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Susan Branch Martha’s Vineyard Book Review

Susan Branch Martha’s Vineyard Isle of Dreams Book Review will let you in on a cozy little secret.  The secret is that this book is absolutely amazing.

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Susan Branch Martha's Vineyard Isle of Dreams Book Review
Susan Branch Martha’s Vineyard Isle of Dreams

I originally got the book from the library…but I didn’t want to return it because I loved it so much.  I knew I had to get my very own book to keep because it’s truly a work-of-art.  It’s the perfect book to read in front of a fire with a cup of tea in hand.

“Before Julia Child there was only onion dip.”

Susan Branch

Who is Susan Branch?

If you don’t know who Susan is, you will be amazed by what you’ve been missing out on.  She’s simply a national treasure.  

Susan started out by writing cookbooks.  These aren’t your ordinary cookbooks.  Each page is beautifully illustrated.  All the illustrations in them were painted by her, and each page was HAND-LETTERED.  

Yes, you read that right.  Susan hand-lettered all the words in each cookbook before there were computers that took someone’s handwriting and made a font.

When she had to make a change to a page of the book, she would have to use white-out and write over it.  Susan Branch’s cookbooks are some of the most beautiful books you will ever own.

Susan Branch’s Heart of the Home Cookbook Series was an immediate hit and propelled her into creating other products based on her signature look.  

Lighthouse on Martha's Vineyard
Lighthouse on Martha’s Vineyard

What’s New with Artist Susan Branch:

I was so happy to hear she decided to write about her life.  Finally, she gives us a glimpse into her world and Susan’s books tells her story in stages.  

There are three Susan Branch books that are memoirs and Martha’s Vineyard Isle of Dreams is the middle volume.  I decided to profile this book because it was my favorite one of the three.  She also wrote The Fairy Tale Girl and A Fine Romance.  

1.  The Fairy Tale Girl

This memoir was written based on the diaries Susan wrote in her early 20’s.  She was born and raised in Southern California, and this memoir is set from the 1950s until the 1980s.  In that time she talks about her family, her best friends, meeting the man she eventually marries, and the start of her recipe creating and art career. 

She also gives you the memories she experienced as a little girl and the little things that shaped her life.

The book is filled with beautiful illustrations, quotes and you get to know her family, friends and love interest like you were part of her history.  

2. Martha’s Vineyard Isle of Dreams

This is Susan’s newest book in the series that I will be reviewing, and you will be reading my thoughts on it below.  

Susan Branch Martha's Vineyard Isle of Dreams Book Open to the map of Martha's Vineyard
Map of Martha’s Vineyard

3.  A Fine Romance

This book is about Susan’s love story with her true love and takes you along on a two-month journey to explore the English countryside.  

She visits her artistic and literary hero’s homes, Beatrix Potter and Jane Austen.  This book is filled with photos, illustrations, flower gardens, a stone cottage, and even a few recipes.  

You will probably want all three books.  I know I did.  I loved the books so much, I sent a copy to each person on my gift list that I knew would enjoy them as much as me. It’s the perfect gift for those friends and family members that long to discover Europe and the treasure it offers.

A Fine Romance was the first book that Susan wrote, even though it’s the third book in the trilogy in sequence. She left her long-term publisher Little Brown and decided to self-publish. All three of the books ended up being self-published so Susan could have more control over the printing process.

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Quaint cottages on Martha's Vineyard
Quaint Cottages on Martha’s Vineyard

Here’s the Susan Branch Martha’s Vineyard: Isle of Dreams Book Review: 

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Author Susan Branch Home

If you’re looking for a cozy good book that will transport you in a different world, then this is the book for you.  It’s absolute magic.  

The second book of the trilogy is a charming story that follows Susan Branch on an adventure that involves listening to her heart.  After experiencing heartache in the first book, Susan remembered a place that felt like home when she visited it years before.  

She wanted a two-month break from the world she grew up in and having the constant reminders everywhere she went that broke her heart.  Susan decided to spend two months on Martha’s Vineyard to heal and explore a different world.  

Martha’s Vineyard is a small island located just 7 miles off the coast of Massachusetts.

