A Fine Romance

A Fine Romance

Falling in Love With the English Countryside

Book - 2013
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Susan Branch is the author of twelve best-selling "Heart of the Home" books about cooking, gardening, best friends, and the little things that make life sweet. Her latest is a hand-painted love story about her voyage on the Queen Mary @@ and two months in England, touring the countryside and sharing stories, recipes, and travel tips. Each page is a piece of art -- filled with paintings, pictures, and her hand-written and unique thoughts about everything from pubs to Beatrix Potter's Hilltop Farm. It is both whimsical and a visual tour de force of art and words.
Publisher: Edgartown, Mass. : Vineyard Stories, 2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780984913664
Branch Call Number: 914.2 Branch 11/2013
Characteristics: 260 p. ;,ill., maps ;,21 cm.


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My favorite way to travel to England via book is through Branch's detailed descriptions and beautiful illustrations while snuggled up at home in my jammies. Equally comforting is her recipe for hot milk cake, which is included in this book.

- beautifully illustrated memoir written in diary form - magically transports you to England in seconds no matter where you are - lots of National Trust places lovingly detailed, including Beatrix Potter's house

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Nov 21, 2019

I want to go and do this exact same trip except I think I would gain at least 30 lbs!

Nov 03, 2018

Lovely, lovely book, filled with Susan Branch's trademark watercolors and hand-lettered text, that will leave you longing to visit the English countryside yourself. Can't get enough of Susan Branch books!

Jun 08, 2016

If you can't go on a trip to England, at least you can travel along with Susan Branch and her husband through this charming book filled with photos and sweet stories about their wanderings and adventures.

Aug 04, 2015

I found little of interest in this travel journal. The font was a handwritten style, which made it difficult to read with any kind of consistent flow. On top of that, the writing style was not one that would likely keep one's attention unless you were a relative or descendant of the author.

Jul 16, 2015

This graphic novel-travel diary of the English countryside is my favorite read thus far with the Adult Summer Reading program.

What can I say, Susan Branch and her husband, Joe, charmed me. And now I want to visit England again. They went by ship.

Aug 02, 2014

Imagine living on Martha's Vineyard then going on the Queen Mary 2 and living in England for 2 months. Sweet sweet book.

hgeng63 Jun 26, 2014

Enjoyable--esp. the pictures & artwork!--but slightly inaccurate & a little too sentimental for my taste. (I prefer Marjolein Bastien.) Branch also gushes too much. She didn't go to the Brontes' Haworth!--but maybe she only went to National Trust properties?

Feb 24, 2014

As a confirmed Anglophile, this book is my dream. A diary of her 2 month trip to England.


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Jul 31, 2020

“England is the epicenter of charm”


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