He Loves Us, Ya Ya Ya!

Hi Girls, remember when we first started our trip to England, how much trouble we had with the Internet in the beginning?  Sporadic communication?  Well, it’s the same thing here!  You will need some bop MUSICA while you’re waiting!  Even though, from the picture below (sent via Twitter by our Girlfriend Cathy), you can see how wildly successful we’ve become . . . no no no no no, it’s not real!  But who really cares, it looks real!

. . . I still can’t seem to tame the Internet gremlins that plague me.  This means another day of cell phone calls between me and Verizon so that I will have access to the blog while we drive from place to place.  But I promise to make up for it when all settles down!  I just wanted to let you know what’s been going on and why you haven’t heard from me and why I haven’t been able to “moderate” our comments!

I’ve been taking lots of pictures which I’ll have for you soon.  But I knew you’d want to see one of the main reasons it was so hard to leave home.  My dearest little boy playing with his new catnip pillow.  I would say, “Note wildness in eyes,” but you all know that wildness is always there!  We have to leave the hotel now if we’re going to make it to our next adventure in Hudson, Ohio!  So bye for now Girls.  I’ll be back! xoxo  P.S. People are loving the Fine Romance Van! 🙂

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225 Responses to He Loves Us, Ya Ya Ya!

  1. Tawni urrutia says:

    Good morning Susan!
    I’m waving and blowing kisses to you and Joe as you roll along in the darling AFR van, while hearts are fluttering out of the windows and the tail pipe, like butterflies!
    I just received an email from the Emma Bridgewater folks…have you seen her new Peter Rabbit mugs and plates?! I’m preeeeetty sure she made them for YOU!!
    Have a wonderful day!
    Tawni Urrutia in Lodi, Ca

    • Barbara from Wolverine Lake MI says:

      I just saw them and was totally “over the moon” as they say across the pond. 🙂

  2. Vicki in Cincy says:

    Hi Susan! Not to worry! We all understand you are on a ‘mission’ right now…a mission for us!!! Can’t wait til Thursday when you and Joe are in Wilmington….finally getting to meet one of my bestest girlfriends is exciting and even though we have never ‘met’ I will feel so at home with you…just like you have been to my house and me to yours lots of times…(because we have!!) Safe travels my dear friend…see you on Thursday! <3

  3. Sweet sweet boy. My cheeks hurt from smiling.


  4. Mary Ann says:

    Looking forward to meeting you tomorrow in Hudson, Oh. So excited!

  5. Joan Lesmeister says:

    Gremlins amok! Thanks for the update! You’re off & running (driving) again! What fun to see your van tooling along the highways, wish I was there, I’d honk for Romance!!! xo

  6. Sandra Williamson says:

    How cool are you? Paul McCartney gave you a thumbs up! I LOVED the book too! I savored a few chapters each night when I went to bed and didn’t really want to reach the end. It was a fun and exciting journey. I am so looking forward to seeing you when you come to California in November. Wishing you safe travels and many adventures!

  7. NANCY JO says:

    Hi sUSAN,
    Just bought the new VICTORIA Bliss magazine and was so excited to see the FULL PAGE ad of our book. yeah!!!
    Nancy Jo

  8. Audrianne Hill says:

    You’re coming to Michigan and to Schuler Books in Grand Rapids! Unfortunately I am at a church retreat that day planning the fall season but West Michigan has HONEYCRISP apples! You mentioned discovering them and if you’re driving up US31 and see the sign for Fennville MI, stop at Crane’s Orhcards. They have 71 varieties of apples – honeycrisp topping the list. You will love this place.

  9. Maryellen says:

    So looking forward to see you in person at the Learned Owl! The event is one day before our 37th wedding anniversary and my dear husband is leaving work to serve as my chauffer for the 1 hour and 23 minute drive to Hudson, Ohio and as my personal photographer for our meeting! It is my very own Fine Romance that we are able to celebrate our anniversary eve with you and Joe.

  10. sondra fox says:

    Susan, Happy Bon Voyage to you & Joe. Just wanted to know if there’s a place I can go to online to see where/what your schedule is as you go along your way cross country. I’d hate to miss you if you’re in our area.(Sandy from Chihuahua Flats)

  11. helen says:

    Safe Trip!

  12. Angela Estupinian says:

    Sir Paul has great taste 🙂 I hope everything goes well! You deserve all of the joy your hard (and beautiful!) work is bringing to you!

  13. It’s Cathy with a “C”. 🙂

  14. That darling picture of Jack will hold me over for awhile! lol My cats all love catnip to the point that if they can, they will roll in it and then come up with their mouths open so they can retain the scent. Love cats, and love you too. Safe journey. Hugs, Judy

  15. Loris Mills says:

    Hope your trip is fun and safe! I did wonder why my ‘comment’ was still waiting for ‘moderation’ 🙂 I thought of Jack last night as I was reading “A Fine Romance”….my Marianne (grey kitty named after one of the Dashwood sisters 🙂 likes to chew my book markers…especially ribbons! when I’m trying to read. Had to tuck that red ribbon in tight to protect it from her! Of course, then she starts batting at my face…she is a persistent character.

  16. Karen Saunders says:

    I don’t see how people expect you to do it all, it’s too hard on you being on the road, signing books, packing and unpacking, and writing on this blog. Everyone needs to take it easy on you. I’m going to quit writing and expecting an answer, and that doesn’t mean anything other than I’ll still be here when you get back to the Island and you’ve had a little rest. (REST….that’s when you do nothing…. 🙂 Enjoy your trip Susan….you work so hard you deserve it……and you don’t have to moderate this!!!….just leave it hanging out in space!!

  17. Jack says:


  18. Pom Pom says:

    Oh, I bet everyone loves the van! It’s beautiful! Jack is a wild child. I can see why you miss him so!
    Drive safe, good and true nice people!

  19. Jack says:

    PS — Jack not John”….”

  20. Nan says:

    Just want you to know my two copies if A Fine Romance were waiting for me when I got home from a 13 hour road trip…and I stayed up until the wee hours of the night reading it! I LOVE it! The best welcome home present ever!

  21. Debbie says:

    Safe travels!!!

