question – your maiden last name was Stewart, Joe’s last name is Hall — where does Branch come in? Is it a Pseudonym ?

    • sbranch says:

      No, LOL, not a pseudonym. That’s actually my ex-married name. It was my name when I first started painting and I’d signed all my paintings that way. I like it too, everyone knows how to spell it. So that’s another reason. After that, I decided never to change my name again.

  10. Tawni urrutia says:

    Sweet Sue, I know you’ve said you’re not a TV interview kind of gal, so I have the perfect phrase for you…”From WHYY in Philadelphia, this is Fresh Air.”
    Wouldn’t that be GREAT! You and Terry talking about A Fine Romance and your life and love and travels? I hope you’ll reeeeeally think about it!
    My aunt and I are waiting for my copy of your lovely book. I have so enjoyed all the comments. We’re looking forward to the blog from the road!
    Tawni in Lodi, Ca

  11. Mary in Phoenix says:

    So, my heart literally skipped a beat at the sight of your adorable tea tin … delicious tea blends … and cute teacups on your calendar!!! JOY*JOY*JOY… these only support my cause for you to write a tea book someday! From one tea person to another I just know you will 🙂 Your references to tea in A Fine Romance are many … and calling Joe your “cup of tea” was the best. Seems like it would be easy peasy to crank out a tea book with all the tea art, tea recipes, and tea party experience you have already … just sayin’. But for now you’re dreaming of a road trip and have book signings on your mind. Just curious if any of them have tea included? Love all the girlfriend book reviews. Best.Book.Ever. *C*O*N*G*R*A*T*U*L*A*T*I*O*N*S*. See you soon 🙂
    “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ~C.S. Lewis

    • sbranch says:

      I think some of the signings do have tea included! It would be perfect for this book! I want to write a tea book! So many delicious recipes — one of my favorite kinds of parties to have, even when it’s just for one!

      • Mary in Phoenix says:

        Tea for one, tea for two or more … its just so easy to put the kettle on. What people don’t always realize is the little amount you have to make for tea … its all bite size! Loved the picture of you carrying all those teacups for your Royal Baby Tea. Made me think of how few teacups I’ve ever broken. My mom always told us that’s because they’re “bone china” and they have bones in them 🙂

      • KarenP (Wisconsin) says:

        Dearest Susan! I hope you have ordered enough of these tea tins! Something tells me they will be as big of a seller as A Fine Romance! Lol!! (Ignore other post…I’ve added some to it!) A tea book!!!!!! Oh how absolutely perfect that would be!!! Tea party ideas….recipes….protocol…..decorations….please DO!!!! Love you!!!! xo

  12. Michele Perkins says:

    Sunny, Cool, Fall-like Greetings Susan!

    What fun to see your new blog Thursday and hear all your latest news! Love your new tea canister and am sure the tea will be heavenly. Can’t wait to order some! Have been savoring your book by reading only a little each night to make it last – LOVE everything single page. What a beautiful book created by such a lovely and special person!
    Just made some yummy “sheep” cookies and will set aside a couple for you and Joe when I see you in Meredith. Your van is splendid!
    Enjoy this beautiful weather!!

  13. Jean says:


    I LOVE ” A Fine Romance”. It is just lovely to look at and a wonderful read to boot, especially at bedtime. Love the Fine Romance van, too….great way to travel.

  14. Tanya says:

    Brenda, I’m going to try to go. Maybe we could meet and go together. I could meet you at Trufant post office Wed. the 14th at 2:00 and we could talk about it. What do you think ? Tanya

    • Brenda says:

      Tanya, sorry, I had looked back at the first comment to see if you replied and when I did not see anything I just let it drop. Then I wondered, maybe she commited again so scrolled and scrolled and here you are. I work on Wendsdays unable to meet you then. Off Tuesdays and Thursdays. After my workout Thursday the 12th? Not sure if I should leave my e-mail here, if you click on my name will it take you to my blog? You can leave a comment that will go directly to my e-mail. Computer still in shop but will make sure I check again on my hubs computer tomorrow after work. Side note: Thanks Susan for posting these comments so maybe these friends of yours could possibly become friends in our little area of the world!

  15. Rosanne Murphy (Oregon) says:

    Wow – I’m sure we all understand that you barely have time to read all the wonderful comments, let alone answer them! The comments all seem to have gotten longer, which is all your fault, because your book has inspired such joy in the Girlfriends’ hearts that we simply cannot contain ourselves! We are bursting and just have to tell you! So I say, just read and enjoy and take it all in, and we know you are out there smiling (and teary too). I love the 2014 calendar and already have it hanging on the wall face to the wall, enjoying the pretty cover design, and now am already anxious for the 2015 because I love that tea cup cover! And wild to order the tea tin. There is no end to the FUN!!!

  16. Carilyn Wolski says:

    Hello Susan! Did you say a future Tea Book? That would be wonderful!!!! (And Susan Branch china tea cups too????) Our village would have many delightful tea parties!!!

  17. pat addison (cave junction,OR) says:

    good morning Susan, hello girlfriends….. good morning, good morning. thank you all for the prayers for rain, we got a big rainstorm last night, thunder and lightning included, and heavy downpours of rain, it cleaned the air a bit, and gave everything a good cleaning off ( imagine trees and shrubs coated with road dust and ash.. yuk) and a good drink to boot. I am sure that rain helped the firefighters a bit, every drop counts and a little is better than none at all. hopefully this weekend we will get more rain, so keep those prayers coming and keep your fingers crossed. just popped in to thank you all for the prayers, girlfriend power at its best. Joe looks so cute in that beret, and I love the new tea tine. off to clean out the kitty box and feed the barnyard crowd. have a great day today and a great weekend. hugs…. 🙂

  18. Tammy M says:

    Awesome post…can’t wait for the tea and the tea tin! We (my rapidly changing family…both kids with one foot out the door!) are headed out today to find an adventure…with no real plans…but being TOGETHER. We want to squeeze that last little bit of summer vacation out of this weekend before school starts on Monday. My loving husband of 27 years and whom I met in the 3rd grade, my daughter who will be a senior in college (studying 4 hours away from home and headed for England in Jan. for the whole semester), my son who will be a junior in high school and plays football(which has already started!), and me! What a treat today will be! We rarely are all together in the same place anymore! I’m sure where ever we wander today….we will end up at the beach for sunset! (we live in Florida about a mile from the gulf) Maybe grouper sandwiches for dinner! Now, that does sound good, don’t you think? A perfect end to summer!

  19. Kirsten from So. Cal. says:

    Oh, Your van looks darling! It would be so much fun to spot it on the road! Maybe we’ll get to see it LIVE on your book tour!! Can’t wait to order the tea tin. In my new house (I just moved), I made my dining room a tea room. Very shabby-chic. I’ve always wanted it like this. The tea tin will fit right in! Thanks!

  20. Karen V from CT says:

    Hi Susan,

    Just wanted you to know how excited we are to read your book! Our copies arrived last week, but our family is headed to the Cape and my daughter and I were “saving” the book so that we could read it at the same time while on vacation. I can hardly contain myself, it’s been hard to not peek at a page or two (well, maybe I peeked a little…) We will be sure to put a review on Amazon….thanks for all your hard work and for giving us this special treat to look forward to! We are sorry that we will just miss your visit to Titcomb’s, but we will see you at Stillmeadow next year! Enjoy your travel and bookstore visits, your van looks really cool!

  21. Christine says:

    I am loving my slooowww read of A FineRomance! I don’ t want it to end to soon!

  22. Wendy in Ohio says:

    Loved every single minute I spent with your new book and having the online appendix helped with withdrawal when it was finished far too soon. Do you know Melissa ? A review of your book on her site might tap into a lot of Anglophiles that don’t follow you and your blog.

    • sbranch says:

      Hi Wendy, no, I don’t know Melissa. That would be nice, but I have no idea how to go about making that happen!

