My dad says I should blame it all on Vanna. It’s her fault I’ve been away so long!  I love the way that sounds.  But first thing’s first . . . we need MUSICA to go with our Fairy Tale.

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 Don’t be mad at us ~ we come bearing gifts . . . I’m sorry I’ve been away so long.  I hope I didn’t worry you, I missed you just as much as you missed me!  Everyone is happy and healthy around here and keeping out of trouble the best we can.  You can see we are surrounded with mini-miracles, Girl and Jack in the same photo!!  Yesterday! (Look at his cute folded paws!)



‘Course the whole world is a miracle now that the lilacs are in bloom . . . this is my view out the window from my art table.

flower border


Here’s up close and personal, a bee’s-eye view.


IMG_1058  Here’s the sky view, lilacs are everywhere on the Island right now ~ it smells wonderful outside!

  So here’s more of what’s been happening around here. Besides the fact that we have two new baby squirrels coming to the feeders ~ who won’t hold still for six seconds so I can take their picture, but they are adorable! The tiniest ears in the world.


Our tulips and daffodils bloomed, so perky after that cold winter. You have to call that a miracle!


And then there’s this . . . our ornamental pear tree.  I’m very big on spring flowers, I like the shock of it!  This does it for me!



We still have a few of these Angelique tulips in bloom . . .


My birthday was perfection, thank you all so much for your well wishes!  My dad and his wife Jeanie sent me this darling birdhouse!

birthday party


And the dogwood did its part by blooming soon after . . .


Heres another photo of the dogwood . . .


When Joe was digging the hole to plant the dogwood, he found that little blue bottle in it.  I celebrate that little bottle all the time. Buried treasure! Kind of a fairy tale, don’t you think?


Here’s another picture of the pear . . . I can’t get enough of it. I could live there.


Here it is again, showing off with the weeping cherry and forsythia . . .

new england forsythia

And more forsythia, not to be outdone . . .


When we bought this house in 1989, there was a wonderful magnolia in the garden that bloomed every year and made the perfect spring picture for all passers by. In fact, long before I bought this house, I used to drive past it in the spring, just to see all the wonderful flowering trees in bloom.  The woman who owned the house before me, Mrs. Bowditch, was a garden lover.

magnolia tree

This was her tree, and the legacy she left for us.  But one day, this beautiful magnoliatree up and died, and I’ve mourned it ever since.  I know Mrs. Bowditch was looking down from heaven saying, “Susan, Put it back. It’s your job.”  It took three years to find the right kind here on the island to replace it with.  I wanted the exact same variety.  But they didn’t seem to carry it in our nurseries ~ only other varieties, with different flowers.  In addition, I find it hard to trust the name tags on the trees, I trust them more if there is a flower I can see.

planting a new Magnolia tree

There was exactly one flower on this one when we found it last year at Vineyard Gardens, but it looked like the right kind!!!  So excited, we took a chance and brought it home.


And prayed that it wasn’t some sort of trick. I waited for it to bloom this year, and we got lucky, because it was the right kind! It still has a way to go before it reaches the glory of the original tree, but I am so happy to have this view back! A pure pleasure. Happy Mother’s Day, Mrs. Bowditch.Thank you for the inspiration!

magnolia tree

And here we are in the way back . . . enjoying more . . .  



Oh yes, we’ve been celebrating by walking through the woods out to the pond and the ocean every day . . . 


The leaves are back!  We watch seagulls, terns, finches and osprey flit, dive and prey and we do “Morning Science” which always starts with the words, “I wonder why” . . .  Big breaths of this air soothes the winter soul. A blessing.


Speaking of blessings, here’s one of the things I missed ~ well, I missed sharing it with you ~ was Princess Charlotte’s Birth Day!  Weren’t you thrilled they had a girl?  How perfect! And isn’t Kate’s dress adorable?  

Princess Charlotte William and Kate must wake up and pinch themselves every day!   Now Kate can shop for baby dresses!  Of course we non-royalty types celebrate in our own way, by drinking tea from our new Emma mugs!  Not a bad way to go!  Too cute! I hope everyone got one . . . Kellee announced their arrival on Facebook . . . I know they’ll sell out from Emma soon, if not already.  They always have a limited supply of these special event mugs which is the good news and the bad news!  

