Spontaneous Adorableness

Well, Girlfriends, currently we are experiencing what I can only call “spontaneous adorableness,” but what else would we expect considering our source!  I have to show you . . . but first . . .  MUSICA!

You should go get some tea too … 🙂  Guess what?  We now have eighty-three reviews on Amazon!!! Amazing, wonderful, darling, detailed, brilliant, thoughtful reviews!!  Maybe I’m a little biased, but hey! I can’t help it!  Thanks to you, we have gone back for a second printing!!!!!!  Are you kidding???  NO!!!

We are doing our best to make sure the stores where we’re going for book signings are supplied with books, plus we kept a secret stash at our Studio just for our Blog Girlfriends (for as long as they last).  It will be a few weeks before more books arrive (probably by the end of October) and hopefully, by then, supplies will flow steadily through Amazon and other places.

S P O N T A N E O U S   A D O R A B L E N E S S



Look at our traveling book!!  A Fine Romance is having lots of FUN!  When I say, “spontaneous,” it’s because we never thought to ask for photos, but they came anyway ~ through Twitter, Facebook, and via email . . . and look how cute!

This is Samantha who took our book to new heights! All the way to the top of Idaho’s tallest peak, Mt. Borah, at 12,662 feet!  Makes me so proud!

 In this one, our friend Judi is having her Fine Romance under the swaying palm trees in Florida . . .

And here’s our book, luxuriating in the Emma cupboard belonging to our English Girlfriend Chris . . . who lives in

 . . . in this adorable cottage in Buckinghamshire, England!  (BTW, I think there should be a law that one Friday a month certain people (all normal of course) are allowed to go into any house they want.  🙂 )

Imagine how this pine floor smells, how quiet the night is, how bright the stars, under the trees in the mountains at Trillium Lake near Mt. Hood in Oregon with our camper friends Holly and Ron . . .  with our lucky, lucky book!

And if this isn’t romantic I don’t know what is.  Cozy reading for beautiful Kate, who is visiting (from Connecticut) her grandmother (and our Girlfriend) Eileen.

And welcome to the Fine Romance Dinner our girlfriend Valerie made in Sacramento California, complete with Coronation Chicken and Hot Milk Cake, and Beatrix Potter People too!

Here is Sherri’s garden, and her favorite place to read . . .   I’m not sure where she is ~ maybe she’ll leave us a comment to tell us!

And this, this is Julie Marie’s “Princess Tess,” who, Julie says, gave A Fine Romance “Five Licks!” Another great review!

And here, from Karen, via Twitter . . . the biggy and the littley.

Thank you Girlfriends, you add so much to the festivities, and make everything even more fun! 

Mas MUSICA for the rest of the story . . .  And here we go . . .

I’m writing this from a motel on Cape Cod . . . because yesterday we kissed the kitties good bye, and left our house on the island . . . to cross the sound . . .

 I made a big thermos jug full of Gazpacho for the five days we’ll be touring around New England . . .

Joe packed up the van with all the necessities of life on the road, ice chest, electric tea kettle, Tin of tea, British Country Living Magazine, maps, Petey, signing pens, my pillow, my diary, his beret, his GPS, our Emma mugs . . .

And off we go on the boat.  (I just discovered something while writing this.  If a person has her name on the side of her vehicle, and it is parked just outside her motel room, she should probably not “run out to the car” to get cream from the cooler in her jammies with her sweater as a “robe” even on a very beautiful morning.  She might get out there, and realize her neighbors are packing up their cars in front of adjoining motel rooms, and having breakfast at picnic tables, and contrary to popular belief, she is not alone, nor unidentifiable.)

We rolled off the ferry and drove to the town of Sandwich, the oldest village on Cape Cod, settled in 1637.  We kept marveling at how beautiful it was, and how much it reminded us of England, like it had snapped off the edge of England and floated over here.  If you ever have a chance to visit Cape Cod, look for Route 6A, you’ll love it ~ lots of antique stores!  We came around the bend, and suddenly, we saw this sign in front of the Sandwich Town Hall where our event was scheduled!

Oh My,  I thought.  But it looks mighty quiet around here.  Are we sure we’re in the right place?  This is a VERY nice neighborhood.  There was a gorgeous old church with a tall white-painted spire across the street from the Town Hall . . .

. . . and lots of darling houses.  I wish we’d taken a photo of this one at night when we were leaving . . . the ladder was down and it was magical.  But still pretty adorable with the ladder and in the daylight.

And look at this little cottage . . . doesn’t it just say love?  Look at those window boxes!  The blue shutters!  The garden!  Of course, I’m a fool for a picket fence.  Too cute!!!

And here’s the Town Hall ~ which has been continually in use for 175 years.  In 1939 President Roosevelt provided stimulus funds to repair it ~ there have been sing-a-longs, silent movies, balls, town meetings, and fireworks here, it’s a center of Cape Cod culture.  The Titcombs folks saved us a perfect parking place, that’s us on the right.  The Town Hall was so quiet on the outside, except for that “sold out” sign, I thought maybe no one had come, or there had been an emergency and everyone left . . . but then . . .

Oh, yes we can!!!

I talked and then they talked and I answered questions, and afterwards we all talked and I signed books for the nicest people in the world.  They talked to each other while waiting in line . . . the hall was a cacophony of women’s voices meeting and greeting, one of my favorite sounds in the world . . . And there were lots of handsome man friends who were talking too! 

 . . . they exchanged contacts and at least some of them went out to dinner together!  That’s Elizabeth from the bookstore behind me; she was such a doll, helping me and everyone with their books.  PLUS she brought a little show-and-tell for me to see, her first-edition copy of Elizabeth and Her German Garden by Elizabeth von Arnim — she let me hold it:  soft brown worn leather, embossed cover, little frail ribbon bookmark, beautiful paper.  She knew I’d love it, and she was right.

 Titcombs is a very special Independent Bookstore that was started by Vicky’s (in blue) parents (Ralph and Nancy) in 1969.  Vicky’s the oldest of eight children (just like me), so Titcombs has been a family affair from the start; Vicky’s brothers built the building the bookstore is in, their grandmother manned the cash register until she was well into her nineties.  All hard work, love, and the American dream.  For our event, they served everyone Polenta Cake and Lemon Butter Cookies from the recipes in our book, plus my Grandma’s Chocolate Shot Cookies too . . . and iced tea with mint.  After everyone had left we signed extra books so Titcombs will have plenty of them in their store now that we’re gone.  I also want to thank Fran (in the pink) and also Elizabeth (in the flowery dress) for all their kindness and hard work.

And then it was over, and the lights were going out . . . but since we were kind of on cloud nine and feet were not actually touching the ground . . .