  22. Margot in Virginia Beach says:

    (Muffled Screaming!!!)
    Is it REAL??? I told you someday HE would be asking for YOUR autograph!!!

    PS His Linda’s cookbook is really good.

  23. Jane F. says:

    Dear Susan, praying!! I know how frustrating that internet stuff can be! I never can get it do it’s thing consistently, either! But don’t worry about us . . . we are here!! And we aren’t going ANYWHERE without you!!! It is all so exciting!! We are soooo thrilled with the great response everywhere, but we never doubted it for a moment!! And I am looking forward to seeing that truck in person!! Not to mention, of course you and Joe! 🙂 We’ll see when and where, but it will happen!! Happy Labor Day!! 🙂

  24. Mary says:

    Thanks for the update, Susan! We’re very much looking forward to seeing you in Grand Rapids, MI!!!!

  25. Oh oh oh, you are getting closer to me! I will see you in five days! My copy of the book came this week and I started reading and enjoying!!! But the garden is getting in my way. Beets and green beans to can what a pesty thing to have to deal with when I just want to read. My printer is out of ink…I need to find a printer to print the girlfriends tag out on for myself and best friend of so many years to wear. But we are leaving our hubs behind because there is also a craft fair in town we want to hit. We need to try and fill the day with as many hours of bliss we can think of. But you are our number #1 reason for getting together! Have fun with your wondering!

  26. Susan Simon (in Illinois) says:

    That’s really something… and Jack is better than ever. I am sure he will miss you but he’ll have a grand time with his sitters. Hope you get your Internet gremlins straightened out… Really looking forward to seeing you soon… so glad you’ll be nearby us when you visit Chicago! Safe travels and have a grand tour.

  27. Mary S. says:

    Thank you for the update!!
    I have been thinking of you and Joe!!
    Such a CUTE photo of Jack!!
    Love from Mary S. in Fresno, CA

  28. judi says:

    Ahhh, happy Birthday to sweet Jack the cat on Aug. 31st – a 2 yr. old 🙂 good luck sitter:))) LOVE the pic of him…covering him with smooches – smack, smack, smack, snuggle!

    Your net connection will work out I’m sure and we are all looking forward to the signings and your delightful/delicious adventures on the road. What FUN! xxxooo judi

  29. Nancy B says:

    YAY!!! You’re on your way at last. Hope the internet thing clears up for you soon. It’s so much fun hearing about your itinerary; think I’ll get a map and follow your route.

    Happy Travels!
    Nancy (from Bakersfield)

  30. Diane Harris says:

    See you tomorrow in Hudson! I’ll be the one trying to contain my joy by not making a complete fool of myself! You’ve become like a rock star to your girlfriends here on the blog!! As exciting as it was back in the day when Paul traveled the USA!

    See you soon!

    Diane Marie

  31. Becky says:

    What!!!! Shut the front door!!!! Get Out!!! Shut Up!!! What the…..!!! and all other uncouth phrases PUL (people unlike us) would use when seeing “Our Paul” holding “the book.” How can you top this? I need details.

    Did you take a wee little sip of something to steady yourself upon seeing this? Aren’t you proud of yourself? All of your muses lined up to make this book what it is……..spiritual and affirming in the best possible ways. I preordered and sat down and read it cover to cover when it arrived;all the while feeling a little smug because I’d already been to the places through your posts. I am just delighted and honored to be included in the girlfriens club. I’ll look for you at Remnants of the Past in November. Take care as you travel. oxoxoxo

    • sbranch says:

      See you there Becky! That’s going to be so much fun! Yes, Paul holding the book, pretty darn wonderful, even if it’s not real, I like it just as much as if it was!

  32. Pat Stansel says:

    Best of wishes on the next leg of your book signing tour!!

  33. Janet Conn says:

    After all the years of enjoying your books, stories, merchandise and blog, I am finally going to get to meet you in person. My cousin, Michelle and I are leaving Pgh. Tuesday morning and making the trek to Hudson, OH. (Only two hours) Hudson is the most adorable town and we can’t wait for the book signing at the Learned Owl! See you and Joe tomorrow


    Lucy & Ethel, I mean Thelma & Louise…no, I mean Michelle & Janet. ; )

    • sbranch says:

      See you tomorrow!

      • Cathy McC. says:

        Oh no — is there another pair of Lucy n Ethel among the girlfriends? We probably should not hover around eachother — could be REAL chaos!
        Wish I knew your route around the northern Indiana area — would love to be watching for you van as you head to Grand Rapids or the Chicago area. But, will see you in Wilmette! And don’t fret over the Internet — look how long we managed without it, and these short little “check ins” are super-duper! Hugs, Ethel

        • Janet Conn says:

          Loved your comment. We are definitely Lucy & Ethel. We get in the car and never know what to expect. We travel 3 or 4 hours and it seems like minutes. I don’t think either of us quits talking. We talk over each other, laugh to our sides hurt. As much as I love and being around my husband, she is the single person on earth that I have the most fun being around. Have a great day! : )

          • Karen Saunders says:

            Ever since I was a little girl and watched Lucy I wanted a friendship like Lucy and Ethels. Since we moved around so much, my parents and then my husband….never really happened. But since the ‘Girlfriends’….I feel a definite kindredship through Susan and I love how we support and pray for each other in sad times and encourage and laugh in good times. We truley have to get together someplace and have a huge ‘get-to-know each-other’ gab-fest. Smack in the middle of the USA.

          • Janet Conn says:


            That is a wonderful idea a “Girlfriends” meeting. I cannot tell you how much fun we had in Hudson, OH, at the book signing. We were arrived early in the day around lunch time and actually met people then that were there for the evening book signing. We could spot fellow girlfriends, even before they had their nametags on. Turns out that Susan Branch fans have a lot of other things in common as well. Even though we had just met, we were talking like years old “girlfriends”. This is truly a special group of women and we owe Susan Branch a great big “Thank You” for being the heart and soul of this special group. : )

    • Cindy Tuning says:

      Janet and Michelle,It was so nice to meet you today at the Learned Owl. What a perfect day except in all the excitement I forgot to thank Michelle for taking some pictures for me..they turned out great. Hope you had a safe drive back to Pittsburgh.