Another thing I missed with you was . . .

Mother's Day

So, Happy Mother’s Day to all of my soul-nurturing Girlfriends.  The world wouldn’t be fit to live in handwithout you!  You are kind of IT.   I just saw a wonderful movie that I think would make the perfect Mother’s Day gift for you.  It’s not new, it came out in 2011, so it’s available on Netflix and all kinds of places, even on YouTube. I know you’ll love it.  It’s called The Well Digger’s Daughter.  It’s French, you have to read subtitles, but it’s easy to get used to and the cinematography is heaven with lovely views of the French countryside. I loved the musica too.  And the dad in this movie is wonderful too.  Also, the clothes on his five daughters!  It’s set just as WWI is beginning.  So happy Belated Mother’s Day dearest ones!   


So where have I been?  What is my pitiful excuse?  You aren’t buying the Vanna excuse?  I didn’t think so.


envelopeI’ve been doing this .  I’ve been writing our book. I made you a promise to try to have it before Christmas do I decided to put my shoulder into it and make it actually happen. The Musica for today was a hint.  I’ve been playing it for inspiration and strength.   I think anyone who must march to a finish line would be helped by playing this music.



And this is where I am now.  Deep into my watercolors, making new art for our new book, which finally has a name.  You’ll be the first to know . . . ready?  I’m scared . . . OK, here we go . . . 


Here’s the first time I wrote it . . . trying it on for size . . . to be or not to be, that is was the question.



And I liked it! So here’s where I got serious.


And here’s where I started to mean business.

butterflies Book Cover Mock-up3

 And here’s where there’s no turning back.  Yesterday, Kellee posted THE FAIRY TALE GIRL in the web store for presale (everytime I type presale, my auto fix changes it to “resale” and now it’s Donotdisturbchanging autofix to “outfox.”  Stop helping me outfox!)

Anyway, this is the book I’ve been trying to write since about 2006 and would not have been happy in life if I didn’t. I had to, even though it’s a completely new thing for me and I had to practice by writing A FINE ROMANCE first.  Which was not only fun, but very helpful as far as learning is concerned.

THE FAIRY TALE GIRL began as just one book, but when I added the art and photos and recipes, it was too big, so I had to make it two books ~ The Fairy Tale Girl comes complete with a cliff hanger ~ so very soon we’ll also have the sequel called MARTHA’S VINEYARD, ISLE of DREAMS. And guess what else?  They are novels! Based on my diaries.

my diariesYikesI know, but it’s true.  And this isn’t even all of them!  So, of course I’m scared to death!  But counting on the fact that

fairytalesI’m plowing forward despite trepidation.  I think you will like it, it’s sort of like the blog only more and longer. For the next month, before it goes to print, I will be digging through old 

img066photographs like this one, laying out my pages in the book with them so you can see what I’m writing about ~ and painting the art so you can go on a little virtual journey with me back to the 1900s.  What do you think? A novel with pictures!

For those of you interested in preordering The Fairy Tale Girl, yours will be signed copies and shipped to you first before anyone else ~  as soon after August 15th as possible, on a first-come first-serve basis (because we really never know how many to print of these things). The actual “Publication Date,” when you should be able to find it in stores, is October. That’s so we have time to send books to reviewers.

magicAnd now, because I’ve been away so long, and because that was bad, I want to make it up to you by GIVING AWAY the first ten copies of A Fairy Tale Girl by Susan BranchTHE FAIRY TALE GIRL to ten of YOU!  So leave a comment and we’ll have a drawing, and wear poor Vanna out with all the work to choose ten winners!  It’s good for her!  They’ll ship out the moment they arrive.  And BTW, if my Blog is delivered your email address, you need to come here to www. in order to leave a comment ~ at the very bottom of this post, where you see a row of tiny words, look for “comment,” click there, and voila, leave a comment, and you’ll be entered.

thankyoufor your support ~ love you Girls.  Everyday I’ve thought the same thing as I’ve been writing, “What would the Girlfriends like me to tell them about?”  This time it’s a fairy tale, complete with a Prince Charming, a bite of poison apple, and lessons learned!  We all have a bit of that fairy tale in us, right? ~ but I’m not telling anymore! Until maybe next time.  Previews are only fair. 