  23. Anne of NH says:

    I was so shocked and pleased when your book arrived so soon after reading of it’s arrival at your Ca. studio…I have been doleing it out to myself in between knitting an Irish sweater made with oiled (lanolin) yarns from the Aran Islands for my oldest son, so read it in the evenings…and even out loud to DH, as well as turning the pictures so he sees what I am referring to…LOL…I want the book to take a loooonnnnggggg time to finish, and then…like many othere friends, will read it again and again! It is beautiful, and personal, and convinces me that we have lived other lives in other places…so much deja vu! Thank you for sharing your wonderful life, and Joe, and Jack, and Miss Kitty with us! We are indeed blessed!

  24. sondra fox says:

    Hi Everyone,
    One of the girlfriends told us about a tea she likes. I ordered it a few weeks ago. I now drink it each morning & just love it. It’s Harvey & Sons – Hot Cinnamon Sunset. YUM. If you enjoy your tea with cream & sugar, you’ll really love this tea. No need for anything at all in this delicious tea.

    A couple of weeks ago I went into a tea shop where they have loose tea, only. The bill came to over $200, I took many things off the counter & everything added up a lot better. The Cinnamon tea that I ordered from Harvey & Sons is not expensive at all.

    I’m thinking about getting a mason to build a wall like the one that is in your pic- ture. Love it. It’s so rustic looking. If there was a house I could afford on Martha’s Vineyard, I’d move there. What a wonderful place to live.

    Our (still say “our” even though Larry’s gone) youngest grandson Cody & I went to a movie yesterday. The price of the ticket was $3 per person. Couldn’t believe it. The price of movie theatre tickets is usuallyway off the charts nowadays.

    A reminder for star gazers. This weekend is the weekend for shooting stars.

    Love to all, (Sandy from Chihuahua Flats)

    • KarenP (Wisconsin) says:

      Thinking about you, Sandy, and praying you are well…..xo

      • sondra fox says:

        Karen P. (from Wis.) & others that have kept prayers going UP for me, All I can say is “thanks” girlfriends. I’m improving every day. One day at a time, eh? Today I even made my bed. A first in the two months Larry was getting worse, plus after he passed. I love my house & have always worked to keep it clean, but when he was so ill, I concentrated on just being with him & caring for him. Tonight I had my best friend over for sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, & cherry pie. She just lost her husband as well. Our oldest
        Grand son also came over. They both love sauerkraut. Doing something for others has always helped me when I’m not feeling happy. I’m feeling much better this evening. The “help others & you’ll forget your own troubles” formula works. (Sandy from Chihuahua Flats)

  25. Julie says:

    Looking forward to seeing you in SLO, we plan to take a two week trip to England and cannot wait to pick our our itinerary. Of course it will include all of the author’s homes, my favorite thing to do. My imagination goes wild when I think of all that transpired in these homes. Will you be lecturing at all during your book signings? Just curious. Looking forward to saying hello in SLO. I’ve been a fan forever it seems, way back when your fabulous newsletter arrived at my doorstep.
    We will be flying across country to New England and will be official leaf peepers this fall, I cannot wait. We look forward to seeing Martha’s Vineyard one day, it looks incredibly beautiful and quaint.

    • sbranch says:

      Yes, some of the signings will include talks. Mostly I love questions! I’m much better at answering questions than I am at lecturing! See you in SLO!

  26. Francine Werlinger says:

    I am enjoying “our” book so much! Reading a little at a time – as I get the chance. Love it! Can’t wait for the tea! What a darling tin!

  27. Danielle says:

    Susan, Your book arrived at my doorstep the other day and I have not been able to put it down since! I LOVE IT! I didn’t think it was possible to ♥ you any more than I already do, but it’s happened! : ) I feel like I am right along side you sailing across the ocean, visiting Sissinghurst, and all the other enchanting places you visited. I can’t wait to try the Hot Milk Cake! Thank you for sharing your diary with all of us. I am trying to read slowly so I don’t finish it too soon. I don’t want this vacation to end! Also the story of you and Joe is so beautiful! You are a lucky girl! He’s definitely a keeper : )

    PS I love the tea tin! Your blend sound so yummy with half & half and honey! I can’t wait to have it on my kitchen counter! xo


  28. nina from Maryland says:

    I enjoyed reading your book—keep on creating and inspiring—i love diaries–i read virginia woolf, annais nin but yours is beautiful ,colorful, something new on each page—i will take it with me when i visit England–and you inspired me to keep notes on my travels–to stop, and smell the roses, taste the food,look at the sheep and meadows–life is beautiful thanks,nina

  29. Elaine McCallum says:

    Oh Susan this is a book like no other! Such a precious lovely book . I am forcing myself to go slowly and loving every single page. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I shall treasure it always. Elaine

  30. Diana -Ancaster ON says:

    Not sure if you’ ve received my previous note. I hope your van makes a turn into Ontario. Come by. I’ll make some tea! You bring so much light! Thank you.

    • sbranch says:

      Oh thank you Diana. Ontario, in Canada? I would love to. I don’t know if we can get there on this trip, but it would be wonderful. I’ve been to Toronto before, such a pretty city, and you send us all the best weather!

  31. Deborah Heater (Indiana) says:

    My oh My…..I know you are so touched by all the positive accolades and they are for sure greatly deserved. In the next few months your blog will basically be all the girlfriends coming on and telling about their meet/greets with you. I didn’t see a stop in IN so I will live through all the lucky girlfriends fun. I just had to tell you this Susan, the other day Angela and I were discussing Wedding plans and how quickly their May 10th date is approaching. She is giving me the plans for the Wedding Week and gets to Thursday (Bachelorette Party which I’m trying to squeek out of)?? only so much a Mother of the Bride can take 😉 and then she said on Friday afternoon I want to have a *TEA* for my Bridesmaids and Mothers…..isn’t that just a wonderful idea? Angela has been collecting teacups/saucers as a hobby and she is just over the moon in love with tea parties. I do have to admit I think maybe she got the love of this from me. When she was a toddler I would setup inside her crib little pink plastic teacups/pink iced animal crackers and put her favorite stuffed animals/dolls in a circle and she would serve them tea!!! I read her my Dick/Jane books and she always loved Sally having a tea party with her teddy bear (remember that)? I am becoming anxious in a good way about this milestone in her life, I’m holding on tight because it will be a magical journey filled with precious memories and TEA. Sigh….Susan, my Angela is having her own “Fine Romance”.

    • sbranch says:

      A wonderful idea. The most charming party you can have is what I think! A license for romance! You can make them as pretty as you want, roses, lace, doilies, cake, china, how can it get any better! Twine too! I’m so happy for you Deborah, and for your Angela.

      • Deborah Heater says:

        I just reread my comment and your reply (Thank You)….and I need to recant and start referring to Angela as “OURS”…..I didn’t mean to be so possessive HA I just think when we talk about lace, doilies, china, tea, it truly makes me think of “girlie things” so I just naturally say I, My, Mine so I stand corrected. I’ve decided that during this entire Wedding process I’m not using Kleenex I’m going for a lovely “hankie” with some substance to soak up all “my” Happy Tears. I also want to wish you safe travels, happiness and having the time of your lives over the next few months while travelling…enjoy the journey! Blessings

        • sbranch says:

          Yes, you could give your happy-wedding-tears hankie to your daughter as a memory. She will keep it forever.

  32. Cathy Obbema says:

    Dear Susan,

    I adore you and all of your goodies. I was lucky enough to visit your store in Arroyo Grande and loved it. While I was there I remember seeing a lamp with something Martha’s Vineyard decorated on it. I wanted that lamp and hoped to pick it up on the next visit but alas! The store closed. I have visited the island and fell madly in love. I live at the beach in Southern California and I long for another visit. So in the latest blog when I see the Martha’s Vineyard Map, I think to myself, “I must have this”! Is there anyway to obtain this little jewel?

    Blessings to you,

    • sbranch says:

      Google Rainy Day on Martha’s Vineyard. That store sometimes has that same lampshade with Martha’s Vineyard on it. The woman who paints those is very old now, so they won’t be around forever, and may be hard to come by now, but give them a call and just maybe you’ll make it in the nick of time. I have it, and just love it, you will too. There are little holes in every hand-painted lighthouse for the light to shine through.