We drove under a big moon through the quiet streets for a little dinner at the Bee-Hive Tavern in Sandwich on Rt. 6A ~ it was our first time at this restaurant . . .

. . . but it definitely won’t be our last.  It’s so cozy with wooden booths — Joe had steak and fries and cold slaw, and I had crab cakes ~ yum.

Last night we got a room at the Earl of Sandwich Motel … Family owned, sparkling clean and quiet, a little fridge, wifi (thank goodness), comfy beds ~ but my favorite thing, our room (#2) is right across from their . . .

lovely treed garden where families were having their complimentary breakfasts at picnic tables.  One lady was working on her computer in the sunshine and there were ducks, geese and wild turkeys walking around the lawn.  So civilized!  We heard a train go by and one of our favorite sounds, that long train whistle . . .

 They have a pool here, and a duck pond, and look at those ducks/and/or/geese with the little cotton hairdos!

And that is it.  Joe is tapping his foot and saying, “Hello?” as if we’ve never met.  So I must go.  I will be out of computer reach until The Fine Romance van stops next in New Hampshire (if you’re near there, check EVENTS and come join us at a book signing).  So, that means your comments will have to wait until I get someplace I can read them.  But I didn’t want to leave you out of the action. Have a wonderful day everyone!  Dance by the light of the beautiful full Moon tonight!  xoxo

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567 Responses to Spontaneous Adorableness

  1. N. Jean says:

    I am so excited…I looked at your events page and realized you will be in Goshen, IN in September. Just around the corner from me. I am so excited!. I will be there with my name tag on. 🙂

  2. Georgie Bonsanto says:

    Oh Susan! It’s HAPPENING! It’s just wonderful to see the momentum building… and to see all of the pictures of A Fine Romance all across the country. We should copy them all to Twitter with the hash #afineromance!

    ENJOY the first leg of your journey! Fill up your van with lots of antiques! Then off you go across the country!

    We are all so excited for you! I am still remembering Martha’s Vineyard and A Bunch of Grapes… the magic will always remain 🙂

    XOXO Georgie NJ

  3. Barbara says:

    Susan, it looks and sounds like your book signings are going great. Hope to see you in Meridith, NH later on this week. Cannot wait. My Husband & I attended a small Fall wedding last year near Sandwich and we stopped for a late dinner at the Bee Hive Tavern and we fell in love with the place. So charming and cozy. So glad that you and Joe also discovered this place. Drive safely and enjoy the NH scenery.

    • sbranch says:

      It’s beyond gorgeous up here. We’re in a little cabin on the lake. We’ve walked in the woods and the sunrises and sunsets are just the best. There’s a fall chill in the air! Who could ask for more! xoxo

  4. Toni says:

    Good morning Susan. What a wonderful start to your book tour! I enjoyed the book so much. I’m glad I per-ordered mine so I got it in the first delivery. I sat down and began to read, and got swept into the English countryside with you. Thank you for taking the time to create this wonderful story.
    I received my Victoria magazine last week, and there on page 16 is a FULL page ad for Susan Banch A Fine Romance. How exciting! Plus a mention of your upcoming Yankee magazine feature.

  5. peg says:

    Absolutely over-the-top wonderful, Susan!!! The link is posted on FOSB for all to see!!! Keep us posted as you travel along!!! xoxoxo

  6. carmel says:

    What terrific turnouts! Congratulations! And you’re bringing folks together too. The fun continues – those pics of the girlfriends are wonderful. I also love the pics of homes that you post. I take pictures of charming and cozy homes on my travels (even local) all the time. I was visiting St. Michaels, MD last Sunday and had to snapp some really cute homes with gardens. I too, used the “What if he’s an ax murderer?” question! You know how neighbors always describe “them” as quiet and polite! Love reading your book – I laugh out loud at times. Anyway, continued success and keep sprinkling your love out there – the world needs it.

  7. Susan, you are SO thoughtful….not wanting to leave us out of the action. Blessings on your trip….plenty of sweet memories and restful sleep at night.

    • sbranch says:

      I’ll try to blog it as often as I can — not as easy on the road as it is from home! But I love showing how things are going to the people that made it go in the first place! xoxo

      • I asked people to post their “sightings” 🙂 (i.e. those who attend your book signings) on F.O.S.B. Facebook and I see that Peg did also. That way we won’t be so dependent on you to do it and it will free up more time for you to simply enjoy your trip across country with Joe. He’s probably been “missing” you since you got home from England last year!

  8. Sharon Calvert says:

    Haven’t even savored this post yet – HAD to scroll down and comment first: THANK YOU SO MUCH for taking time out ‘on the road’ to fill us in on the tour 🙂 I’ve been gleaning comments and pictures from Twitter, blogs, F.O.S.B and any other place I can think of. This is just so exciting and wonderful. I’m still reading only a few pages every few days in my copy of AFR to keep the romance going! Have contacted Page & Palette in Fairhope, AL about seeking a signing, perhaps after Christmas? Would be so thrilled if you could make it to the Gulf Coast!! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy … all eyes are upon you 🙂

  9. Jackie says:

    Hi Susan!!! Everything is so exciting, wonderful, and beautiful! I thank God everyday I ordered my book from you!!! I’ll never be able to thank you and your hard workers enough! Hubby and I are leaving for holiday to North East, PA on he 31st and I am going to try to get your Hudson, OH book signing on September 3rd. Oh how I want to meet you!!! Have a blessed and fantastic time signing books!!! God bless you!!!

  10. Margie smith says:

    I am enjoying “A Fine Romance” travels. The book was a joy to read.

  11. I placed my order over the weekend for “A Fine Romance”…I received an email yesterday saying it was shipped…I can hardly contain my excitement! My dear friend, Sue, is hosting a small brunch on Thursday and you can bet your britches I will be taking it along if it arrives before then.

  12. Debra Burgin says:

    I’m glad you were able to eat at The Bee-Hive Tavern — I had the best hamburger of my life on a cold and rainy early spring evening during last year’s vacation. Wish I could be at the book signing just 30 miles from home, but I’m working that evening. Feeling sorry for myself!

    • sbranch says:

      Awww. I’m sorry too. But there will be another time Debra, I’m sure. And I can’t imagine a cozier place during a rain storm than the Bee-Hive!