Have a wonderful day! XOXO 


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  1. Mich Lueken says:

    Im so excited for your new book !!! I do hope I win !

  2. Carmenbea in Southern Oregon says:

    Holy cow! Over 2000 comments! To have that many besties! You are swimmimg in love! I too have not had time for the luxury of reading your blog for many weeks, as my Prince of 47 came home 6 weeks ago from a long stay in a nursing home recovering from 4 bouts of pneumonia in 4months. I have been managing my own rehab facility with Physical Therapists, visiting nurses, Occupational Therapists, and the list goes on of helpers needed to help a home bound person regain strength & function. This morning…I’m letting him sleep in so I can peruse over your art work longingly…and read about your journey with The Fairy Tale Girl…knowing I will have time to read recreationally somewhere down my own journey…just not today! Thank you for sharing your new book and peeks into your life….it looks like so much fun to be transported to that fairy tale place…even for a little while.

  3. Mary Robinson says:

    Would love to win the new book!

  4. Sara says:

    You do have a lovely way of celebrating everything that is so important to me – children, family, nature, home, love. Thank you, always, for writing what I need/want to hear. I’m so excited for the book!

  5. Ann says:

    Always a very real joy to find a new post from you Susan and I read each one with the anticipation of being inspired by what you have to share with us – and I am never disappointed. Call me pessamistic! but I am not prepared to take the chance that I may be one of the lucky winners (although, secretly, I hope I am). Nor am I prepared to wait for Amazon UK to stock your new book so I can avoid heavy postage costs. Pre-ordering is the only way forward for me and I was so excited about your new book I inadvertently placed my order twice, doh! Good luck to all the girlfriends who have entered the draw.
    with love from Ann in Cheshire xx

  6. Mary says:

    So excited – wow another book, it looks delightful!!! Thanks for sharing your life.

  7. Anne says:

    Can’t wait for the new books!

  8. Sabrena Orr says:

    He loves me, he loves me not…I cannot wait to read this fairy tale. Dreaming already!

  9. Donna Klein says:

    Great to see a new post, and I can’t wait for the new book!

  10. Martha says:

    So excited about your new book! Will probably have to call in sick the day that it arrives. Have a lovely weekend!

  11. Shelly Haynes says:

    I am so excited to hear you have TWO more books coming out! If I don’t win one–I will buy them–I adore your books, Susan!

  12. Debbie Dority says:

    as a gift to myself I always choose something Susan Branch and so very much
    enjoy all of the books and prints I have in my collection now. Really looking forward to the new book!

  13. Marilyn says:

    My, oh my! So many comments and hopeful entrants, and followers of yours. You attract them like bees to a hive. You are so delightful and don’t we all need that and joy ! Looking forward to your “Fairy Tale” and if I am so fortunate to win a copy it will be a wonderful surprise. Have lovely spring days and love your blog!
    An ardent admirer.

  14. Marsha Robins says:

    So excited about your new book and look forward to reading it and seeing all of your beautiful illustrations. Would love to be picked to receive one of the first off the press! Please add me to the drawing.

  15. HM says:

    LOVE the name of your new book and can’t wait to read it!

  16. Karen says:

    I think he loves me….. but, I can’t wait to read the book!

  17. Carolyn H. says:

    I can’t wait for your new book to come out. I work in a library so I usually just borrow books. But your books, I always buy, because I know I will read them over and over again!

  18. Diane Pangburn says:

    I am so looking forward to your new book. Would love to receive one of the 10 you are offering as a gift.

    Love everything you do,

    My very best to you with your new book.


  19. Patty says:

    Just stopping by to wish you and yours a Happy Memorial Day and to make a wish that I win a copy of your new book!

  20. Sara Hanson says:

    So excited to read your new book!!! Thanks so much for this amazing opportunity!

  21. Treah Pichette says:

    Thanks for always bringing us back to our romantic nature. We SO need that in these times.

  22. Bethaney says:

    Love the premise of this book! Can’t wait!

  23. Caroline says:

    oh my, you might not believe all the quotes on fairy takes I’ve collected.
    Fairy tale girl goes om my reading list.