  33. Teri says:

    Hey~I just thought I’d let you know that “A Fine Romance” went to Disney World too! I received it a couple of days before we took our vacation/road trip and didn’t want to wait until we got back a week later to enjoy it…so I packed it in my suitcase in a gallon zip lock bag so the cover wouldn’t get wrinkled…and away it went. It really enjoyed it’s stay there. ; ) Every night when we’d get back from the parks I’d read as many pages as I could before I went to sleep. I took a couple of magazines too, but I never opened them up at all…I couldn’t pull myself away from the book. I finally finished it this afternoon, back at home and I loved every page of it. : )

    • sbranch says:

      That makes it almost a full circle, because the water dish I’ve used to dip my brushes since the first thing I ever watercolored was purchased at Disneyland! 🙂 Thank you Teri!

  34. Chrissy Thrower says:

    Hi, Sue Sue! Everyone has said it all already, with such love and devotion that we Girlfriends have for you and all this fun ! I do love the van!! I might drive right off the road if Joe goes whizzing past!
    I haven’t read all the comments..are you visiting Indiana per chance? We live in Fort Wayne which is close to Ohio and an hour from Michigan. If so, I’ll be in line waiting to meet your sweet self! Hoping for the new tea and tin in my Christmas stocking!! looking forward to “our road trip”!!! P.S. INDIANA really is a lovely state to visit you know! XXXXXOOOOO!!!!

    • Chrissy Thrower says:

      PPSSi am so thrilled that you are so HAP HAP HAPPY! You have worked so hard and done so much planning and multitasking! It’s a wonder you know your own name!

    • sbranch says:

      I do love Indiana. Those dates are almost set, but I’m not sure right now. So much going on, and trying to map out the road, so I’ll have to let you know soon. Thank you Chrissy … I hope to meet you!

      • Chrissy Thrower says:


        • Jane F. says:

          Crissy: My sister lives in Berne! Small world!! 2 of my nephews live in Indianapolis, and one nephew in Berne. Maybe we could have coffee and talk about Susan Branch (good stuff!!) when I visit sometime!! Would love to connect with the girlfriends wherever I go! 🙂

  35. Lisa Jorgensen says:

    Love that van!! I hope it (and you) make your way back to the good old San Fernando Valley.
    I still have not finished your book. I want to savor every word and picture so I am only reading a few pages a day. I don’t want to finish it yet. It takes me away from the troubles and cares of the day. It must be so amazing to think of your book out there all over the world. Be proud.
    Hope to see you soon.

  36. mary spring says:

    …good morning, Susan !! about “crazy with joy”/love… my newest little bundle of joy came early yesterday morning !!!…my little grandson came five weeks early !!!…he is so small but so healthy !!…thank God !!…I’m over the moon with joy !!!… now I can’t get to the Pacific Northwest fast enough !!…with love, as always… ( Susan, I know you are getting deep in moderating so many Girlfriends’ comments…but I just had to share my good news !!!…and I’m so HAPPY for you as well !!! )

    • sbranch says:

      OH Mary! That’s wonderful news! Congratulations to your whole family! I’m sure you’re too busy packing to read this ~ safe travels!

      • mary spring says:

        .. thanks Susan .. . xoxo… I saw pictures of him to tide me over ’till I can get there…he is so tiny (less than six pounds) and so beautiful !!,,, I’m literally besides myself with emotion right now… enjoy this Sunday !!.. (my daughter is at the beach right now…just across the way from you and she says it is absolutely gorgeous out there this morning…she already went swimming !!! )…take care and with love as always…. btw…love all the comments you’ve been getting…but don’t know how you keep up and find time for yourselves…what a sweet heart you guys are !!!

        • KarenP (Wisconsin) says:

          Mary Spring!!!!!! Congrats!! Such exciting news! Have a wonderful trip to see your new little baby! Isn’t the computer technology awesome that we can see immediate pictures!? What is his name?

          • mary spring says:

            thank you , Karen !!… our new little baby’s name is Caeden Robert… he is absolutely beautiful !!!…(and , yes,our modern technology is awesome..) …thanks for writing Karen !!!!…. with love, as always….

          • Deborah Heater says:

            CONGRATS Mary, how exciting having a new baby in your family and one that couldn’t wait to meet all of you!! Enjoy your precious little Caeden Robert. Blessings

  37. Louise says:


    I received your book last week, and yesterday I decided to sit on my front porch to relax and start to read it. I have to say, I love, love it, I couldn’t put it down…

    I had a wonderful morning, relaxing on my front porch with the beautiful Summer weather and reading your book, heaven.


  38. Joan Lesmeister says:

    Golly, Sue, been reading this blog every day, sometimes twice (or more if nobody’s looking) & love it (handsome model, great beret, tin is a keeper, lovely sunset, the wrap, etc.), all the comments are smile bringers & heart warmers. Just want you to know I’ve been hangin’ out here, awed by it all!!!!!!! Is there a limit on !!!!! (Jack?) and words in a sentence? Still wrapped up in “our” book, I love it! XOXO

    • sbranch says:

      No limit as far as I’m concerned. So expressive! I look constantly for small scream noises I could insert! Cake smells too!

  39. JoAnne Daniels says:

    I love the idea of beautiful Susan Branch tea tins as Christmas gifts!! And I loved the mini tour of Martha’s Vineyard — I simply must get there.
    Seeing A Fine Romance photographed in two locations made me think of Where’s Waldo or those books where you take something and photograph it in every imaginable location. How can we photograph A Fine Romance and send it to you?
    I think it would be grand to see all the locations around the world it has already flown!!
    JoAnne in New Jersey

  40. Gail says:

    Dear Susan,
    I am absolutlely loving “A Fine Romance” and looking forward to meeting you at Titcombs in Sandwich next Monday. I will probably never get to experience the English countryside firsthand and your book is the next best thing 🙂 If I may I would like to say a few words about the many quotations you have included in your book. They are not only amazing and wise, but so perfectly apropos. Where and how did you every find so many wonderful quotes to go along with your equally wonderful journal entries? Make it a great day! xo

    • sbranch says:

      I started collecting quotes while I read long before I ever wrote my first book. I’m ever-waiting to find just the right spot to put one of these wonderfully written bits of wisdom.♥

      • Gail says:

        I am thinking that your “spirit” knew before your “mind” did that you would be creating wonderful books in the future and would have a need for these beautiful quotations. Isn’t the universe a truly remarkable place, indeed?!!

  41. Mary Bowes-Andrews says:

    Dear Susan,
    Love ,love,and love the book! The van isn’t shabby either. See you at MV signing.

  42. peggy says:

    do you know where you will be going for the book signing ? we are on our way to Spokane Washington this week!!! hope your coming in that direction! we have moved back to the states now from England, (snif*snif*) I will really miss it there!

    love the van!!!

    • sbranch says:

      I miss it with you. Is that where you will live — in Spokane? We’re going to try to go up that way in October.

      • kit says:

        Really? Spokane? Will you be book signing? I hope so! Kit

        • sbranch says:

          Maybe more like Seattle, we hope!

          • peggy says:

            please come to Spokane!!! it’s beautiful here, we are stationed here now at the Air Force base, Fairchild. Spokane is a beautiful big city. I would be out of my mind excited if you came here!!! fingers crossed!

          • sbranch says:

            We would love to Peggy … it really all depends on the bookstores…and of course that old problem, time!

  43. Patsy-FL says:

    Beyond expectations is my description for your book. I’ve finished the first go round of reading and have started rereading. It is everything I’d hoped for, a glorious trip to England lived vicariously through you. Thank you so much for visiting many of the spots I’d choose; your descriptions and photographs brought England to life. I must go too!
    Susan, I’ve followed you, your art in every form, and gifts forever. You definitely have the ability to keep us all close. Thank you.

