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The Fairy Tale Girl

Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale of all. ~ Hans Christian Andersen

Susan Branch, author of the Heart of the Home series of books, has written a true-life fairy tale, an illustrated memoir filled with her watercolors and hundreds of photographs. Based on the diaries Susan has kept since she was in her 20s, The Fairy Tale Girl (Spring Street Publishing, November 2015) reads like a novel and takes us back in time, from the 1950s through the 1980s.
It’s the inspirational and revealing story of surviving a broken heart and running away from home in California, “accidentally” buying a tiny one-bedroom cottage on Martha’s Vineyard and starting over from scratch. It’s a charming story of miracles and dreams come true; and an unconventional look at the times that were a ‘changin’…love, feminism, growing up, best friends, and rock and roll.

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SUSAN BRANCH is a self-taught artist and author of fourteen best-selling "Heart of the Home" lifestyle books all published by Little Brown and Company and two illustrated memoirs produced by Spring Street Publishing. From her studio overlooking her picket-fence garden in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, Susan writes and paints about the "home arts" of cooking, gardening, sewing, family, best friends, entertaining and the little things that make life sweet. Her books are "homemade" as in, watercolored and completely hand-written. She has a monthly newsletter she’s been sending out since 1995, called “Willard,” named after her grandfather, that goes to over 52,000 (mostly) women, “Girlfriends,” all over the world. One of the most prolific artists working today, Susan has produced close to 3,000 pieces of original art that adorn yearly wall calendars, stationery, shelf paper, greeting cards, pajamas, teapots, hooked rugs, scrapbooks, stickers, quilting fabrics, just to name a few. She was born in Southern California but calls her 1849 home on the Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard her "heart magnet" because she was drawn to New England from childhood and loved it before she laid eyes on it. She finally moved there in her early 30s, no longer "able to live without four seasons and white picket fences as everyday architecture." Susan and her husband, Joe, who managed the famous Martha’s Vineyard Black Dog restaurant for twenty-five years, live a fairy tale life that includes attending to their feline borders, Girl Kitty and Mr. Jack.