      • sbranch says:

        That was too fast! So wonderful to see you all in person!

      • Janet Conn says:


        It was so nice to meet you as well. We did get back home safely to Pgh. We had such a wonderful day meeting so many fun and nice people. All Susan Branch Fans!!!!!!

        Susan and Joe, thanks so much for making this trip cross country and the book tour. It was a dream come true to meet you both in person. The tour is bringing so much joy to all of us who have been following you for all these years. Safe Travels to you both. P.S. My daughter, Madison, made the “Rainbow Loom” bracelets for you and Joe. I told her you said “Thank You,” and that you liked the black and gold a lot. She is going to make a black and gold one and we will mail it to San Luis Obispo. It should be there before you are.

  34. Pam says:

    Have fun 🙂 xx

  35. Asha says:

    Hi Susan! Well as good as technology is, it certainly does have it’s downside! Missed hearing from you. So happy to see your blog – here’s a toast (click, click and Bloody Mary in hand) to Labor Day and hearing from Susan!!! 🙂 Who else does Paul McCartney read but Susan Branch???? Love the picture!!! Looking forward to hearing about your travels across country. Safe travels to you and Joe! OF course everyone LOVES the van. How could they not! It’s wonderful! Love you: Asha oxoxo

  36. Debbie '51 says:

    It must have been so difficult to leave that little sweetheart and his best friend, Girl Kitty!
    We Girlfriends will wait – we are a patient lot!
    Drive safely. Have fun!
    p.s. – I’m re-reading A Fine Romance now! 🙂

    • sbranch says:

      We’re driving carefully (or Joe is!) I have my computer working for the moment and I’m typing carefully!

  37. Gill says:

    Dear Sue,
    I have just finished your wonderful wonderful book and my heart is full of joy. You have truly honoured England in all that you have observed and recorded for us all. I miss England everyday even though I chose to live away. Of all the fancy products issued to celebrate the Jubilee, yes, even my Emma Bridgewater Jubilee teapot, nothing comes close to representing the true heart of England in 2012. But you found it and put it all down for us. Thank you.

    This year my own dear sister Sue is moving into her own chocolate box cottage. A white painted thatched Milly Molly Mandy style home of her very own. Your book will be awaiting her there when she moves in, as a little housewarming present. I just know she will love it too.

    Ps do you know Milly Molly Mandy in America? Her stories were written by Joyce Lancester Brisley. She is about 6 or 7 I think, and I think you would enjoy her adventures very much.

    • sbranch says:

      Well, aren’t you sweet! How nice to hear from you Gill! I’m not familiar with Milly Molly Mandy, but you can be sure I’m going straight to Google to learn more about her. I know how it is to be perpetually homesick even when you love where you are, there are too many good things in the world! Please give my best Happy New Home to your sister Sue! We should go visit her very soon!

    • judy young says:

      I remember Milly Molly Mandy! Absolutely some of my favorite stories growing up in England! I recently happened on a small book of several of the Milly Molly Mandy stories (the book is called Milly Molly Mandy stories!) by Joyce Lankester Brisley at our local Half-Price Books store. It was in the “rare” books section! AND it was marked for only $5. You better believe, I snapped that little treasure up immediately. Couldn’t wait to get home and read it. All my favorites! They are very “cozy” stories, many relating to food, gardening, making a tea cozy, etc. Delightful stuff. I am so happy I found this little book! It looks like it was published by the David McKay Company in South Washington Square, Philadelphia. There is no date in the book! Her illustrations are as sweet as the stories. Susan, you would love it, they are quintessentially English.

    • Debs OBrien says:

      I loved “Milly Molly Mandy”!!!! I got to read aloud to my class (I was the best reader in school, apparently) a chapter from MMM books each afternoon before we closed for the day! I think she is going through a bit of a revival too~~~

      • Pam Fortune says:

        I was brought up on Milly Molly Mandy books and so were my three daughters. Joyce Lancaster Brisley was an English author and her stories were first published in 1925 by the Christian Science Monitor. They are very quintessentially English representing village life as it was in the 1920’s. Now I read the books to my two granddaughters.

  38. Carolyn Chism says:

    Oh I can’t wait to see you and Joe tomorrow. My girlfriend Jane and I have been following you for a very long time and I can’t wait to finally meet you. I had hoped Jane could come up from Cincinnati but alas she can’t get off of work. So I will just have to surprise her with your book for Christmas! Safe trip to Hudson!!!

    • Chris Wells in Knickerbocker, W TX says:

      Just in case you check back I wanted to say it was nice to meet you! I enjoyed standing in line with you at the book signing. Standing in line and chatting with every one made the time go so fast. We couldn’t have had a prettier week here weather wise, it sure beats HOT! I am going to miss it. Head back to Texas Saturday. Talk to you again.

      • sbranch says:

        Chris, I have a wonderful photo of you and your family I will try and put up soon. SO cute. Thank you for coming and for bringing them along. It was wonderful to meet you!

  39. Mary Brehm says:

    Hi Susan, Were you traveling through upstate NY today? My sister texted me and said your van drove past her on the adirondack north way. So cool. Have a safe trip!

    • sbranch says:

      That was US! Too funny! I hope we weren’t speeding! 🙂

      • Barbara Hull says:

        That was me, and it was the highlight of my day 🙂 ~ ~ I got so excited my husband thought I was going to drive off the road (and no, you were not speeding)!

        • sbranch says:

          Oh how fun that is Barbara! What a small world!!

          • Janet [in Rochester] says:

            OH BOY! Where you anywhere near Rochester, Sue?? Though I hope I would’ve felt that – a happy humming in the air! ♡

          • sbranch says:

            We were south of Rochester by quite a little way — we stayed in a town called Olean… you probably would have had to be a seismograph in order to feel that happy humming! 🙂 But it was there!

  40. Janet says:

    So excited to see you tomorrow in Hudson. 9 of my closest friends and I are driving over to see you from Toledo Ohio. Have been on pins and needles waiting for you to get here to Ohio. I printed off the nametags and the bookmarks for each of the girls so you will know us tomorrow. We have each purchased a book too. Anxious to see you. Janet

  41. Debbie Sowards says:

    YOU ARE COMING TO OHIO!!! I will see you on Thursday, Sept 5–can’t wait!!