  24. Maryellen says:

    What a great title! I love the cover image!

  25. Lucy Powers says:

    Loved the pics of the flowers, lilacs are my spring fave. Saw lots of them as well as Lily of the Valley on my walk this morning. Hooray for the new book, would sure love to win!!! Wonderful post.

  26. Sarah Knowles says:

    I’m holding my breath to get to read your new book! How exciting! Thank you for sharing spring at your home. I have loved watching it blossom and change!

  27. Kathy S. says:

    Looking forward to reading The Fairy Tale Girl.I enjoy your blog and inspired by your prose and watercolors.

  28. Fran Vella says:

    Susan, counting the days until the beginning of June when I return to the Islands. Hope to visit MV from Nantucket in approx. ten days. Looking forward to seeing a beautiful New England spring. Believe it or not, it has been cold here in the San Francisco Bay Area. Your fans here really missed your blog during April and one actually called So. Calif. to see if all was okay with you. Welcome back and good luck with your book deadline.

  29. Jill says:

    Love the name of your new book. It will be a delight to read!

  30. Sandy Hall says:

    Hello Susan,

    SO nice to see the photo’s of the lovely lily of the valley, I can almost smell the fragrant flowers.
    Your blog posts are wonderful, sure happy when one comes into my e-mail box, it is almost like snail mail, thanks !
    Have a wonderful holiday weekend.
    Sending my best,

  31. Barbara L Seman says:

    Hi Susan,
    I love the Lily of the Valley & the Lilacs they are beautiful to look at & lovely to smell. They remind me of growing up in Ohio. My Mom had both of them in our yard.
    I would love to win a copy of The Fairy Tale Girl”. Please tell Vanna to pull my name out of the hat.
    Thank you very much!

  32. Nanc says:

    A trilogy of ones life. I love it.

  33. Meg Cooper says:

    I love The Well Digger’s Daughter! And I would love to have a copy of your new book!

  34. Kathleen says:

    I feel sorry for people that don’t believe in fairy tales 🙂 Can’t wait for your book Susan!
    “The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.” Francis P. Church

  35. Marilyn Dehne says:

    Hello Susan,
    Was so worried when we didn’t hear from you for so long. Memorial Day weekend on the island sounds like so much fun. Will it be warm enough for all the visitors–perhaps not much frolicking in the water?? The warm potato salad recipe sounds delicious to go along with our salmon burgers tomorrow. So excited about your new novel–just know it will be worth the wait!! Spring blessings to you and Joe and the kitties.

  36. Connie Castle says:

    Hi Susan:
    So looking forward to your new book–love the title
    and isn’t life a fairy tale after all!!
    Love to win a copy, so please add my name to the drawing.
    Thank you.

  37. Laurie Biener says:

    I can use all the Fairytales in my life, while going thru
    This 3 1/2 year divorce !!

  38. Dyan Jones says:

    I do believe in happy ever afters and know of all that is required for in between!

  39. Christina Breidenbach says:

    It’s always such a treat to read your blog and share your life for a bit. I’ve been a fan since your first book and loved “A Fine Romance” – looking forward to planning a trip and visiting everywhere. I’d love to win your newest book but if not, I will be buying it!

  40. Katie says:

    I AM the fairy tale girl! Can’t wait to see the book!

  41. Nancy says:

    Well, I’m leaving this comment after the LATEST blog entry, because if there is more time to win your lovely book, well THEN! Thanks for the reminder of good old favorite summer sandwiches. I added several items to my shopping list for the weekend! I am stocking up just for myself, though — I am lucky enough to have my own pet care business, and one part of my biz is that I board small dogs in my home. I have 11 fluffy beasts dotting my furniture like animated throw pillows as I write! They are happiest if I am around, so I am making sure the larder is full for three days of fuzzbutt fun! Thanks for all you do, Susan, to make all our lives a bit more sweet and cheery.

  42. Maile Marquand says:

    I can’t wait to read the latest book!

  43. Doreen says:

    Hello Susan and Everyone,
    Well I too love Lily of the Valley flowers!! They smell wonderful!! I also love the pic of Jack showing only the top of his eyes and forehead!! LOL The cutest! Girl kitty looks just as sweet as ever! I can’t wait to read your new book Susan! Hope I am one of the winners!! Good luck to all of us! So fun!!