  13. Jane F. says:

    Susan, just delightful! All of it! So thrilled for the great response you are getting!! This is the most exciting thing I’ve been “in on” for a long time! And who doesn’t feel that way?!! EVERYONE!! from the people I’ve been tweeting and facebooking (is that a word?). Thank you so much for taking the time to keep us girlfriends informed. All the photos of “book sightings” are wonderful! Karen’s Tailor of Gloucester’s miniature is just too cute! And Eileen’s sofa is the SAME fabric as my sofa pillows!! We are all connected!! We are just so smart, aren’t we!! 🙂 I’m making notes of all the neat places you are going for my next trip east. Thanks for the research! Our prayers and thoughts are with you all the way. Blessings! Blessings!! God is good! xoxo <3

  14. Rae Ann R. from western Minnesota...soon to be back in Michigan... says:

    Soooo glad you are now sharing your/our book tour with those of us not lucky enough to be near one of your stops…thank YOU and JOE…I’m still keeping my fingers crossed for a stop somewhere in Michigan besides Grand Rapids…my hubby Dave and I are going to take our own tour…based on your recommendations…after he retires 8-31-13…not that I am counting the days of anything, but I am :-)…and after we get settled in our forever home in northern Michigan…we won’t have a cute painted van, but we will be excited just like you and Joe are…xoxo…

  15. Jaimee Langston says:

    Dear Susan, Your book is just wonderful. I took my time reading it bit by bit. I finished it last night. I will be re reading it this time highlighting, underlining and staring special areas. I will go to all the pretty painted star links on your web site.
    I noticed one thing missing…. Before you left for England you took us shopping for some Beautiful colored yarn to make a scarf. I turn each page slowly waiting to catch a photo of you making the scarf or even wearing the scarf. But nothing! Did you make it, is it finished? Perhaps I missed it on your blog somewhere. Please do share a photo, the colors you chose were gorgeous. I will be making my monthly wish under the Full Moon tonight. You and Joe have a wonderful trip. Jaimee

    • sbranch says:

      Look on page 200 and page 76, for glimpses of knitting. I’ll have to remember to take a photo of it! Thank you Jaimee!

  16. Cynthia says:

    So much good news! I love that we are enjoying not only your book, but more wonderful travels, to unique and interesting towns. The gifts keep coming…..filled with joy.
    Many thanks! C

  17. Tasha says:

    Oh, Susan, what a fabulous time you are having! Thank you for taking us along and making us part of your life. My copy of THE BOOK arrived on Saturday and I haven’t been able to put it down. I’ve forgotten the housework, cooking, washing and ironing, even the shopping – I just want to keep reading. Loving it.

    Tasha in Wonderful Warwickshire

  18. Donna says:

    So sorry I missed your appearance in Sandwich yesterday. I was able to order your new book and have you sign it for my friend Louise’s birthday. I will pick it up today. Glad to see you enjoyed Sandwich, I just moved from there and it is lovely. Elizabeth (in the yellow dress) is a friend of a friend and is as nice as she is pretty. Looking forward to the new book and glad I was able to meet you a few years ago in Falmouth. I love sharing your work with new friends (like Louise who now cannot live without your calendars). Happy Trails.

    • sbranch says:

      Hello Donna, so sorry to have missed you, but maybe another time! Hello to Louise from me too! xoxo

  19. Judy Dow says:

    Thank you!! Thank you!! Thank you!! You have made a tough week for me exciting! After 39 years I retired last June. Today is the first day of school and I must say I’ve been a bit melancholy and weepy not to be getting my classroom ready and meeting my new students. But then…Ethel (Cathy really) calls and says, “Lucy, (judy)what r u doing on September 12? I will tell you. We are going to tea with Susan and our books!” Wow!!! If that’s not something to look forward to I don’t know what is! I am a Jon Bon Jovi super fan and I rate this above one of his concerts. Ethel and I are reading our books together, making little post it notes for when we see each other, and just loving it! Thank you for all the time and effort you put in for all of us to enjoy your story. I can’t wait to see you and listen to your talk! Safe and happy travels to you and Joe.

    • sbranch says:

      We’re going to have a ball! But above Jon Bon Jovi? I am honored! 🙂 Thank you so much Judy!

    • Dawn (Elmhurst, IL) says:

      Hi Judy,
      I completely understand how you were feeling on the first day of school. Teaching has always been such a special part of your life. I can only tell you that Retirement gets better and better! You will be amazed!! This year (Year Two), I was so happy to help my friends get their classrooms ready. It was great to see everyone and get lots of hugs! So give yourself time to adjust to this exciting new chapter in your life. I’m so happy to hear that you and Ethel will be at the Tea Party on the 12th! ♡ Can’t wait to meet you both! It will be such fun to celebrate A Fine Romance with Susan!!!!!!
      Warm hugs,

  20. Sharon O says:

    Wish we could get a signed book and meet you, it seems your pacific northwest tour is not happening. I live in Oregon not far from the mt hood photo you shared.

  21. Christine says:

    It is wonderful to travel with you! First on our trip to England and now with “A Fine Romance” through New England! Thanks for including your girlfriends on this new adventure!

  22. Carolyn says:

    Oh, Susan! If you had even an inkling how you elevate my spirits to soaring! I’ve been in love with you since my introduction via last October’s blog. We surely must have been twin sisters in another life. Unlike your more refined, self-controlled girl friends, I gobbled up every morsel of A Fine Romance in one Sunday afternoon. My husband’s dinner had to wait, and he suspiciously wondered, “What’s that ear-to-ear grin all about?!” I was so inspired, I submitted my very first ever book review to Amazon. You and Joe are in my heart and prayers as you undertake this tour. Bask in the love of all those hundreds of girlfriends lucky enough to attend one of these signings.

    • sbranch says:

      Thank you for doing that Carolyn! I’ve loved reading them! And thank you for your good thoughts on our adventure! Hello to your husband! xoxo

  23. Candice says:


    Looks like you are having a wonderful time! I just wanted to say that I agree with you about letting people go through beautiful houses on Fridays. I am always saying to my husband, “I’d love to see the inside of that house.” Well, who knows? Maybe some day. In the meantime, have a wonderful book tour!


  24. Terri says:

    That is the way with books – real books, not those electric abominations. Books are works of art, and can be appreciated beyond the words inside. Elizabeth and her German Garden is still an inspiration, without even reading it.
    Thanks for the history lesson, and the pics of Sandwich. I love old and quaint.
    I look forward to your next post.

    • sbranch says:

      You are so right about books. I have some in my studio simply for the osmosis-ing of the heart of the author for my inspiration!

  25. joann says:

    Hey beautiful girlfriend Susan………….YOUR WARDROBE is out of this world CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You have gone over the top on the cute scale…….DARLING, FUN, SWEET, and a little SASSY!!!!!!!!!!!

    Have a safe trip………………’Hope to see you along the way!!