  42. Diane from Poulsbo, WA says:

    I confess I did a total double-take when I saw Paul McCartney holding our book….and I also did when I saw the Queen herself holding a copy too. At first I thought it was real…haha! 🙂 I am so happy to see sweet Jack and his crazy, happy eyes….he and GK always look very pampered and well taken care of. I love seeing pics of them. We just lost our very special Prince on Friday, so we are reeling from that, but we do still have our little Muffin. Kitties are the most preciaus gifts and seeing Jack and GK pics recently has a very comforting effect.
    I am so excited to also see the pictures of “my” girlfriends at the book-signings! I also just love your sweaters that you wear! I am a sweater weather kind of gal so I tend to notice them….and I love yours! You look very pretty in all of your pics….very Susan Branchish! I loved reading in your other blog that all the guys hang out around Joe….lol…I could just picture my own husband in that group patiently waiting for me!
    Anyhoo…have a wonderful time and soak up all the love! xoxoxo

  43. Beth in N.H. in the White Mountains says:

    OMW! I just turned my laptop around and said to my husband, ” Hey, Sir Paul and I are reading the same books these days!” He laughed and so did I.
    Thanks for writing this book. I hate to gush and say how much it has meant….’cause that’d be to,to Fanish. I’ve never been one of those types……..well….. EXCEPT…… when Livingston Taylor and I shook hands once, I serious had doubts I’d ever wash That handever again! =D
    I love the book you wrote, Amazon came through. I took it to Maine on Saturday and finished in on Sunday. I cried reading the last few pages….a good kinda cry…I don’t want to give to much away though…”loose lips” and all =). The word thanks seems, well not enough, although I am sure you are a thoughtful type who appreciates all the thank-yous sent your way. It’s a very touching book and it touches the heart especially in all the bits that have been asleep for so very long.
    Hang in there….who knows what Life has in store for you and your troubadour too.
    Thanks again…!!!!!!!! Okay,that was one to many !’s.REALLY, I AM NOT FANISH. I Am A Stoic New Englander ! =D

  44. The van is certainly a keeper; it’s cute as buttons!

  45. As the internet gremlins snatched up my comments too, I will just repeat: Have fun, be safe, and enjoy this wild ride!

  46. Darlene in Indiana says:

    Dear Susan, I just finished reading your wonderful book today. I savored every page! Looking forward to seeing you in Goshen!

  47. Gert~Iowa says:

    Susan…thank you so much for checking in with us….we all worry about you & Joe when you’re on the road (or train or ship!)! Looks like Jack is your “wild child”! lol Even so, I know you miss him terribly…

    Love the pic with your book..being held by Paul. Looks so real…lol

    Drive safe…my prayers for a safe trip are with you!


    PS Does your Mom still have relatives living here? Just curious!

    • sbranch says:

      Probably, but not that we know Gert. My Grandma was from a family of ten children, their last name was Orr.

      • Gert~Iowa says:

        I have known some Orr’s, but can’t think of their first names.

        • sbranch says:

          We had too much distance between us in those days. Long distance phone calls instead of email and skype! So easy to lose track when separated by miles and years, and lots and lots of children!

      • Pat Mofjeld from St. Paul, Minnesota says:

        Our former minister here had the last name of Orr and he was from Iowa–wonder if he was related?… 🙂

  48. Balisha says:

    That book is certainly getting around. I finished reading mine…I was stretching it out to make it last longer. It’s a book that can be read over and over again. Thankyou for many hours of entertainment for this old gray haired lady.

  49. Heartsdesire says:

    The Internet isn’t always cooperative, but once you get things straightened out, we will all look forward to hearing from you. Sounds like the tour is going very well, imagine being sold out of books! However, after having read my copy (now on the second read), I can certainly see why. Looks like Jack loves his catnip, he has that glazed look. Our kitties aren’t fond of catnip, so they have little pillows filled with honeysuckle vine. They love it!

  50. Carol C says:

    Susan, do you have a “hotspot” for your computer? You get them at Verizon and we are getting great reception on our computers as we travel. Right now I’m in the middle of prairie in SD and it’s working! I’m hoping as we cross back on our return trip we cross your path. I left the book at home because I have to focus on Undaunted Courage while we follow the Lewis and Clark trail. You asked about Things to see in Kansas City. Definitely the Truman home and library/museum in Independence. It was murderously hot while we were there so didn’t feel like trekking around too much. The Nelson-Atkins Museum downtown is wonderful. Have safe travels and much fun!!

  51. Yep, Catnip will get some kitties every time! Have FUN Susan, Joe and of course Petey!!!!! Beautiful cabins you stayed in, how sweet of them to gift you a 2 nighter at that beautiful cabin! And what a beautiful place to have been when the blue moon was out! Great shot!
    Prayers from NC for a safe trip, love the van! How awesome someones sister saw you driving by in upstate NY!
    Hugs and blessings,

  52. Cindy Tuning says:

    So excited to be going to Hudson in the morning! I see that they are at capacity and have closed the event…..you have gotten huge!!! Well, not you…yourself…YOU have shrunk, skinny girlfriend! I know how hard it is to be away from home for someone who’s entire being is about HOME, so I thank you for making this sacrifice for us. You are going to meet so many people its just mindblowing! I am so glad that I’m lucky enough to be one of them.

    • sbranch says:

      LOL. Yes, hard to be away, but it’s all better meeting so many wonderful people. I had to do this at least once in my life. See you soon Cindy!

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

    YOU go girl!!!! Just keep having fun!!! You and Joe, making wonderful memories to last a lifetime….♥

  54. Judy from Maine says:

    So nice the read how many girl friends are anxiously awaiting your visit. I know how I felt when you came to NH.

    • sbranch says:

      Loved seeing you Judy — it’s just as much fun for me!

      • Janet [in Rochester] says:

        What an adventure y’all are having. The way things are going, your next book can be all about the AFR Tour!!…. Keep on having fun [and being safe]. ☺

        • sbranch says:

          We were thinking of it, but we’re moving too fast to do these wonderful places justice. I can say for a certainty, so far anyway, the small Independent Bookstores are in the MOST charming towns! Hudson, Ohio is wonderful! And if you get there, Run, don’t walk, to the Rosewood Grill for dinner!