  44. Charlene says:

    Oooh I remember a long time ago you had mentioned that you’d love to sell a tea. I’ve been hoping that it would happen! And to have it in that wonderful tin is just icing on the cake! I can’t wait! I’ve been s-l-o-w-l-y reading your book as I just don’t want it to end. I think it’s my happy place right now with school starting and volunteer demands starting up again. (school starts very early in our school district) Summer was such a wonderful break for me that I really believe that your book is helping me transition into the routine of the school year. Thank you Susan for lifting our spirits and giving us joy 🙂

  45. Maureen MacKenzie says:

    Good Afternoon Susan,
    I love, love, loved your book! I was so excited to be in the first mailing batch and I couldn’t put it down…I read it right away. I didn’t write sooner because we had family staying with us and my first 20+ person get together at my house. On the menu was the Hot Milk Cake from your book. Oh my….was it delicious! Everything I had hoped it would be. 🙂 We had a 90th birthday party for my Grandmother and everyone came back to my house after. Luckily I didn’t have to make too many items, just foods to pick on, but it was wonderful. I loved having all that family and love in my home…from 2 months to 90 years old. Thank you for being there in hot “milk cake fashion” and giving me great ideas from your blog/books for entertaining. You’re the best……Maureen xox

    • sbranch says:

      Perfect party, all ages! Thank you for having me in “hot milk fashion,” my favorite outfit! xoxo

  46. Kathleen Henry says:

    Dearest Susan,
    Just wanted to let you know that A Fine Romance arrived yesterday !!! Yipee!! I pre-ordered the book but I was a bit concerned because we sold our house and while waiting for our new home to be built we have a PO box for a temporary address….so worried that it would somehow get lost… a great sigh of relief when it arrived ! I faithfully followed your blog while you and Joe were on your great adventure and I am having a wonderful time reliving your trip….I love everything about this book …even the page stock has a wonderful feel to it ….BTW I firmly believe that every book should have a terrific grosgrain ribbon !!! Thanks again for sharing with us girlfriends !!!

  47. Cecelia says:

    Hi Susan,
    Almost finished with book. Definitely will read again with the links on the website. Is there a list somewhere on your blog of previous blog entries that we can click on. I would like to go to the beginning of your trip on the blog!

    Looking forward to you coming to Hudson Ohio. And can’t wait to try your teas. I will have to drink it in the morning though! Heard it is caffeinated:-D

    • sbranch says:

      I’m going to see if we can get links to the whole trip put onto the blog somewhere. Thank you Cecelia!

  48. Linda Petersen says:

    Hi Susan! I am loving the book so much!! Thank you for creating such a wonderful keepsake:0). Can’t wait for the teas & tin either! Oh~~~& Joe’s beret is on my list too~~~I think I’m going to do a cartwheel! :0). Have a very happy week & a lot of fun at the Martha’s Vineyard signing. I hope Petey is going along to keep the crowds under control LOL.

    XOXO, Linda ~~~ Chino Valley, AZ.
    PS Will an ornament be available this Christmas?

  49. Linda in Texas says:

    I’ve been reading “A Fine Romance” this afternoon. I just finished the visit to Beatrix Potter’s house. I keep having to resist the urge to “leave a reply.” –“Nooo, you look adorable in the second hat”, or “Is that Jack on the ledge over The National Trust?” or to tell you I love page 141 with the painting of your new/old teapot (what a bargain!) and the list of all the lovely things in the shoppe.

    I’m still trying to go slow (which is kind of hard to do) because I don’t want it to end.

    I don’t know how hard this would be to do, and I don’t want to suggest something that would create a lot of work for you, but would it be possible to gather all of those blog posts you did while we were all stuffed in the suitcases and careening across England with you and Joe, and put the link to them under the book Appendix (or somewhere)? I would love to read them all again and pore over the photos again. And I totally understand if it’s too much work.

    Just loving the book and wanted to say so again.


    • sbranch says:

      I can ask! It’s something that my back-end blog master (the wizard behind the curtain) would have to do for us. And because everything he does for us is a favor, I have to do exactly what you did, and ask, is it too much trouble, because I have no idea either. Thank you Linda!

  50. Naomi Huddleston says:

    Hi Susan! I love, love, love your calendars – I purchase a desk calendar each year – it makes each day at work so much cheerier – but I don’t see a desk calendar for 2014 – is this true? Oh dear!

    • sbranch says:

      So sorry, no desk calendar this year. The people who made them decided not to anymore. So we were sort of stuck. However I’m happy to announce that our wall-calendar folks want to make one for us next year. So it will be only one year without one.

      • Naomi Huddleston says:

        YAAAY!!!! Thanks Susan!

      • Stephanie says:

        Great news! Can you ask the people to make us an easel calendar again? For the past years I’ve been using my old SB easel calendar (the one on the acrylic frame) with the little paper months from your current magnet calendar – to cobble something together! I also loved that easel flip calendar too!

  51. tiina says:

    Susan Omg I love the book so far . I ‘ve been reading all day and I was so excited when it came in the mail. So worth the wait ,you did an amazing job with the pictures, paintings and writing, it’s like we are with you on the trip. I especially like how you remembered us blog girlfriends. I’m so looking gforward to seeing you in s.l.o. at the Madonna inn. Can’t wait for you to sign my book. You bring the pen I’ll bring the Magnets I love that drink too . We had it in Scotland when we traveled. Get packing see you in November . Tina in central cali

  52. Nanc says:

    I savor a few pages of the book each day, so love it. I also am waiting patiently for the tea tin, what a great idea and might even try the Earl Grey with cornflower in it.

    Oh please try to come up north from CA for a book signing, Powell’s in Portland or Elliot Bay Books in Seattle or even better Island Books on Mercer Island just a hop over east from Seattle.

    • sbranch says:

      We are trying for Powell’s and Elliot Bay…but we’re not quite there yet. I’ll be sure to update EVENTS when we can!

      • Rosanne Murphy (Oregon) says:

        Seriously? Powell’s in Portland?! That would be awesome! Only 50 miles from where I live. My smarty pants son refers to Susan Branch as “Mom’s imaginary friend.”;) Ha!Little does he know that all us SB girlfriends are best friends!

        • sbranch says:

          Bursting out LOL! Your son! “Mom’s imaginary friend.” That is so BOY. Whack him for me!

          • Rosanne Murphy (Oregon) says:

            Yes, BOY for sure! Fortunately, he makes me LOL a lot, especially at myself! I’m going to tell him I have instructions from my imaginary friend to give him a whack.;)

          • sbranch says:

            Maybe then I won’t be so imaginary! 🙂

  53. Karen Saunders says:

    hi susan….this has nothing to do with current events (don’t want to take away from your new book!!) but i was at my daughters last week and i started reading the Girlfriend book, (the one i bought her!!) and i just have to say it’s the best book. it is so inspiring and full of good things that can be used again and again in your life. truly an inspiration that keeps on giving. girlfriends….add that to your list of must have’s. it makes me want to do something with my life. i love your books. (thanks!)

    • sbranch says:

      Oh Karen, I love that book too. A year after writing it, I read it again and realized that the book I wrote for grownups, as a grownup, was really a book that was perfect for 12 year olds! 🙂 xoxo

  54. Julie (Omaha) says:

    I have to tell you Susan that I got your book about 2 weeks ago but made myself just enjoy the cover until this weekend! I have it nestled on my coffee table next to a candle and family photo. I kept waiting for the “perfect time” to have a cup of tea and open it up and savor every detail, every page. Finally I couldn’t wait any longer and got up an hour early before the family this morning just to read it. Words can’t express the appreciation I have for you ability to write, draw and share your thoughts and adventures with us. What a wonderful gift, thank you for making this world a better, cozier, friendlier place.

    • sbranch says:

      So happy to hear that Julie! You just have no idea how good it feels to know the book is working out with everyone! Thank you for telling me!