  44. I have no idea how you can concentrate on that book when you have those wonderful kitties around to watch…every e-mail from you has an even better shot of their antics. Love them both! As for the drawing, I’ve already pre-ordered my book, but I would be MORE than happy to win one to share. As always, your messages are uplifting and beautiful…the flowers and birds are something to behold. South Texas is a great place to live, but I do miss the tulips and lilies of the valley from my childhood. All the best and good wishes to you, especially for your new publication…

  45. Pamela in Cicero says:

    I like the title, The Fairy Tale Girl, and I love your little “hints” of what is to come! Can’t wait to read it!

  46. Kate Taylor says:

    Glad to see you back, spring looks so pretty on the island. We’ve had nothing but very uncharacteristic 2 weeks of grey skies and rain. Its very green but so gloomy for CO! Everyone is desperate for some sun. Glad you have some! Thanks for the chance! Happy Memorial weekend

  47. Lee says:

    I join over 2000 besties in hoping I win the book. Of course, I will be buying it if I don’t win it….first day out!! Wish me luck. Oldmommy

  48. Heather says:

    Oh please, please, please! I hope I win! I am crossing my fingers and toes and spinning around twice for good luck! My mothers favorite flowers are Lily of the Valley. We used to have some planted on the side of our house, they always smelled so beautiful. I used to sit next to them and read. 🙂 Wonderful memory!

  49. Jean Coughlin says:

    Hello Susan and Joe!!!
    I too love the month of May!! Birthday wedding anniversary and Mother’s Day make it so special!! I would love to win your new book…you inspire me!!!
    Xoxo happy Spring!
    Jean Coughlin

  50. madddie says:

    would love to read your fairy tale girl memoirs. lucky you, lucky me

  51. Jackie Cavitt says:

    Dear Susan…Thank you so much for giving us a “sneak peak” at your new book!! I pre-ordered one but know just the girlfriend I would give one to if I would be one of the lucky ten to actually win one!! Thank you for being “you” and loving us because we surely do love you!!

  52. Diana Brito says:

    Oh how wonderful it would be to win one of your magical books. I have been slowly been collecting all of your books for years now. I love your work. Diana from San Francisco

  53. Romy Silvester says:

    Lilacs and Lily of the Valley, Tulips, Dogwood and more. Oh, how I miss these beautiful things that come in the spring. You made my day. Thank you.

  54. Cheryl says:

    I would love the chance to read your new book! Happy Spring!

  55. Amy says:

    I can’t wait to read your new book. Please pick me!! Also, I wish I were getting off the ferry for a summer at MV. I visited two years ago and loved it. My daughter and I want to go back.
    It’s on my bucket list. Happy Memorial Day weekend!

  56. Cynthia says:

    Fairy Tales do come true! I can’t wait to read your new book. You rock Susan!

  57. Linda from California says:

    Can’t wait for another book. I look at them over and over and then again. Try doing watercolors similar to yours. You give me inspiration! Please enter me to win. Thanks so much for sharing your talent.

  58. Susan from the Allegheny Highlands says:

    Wonderful book title. Can’t wait to read it! Your kitties are so dear.:) I get so much enjoyment and love from your posts…thank you!!!

  59. Ann Woleben says:

    You have been away too long, but you are forgiven as it is evident you have been extremely occupied with the new book, which by the way, I hope to win! I was thinking about the contrast of your winter/snow photos and your spring photos. It’s hard to believe we had so much snow just a few months ago. LOVE your home, garden and setting on Martha’s Vineyard.

  60. YaY!!!! SO excited that there are going to be TWO books!!! I have so many Susan Branch books that I’m going to have to soon devote an entire bookshelve to just your books!!!
    Thank you for sharing your talents and your life with us! You truly DO make a difference in many lives… You focus everyone back to what is truely important in life. You enrich our journey and make life beautiful along the way.

  61. Caroline Duffy says:

    Best wishes on finishing your new book!<3

  62. Mary Ann says:

    Fairy Tales do come true!!! It gives me hope that mine may come true one day too.