          • Janet [in Rochester] says:

            Yes, apparently the only place independent bookstores can survive these days are in those towns too small for the “big boxes” to be interested in going. Thanks for the restaurant recommendations – I just love vicariously-visiting all these places you link for us!

          • sbranch says:

            You should have seen the one in Wilmington, Books ‘N’ More, last night. It’s next door to the theater built in 1918. We were taken on a tour by the bookstore owners. Swirly floral carpets, gold balconies, downhill aisles where you need uniformed ushers with flash lights to get you to your red velvet seat. A step back in time. In a small brick town. Just wonderful.

  55. Irene Talaasen says:

    Hi Susan,
    So fun following along with your signings. I am still hoping with the second printing you can come to Colorado Springs Co to Barnes and Noble here!!!! Just finished the book and do love it. I am a Beatrix Potter fan too and wondered if you had see the book Beatrix Potter.. A Journal. It is published by Penquin Books 2006 and has some photos and all of Beatrix, and her Hilltop house. It gives a great sense of who she was.

    Blessings and safety on your travels……Jack looks like he is missing you already!

    • sbranch says:

      We actually have that gorgeous book in our web store … it’s wonderful isn’t it, like a scrapbook. Thank you Irene!

  56. Joann says:

    Of course they are loving it….it’s adorable!!! Have fun in Ohio. That’s where I was born……….in the NE section of Ohio. Rod, too!

    I lived in a little town called Poland, Ohio……….yes, I did!

    Give Ohio a big hello from me……….great place!!! From the Amish, to red barns and cornfields…….

    xoxo Safe travels!!


  57. Chrissy Thrower says:

    Sue Sue! It’s great to hear the next installment of our new journey! Safe travels untill we meet in Goshen! Counting the days!
    This Girlfriend is thrilled to hear of all the.GIRLFRIEND love in the SUSAN BRANCH MOVEMENT! ‘it’s a sign of the times’ ..haha. Enjoy the trip. See you soon ,cutest!
    XXOOchrissy p.s. tell Joe you are both adorable! (see if he smiles)

  58. Carrie says:

    What a Labor Day! Called Gristmill Antiques after seeing your tweet about the Johnson brother dishes and they put you on the phone…words completely failed me, I was flabbergasted (of all times). It was very kind of you to speak with me, thank you for such a thrill!! Safe and happy trails to you and your fella, Carrie

    *Dishes should be headed west in the next day or so*

    • sbranch says:

      Oh Carrie, I was kicking myself after speaking with you … that I didn’t ask your name and didn’t know who’d gotten them! How great it was you! They were such a good deal, ten dinner plates, perfect for the entire holiday season, I couldn’t just leave them there. I’m so glad you got them! Isn’t it wild, this connection we have!?

      • Carrie says:

        Absolutely verklempt about Alfriston! AFR is catching on in the UK like a house on fire!

        *I forced myself yesterday not to beat myself up for being unable to utter an intelligible word to you. (i.e. opportunity to express my gratitude, etc.) But instead have focused on the providence of it all and your graciousness:)*

        • sbranch says:

          The only thing was, I met a Carrie with the last name of Weston or something like that, and tried to accuse her of being you. I was looking for you! xoxo

          • Carrie says:

            My last name is very similar to Weston but I have not met you. My email address with this comment has my last name.

            Hope the signing works out in Palo Alto, Carrie in CA.

  59. Vickie in Cleveland says:

    Oh, I’m so sad I won’t be able to see you in Hudson tomorrow.:( I have to work, and it is sold out anyway. Darn, to be so close, and to not be able to meet you.
    Color me blue. 🙁
    Love the picture of sweet Jack, though! 🙂

    Vickie in Cleveland

  60. nancy says:

    Thank you Susan for a wonderful mini vacation sitting at home reading you book! Can i just mention i was inspired to try pear cider after reading your book and blog and if you don’t like beer, you wont like pear cider! Just thought i’d like to save people $3.69 at BevMo 🙂

    • sbranch says:

      I don’t like beer! 🙂

      • Debs OBrien says:

        not a fan of beer either but cider is delicious! Perry is even more so! The monks of Prinknash Abbey make a wicked Perry! You will have to put that on your list of places next time, Susan! A Perry Tour of the UK!

        • sbranch says:

          I thought Perry was another word for Pear Cider, pronounced of course, Peah Ci-da? Because if so, I think we did that! 🙂

          • Debs OBrien says:

            😀 Perry has only become Peah Ci~da in recent years, as Pear Cider sounds more modern, so I guess it is a marketing ploy, but call me old fashioned, I still call it Perry!

          • sbranch says:

            Well then, I should do that, because I’m old-fashioned too. I was afraid I’d missed something! 🙂

          • Janet [in Rochester] says:

            When I googled “pear cider” to find a local store that carries it, I read a Wikipedia article that said “perry” and “pear cider” ARE the same thing… :>)

  61. Jacquelyn Wirthlin - Bainbridge Island, WA says:

    Be safe Sue and Joe and enjoy!

  62. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Hello Susan from Oslo Norway where we have been visiting the past 16 days!! Lovely fjords and even had the opportunity to spend part of a day with my husbands’s second cousin and her family! It has been grand but I have missed having Internet and being able to follow along . I am so happy and excited for you and the new book’s instant success!! It is grand to learn all of the delicious details. By the way, one afternoon on some fjord up in northern Norway the Queen Mary II passed right by our ship and we exchanged boat toots for good cheer!! I immediately thought about you and your voyage to begin this epic new book and now the grand welcome of it on both sides of the pond!!

    Best luck on all of the next legs of your tour! So many of us girlfriends want to meet you and share our excitement together . And Autumn is my favorite time and the perfect season for a van tour across the country enjoying fall along the way. If you get towards the South, be sure you try some local apple cider donuts dipped in cinnamon sugar!!! They are so magnificent!!

    We will hopefully be home by midnight and tomorrow I will have Internet just like always so I can get back to enjoying the journey and all of the exciting stops with. All of the other girlfriends!