  55. I love love love your book so much that I don’t want it to end! You inspire me to be a better me, just by being you. Thank you!! You must have read my mind…or I read yours because as I was reading about your favorite tea, I was trying to look it up on your appendix to see where I could buy it. It sounds delicious and I want to try it! So I was tickled and thrilled to see that you are selling your own mix, and the tea tin is beautiful! MUST HAVE!! I think everyone should have their own signature tea, sort of like having one’s own perfume, but I like tea better. 🙂 Before your post, I went to your store and ordered my 2014 wall calendar to give to myself for Christmas like I do every year. And then I saw the beret and ordered one for my adorable son-in-law for Christmas. It’ll look great on him and I know he’ll love it! It’s in the mail already, so glad it isn’t sold out! I was thinking that it would be a cute idea for everyone who buys a beret for their special guy to send in a picture…maybe a section of your blog can be called Joe’s Beret Buddies! Or maybe not…maybe it’s a silly idea. Anyway, I’m so eager to buy your tea and your tin! Thank you for the continuous smiles when I read your posts ~ Bye! ♥

    • sbranch says:

      Oh I would love those photos of the Beret Buddies! Great idea…not silly at all, it would be darling! Thanks Heidi Rose!

  56. Julie Child says:

    Have enjoyed reading about the many places “A Fine Romance” has been visiting….but I bet I can top them all….I received my copy just as my family (hubby and two college-aged daughters) were heading from Sacramento to Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View to see BOB DYLAN in concert. Can you believe that!? I had to read it the whole way and took it with me to the concert just in case there was any down time (of which there was quite a lot of!) I have to say Bob needs to retire but that book is a keeper! Totally charming and inspiring – will read it over and over. Will see you in SLO in November. And yes – my name is Julie Child…I notice Julia’s birthday is this week! Will have to have a celebration of sorts! Ha!

    • sbranch says:

      LOL, I saw Bob years ago and thought the same thing! Thank you Julie Child! See you in SLO!

    • KarenP (Wisconsin) says:

      Happy Julia Child’s Birthday, Julie! So sweet that she is a namesake, of sorts! You will have to have a birthday cake in her honor today!!

  57. willemien says:

    Hi Susan,

    I just love that Tea tin! Hoping you can send a few to the Netherlands, they would sell for sure! Next to your book ofcourse. Again reading your blog makes me happy. Have a beautiful day! Here in Holland we’ve been having pancakes for lunch in the garden, our youngest ( 15 months old) just loved it!Pancakes al over his face with dimple in his cheek ( had to take a picture!)
    Keep on going with writing those beautiful blogs! Good luck with your book signings!

    Lots of love from Willemien

    • sbranch says:

      OH Holland, how I would love to visit there someday. The closest I ever came was Copenhagen. Pancakes in Holland, how delicious. Thank you Willemien!

  58. Jeanne Hedin says:

    I’ve been slowly reading your lovely book . . . pacing myself so that I don’t gulp it down all at once. It is just delightful, Susan, a true gift. I hope you will be somewhere near the cornfield where we live in Minnesota on your book tour. :-)And, be still my heart, I am so taken with your adorable tea tin!

    • sbranch says:

      So cute Jeanne! Say hello to your cornfield for me! Me too on the tea tin, I am still not sick of it at all. My girlfriend just arrived from California, walked into the kitchen, and honed in on it like a laser! 🙂 Girlfriends!

  59. Linda from Lancaster Co. PA says:

    Dearest Susan and Girlfriends,
    I just returned from an ADVENTURE! With your book in tow, plus your Girlfriends and Summer books, I went to the little bookstore in Lititz to talk about a Susan Branch book signing. Yes, I really did. I was very nervous–kept praying all the way there–my hands were getting sweaty.

    But I went through the door (little tinkling of a bell) and spoke to an older lady behind her computer. Assuring her I was not a sales rep, but a fan (a.k.a. Girlfriend). She has never heard of you (how can that be possible??) so I enthused about you, your drawings, your writing, your recipes AND your newest book!

    She looked at your website. (I directed her to the Events section of your sidebar.) She was excited to see that you favor small independent bookstores, as Aaron’s Books is a member of Independent Bookstores.

    A young sales girl came up. She had never heard of you either! (Good Grief, how did I ever meet the only two people in Lititz who have never heard of you??) So I read a section from your Girlfriends book–the part where you and Karen meet the Beatles. They were enthralled! I could tell–they laughed and oohed and ahhed at all the right places.

    The lady was fascinated with your book–in fact right then and there she placed an order for it! “I love England,” she said.

    She gave me this address to get in touch with the bookstore: [email protected]. The owners are “Sam” (the wife) and Tod Dickinson. The lady is the mom of one of them. The phone number is 717-627-1990. I also gave them your information.

    Is this the right place to give you this information? Let me know if I should put it somewhere else. As you can imagine, I am totally excited! I am not finished with your/our book. But I love the feel of it when I hold it. I love how strong the binding is. I love how your handwriting changes throughout the book. I love the darling picture of Beatrix Potter’s bed, and all your sidebars (!) In the book, “we” have just visited Beatrix’s house for the first time and now soon we are on to Dove Cottage. I can’t wait!

    Oh, also, I love that you have given us not one but TWO indexes! And there are different pictures and topics in both!! So when I have finished your book, (boo hoo) it won’t really be over, b/c then I can go through the indexes!! You know your Girlfriends!!!
    P.S. There is a tea room right around the corner from Aaron’s Books so you see we are quite civilized in Lititz!

    • sbranch says:

      QUITE civilized! I printed out your information, Linda, and thank you so much for doing that. I love your story, and I really do understand the clammy hands, because if I have to do that, my hands get clammy too. But look, you did a wonderful job!!! I mentioned once that I sort of fly under the radar, and definitely not everyone knows me, but see what you just did? Made a big difference, and I thank you for it!!! Thank you for the cute story to go with it too! We will try for Aarons. The good news is that’s it’s relatively close to this coast so we have more than one opportunity to get there! xoxo

    • Shannon (Pennsylvania) says:

      Way to go, Linda!! Lititz is right in our neck of the woods..I live in York County 🙂 You did GOOD, girlfriend, clammy palms and all!

    • Chris Wells in Knickerbocker, W TX says:

      Way to go Linda! Sometimes you just have to get out there and make things happen. That little book store sounds wonderful, love the tinkling bell. Lititz sounds like a charming town…..Susan needs to stop there!

  60. Julie Marie says:

    Hi Susan… me again… I am loving your book sooo much!… I just had to come back and tell you that again… also, I stopped into your shop and just ordered one of Joe’s favorite berets for me in PLUM!… can’t wait!… also ordered my new pocket planner (can’t live without one!) and the Autumn Leaf pillow… Autumn is my very favorite time of year, and now I am ready for it!… I already have your Autumn book out and am looking at it in between “being in England” with you… love you!… xoxo Julie Marie

    • sbranch says:

      You make me excited for fall Julie! On TV this morning, the weatherman said, “Looks like summer is GONE — Autumn is taking hold of New England.” I jumped for joy on my way to get my second cup of tea!

  61. Julie Marie says:

    Oooh, and thank you for the “free stuff” part of your shop… just printed out my Roses postcard, my “Mind, body, spirit” bookmark, and my Fine Romance postcard… remember that old song “I’m gonna sit right down and write myself a letter… and make believe it came from you”… (my daddy always sang that to me when I was a little girl)… well, that’s what I am going to do!… and I’ll pretend it came from you from England!… xoxo again…

  62. Kathy Phenix says:

    Don’t want to put a “downer” on all the celebrations BUT, I have yet to receive my copy of “A Fine Romance”. Are more still on the way?? I pre-ordered as soon as you said we could. I haven’t moved or even left town!! Where can it/they be?? (I ordered two. Anticipating Christmas gift giving.) Should I contact one of your helpers or just keep hoping and praying that today will be the day? Kathy from Melbourne FL

    • sbranch says:

      Did you get in touch with customer service? FYI, the contact for them is on every page in the shopping section. But just in case, I forwarded your comment to Kellee. She’ll check on it for you — it should be there by now! Sorry Kathy!