    Joann in CO

    • Joann says:

      Apparently, I’m still awaiting moderation….. (and I was so excited to be the 2nd person to post a comment!!) That never happens!!

      But I just wanted to say how very cute you look in all of your pictures Susan!! Hope to see you along the journey………


    • sbranch says:

      Me too Joann! Thank you SOOOO much, how is the wedding going?

  26. judi says:

    Wonderful, clap, clap, clap ….wowwsie SOLD OUT – love it. Honey, they had better go in double time making more of your funderful, magnificent book! Beautiful little town and loved ALL your pictures.
    Happy my palm made it thru:) Still laughing at Julie Marie’s (my middle daughter’s name too) dog with an attitude – priceless! So clever, 5 licks, HAA. Love ALL the snaps sent in. How smart were you two to schedule a signing at/near a big lake right now – when the moon is FULL:) way to go Joe! ttfngf hugs, judi p.ssss. continued well deserved accolades on your tour. Am sure you are keeping fun notes in your journal.

  27. Julie Marie says:

    Eeee!… I love this post!… I am so excited seeing where “our” book is, all over the world!… love love love the teeny one with the little mouse from the Tailor of Gloucester reading it!… too cute!… and wow, Tessy is on your post!… thank you from me and her!… she really thinks since she is an English Pointer she now OWNS the book… and she is wearing my (I mean her I guess) new plum colored beret I ordered from your shop that arrived yesterday!… how fun your book signing looks, no wonder it is sold out!… you have sooo many girlfriends who LOVE you, like me!… the little town looks so beautiful… wish I was there… I get goosebumps reading all of this, as I am so excited for you!… and for all of the lucky girlfriends (and guyfriends) who get to meet you in person… sending you much love and best wishes!… xoxo Julie Marie and Tessy

  28. Dearest Susan:

    I love your book so very much. I hate to come to the end. Thank you so much for this love memory of your trip to England.


  29. Kerrie Foley says:

    I SO wish I could go to one of your book signings, Susan, but I am going to be at my lakehouse in Rangeley, Maine. I will take a picture by the water and send it to you. I do love the Cape too. I have a group of women friends (fondly called the YaYas) and 3 of them are sisters who have a Cape house in Chatham. THAT is a beautiful town….but then, the entire Cape is so charming. I live in Wickford, RI which is also a very charming sea port. Anyway, I loved your post and the pictures are wonderful and I am not the least bit surprised that your book signing was sold out. I imagine they ALL will be! Have a wonderful safe trip. Watch for my picture of complete and utter relaxation by the lake with maybe a glass of wine and a very special book 🙂 xoxoxo Kerrie

  30. Melissa says:

    That’s my niece waiting in line for our book signings! Enjoy the rest of your trip.

  31. Tisa at Seattle Retro says:

    What a lovely blog post & great photos too! All the ‘girlfriends’ going to book signings must be awaiting you with baited breath 🙂 Can’t make it to SLO, wish you were coming to Seattle….bon voyage & happy trails (how will the kitties manage without you, boo hoo)

    • sbranch says:

      They are getting tons of love from our friends who may or may not be cat-nappers, we are watching them!

  32. Linda Pintarell says:

    That was a lovely post; what a wonderful town. I’m just so happy for you – so well deserved – but so happy that this book has been such a huge success. Love it! Love it! And love the pix of where the books are being read…I will send one – I promise. Hope you can set up a section of just those picture. So very interesting. Travel safe…sending mounds of hugs…enjoy, enjoy!

  33. Judy says:

    I know we will never meet but I am so enjoying your book trip through the internet. I have been enjoying your new book while reading in the lavender garden.

  34. Gill says:

    So lovely to be exploring your side of the pond with you now! Have a a fabulous trip.
    I preordered your book but even now Amazon says it isn’t due in until September 15th so I shall look forwards to receiving it in October. Those fireside autumn evenings are coming soon. Oh the anticipation!

    • sbranch says:

      They are suddenly unexpectedly gone…the bookstores started ordering by the hundreds — and didn’t stop! It won’t be long, and A FINE ROMANCE was made for a cozy fire. xoxo

  35. Sandy from Ca. says:

    I am so excited that it was over-the-top 🙂 I just saw Peg’s post on FOSB and had to read your new post 🙂 My new “Girlfriend” I met thru FOSB that lives back home on the coast and I are counting the day’s until you come to Ca and we both see you in San Luis Obispo 🙂 We are ready with our name tags too….enjoy the tour and see you in November Susan 🙂 Travel safe too.

  36. Jean Shaffer says:

    How exciting! Can’t wait to see you in Wilmington, Ohio. Safe travels and enjoy each moment with friends!

  37. Betsy says:

    My niece was #1 in line yesterday and you signed a book for me! I’m so excited to receive it. Yay!

  38. We always feel like you’ve taken us along on every adventure. Here…let me run outside for the cream! heehee! HAVE FUN! You make it fun for us every day! Hugs from Florida, Diane

  39. Donna Hrehor says:

    Susan, I just love following you! Another great adventure starting! I have two very close friends that I have given your book to, Dee Dee who is battling lung cancer in California (we Han delivered that one, and I sent a copy to my other close friend Cinda in Montana. Dee Dee started your book on a camping trip last weekend and absolutely loves it! Cinda called me last night to say she just got the book, was thumbing through it, and can’t wait to read it. They both know how much I adore you. I am just now sitting down to devour your book myself. Was waiting for a day I had no commitments and could totally enjoy the book. God bless you and Joe with safe travels. Thanks for all you do to inspire others. Love you, Donna (Idaho)

  40. Carole Beth says:

    Love, love this post. Thank you for bringing us along on your book signing. I especially love the photos taken by your girlfriends – Princess Tess and the little mouse reading the book – adorable!!! Safe travels!!!!!

  41. Martha Ellen of VA says:

    It’s all so lovely Susan! You make everything so special. I’m thrilled for you that there will be a second printing. I’m not surprised–I bet there will be a third and forth printing–” A Fine Romance” is a wonderful, charming , life affirming read! xoxo ♥

  42. Susan (Grayslake, IL) says:

    I am so excited now that I have my book (after a little delay) and am signed up for you visit in September (Illinois). Have a wonderful journey. 🙂

  43. Diana -Ancaster ON says:

    I’m sitting here in my kitchen savouring some lemon tea and enjoying your book tour. None of your girlfriends (and I count myself as one) had any doubt “A Fine Romance” would be anything less than wonderful!
    (The invitation for you to come to Ancaster remains open). My lasanga is worth the trip! Cheers!