  63. Marcia A. Sherman says:

    Received my 2014 wall calendar this past weekend, a fine ending to a pleasant vacation week. Sat down this morning to write in all the birthdays and paydays … had to look three times for July 31st! Only reason I was eager to find it: July is a 3 pay month for me. I bet you wish you had a nickel for every posting or e-mail informing you of something you most certainly already know. No worries I inked it in twice, at bottom of July AND top of August. Now I have a SBranch calendar with a touch of MSherman
    Happy Trails!

    • sbranch says:

      Brilliant girl. We are also going to have a downloadable “fix” on the website by the start of the new year.

  64. Joy Pence from Ohio says:

    Looking forward to meeting you in Wilmington!!

  65. Jackie P says:

    Hi Sue,
    Am excited for all the Girlfriends who will be meeting you at future booksignings. After seeing you in Milford NH a few weeks ago, my spirits are still high. Enjoy Girlfriends — she has energy to share!!!!

  66. Marysol says:

    Photoshopped or not, I have a sneaky suspicion Sir Paul McCartney is a closet supporter.

    Happy trails to you. Enjoy the experience and the new friendships!

    (Wish you were in MI., we’re having the most amazing weather – seriously).

  67. Hi Susan! I loved seeing you in your van on the Vineyard ~ that was the cutest idea ever! My Jeff spotted it right away! I absolutely loved your book and I can’t believe the time and creativity that went into it. Thanks for the inspiration!

  68. Jan from Oklahoma says:

    Parting with our furry children is such sweet sorrow! 🙁 But, you will return with even more hugs and kisses for them. ♥ Looking forward to seeing you in Wichita! YAY! ♥ PS: Paul McCartney would have given two thumbs up, but he had to have one hand to hold the book. 😉

    • sbranch says:

      Yes, exactly what I was thinking! 🙂

    • Jan, I actually posted it the first time on Twitter (then deleted it) with his whole right hand (I cut and pasted a duplicate hand) holding the book, but that thumb looked just TOO weird along side the book! So glad I changed it. I didn’t realize it would show up here!!

  69. Jen from Marshall, MI says:

    SO excited you are in Ohio! That is one state closer to Michigan! Cannot wait to meet you in person in Grand Rapids on Saturday!! Safe travels!!

  70. Dawn (Elmhurst, IL) says:

    Hi Susan & Joe,
    Just one more week!! Can’t wait to finally meet you at Anderson’s Bookshop in Downer’s Grove AND at the Tea Party in Wilmette!! It’s a dream-come-true!! ♡
    I just read a charming book review on Much Ado Books. So happy to hear that our UK Girlfriends can order a signed copy of A FiNE ROMANCE from them. It’s wonderful how the happy news is spreading everywhere!!
    See you next week! (Love saying that!)

    • sbranch says:

      Can’t wait Dawn, to finally meet you! Yes, wonderful that it’s getting easier for our British girlfriends — was terrible the amount of postage they had to pay from here — much better now.

  71. Carrie from Ohio says:

    So excited to see you today in Hudson, OH!! I’m so happy you an Joe are travelling through this neck of the woods. The Learned Owl Book Shop is about 10-15 minutes from my house and I about fell out of my chair when I read that you were stopping here! I asked my sister to come with me and she jumped at the invite 🙂 Safe travels in your cute van and see you tonight!

  72. Candice OHIO says:

    Good Afternoon Susan,
    Sir Paul with your book!! You must be over the moon!! I was in love with the Beatles growing up, with my Mom being from England and all. Beatles lunch box, sugar Beatles on my birthday cake and collecting Beatle trading cards, wish I still had all those goodies!!
    What a wonderful photo of Jack, you can just see he is just full of beans and weenies!! That is what I say about our pets when they look so mischievous!! I hope that you have a wonderful visit to oHIo!! Will have a magic moment on Thursday when girlfriends and I are taking a road trip (1 1/2 Hr.) to attend your Fine Romance Book signing in Wilmington, OH at Books ‘N’ More!! Can hardly contain myself!! Be safe and have fun on you book signing journey!!

  73. Tisa at Seattle Retro says:

    LOL so fooled by Macca’s photo, I saw him perform in Seattle in July & he’s ‘on the brain’….so I thought, why wouldn’t he adore your book while he’s on tour (or maybe his wife Nancy has/needs a copy?!) Oh the tales you’ll tell when this tour is over… have a safe ride….and what’s the musica you’re listening to ‘on the road again’?

    • sbranch says:

      Kellee made us a special CD of A Fine Romance being sung by everyone from Fred Astaire to Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday — we have that, for one thing … very fun!

  74. Angie(Tink!) says:

    ♥*¨`*¨♥*¨`*.¨`♥*♥*¨`* “The Internet Gremlins That Plaque You” 🙂 Sweet Sue You Amaze Me! 🙂 Jack is Scrumptious! That Face! Meowzers! 🙂 Just wanted to Wish You A Wonderful Evening at Tonight’s Book Signing! & Your Tweeting from The Road Is Fun! Hugzzz & Love & Always A Bit Of Pixie~Dust! xoxo Poof! ♥*¨`*¨♥*¨`*.¨`♥*♥*¨`* 🙂 I L♥ve This Fine Romance Road~Trip! ♥ Hey To Joe! 🙂

    • sbranch says:

      Thank you for keeping up with me Angie … we are moving so fast, but everything slows way back down to normal after September 19 — I will probably need to do a 47-page blog update!!! 🙂

  75. Nellie says:

    I would love to see that van come to my town! Those coming to the bookstore in Ohio tonight are definitely lucky!

    Hopefully the rain has stopped for you. While we had storms during the night, today we have beautiful sunshine!

    I continue to send wishes for safe travels to you!

    xo Nellie

    • sbranch says:

      They saved us a parking place right in front of the Learned Owl, and everyone was out front to greet us!!!! (Joe got to show off his amazing van-parellel-parking-expertise with an audience! So glad it wasn’t me!) It was AMAZING getting out of the car. I felt like I recognized everyone, of course I didn’t, but it felt just like coming home to your favorite friends. So comfortable and happy. It was a beautiful cool fall evening ~ we couldn’t have asked for more. Thank you Nellie!