      • Kathy Phenix says:

        Thanks Susan. Once again it/they didn’t arrive today. I’ll call Kellee tomorrow.

      • mari1017 says:

        Good morning, Susan –
        I just had to write this morning to let you know, and tell everyone, that Sheri at the Susan Branch “webstore” was just marvelous in tracking down my order, contacting me to let me know that they did miss my order and that she was mailing out a new one immediately. We had great correspondence through email, and she is one of the loveliest people I have had the pleasure to “meet”. You are blessed, Susan, to have such a terrific employee as Sheri. And my book is now on its way! Her customer care will make its arrival all the sweeter. So – if anyone did not receive their book, call the webstore and follow up with an email to Customer Service – include your contact information, account number and order number – they are happy to help!
        Thanks, Susan – and a big thanks to Sheri! ♥♥♥

        • sbranch says:

          She’s a living doll, and I’m so happy you got a chance to get to know her a little bit! And thank you so much for telling me! They work so hard, I love it when they get a little credit! xoxo

          • mari1017 says:

            They all deserve kudos! I would never hesitate to order from your store. Sheri told me that she LOVES her job! I am finding some good leads for my next employment, and I can only pray that I find something that keeps me as joyful and lovely to customers as Sheri is ♥♥♥
            You have a wonderful crew, Susan! I am looking forward to 1)seeing you on your book trip, and 2) planning to make the trip north next year to attend the Gladys Taber annual meeting next year to hear you speak – put my name with “YES” right in!

          • sbranch says:

            She loves her job, and we love her, so it’s all working out perfectly! See you in Connecticut Mari!

  63. kit says:

    Oh your book is lovely! But I have to admit I haven’t started reading it yet. Waiting for my hubby’s vacation to be over and I have the perfect time to settle in and start. I want a rainy coolish day. A hot cup of tea and a scone (from Starbuck’s…LOL) and my comfy chair. Can’t wait! Kit

  64. Joan Lesmeister says:

    OK, I confess, I am still slowly savoring the book, I don’t want it to end….I’ve never done that before in all my many years of book reading….it’s charming, wonderful, witty, pretty, I think I’ve said that before, but it needs saying over & over!!! And, I’m not reading it around food or drink, so afraid I’ll slop all over it! My discipline is exemplary! Love & Hugs!!!

  65. Stephanie says:

    Did you know your book is listed as the #2 book on amazon under ‘travel books’?? Amazing! I was going to suggest we all buy your book on the same day to push it to #1 – but I think we all bought it in advance off your website already.

    – Love, love, love the tin – can’t wait to order a bunch. I know you have nothing else to do right now (ha-ha!) but we’ll need one with a Christmas theme too, ok? (“christmas tea” is a lovely phrase isn’t it??).

    – Your van rocks.

    – I am in love with Martha’s Vineyard and need to move there. Need. to. By the way – did you invite President Obama and family for a BBQ yet?? I hear they are near you! 🙂

    – I feel compelled to share this (even though I think I’ve posted it before) but after finishing “A Fine Romance” (or as I call it “Pear Cider”) I KNOW you and the girlfriends would LOVE a set of books by Gil McNeil. She is from England and has 3 novels about knitting, tea and England – perfect, right? The story is a young widow who takes her 2 boys back to her little town (in Kent I think?) takes over her Gran’s yarn store and hilarity ensues. It is so funny – and every page there is knitting or they stop for a “cuppa” tea or all the funny characters in town are up to something. Don’t miss these books. I’ve read them all 3 times already. Bring one on your car journey across America. The first one is called “Beach Street Knitting Society”, then “Needles and Pearls”, then “Knit One, Pearl One”. They are delightful. Here’s a link:

  66. OMG Susan!! I just received my Sept. issue of Victoria and there you are on page 16 in FULL PAGE splendor!!!! It’s spectacular!!!! As Jo Marsh would say, by golly that is splendid, well done!!!!! The ad is perfect, even mentioning that you will be featured in the holiday issue of Yankee Magazine.

    • sbranch says:

      REALLY??? OH Boy! I didn’t know it was out! YIKES, how ridiculously exciting! I have to go to the bookstore and get one! Thank you for telling me Deb!

  67. Dena says:

    YEA !!!! Got my book today!!!! Cant wait to sit with a cup of tea and start reading, it is thicker than i thought. Also got my 2014 calendar i ordered with it, soo cute. I LOVE LOVE , the tea can , would LOVE to have one , and to try your favorite tea too. Our lives get so busy, that something as simple as a cup of tea can make us appreciate the small things in life.

  68. Dinahsoar says:

    Love the teas and the tin.

    Your book: Love it!….I was up to page 82 this morning and about busted a gut laughing at you and Joe getting used to driving ‘inside out’. If I’d had a mouth full of coffee it would have shot out of my nose. The laughter built inside and next thing I knew it forced it’s way out. You guys are so funny.

    ALSO–your love story is so sweet. The story line would make a wonderful romantic comedy. If I were rich and capable of producing a movie, I’d make that movie. Who would play you and Joe back in the day though? I’m out of the loop these days when it comes to younger stars so am clueless. But I’d sure love to see ‘that’ movie–it really is storybook material…from the hills of TN.

  69. Gert~Iowa says:

    Oh Susan…I can not believe this magical book I am reading! A Fine Romance! You are amazing, and that is what I told our local bookstore! I was speaking with the owner and she was so excited to hear about your book signing! She got on your blog and started reading as we were speaking! Lol I mentioned your grandfather Willard, and within seconds she was reading about him! Funny, I first heard about you from a small fabric store who carried your quilting fabrics, they are in the same mall that the bookstore is in. Small world… I’m sure you will be getting an invite from them!

    Oh, your new tea tin and tea look so beautiful! I want one!! Putting that on my Christmas list….smile… Also, your sunset photos are gorgeous! I could sit there every night it is so beautiful!!

    Looking forward to seeing your van in the very near future!!

    • sbranch says:

      My MOM would be so thrilled to hear the bookstore in Sioux City has heard of our book! That’s just so amazing Gert! Thank you. What a small world we have with this amazing Internet. I don’t know how we got along without it!

      • Gert~Iowa says:

        I know, the Internet is an amazing thing! We are so proud of the fact that your Mother came from our area!! And that “Willard” came from Sioux City! smile….

        • sbranch says:

          Me, too, and grandparents too. Lots of lovely mid-west vibe in my life! (Thank you God!)

          • Gert~Iowa says:

            Susan..that must be why you love the seasonal change! smile… Spring..the beginnings of new life..Summer…the heat of the day…picnics, taking a swim…Fall…sweaters, cool evening walks..Winter…sitting in front of a fire watching the snow falling gracefully out the window.

  70. TJ in VA says:

    Hello Susan,

    A BIG THANK YOU to Sheri Honeycutt — with the darling name. My book arrived in the mail today, and guess what? I’m too excited to open the package. It feels like Christmas…and I want to hold onto the anticipation just a wee bit longer. Perhaps, I can hold on until we leave for Virginia Beach in a few days. We’ll see!

    Of course, you must be delirious by now with accolades coming from every front, and a cross-country book tour imminent…ENJOY every moment!

    Thank you!

    • sbranch says:

      Delirious, that’s right, with tears, laughter, joy, and humble bow of lucky head. Thank you! And Thank you for compliments for Sheri! Love hearing that.