  63. Kathleen Claire says:

    We are never too old for the magic of fairytales…I am so looking forward to the new book(s). The publication date should be just in time for several fall birthdays of some people who are very special to me as well.
    Take care…

  64. Deane in Iowa says:

    I am excited to read your fairy tale! You write like a fairy princess so I know I’ll love your books.

  65. Jan W. says:

    I really loved “A Fine Romance,” so I am really looking forward to this new book! I so enjoy your illustrations and also the delightful way you write! Hoping to win! Happy spring!

  66. Melissa Sutherland says:

    2400 comments – Vanna has her work cut out for her! Going to your website and reading and collecting your book are my “staycation”. Thanks for the fun!

  67. carol melville says:

    This blog was worth every moment of awaiting. I’m also excited of the opportunity to dive into another SB keepsake. I’ll look forward to tea, my porch rocker and a great read. I know i’ll treasure every page. But for now I look forward to transforming my yard tomorrow as we plant our cutting flower beds, vegetable and herb garden, numerous flower pots, my granddaughter Claire’s fairy garden and spread our beautiful rich dark mulch. This is going to be a wonderful weekend. Thank you Susan for your gift of inspiration and enthusiasm to so many. God Bless

  68. Carol Ann says:

    Looks fantastic. I cannot wait to get a copy!

  69. Robyn Smith says:

    This sounds wonderful Susan! Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with us!

  70. Cynthia Metcalf says:

    Hello Susan, I am so looking forward to your Fairy Tale. I have loved all of your books and your blog. Keep up the excellent work.

  71. Corrine Greene says:

    I first fell in love with your book on the English countryside… And now I love your blog… I gave your book to a friend, complete with gifts to match the tale as she read along… A packet of Forget-me-nots… An Emma Bridgewater mug… A magazine on cottage gardens… The DVD Miss Potter… French cafe music CD… It was so fun to join you on your journey and to bring my dear friend along for the ride! Thank you for sharing all the things that delight you. I love them too, and miss New England greatly now that my husband is stationed elsewhere. Thank you for sharing the quaint and historical delights of your island!

  72. Yvonne from NC says:

    I’ve pre-ordered my copy just in case I do not win. But if I win, I’ll keep and treasure that one and give the other as a gift. I simply adore everything that you do, Susan!!!

  73. Sandy Manning - Plano, TX says:

    What a wonderful sounding book! Coming from you, I know it will be a delight. All the picks of your trees and flower are just gorgeous. This Michigan who lives in TX, misses lilacs and dogwoods like you wouldn’t believe. But especially lilacs! I just love them.

  74. Aurora Lyons says:

    I am so excited for your book!!! I absolutely love your blog–seriously, I am IN LOVE with it–even though I JUST started to get it. I love all of the pictures (all of the beautiful calligraphy and amazing watercolors are just my style!) and all of the AMAZING pictures (seriously, how on earth do you take pictures like that?! You’re brilliant!), and–most of all–the way you write!! I am getting so excited that your new book is almost out, and I am dying to read it!!! I cannot WAIT until it comes out!

  75. Aurora Lyons says:

    Oh, right, I forgot to say – I am obsessed with fairy tales, too. Prince Charmings and fairy tale endings. And once upon a times. And they lived happily ever after. So I LOVE the title! So cute! I cannot wait!

  76. Cathy Stojanovich says:

    I love reading your blog, Susan, and seeing all your wonderful pictures that you post and reading about your everyday life there on the island. I would love to be one of the lucky winners of your new book. Thanks

  77. Vicki says:

    So very excited to see your new books coming out this year. We all must believe in Fairy Tales.

  78. Jeannie Ramirez says:

    Look forward to your blog,it brightens my day.would so love to win your book!

  79. Gail Steinmeyer says:

    Wish I was on that boat to Martha’s Vinyard gor the holidsy!! It’s on my bucket list.

  80. Barbara Weaver says:

    I’m selling my red ’69 VW convertible.It looks just like the one on your garden

  81. Cindy says:

    Oh, a new Susan Branch book to savor!

  82. Kelly says:

    I am so excited about the new book!!!