  44. Simone says:

    Thank you Susan. I love reading your blogs and I’ve read all your books more than once. A Fine Romance is such a good read. I’m looking forward to reading it again. I don’t know if your book tour will take you to the Sunshine State of Florida. If it does I will do my best to be there.

  45. Rebecca Walsh says:

    Oh my gosh, Oh my gosh, just saw in Upcoming Events, that you may be coming to Boulder. I was so excited that I called the book store and asked very, very nicely, to please have you come. Hope you travel safely and everyone loves the book.

    • sbranch says:

      Thank you for calling Rebecca! We hope to get there, but with the books having sold out, we find ourselves in a bit of a pickle for more book signings after Kansas (until CA when we are getting more books)! We’re working on rethinking our plan now!

      • Hi Susan….how does this sound as a solution…..My husband suggested that you sign a label that looked like the lower portion of the title page that you would sign in the book. People who came to the signing without a book could pre-order a book in the store and receive a label for you to sign at the booksigning. Then people could come back to the store in October and pick up their books. I would think people would be very happy to wait for their books if they knew they’d get to meet you in person in the meantime!

        • sbranch says:

          I think that’s a great idea. I’ll take along some bookplates just in case we run out of books. I wonder if the bookstores would even want me without them though. It’s a good question. I’ll ask Joe.

  46. Pam T says:

    Just love how you so graciously take us along on your adventures. So thrilled for you at the turn-out and can’t wait to see where the van takes you next. We are patiently waiting here on the West Coast for your arrival, and enjoying the journey with you. Sandwich looks like such a charming town and I have to say, quite appropriate to welcome your charming self and your charming Joe. Traveling mercies are prayed for you. Enjoy your journey!

  47. Marge says:

    Oh, Wow! You know how to brighten a gals day! What a delightful blog. Where did the Taylor of Gloucester get the tiny A FINE ROMANCE book? I want one for my my little Taylor.

    • sbranch says:

      You have to check with Karen and see — maybe she made it!

      • Karen P - Wisconsin says:

        Oh dear! All it is is a scanned in, shrunk down copy of the cover, not the whole! The little Tailor really wanted to read it so I HAD to accommodate him! 🙂 (Susan’s book is all copyrighted so I would never do anything other than for my own little Tailor…just so ya know, Susan! 🙂

  48. Ann says:

    Looks like you had a beautiful day in Sandwich. Thank you for letting us have a peek at the signing. I can feel your excitement here in Maryland! Love the book pics from girlfriends.

  49. Susan Roquet says:

    Enjoying your book very much! Some day I want to go to England and see all the countryside and the lake district. I love Beatrix Potter. I bought my daughter all the books, music boxes when she was growing up. I also love the movie, Miss Potter. I’ve watched it numerous times. Like to read stories about Beatrix, too. Love your artwork! Much success with your new book and the road trip/signing.

  50. Marybeth Ferrie says:

    Dear Susan,
    Thank you for coming to Sandwich!!!! When I saw on the blog that a new book was coming out and then received a survey from Titcombs I left a note in the comment section at the end. I never heard back about it but then got another newsletter with the announcement!!!!There was a lot of squealing in our house that day! I got so excited that I forgot the name tags! It was so beautiful…the flowers, the vintage postcards, Peter Rabbit (who was knocked over by my ten yr. old daughter’s hopping excitement)….anyway, Sinead was thrilled that you signed all of her swag and I am sure it has all been recorded in her diary by now. God bless you and thank you for being a light in the world!

    • sbranch says:

      So nice to meet you Marybeth — and Sinead was adorable. Be sure to thank her again for the flowers she picked and my bath salts, that was very sweet of you both!

  51. Janice says:

    So much fun last night! I enjoyed every minute and morsel. Is your grandmother’s Chocolate Shot cookie recipe available on line? Thanks for sharing so much of yourself.

  52. martha says:

    So wonderful to visit Cape Cob / Sandwich with you! I love that little village. It is so sweeeeettttt, isn’t it?? One can feel the magic in the air! So jealous there is no bookstore near me…. Isn’t it a shame when one has to order books online as there is no other way to get one?? There is something so wonderful about having a bookstore in which to sit, read, and dream a bit… not to mention smell the books… Sigh…

    Safe travels!

  53. Elaine says:

    Oh lovely photos ! What a beautiful place and what an adventure for you both . I wish you such success on this wonderful and many more wonderful books ! Thank you for sharing ! Have a great trip !

  54. Mary says:

    I see you are coming to my neck of the woods….I can hardly wait to meet you! 🙂 Safe travels and wishing you a lovely journey…..

  55. Jackie P says:

    Loved the update! You’re heading into my neck of the woods now! See you at Toadstool on Saturday.

  56. sandy says:

    wow, I have a lovely smile on my face from reading this, feel like I was there with the whole gang. Susan, I hope, and think, you realize what loveliness you bring into all our lives and what joy it is sharing it with others. xox sandy happy trails

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

    good afternoon Susan, and girlfriends. what a lovely little town that was, and of course I love the ducks, do they have their own pool??? oops just went back and looked, yes they do. looks like a lovely place to stay for a visit, and I love that house with the window boxes and the blue shutters, such a lovely home. hope you are having fun on your road trip. I love the Bee-Hive tavern, what a charming place, of course I love wood floors, booths and such. never been to Cape Cod, but I hope to go there one day, hope one day to go to New England in the Fall and see all the beautiful colors and leaves and homes. have a wonderful trip Susan. off to the market for me and to try to figure out something for dinner tonight, and to get some fresh apples at the farmer’s market. its apple season here. have a great day everyone. hugs…… 🙂

    • sbranch says:

      Thank goodness for apple season … I’ve been waiting for more Honey Crisps forever it seems!

      • pat addison (cave junction,OR) says:

        know the feeling between craving honey crisp apples and now Lion burgers ( not made with Lion meat but by the Lions club) I am slowly going crazy around here. well next weekend I can satisfy my burger craving for the best burger around in the valley and when the honey crisps come in, I can satisfy that craving as well.

        • sbranch says:

          Glad it’s not Lion meat. That would be bad! 🙂

          • pat addison (cave junction,OR) says:

            LOL!!! trust me if that burger were made from Lions, I wouldn’t be eating it or raving about it. nope they get the meat ground special for them at Taylor’s sausage here in CJ and I have to say those are the best burgers in the valley. I have no idea what they do to them or put on them in the way of seasonings, but they are fantastic burgers, I can’t get my fill of them. I only get them once a year and I literally go hog wild and make a pig of myself.