  71. Sharon in So. Calif. says:

    Hi Susan, just wanted to say that I love your van, and Joe looks ever so dapper in his beret, and I CAN’T WAIT (sorry for shouting) for your tea!!! OH Hap Hap Happy. Your sunset pictures are so beautiful thank you for sharing everything with us, I feel like I am in the backseat with you and Joe on that pretty ride to Aquinnah. Also congrats on your new membership in the Beatrix-Potter Society. How exciting for you. Have to tell you I received my very first newsletters (back issues) from Gladys today, my cup runneth over. Have a safe trip and send us lots of pictures. xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

  72. Debra V. ~ Southern California says:

    Didn’t want you to think I’d forgotten you. I’m just enjoying the New Book “A Fine Romance”. I’m absorbing as much of it as possible and enjoying it every chance I have to read it. It’s so tempting to wander through the pages just to look at the photos, but trying to use some self control to read it in the order it was written. I don’t want to spoil any surprises you have for us by reading it out of sequence. I’m absolutely loving it!
    Love the Van, beautiful paint job! It isn’t subtle but it will grown on Joe. It’s going to be good advertising and will gather a crowd for sure. Quite a head turner…so tell Joe to jump in with both feet and enjoy it.
    Can’t wait to see you in San Luis Obispo in November. Seems like a long way off. But time flies and it will be November before long. Enjoy your travels and book signings. I know I will be visiting the blog to see your adventures as you post them.
    Bless you for blessing us with your new Book.

    • sbranch says:

      Van is in the driveway. We shade our eyes! 🙂 It’s so funny to drive such a thing! It’s like getting a new dress for a party! See you at the party in SLO!

  73. Karen Saunders says:

    just gave a 5 star review on Amazon for your book….boy, your book is going gang-busters on the 5 star reviews!!!! WAY TO GO!!!!!

  74. Dena says:

    Just got to look through my book tonight, LOVE the pictures and drawings , And thanks so much for the book mark in it, there is something about that red ribbon that makes a book so elegant. LOVING every page , will surely leave a review on . All my best and congrats on your lovely book.

    • sbranch says:

      I wished all the photos were three dimensional and that the dried flowers were real in each book ~ but the ribbon allowed something extra that could be real in every book! Thank you Dena!

  75. Candy says:

    I just finished your book!! I absolutely loved it! I am going to give one to my 7 yr old Grandaughter when she’s older! She and her brother and I had a tea party and got up early in the morning for Prince Williams wedding! We had scones and tiny cakes and tarts ! She loved it! And wants to know when the next wedding will be so we can do it again! Thanks for a beautiful book!

  76. Pam Fortune says:

    Hi Susan
    I am just back from Germany after a wonderful time with my eldest granddaughter showing her the sights and experiences when I was her age. A really lovely country. I haven’t received my books yet but maybe that is because I am in the U.K. I just hope they arrive before my daughter Fleur’s birthday in September, I am sure they will. I am really looking forward to reading it and seeing all your beautiful illustrations. I also love the tea caddy and the interesting blend of tea. When I recover from the cost of my excursion I will have to treat myself. Safe travel on your book signing expedition and look forward to seeing your photos and prose about your latest adventure.

    • sbranch says:

      Pam, at the bottom of every shopping page is a contact number for the studio. Check with Kellee or Sheri and see if they can track your book. I see that some of our English Girlfriends have gotten their books already.

  77. Ann says:

    A Fine Romance is a book that is well worth all the hard work you put into it Susan, and I hope you are justifiably very proud of it. I received mine last week and I’m on my second read, taking it more slowly this time because there is so much to absorb. I love the romatic beginning and then to read about ones’ own country and see it through the eyes of a visitor makes me appreciate England all the more. Don’t forget, when you and Joe are ready to come back (and we would love you to) there’s a lot more beautiful countryside to explore. Devon and Cornwall for a start – lots of fabulous Nat Trust houses in those two counties. Best wishes for the book tour, it’s going to be a huge success and thank you for a fabulous, fabulous, truly inspirational book. I LOVE IT.
    Ann in Thame xx
    ps do we really talk like that!!

    • sbranch says:

      Oh I know, we’ve barely skimmed the surface. We might like to live there for a year. Have a winter and a fall. Yes, you talk like that, cute, cute, cute. xoxo

  78. Joan Lesmeister says:

    After dinner & dishes, I sat outside with my ice water (very warm out & didn’t want any color close by) & our book. The hummers were flitting around their feeders while I read. I was on page 212 when I started & loving every word, & picture, & couldn’t stop ’till “The End” & what an end! It was almost dark out & on I read, my exemplary discipline to save pages for the next night was gone! I even dreamed you had come here to visit, Sue!!! Now, I can start all over & read it again (and again). We had been to England, and visited some of the same places as you & Joe & I can say you’ve described it to a “t” (tea?). Lovely, charming, wonderful book dear Girlfriend! I say, are you wearing your green plaid shawl to your 1st signing? Much admiration & love, Joanie

    • sbranch says:

      I should wear my lucky shawl, but I’m afraid it’s a little warm for that! I’ll bring it on the road though, because the times they are about to change! Thank you so much Joanie, for your wonderful book review! xoxo

      • Elaine in Toronto says:

        And don’t forget that special something Joe found for you that is perfect for book signings when you went leaf peeking last fall. Can’t wait to find out what it is. Loved your book even more the second time around. Safe travels.

        • sbranch says:

          Thank you for that reminder, Elaine. I wrote it on the calendar so I remember it, but I think I am going to be so excited that I might just forget it anyway!

  79. NANCY JO says:

    Hi Susan,
    Love the book, didn’t want it to end, now I have to read it again. Really want that cute tin, I will be looking for it. Love your blog as always.
    Nancy Jo

  80. NANCY JO says:

    PS. Susan. I did a review on Amazon first one I ever did. I just know you will sell lots and lots of books.
    Nancy Jo

  81. Marva says:

    I received my copy of A Fine Romance in the mail yesterday. It was delivered so quickly as I just ordered it on Friday and it arrived on Monday! I have it lovely and I have begun to read and savor it. Congratulations on such a beautiful book!

  82. Lisa from CT says:

    Susan, I am enjoying reading your book so much!!! If I never get to England, I will know I have experienced it through your writing. I am almost done reading your book, and believe me, I am sooooooooo glad that I have your blog to come back to. Love you Susan!!!

  83. Deborah Norling says:

    Regarding the Beatrix Potter Society…when I went to their web-site I realized that the wonderful actress Patricia Routledge. ( CBE ) is a patron of the society. If there were ever another Biography about Beatrix…dear Patricia Routledge would or should be the #1 choice to play her….she would be the perfect !!

    • sbranch says:

      Wouldn’t she be wonderful! The thing I would like is Beatrix when she was young, because I would love to see all her hats. The photos I’ve seen show her in wonderful WONDERFUL hats!

  84. Janeen says:

    I was thrilled to receive your book in the mail. I found it hard to put down, but I did because I wanted to savor the reading. Pots of tea and lemon cookies later I finished the book through laughter and tears. I would love to take such a trip, perhaps to Ireland, with cottages, pubs and sheep. I think a “Joe” would be very nice companionship as well. I will look for your book tour coming to the lovely Napa Valley this fall and will definitely be purchasing the lavender tea with roses.

  85. Terri (in Richmond, VA) says:

    Susan, I just wanted to wish you “happy first book signing” in 2 days! And have a most wonderful cross country journey! I just had to leave an Amazon review, my first ever. You deserve all of the accolades, and the publishing world needs to know what people really want. I love my e-reader, but there is nothing like a real book, and nothing like the book that you created. We need more of that. Your book journeyed to NYC with me and then to the Adirondacks for my daughter’s wedding. Now we are safe at home, and I am trying to figure out how many Fine Romance books I need to buy for Christmas! Love to you, Joe and the kitties

    • sbranch says:

      Thank you Terri … and for the Amazon review, and the fun story about where you’ve been! Happy wedding, and welcome home. First book signing in 2 days and the butterflies have arrived. So excited!

  86. Sylvia in Seattle says:

    Oh Boy — possible bookstore stops at Powell’s in Portland and/or Elliott Bay in Seattle. I’ll send rave review e-mails to both! I’d make the Seattle one for sure, but also imagining a train ride to Portland with my daughters for a really fun time. Don’t let Joe miss seeing the beautiful Oregon Coast if you do come north. Gorgeous in any weather. I’ve had a fun birthday week with the reading of your charming book mornings with tea and before falling asleep. It’s been a magic 79th B-day for me because of it. Loved showing it to my kids who hear me talking about your blog all the time. Just finished a “slow read” today and will probably go through soon again while at the computer. Eventually I’ll get into Charms for the Easy Life which, on sampling, I can see will be wonderful. Thank You Susan.