  83. Susan Wager says:

    I loved “A Fine Romance”, and hope to travel a similar path one day soon! So looking forward to your new book –

  84. Denise says:

    I hope I am not too late to join for the drawing. I love fairy tales! Of course I love all your wonderful books Susan! Your blooms are lovely, I can almost smell them!

  85. Carrie M says:

    Love your work! It always makes me feel cozy!

  86. Jean says:

    Good Morning, Susan! I love the tradition of the children’s walk to the sea. I’m looking forward to reading your book. Have a great summer!

  87. Dawn Brock Belford says:

    Can’t wait for you new book. We must never stop believing in Fairy Tales because they do come true.

  88. Nancy K. says:

    Can’t wait for your new book! Love them all.

  89. Nancy K. says:

    Can’t wait for your new book. Love them all!

  90. Christy R. says:

    I love reading your blog and it seems you do live the Fairy Tale life on the Island. Can’t wait for your new book to come out. Your garden is amazing. Mine is pretty empty this year, only some tomatoes the drought here in Calif keeps me from planting all my beds. I hope we get a lot of rain this next season I miss all my fresh veggies. Keep up the good work, your an inspiration and give Jack and Kitty a hug for me, they are adorable.

  91. Maureen Trostel says:

    Looking forward to more of Susan Branch and magic moments!

  92. Jackie Grabinski says:

    I loved “A Fine Romance”. I hated to see it end.

    Can’t wait to read your next book.

    PS: I also love your art work.

  93. Mary Ellen says:

    Susan, your posts themselves are like a breath of spring! These reminded me of the pink Lilies of the Valley that were in my previous yard. Must get some! Thanks for sharing the recipes, esp the warm potato salad one. Also, many thanks for the French movie tip. Would love to watch it. One of my thoughtful daughters gave me A Fine Romance, and the other gave me the Miss Potter DVD and another book about B.P. to go with it. I just watched the movie with my 94 yr old mom last night. It is amazing how many parallels there are in your life and Miss Potter’s!
    Thank you for sharing with all of us your steadfast love of life and your ability to find the positive and focus on it!

  94. Sheila Magee says:

    Your posts make my day….especially this weekend.
    May 24 is my birthday, I will be 73 tomorrow.
    My middle name is Victoria because I was born on her birthday.
    Thanks for sharing your talents and thoughts with us all.
    As ever,

  95. Carrie says:

    Hello Susan,

    It has to be said, IMHO one will be hard pressed to better your last book, “A Fine Romance” as it is the holy grail for me when it comes to you and your writings. But that was a different genre of book unto itself…BEST England Travel book (per Amazon)

    That said, I look forward to reading your most recent works, particularly because they are based on your real-life experiences and life lessons. That certainly beckons a read.

    As an aside, as “The Fairytale Girl,” would you consider a brief stint serving as my fairy godmother and help get me to the motherland? Wave your wand, chuck a note in a bottle and toss into the Atlantic or open a B & B in England and hire me as anything… – whatever it takes in an effort to make this ole girl’s dream come true?

    Best put my skates on…Carrie

    • sbranch says:

      I think that lately you’ve been doing a pretty good job of making your dreams come true! XOXO

      • Carrie says:

        Certainly dipped my toes into the bay of dreams and am grateful for brief episodes however, I can only liken my longing to that which someone has when they are able to visit their beloved for 2 weeks every 1-2 years. Or if you were only able to visit you island of dreams once every 1-2 years…really, a B&B in the Lake District would be right up your alley. I can clean a mighty good toilet 😉

        • sbranch says:

          In my spare time! That’s the thing about not having cloning when you need it! You miss so much!

  96. Sue Shanahan says:

    Yikes! I am probably to late to win. I love you and have to have your book. xo

  97. Dawn M. says:

    HI Susan,
    so excited that you are writing another book! (Loved your last one so much!)
    Who doesn’t love fairy tales? Looking forward to ‘Happily Ever After’!! Could use some of that right about now. 🙂

  98. Katy Welty says:

    Can’t wait for this book! Pick me please!

  99. Deb Knotts says:

    Yes please I would love to read this book 🙂

  100. Melina Bush says:

    I loved “A Fine Romance” and I’d love the chance to win a copy of this new book!
    Welcome back. I hoped you were just too busy creating to come see us.

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