Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Fairy Tale Girl


I loved reading Susan Branch books when I first got married.  Her Heart of the Home series had the most lovely illustrations, and the type looked like it had been hand lettered. So when I came across a Susan Branch book on the New Arrivals shelf in the library, I had to take it home. It is called The Fairy Tale Girl, and it is a story about her life which must have been reconstructed from journals she kept throughout the years.

Susan was born in 1947, and when she was 24 years old, she moved from the San Fernando Valley in California three hours north to San Louis Obispo with her best friend who was starting nursing school at Cal Poly. Susan got a job in a record store owned by a 21-year old guy named Cliff whom Susan would eventually marry.

The song lyrics and the atmosphere of the times reminds me so much of my junior high years because it was the same point in time. I loved reading about her daily life working in the record store and going home to cook meals from The Art of French Cooking.

The funniest part of the book is the introduction where she describes the moment she left California for Boston after her marriage to Cliff ended. She has a fear of flying, and her experience on the plane is remarkably similar to that of Carolyn's only Susan held the hand of the nun sitting next to her.

If you like Susan Branch, this is a great story. She has a new book coming out on Mother's Day called Martha's Vineyard: Isle of Dreams.

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