    • sbranch says:

      Happy Birthday Sylvia! I know, must show Joe that coastline. And yes, makes a huge difference when you speak to event planners in bookstores — then when we call, they are READY for us! 🙂 Thank yoooou Sylvia!

      • MaryAnn says:

        I live 6 hours from Portland and Seattle, but would travel to either city if you come there. I will keep looking at your schedule and hoping! I was in Powell’s for the first time last Fall. Great bookstore!

  87. marygrace says:

    Hi Susan

  88. Mary in Phoenix says:

    Just checked … you now have 64 reviews on Amazon!!! That’s right … 7 pages of them … all with 5 stars!!! You go girl. Hope all the accolades help the butterflies 🙂
    “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them” ~Walt Disney

    • sbranch says:

      Shock and happiness. But, shock. and Happiness! 🙂 Can’t quite get over it, or used to it either!

  89. Nancy says:

    So am I reading this post correctly? I only have to make it through 2014 without my big desk calendar…you found a new publisher for the blotter? I sure hope so!
    I opened my book…..cracked open the cover…..saw the signed nameplate…..told a girlfriend all about Susan Branch…..but I’m saving the reading for a trip my husband and I will make as soon as school starts and we get the Grands where they need to be! 😉

  90. Jennifer Behen says:

    I was elated to have received my book so EARLY!! I’ve had time to have read it twice…I admire anyone’s fortitude to have waited to read it. My husband thought it a little zany that I tore into the shipping package and actually jumped up from the sofa and said (hollered), ‘It’s here already!’, at which point I disappeared into A Fine Romance until I’d devoured every detail. LOVED the feel of the pages, LOVED the ribbon bookmark (Who does that anymore? Why Susan, that’s who, of course!!!!), loved all the dear watercolor details on every page, loved the photos (am so glad other girlfriends asked about accessing the England blogs…would love that!), loved your terrific descriptions……you get the idea, loved every bit of it. You are
    one remarkable lady. Thank you for being you. I don’t know how you

  91. Jennifer Behen says:

    Whoops! My comment got a little squished at the end. All I was saying is that I don’t know how you fit everything you do into your days. You and your mind must never shut down! Ideas, ideas, ideas….and we all get the benefit. 😀 Glad you share.

    • sbranch says:

      Not my fault, just too much inspiration out there! 🙂 Thank you so much Jennifer … I’m SO glad you liked it! It was such a pleasure, as much in the doing as in the planning. xoxo

  92. Jackie P says:

    See you at the Toadstool in Milford NH! Can’t wait!

  93. Dawn (Elmhurst, IL) says:

    ♫♬ Happy Birthday to Joe! ♬♫ I saw his birthday balloon on the calendar this morning! What an exciting day… in an exciting week… in an exciting year… in an exciting life!! We are all sending our happy wishes for both of you, Susan and Joe!
    Happy hugs,

    • sbranch says:

      You’re a doll Dawn. I’m already running around in six directions this morning, not quite knowing what to do first. It’s nervous-making, this first signing — even though it’s such a happy event for us. Yikes, and Oh boy!

      • Dawn (Elmhurst, IL) says:

        It’s SO exciting!! Just breathe… and take it all in and write it on your heart! ♡ You will be surrounded by Girlfriends… and the rest of us will be thinking of you from afar! What could be sweeter? Have a wonderful time!
        Happy hugs,

  94. Debbie says:

    I have been trying to read the book slowly and savor every bit because it is so special but sometimes I say” well just a few more pages “and then just a few more. I have to stop myself because I never want it to end. I was lucky enough to go to England almost 10 years ago and I had the same reaction to York. Of the wonderful places we saw (and there were so many) York was where I could see myself living. Did you notice it smelled ever faintly of chocolate? Apparently there is a factory just outside of town! This summer I had the privilege to tour Tasha Tudor’s house. I think Tasha is my Beatrix Potter. It was something I had dreamed of forever and when I stepped through the door of the house my eyes filled with tears because it was a dream come true. Reading about your time at Hilltop reminded me of that special day. Thank you so much for sharing your trip and your dreams with us.

    • sbranch says:

      I need to go up to Tasha Tudors house one of these days. I know it will be wonderful. Yes, York, and chocolate! Everything about it, but especially the music in the streets. I loved that. And the interesting looking people. And of course the Shambles and those curvy narrow cobblestone streets at night. Just amazing, so filled with history!

  95. Karen P - Wisconsin says:

    Your heart must be racing! Mine is and I won’t even BE at your first booksigning! Best of luck….thoughts are with you as you begin your whirlwind tour! So excited for you! You deserve it. xo

    • sbranch says:

      It is racing. I’m ridiculous! It’s because I work alone so much, then all of a sudden, PEOPLE! Yikes! It’s always wonderful during and after, but the before is scary.

      • KarenP (Wisconsin) says:

        Praying for wonderful, face-to-face meetings today with what really must be like old friends!! xo

  96. Marygrace says:

    Haha oops….don’t know what happened to my message but Hi again! Just wanted to leave a little note to say how absolutely lovely I think your new book is! I just adore all of your creativity in the details…..your paintings are amazing and I’m savoring each turn of the page as I read it. I hope you continue to make your diaries published books…..I’d love to keep reading them :)!

  97. Christa says:

    Hi Susan,
    I got home from NY late last night (have been gone for over 6 weeks) and the first thing I looked for was my, A FINE ROMANCE. I love it!!!! It is absolutely beautiful, a work of art. I read the dedication, it brought tears to my eyes.
    can’t wait to read the rest. So much to do,so little time to do it in….
    Will you have a book signing in Northern California, Saramento or beyond? Hope so! I love the Tea Tin…

  98. Rhonda says:

    I am trying to drag out reading A Fine Romance because I am already dreading finishing it – it is such a great read! You truly put your heart and soul into every page and what a delightful time I’m having with it. It’s going to be the perfect gift for so many on my holiday list. As will the tea tin – just adorable.
    Love the Vineyard photos – I’ve been there so many times on vacation and my dream is to retire there. And, as we know, dreams (with some good planning) do come true. Love the van and now I am off to check under “events” to see if you’re coming to NJ. Have a safe and wonderful journey.

    P.S. I’m thinking it would be nice for you and Joe to take another trip which could translate into another book. How about a nice tour to Italy and France? I don’t think I’ll get there in this lifetime but wouldn’t mind tagging along via your books. You could do a whole series! OK, getting a bit carried away here. Must be your contagious enthusiasm…

  99. Harmony Colleen says:

    Let’s try this one more time, shall we?
    You have no idea how often I have hit that backspace key accidentally and managed to lose whatever it was I said (and my mind, at the same time!)
    So, plain & simple & quickly (before I hit the wrong key!) ~ your book is a joy.

    It arrived on Rupert Brooke’s birthday (August 3rd) which made it all the more perfect & English. Have been relishing each page ever since. There’s so much beauty & joy & fun and then ~ there’s the passage about the trials & tribulations of narrow roads and how the driver did not appreciate your “helpful” comments & the occasional scream ~even when it was his own. Hilarious. British tourist comedy at its best! A delightful read in every way.

    Looking so forward to the tea tin (I need one!) & tea ~ why ever not become a tea designer? It suits you.

    Now, carefully and oh-so-slowly, staying far away from “backspace”, I will press “post comment” and hope it makes it.

    All The Best,
    Harmony in Sonora, California

  100. Charlene says:

    Susan, I absolutely love this book! Books are one of the great joys in my life and A Fine Romance has just become my favorite one. I haven’t read it all yet…I want to make sure I take the time to do it justice. I’m so disappointed I won’t be able to be at your signing tomorrow night. I made it to Martha’s Vineyard for Girlfriends and later the Autumn one but it didn’t work out this time. Hopefully I will be able to see you on the road somewhere in that beyond cute van. Please tell Joe Happy Birthday for me. Thank you for all the charm you bring to my world.

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