          • sbranch says:


  58. Susan says:

    This was so fun to read about! You are so good about sharing your travel experiences with us and we love it! Thank you very much and safe travel for you and Joe~

  59. Gert~Iowa says:

    Oh Susan I’m so excited to hear this news….and I envy all those beautiful girlfriends getting to see you! I am so excited for you…your book is just so LOVE-ly, I hate to put it down! Now I see why there is a second printing going on! smile…


  60. Lynn McMahon says:

    ~ Good Afternoon~
    Looks like you are having a lot of fun~ and its only the beginning!~ Not sure if I should take “our” book to my daughter’s Bachelorette Party tonight? ~ How do you feel about tapas and sangria?~ Thanks for keeping us up to date! ~oxox~

    • sbranch says:

      We feel very good about Tapas and Sangria … Bachelorette Party!! How was it?

      • Lynn McMahon says:

        ~ Good Morning~
        We had a great time! ~ I skipped the tea and went straight to wine~! The tapas were great too~! My daughter is getting married next week and I am her “unofficial” wedding planner~ it’s so much fun!~ We, (our family) are doing everything ourselves except the dinner~that would be too much~! It doesn’t look like you are coming very close to my neck of the woods~ Maybe that’s a good thing?……..Not really ;)!!

  61. Wendy Louise says:

    Wow ! This is so fantastic and in my neck of the woods ! I can’t wait to see you tomorrow with my best girlfriend Cindy. We love to do little day trips while our guys are working hard. They love to hear about our adventures at night at dinner.You look so great in the photos and the van is sooooo terrific, we can’t wait to see it. Oh what a thrill, get rest tonight we are coming !!!!!! OX:)OX
    Love, Wendy-Louise

  62. christine says:

    Bless your journey dear Susan! I loved every minute of your book…tried to read it slowly in little bits but just couldn’t…so now I get to experience it again! Looked on the events board for a signing in PA, but didn’t see one…I’ll keep checking!

  63. Mary Pat says:

    Safe travels, to Sue and Joe! So happy for you to be having such great receptions at your book signing events. Don’t you just LOVE old Cape Cod? I surely do as well.

    On a slightly different note, I was stunned to read that you, dear Susan, are relayed to Gov. Bradford of the “original” English settlers. Right here in my very own town in Western Massachusetts we have a sweet friend ( last name is BRADFORD)!! He’s also a direct descendant ! Small world once again.

    • sbranch says:

      Small world! Governor Bradford had a son that had ten children if I remember correctly, so it’s not as hard to be related to him as we might think! 🙂 But holding onto the name Bradford for all these generations? That’s a whole other story!

  64. db says:

    Enjoyed your book immensely…
    Can’t wait until my 82 year old English friend is out of the hospital, so I can give her, her copy to enjoy and reminise with……….her sister still lives in England but they don’t expect to see one other again on this beautiful earth…so this will bring back memories for them to chat about during their next telphone visit……..Thank you for all the work you did to provide this blessing for so many…love and prayers…deby

    • sbranch says:

      Oh she will cry and be homesick in the most exquisite way I would guess. I like to cry, which is why I say that. xoxo

  65. Melissa R (UT) says:

    SO fun!! Just read “EVENTS” and see you might come to UTAH!!! And then I had to squeal out loud and do a Happy Dance!!! Oh please,please,PLEASE ! I HOPE IT WORKS OUT!! I’m going to call the King’s English RIGHT NOW!! Have fun on the way! LOVE from UTAH!!

    • sbranch says:

      Thank you … and if you can, go to their Facebook page, LIKE them and leave a comment about us coming there — they LOVE that! 🙂 And we love it when they are happy!

      • Julie Marie says:

        Yay!… I am only about a 20 minutes drive from SLC and cannot wait to meet you Susan!… you have LOTS of girlfriends here in Utah… we LOVE you!… and Joe, and Jack… and Girl Kitty… and well, just EVERYTHING about you!… I will keep checking your events section to see the date… if it is the same day as my nieces wedding, well… they’ll just have the wedding a few hours until after I meet you in person and get my book signed!… the chapel she is getting married in is the old Fort Douglas Chapel at the old Ft. Douglas which is right close to the Kings English Bookstore!… my daddy was stationed there during the War (WWII) and that’s where he met my mama… what a perfect setting for you to come visit and sign your books close by!… xoxoxoxo Julie Marie

  66. susie says:

    Susan, Congratulations !!! I am still going to look for one of your books for myself. I wish you happy travels at all the book signing. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

  67. Trish K says:

    Hope you are both having a ball! What is the story with the wig wearing geese/ducks? Are they members of parliament?

    • sbranch says:

      I think you might be right? I keep waiting for Pat, our farm girlfriend to come up with the answer to this!

  68. Karen P - Wisconsin says:

    I just love following along on these special events…seeing all the wonderful girlfriends you are meeting. Also, seeing how adorable you look at every one! You have the cutest outfits! Seriously! And the pictures you chose….Valerie’s “Fine Romance Dinner”…..Chris’ English cottage…on and on cuteness! LOVE! It takes a creative mind to put these blogs together and we know that you have that! xo Here’s to wishing you a “Fine Romance” kind of trip!

    • sbranch says:

      So far so good Karen . . . Joe and I are about to go for a walk around the lake, it’s 8 am, and gorgeous out there! Thank you!! We’ll have more pictures soon.

  69. Gosh, it was hard as nails reading your posts when you/Joe went to England, but I survived because it was impossible for Girlfriends to go. Reading your book signing notes is even harder…knowing you’ll be all over the country but no where near me. sigh. “We are not amused.” -lol-

  70. Eileen says:

    What great pictures for a GREAT GREAT GREAT book! I’ve already read mine several times, and every night I pick it up and start reading again! Also, I’ve made a “home” for it, nestled next to my Gladys Taber books—–a place of honor, indeed!

    • sbranch says:

      That is just what I was thinking! Thank you Eileen!

      • Cathy McC. says:

        Just thinking the same — reading THE BOOK makes me want to pick up Gladys. Well, we are starting to feel a touch of autumn here in northern Indiana, and that always draws me to her. You are both such inspiring writers! Thanks bunches:)

        • sbranch says:

          It feels like fall here on the breezy shore of Lake Winnepasaukee in New Hampshire where we are this morning. Love that feeling … here we go! Wheeee! Happy Indiana day Cathy!

          • Margot in Virginia Beach says:

            I LOVE Winnepasaukee (NH), and Winnebago (WI)!!!
            Autumn makes me homesick…
            If you are still near the lake Susan, drive around the bottom to the other side and eat dinner at the William Tell restaurant. Peter is from Lucerne! Delicious!!!

          • sbranch says:

            I hate to say it, but I think the William Tell is closed . . . 🙁

          • Margot in Virginia Beach says:

            Oh no!! I will give them a call. We were there last in 2011.