  76. Kathi Sanoba says:

    Susan, it was an honor and a pleasure meeting you and seeing Joe at the Learned Owl, and having a quick chat about Gladys Taber and FOGT! You are as nice in person as in your writings! Thank you for coming to the Cleveland area. And your book is just wonderful, too!

  77. Jack says:

    So how’d it go?

    • sbranch says:

      Hi Dad! It’s going too fast! But it’s been a thrill to see all these girlfriends in person! The van has been really fun — I’ll call you! ♥

  78. Teresa says:

    It was so nice to meet you this evening at the Learned Owl in Hudson, Ohio. You are truly a sweetheart. Keep up the great work you do. It truly brightens my day when I read your blog posts.

    P.S. loved that you brought Petey traveling with you. The treats at the table were scrumptious!
    ( vanilla wafers with Hershey Kiss attached on top).

    With Love,

  79. Lisa Jorgensen says:

    Love ,love, love the photo of Paul with your book. Even if it’s not real, I’m sure if he did read it he would have had that same reaction.
    We will miss those darling photos of Jack and Girl Kitty for awhile.
    Safe travels to you and Joe. Hope to see you in California.

    • sbranch says:

      I have some good bye photos saved up, if I ever get in one place long enough to get them up. That’s what was good in England, we landed and stayed in one place for a while!

  80. Debs OBrien says:

    Isn’t that wonderful 😉 Sir Paul was always my favourite and I remember hiding behind the sofa from sheer embarrassment when he was on telly just in case anyone caught my blushing cheeks. In later years, though, I came to love the music of the late, great, George maybe even more.

    Still limping along with a poorly computer! What is this wonder called “technology” and how did we do without it? 😀 I can now only link into your blog via a rather complicated performance ~~~but at least I can get here.

    So thrilled that Signed Copies are now available in the UK~~~so much so that I have ordered a SECOND COPY just so I can get your signature!!! Wonder if it will be a first edition like my current copy~~~

    Oh! Frabjous Day~~~
    Waving at Everyone from Across The Pond 😀
    Debs xoxo

  81. Cindy Tuning says:

    I am so glad that I was able to meet you last night in Hudson. We had a room at the Holiday Inn for the night but cancelled and drove back home after the event. Rileys first day back to school was today and I didn’t have the heart to to not be home for that. Everyone in line was so nice and the concensus was that when we are having a bad day,we go to your Blog and it’s just like a sigh of relief. How amazing to have that effect on so many people.

    • sbranch says:

      These wonderful comments have the same effect on me. It’s been just wonderful feeling us all coming together after all these years.

  82. Joan Lesmeister says:

    Waving back Debs! Love your beautiful country! Joe maybe Susan can do a tutorial video on your amazing parking of the van, parking envy here! Susan hanging on your every word, loving the pictures, armchair travels with you folks is fun! I can just imagine the exchange of greetings going on at your indy book store stops! GF comments have been great! Carry on, safe travels, honk, honk! XOXO

  83. Rebecca Walsh says:

    OK, I cannot resist and plans have been made. I am driving from Denver to Wichita, so looking forward to your signing on the 18th. Darling husband insists since I have been moping around the house.

    • sbranch says:

      Kiss darling husband for me! So nice to know you’re coming … us from one side, you from other, we’ll meet in the middle!

      • Rebecca Walsh says:

        You bet and I found that my friend Isabel knew you when they had a vacation cottage on Martha’s Vineyard. The world is very small, indeed.

  84. Maryellen says:

    Good Morning Susan – I thought I would float home after the “party” at The Learned Owl! It was wonderful to meet you in person and all the Girlfriends had so much fun in line. We are all in admiration of Joe’s amazing parallel parking skills (especially in front of a crowd of snapping cameras!). My husband (we were the anniversary couple) said he thought he was in that “you got mail” bookstore (The Shop Around the Corner). The atmosphere at the Learned Owl was a wonderful as a cozy movie. You lift everyone’s spirits while sharing your light through your books, writing and art. Thank you!

    • sbranch says:

      Hi Maryellen — I know what you mean, I’m still floating! I can’t believe I’m getting to meet so many girlfriends! It’s everything I hoped it would be. Happy real Anniversary! Thank you both for being there!

  85. Hi Susan! It was great to read the comments from those who attended yesterday’s book signing in Hudson. I was just thinking…..to save you time, but at the same time give us a place to post and read comments about each stop you make, perhaps a new post after each stop that contains just one photo of the event (the attendees are posting photos on Facebook) would give us that place to go to as we follow you across the country to read what’s happening. That way it would organize everything a little better 🙂 (If you haven’t noticed, I’m the one who usually makes suggestions that deal with getting things organized!)

    • sbranch says:

      OK, I will do that! You are great Cathy … off to the photos I go!

      • sbranch says:

        Went to do it, and the first photo won’t come up, and now we have to go, so I’ll try again later! We are ON our way to the Verizon store right now! 🙂

  86. judi says:

    Oh, what FUN you two are having. Just checked out twitter (girlfriends, I don’t have twitter but you can read and see the pictures she posts – click on twitter in right margin) love your line of adoring fans waiting for you. Oh, Joe, good for you….that (parking) had to be like a golfer on the 18th with a putt for a win with thousands watching in person:)))
    The owner looks like she is thrilled too and what nice compliments about her bookstore. A++++++ 🙂 Hugs

  87. Jackie Bienemann says:

    Hi Susan, I can’t wait to see you in Iowa City. I will be driving the 2 hours from Illinois to there. So excited. Thank you for doing this. I love the picture of Jack! We have a 10 month old black and white puppy named Jackson and he is pretty wild also. Have safe travels and see you soon!

  88. Pam Fortune says:

    Hi Susan
    Joy of Joys my two books arrived today in the U.K. one for Fleur and one for myself. They arrived this afternoon and everything came to a halt, I just had to have a little read and 137 pages later I thought that I had better make a meal. I have come to bed early just to continue reading. I absolutely love A Fine Romance and to see my Country through your eyes, you should be really proud of yourself it is a beautiful story. I know Fleur is just going to love it too. Safe travels for you and Joe.