          • sbranch says:

            I think, according to what I can figure out via Google, you got there at the very end. People seemed to love it though!

  71. Patty in Redlands says:

    Oh Susan, here I am on the West Coast, thinking of you and the East Coast Girlfriends and wondering about the fun you’re all having. And yes, I’ve been a bit jealous! It will take SO long for you, Joe, and your AFR van to get all the way here. So thank you for sharing pictures, stories, and travels with us! It is all so very very exciting. I love being a part of it all. . . even though my part is only that of enthusiastic fan and SB appreciator. Wishing you and Joe safe travels and lots of fun!

  72. Nellie says:

    Wonderful, wonderful, Susan! I’m so very happy to hear that there are such a number of reviews! I need to hurry and finish reading the book (sneaking in extra reading time since I am reading it to my husband), so I will be able to write a review as well! It traveled into North Carolina over the week-end as we took a 44-year anniversary trip to Hot Springs.

    I wish you a safe journey as you travel through New England in that amazing van! Yes, it is probably a good idea to be “presentable” when darting out to take something from the cooler.:-) How funny! I truly wish I would be able to follow along – a Susan Branch “groupie!”:-)

    Always wishing you the best!

    xo Nellie

  73. Sara D NW Georgia says:

    So exciting!!!!!

  74. Pat says:

    What wonderful pictures, I love them all but especially like the one with the dog in it. Also love your pictures of your travels and also hearing about them. I am going to talk to my sister-in-law about your book and also your book signing in Downers Grove, Illinois. My sister-in-law lived in England when her children were growing up and I know she would love reading your book.

  75. Melissa R (UT) says:

    PS: UTAH GIRLFRIENDS: The King’s English is 801-484-9100-Call and say finalize the plans and JUST SAY YES!!

  76. barbara miller says:

    say hi to new England. I am very excited to get my copy of the new baby. congratulations. William and Kate have their George but you gave us a beautiful new born……and no nappies to change!

  77. Debbie from White Bear Lake says:

    Please don’t pass over beautiful Minnesota! We toured the glass museum in Sandwich this past May. Such a beautiful quaint town!

  78. Mary says:

    Susan, thank you for the lovely update!! I’m so excited to celebrate with you in Grand Rapids!!!

  79. I just received mine in the mail today from Amazon….can’t wait to sit down here in Alabama and peruse it!!

  80. Susie Kunze says:

    Thank you for this small bit of comfort in my day. I am mourning the loss of my sister, who died yesterday. She was with her family, who had placed her bed in the center of their family room so she could be surrounded by her grandchildren, beloved cats, and could watch the trees and a butterfly bush covered in swarms of butterflies out the window.
    She was an award winning quilter, and my last gift to her was one of your pincushions and tissue holders.

    • sbranch says:

      I am so very sorry Susie … what a beautiful way for her to say goodbye. Butterflies, cats, grandchildren, a life well led with those as her most important things. Sending love to you and your family. xoxo

      • Karen Saunders says:

        So sorry for you Susie. I don’t have a sister but I can imagine how hard it would be to lose one. Sending prayers your way.

      • Mary Pat says:

        Susie, please accept my deepest sympathy on the death of your sister. My younger sister died in April in a similar setting: at her son’s house, with him, his wife, their son, my big brother and youngest sister all with her. Losing a family member is like losing a part of yourself. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Perhaps our sisters are in heaven making friends right now.

    • Deb from Dixie says:

      Thinking of you and sending up prayers for comfort in your sadness.
      Even on your darkest days there is an angel by your side to guide you along the way.

    • Debbie P ~ Weedsport, NY says:

      I know God will bless you, Susie, with sweet memories of your sister to comfort you. Sending you a hug. xoxo

      • Rhonda D. says:

        So sorry to hear about your sister Susie. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Sending love and hugs to you and your family. xo

    • Margot in Virginia Beach says:

      Deepest sympathies to you Susie. Sisters are very special! You will have all the funny memories, then smile and hug a quilt she made.

      • Janet [in Rochester] says:

        My sympathies also, Susie. I hope very soon your sorrow is replaced by all the warm, wonderful and happy memories you have of your sister. God bless you.

        • Belinda Chesser says:

          So sorry for your loss Susie. May God bring you comfort and peace during this time of loss!

  81. vivian says:

    Susan, sat down for a quick peek at some of my favorites, while I heated some green fruity tea, and clicked on your blog, then, almost went crying in my tea! I yet have not ordered your book, hope to on the second printing, but what a delight your sharing of this wonderful journey is. Looking forward to more. Your very thoughtful, thanks so much.
    In Joy,
    Vivian king

  82. Peggy Cooper says:

    Yowser! What a wonderful post – but then they all are. I agree, certain people, (like you and me and the girlfriends), should be allowed to go into any house that looks just too too cute. Have a great trip, and I hope to see you Colorado.

  83. Kirsten from So. Cal. says:

    I have to tell you this…..I always get so excited to read a new blog from YOU!! It’s like getting a little mini book each time. I guess there’s a word for that- booklet? Anyway, I can’t get enough of you. I find inspiration in all of it, even the photos from the other girlfriends! I love that we all have these cute, almost English corners or even rooms in our homes! My kids don’t like my style, but I do! So do the other girlfriends!!! Good to know. I was so excited to get emails from Amazon saying that my review of your book was helping others in their ordering……wow! I almost feel important!! LOL.

  84. Vickie in Cleveland says:

    It looks like you’re having so much fun already! Cape Cod looks like a charming place to be. Can’t wait to hear more about your road adventures! Safe travels!

  85. Deborah Norling says:

    Thank you ! Thank you for sharing all this extreme excitement…I was a bit emotional starting with KISSING THE KITTIES GOOD BYE..and then all through out while imagining all your emotions…I just wish you and Joe the best most exciting wonderful glorious and safest adventure ever..

  86. Sara McKeefer says:

    Now you’ve done it, Susan! First it was “A Fine Romance” prompting me to add ‘See England like Susan Saw England’ to my bucket list. And now, your blogging about ‘the places you go’ (for book signings, of course) are almost certain to swell my bucket list to unheard of proportions!

    Looking forward to meeting you at the Goshen, Indiana, book signing. Did I mention I can hardly wait?

    • sbranch says:

      Did I mention neither can I? xoxo

    • Chrissy Thrower says:

      Yay! I just saw Goshen, Indiana! I can’t wait to make that trip from Fort Wayne! Couldn’t find anything on their website. Hope to see you Sara.
      So excited to meet my dear Girlfriend, Sue Sue! You look adorable in all the pics. I am so very glad us Girlfriends are finally going to meet you! I love their pictures too!
      It’s really wonderful to see so much ‘Girlfriend Love’ going on! It’s the SUSAN BRANCH MOVEMENT! This trip will go down in history!XXXXXOOOOO:)

      • sbranch says:

        LOL! definitely my history! It’s been so much fun, finally meeting some of our Girlfriends face to face. See you in Goshen Chrissy!

  87. Jackie says:

    Hi Susan! I talked with my hubby and called The Learned Owl to order my second book for the signing!!!! So excited to meet you!!!!!! Now I really can’t wait to go on holiday!!! *g*

  88. Di Word says:

    Hope your trip continues to be fabulous. Congratulations on all of your success. My corgis and I are reading A Fine Romance and loving every page of it.

  89. Jeanne Hedin says:

    So fun to hear about each stop along the way. I can imagine that a satellite photo would show a trail of sparkles from high above. 🙂

  90. Pat Mofjeld from St. Paul, Minnesota says:

    This is so much fun being “taken along” on your trip!!! Fun to see places along the way–armchair travel at its best!!! Thanks!!! 🙂

  91. Pam says:

    I’m so envious of you all, wish I could come it looks such fun. Good luck with the rest of the tour 🙂 x

  92. mari1017 says:

    Susan! I just fell in love with Cape Cod and Sandwich all over again!!! ♥♥♥ Love the musica ~ the town of Sandwich ~ Titcomb’s ~ LOVE The Beehive (great food in any weather & where I bought my first bee skep!) ~ love the Earl of Sandwich – all places I remember fondly 🙂 What a successful event you had! Truly your book, “A Fine Romance”, has taken on a glorious life of its own, and you are deserving of each and every kudo. It is such a unique and special book. Don’t laugh, but I’m still on the Queen Mary on the way over ~ just drinking in each page, each laugh, each tear ~ this is a book that I can read again and again and give as gifts.
    Enjoy the rest of your New England jaunt – I did write to Prince Books, my local bookseller in Norfolk to see if they would arrange a signing ~ still hoping to hear. It’s all good! Cheers!!!

    • sbranch says:

      I’m not laughing because I’m on the Queen Mary every day! 🙂

      • mari1017 says:

        🙂 great reply! “Land Ho!” was reached last night. I have a notebook where I placed all the blog printouts of the entire adventure. Reading them all over again, and together with your book and the Appendix will be my second go-round ♥ For now, I continue to turn and enjoy each new page with joy!
        Happy travels, blessings and continued success on your tour! ♥

  93. Judy from Oregon says:

    We have been through Sandwich and absolutely loved all the amazing homes. I came back to Oregon and started looking at houses for sale in Sandwich. I am with you about being allowed to go through certain houses on one Friday a month. Although so many houses and so few Fridays I am thinking.
    It is so much fun to see all the places your book has been. I don’t know though it is so special to me that I am taking extremely good care of it because I don’t want it to get damaged in any way whatsoever so taking it some of those places I couldn’t do. I am definitely picking up a copy to give away at our cousins tea party coming up in October and I may have to just get another copy for me so that I can have one to take with me when I travel.

  94. Audrianne Hill says:

    You are having so much fun! Can you feel the love? I am so happy you are experiencing all of this wonderfulness.

    • sbranch says:

      Oh yes, the love just circles the room like a sky full of butterflies! Smiles and stories galore.

  95. Cathy McC. says:

    Oh it looks like your signing tour is off to a great start! Lucy and I just made plans to see you in Illinois — we are thrilled! We’ll be keeping our eyes on alert for that radiant van! Wishing you safe travels and good health on your journey! Ethel

    • sbranch says:

      Goodie, Lucy and Ethel in Illinois! 🙂 Don’t let her fill the car up with rocks!

      • Cathy McC. says:

        Oh, my –I’m thinking that must be a reference to an old episode of “I Love Lucy”!

        • sbranch says:

          It’s from the hysterical Lucy-Desi movie called The Long Long Trailer. If you haven’t seen it, you are in for a treat! Lucy collect rocks where ever they went, and HIDES them in the trailer, which made for fun negotiating by Desi in the High Sierras.

  96. Pat says:

    I love that we always get to travel with you!
    xo Pat

    • sbranch says:

      Yes, none of this go-by-yourself-stuff for us anymore! Much more fun to be looking at things with your eyes.

  97. Marty says:

    What a fantastic beginning to a wondrous adventure! Your way with words is magical-drawing all of us into this special experience. Obviously, everyone of us wants to be on this trip with you and Joe (and Petey, of course!). Have a well deserved and splendid time of it.

  98. Robin in Portland Oregon says:

    I love, love Elizabeth von Armin. I have all available Kindle editions and most were free! Never have I read an author who can write about happiness and living a life of happiness so well. Are you coming to Portland, Oregon?

  99. christie ray says:

    Dearest Susan,
    The last few days, since we returned home from MV, have been spent in the clouds…way up high, where the skies are blue. I cannot be sure how long a being is able to maintain a perpetual state of ‘Happy’…but I am convinced a new record is being set. The construction of my dream vacation journal/diary is my daily visit back to that beautiful island of yours…with it’s plucked petals and ivy and ferry stubs and stamped toilet tissue (yes…they had a beautiful way of folding the end and embossing…so clever!) Thank you for showing us the most adorable way to create one!
    I don’t know if there are enough words to thank you for the mood that was created in that sweet book store, the moment you walked in the door. It surely could not just be my hormones….everyone was feeling it. Of course, there was a bit of a meet and greet before you arrived. How incredible to meet these girlfriends we’ve shared our most heartfelt thoughts …our struggles and joys and heartaches and birthdays and all the minutia of daily life…to get to hug their necks and meet their Fine Romance Kinda Guy:)
    My Tim enjoyed himself more than he probably thought he would. Joe is a treasure! (We did good, sister;)
    I will head back to my studio…for there is much to do… If I can just stay put inside my skin!
    Love to you, our dear incredible friend and your dear incredible Joe,
    Christie Ray
    from Franklin, Tennessee

    P.S. I was quite impressed with that little Petey! I think he is absolutely adorable!

    • sbranch says:

      He’s cuter in person! SO nice to hear you are safely home! I’m glad you enjoyed our little bit of heaven. xoxo Lovely to see you and your good man Tim!

  100. So enjoyed meeting you and having my books signed last night. I promise that I will open those “vintage” Susan Branch cookbooks and try a few of your wonderful recipes and not just enjoy all the beautiful artwork!

    • sbranch says:

      There are some good ones in there Joyce — easy and fast too, so it will be a win-win! xoxo Thank you for being there!

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