  89. Toni says:

    Susan…I never thought I was a groupie or a fan club member, but I think this might come close to it. Can hardly wait for Goshen. At my advanced age of 72, I hope I don’t make a fool of myself or embarrass my husband.
    love and safe travels,
    Toni and Jim M. from Toledo.

  90. carolyn chism says:

    How to make yourself feel like a young lady again? Go to a Susan Branch book signing and act like a giddy teenage girl! lol! I had so much fun. I wish my girlfriend Jane could have made it but I know she’ll be surprised when she gets the book in the mail. Yep, it was supposed to be a Christmas present but I just couldn’t wait. But honestly, who could? Loved, loved, loved meeting you Susan (and Joe) And loved, loved, loved meeting the lovely ladies (and husbands) in line — shout out to Dawn and everyone from West Texas and Hudson!

  91. Chris Wells in Knickerbocker, W TX says:

    Dear Sue and Joe,
    You were the highlight of my Ohio trip (don’t tell my kids and grand kids)! But then you got to meet my whole family right down to my 2 year old granddaughter, Ava, who stole a piece of candy off the plate. You are both the most gracious couple I think I have ever met. And Joe, what an incredibly sweet guy. I brought his book, The Black Dog Summer on the Vineyard Cookbook, and he signed it for me! It was just a beautiful evening in Hudson and I met the nicest people in line and I had the nicest evening. My oldest granddaughter wants to go back to The Learned Owl she was so thrilled by the bookstore. She may have never been in a small independent bookstore….she reads mostly on the kindle. So I am taking her back to Hudson on Friday before we head back to Texas. I really hope to fly to Connecticut next year with my oldest granddaughter and her mother for your talk at The Gladys Tabor reunion. Much love and safe travels,

  92. Barb from Ohio says:

    Hi Susan,
    Just got a chance to read all the newer comments from those who attended the Learned Owl book signing last night. It was truly a pleasure to get to meet you, and you are just as warm and charming in person as you are on your blog. Loved the “entrance” you made with the van, Joe’s parallel parking with all of us watching was great, but probably a piece of cake for some one who drove all over England on the wrong side of the road! All the people in line I talked to were very nice and I’m glad so many were there to greet you, making for a wonderful fun evening. My daughter Sarah will always remember the advice you gave her on how to become a good writer; it’s always been a passion of hers. Safe travels as you journey on through Ohio and beyond.

  93. Barbara from Wolverine Lake MI says:

    I am coming to see you in Grand Rapids at Schuler’s (and how appropriate since my Maiden Name is Schueller!). It’s a drive and I’m heading over the day prior to spend the night at a girlfriend’s house. I have no idea how many girlfriends will be there but I’m so excited! Like someone else said in this post…..can’t wait to meet you but you feel like we’ve been friends forever. I’ve still been attempting to get local bookstores to invite you but unsuccessful currently, so I’m driving to G.R. (2 1/2 hrs!) because it’s the closest you’ll be coming to me.

  94. Jack says:

    Are you eating OK? Let’s see your refrigerator — any healthy food …. are you drinking water? Staying on your diet? Is Joe dieting too? Keep your health together on this exhausting tour …….

    • sbranch says:

      Doing good Dad. Lime water, lots of fresh salads, Joe is being good too! I’m off to the exercise room right after I finish “moderating!” xoxo see you soon!

      • judi says:

        ARE YOU KIDDING!? Did you see that refrigerator? A couple of health food kids! I sure didn’t see any cheetos:) I’m keeping my frig locked – no one is allowed to peak inside:) I don’t think they even need a van – they could jog to the next signings:)

  95. Robyn Genau says:

    Dear Susan,
    Do you remember when you started your blog? It just dawned on me that I have only been following you and the girlfriends since last fall! I know I have missed so many things! Is there an easier way to view them than just hitting “older posts”? Thanks so much !

    Love it! Robyn

  96. Margaret says:

    Susan, thank you for taking us with you on your cross-country journey. It is so exciting to be a part of the promotion of your new book. I am a relatively new follower of your blog, and I love it. With more time on my hands, having retired to a cozy, little condo in my old hometown of Portland, Oregon, I’ve been spending hours reading old blogs and immersing myself in your warm and joyful friendship, from the heart of your beautiful home. Fall is in the air today; a cloudy overcast has darkened my rooms, and lamp light casts shadows on Fall and Halloween decorations that fill my living areas (I always decorate early to get a jump on the seasons that seem to rush by so quickly). Autumn from the Heart of the Home sits in its place of honor in my cookbook holder in the kitchen, having recently replaced The Summer Book. You’re here in spirit. We’ll keep the hearth-fire glowing until your return.

  97. Pat Wyrick says:

    Hello Susan: So delightful meeting you @ The Learned Owl in Hudson, OH. My daughter Janet (it was her birthday) walked in the store as Joe was carrying in box of your books. We introduced ourselves & had a nice chat with your terrific guy. The van was parked in front & we took pictures….what a treat! We met so many great people while standing in line in the book store. Thank you both for doing this tour & giving us the opportunity to meet you; it was our pleasure. And, thank you for sacrificing your precious time at home..there is no place like it. You are one special lady & we love your book. Congrats on 3rd printing!!! Pat & Janet – from Pittsburgh

  98. Christine says:

    If you get a chance stop in Holland.when your in Grand Rapids great little town. Great beach and maybe Jack could use some wooden shoes. Lol

  99. Bev says:

    Looking so forward to seeing you tomorrow in Grand Rapids!! Supposed to be a wonderful Michigan day…and it seems more special that you are here in the “mitten”.

  100. Donna Klein says:

    Hi Susan,
    I cried when I received my pre-ordered book. I bought your first book Heart of the Home when I was a young mother in suburban Minneapolis. Now I am a mother of grown son’s, living in Las Vegas in a whole new life, and love your work as much as I ever did. I sent my mom a copy of A Fine Romance. She is getting older and having problems with her eyes. She told me she had never had such a beautiful book. I will send her more because they are all beautiful. I introduced her to your blog, she had never done more than emails before! We love you, your old and new fans! Safe travels to you 🙂

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