While riding with her realtor to look for a house to rent, the realtor stopped at a small house that was going up for sale on the way.  On impulse, Susan bought the home.  No inspectors, no price comparisons and knowing no one in the area –  she changed her life forever in an instant.  

Susan walks you through creating a cozy cottage from a little house that had seen better days with photos and illustrations.  She even added a picket-fence garden to make it even more a dreamy place to live.

Living in California her entire life and never experiencing the seasons, she gives you a glimpse of what it’s like to live on an island and embrace every season for better or worse.  

Her love for Martha’s Vineyard shines through every page, and you find yourself cheering her on as she rebuilds her life one step at a time.  

Here’s a peek inside the book…

Susan Branch's Martha's Vineyard Isle of Dreams Book - open to pages
A peek inside Martha’s Vineyard Isle of Dreams

What I loved most about this keepsake book is how she used her talents to create a career that she loved and how each step of the way unfolded.  

The only sad part of getting this book is that eventually, you will finish it.  If you are anything like me, you never want it to end.  

If you’re looking for encouragement to start over and change your life, this book is the perfect way to find your wings and fly.  It’s the perfect book to get lost in on a rainy day.  

Here are a few frequently asked questions about Susan Branch: 

Susan Branch new book

The trilogy of memoirs are Susan Branch’s latest books.  

Where is Susan Branch now? 

Susan Branch is living happily with her husband, Joe Hall on Martha’s Vineyard in her 1849 cottage that is surrounded by a white picket fence.  

Is Susan Branch married?  

Yes.  Susan Branch married Joe Hall in 2014.  You will find out more about their romance in A Fine Romance

How old is Susan Branch? 

Susan Branch was born April 12, 1947.  

Susan Branch recipes 

When I previously worked at a hotel in Sales, the catering chef needed a fast side dish for a group that booked at the last minute. She had to use the ingredients she had on hand to feed 30 people.

I gave her Susan’s recipe for lemon noodles and she made them for the group.  The raves for the recipe were overwhelming, so the chef decided to put the dish on her catering menu.  

You can follow Susan Branch on Instagram here

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Susan Branch Blog is found here. 

Boats at Martha's Vineyard
Boats at Martha’s Vineyard
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Susan Branch’s House Now

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Let me know in the comments below if you read any of her books in this series and how you liked them.  

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Thursday 10th of February 2022

I have always LOVED Susan Branch and have a couple of her recipe books. I have lost track of her so I was thrilled to catch up via your blog! These books are definitely going on my wish list. Her video tour of her home is amazing. I could move right in. Thank you again for your great review of this book!


Friday 11th of February 2022

Hello Deb! You will absolutely love her memoirs! Thank you for writing in. Kelly


Monday 7th of February 2022

Lovely! I adore her kitchen and the stove! Is the second video of the same house? It's a huge mansion! Very lovely. I grew up spending summers on Cape Cod, with a few trips to the Vineyard.


Wednesday 9th of February 2022

Yes, her kitchen is adorable. I think her house was small and she added on, but I'm not sure at all.

Rose Wood

Monday 7th of February 2022

I have followed Susan for years. I have all three of those books and enjoy them very much. I guess it is because I have gone every summer to Martha’s Vineyard for many years. Susan and Joe are headed off to another English vacation in a couple of months. Stay tuned.


Monday 7th of February 2022

You are so lucky to go to Martha's Vineyard. It's on my bucket list for sure. Any book that Susan Branch writes - I will buy! Kelly


Tuesday 19th of October 2021

Wow! What a find! I've never heard of her before but I think I've just found what all of the women in my family are getting for Christmas this year!


Tuesday 26th of February 2019

I have been a Susan Branch fan for many years. I have read all of her books and love them. If you like her books you will love her blog. It gives a glimpse of life on Martha's Vineyard. She also takes you along on her trips to England through her blog and you can get a preview of what will be in her upcoming books. She personally answers many of the reader comments on her blog.


Tuesday 26th of February 2019

Hello Sue! To say that I'm Susan Branch obsessed too is an understatement. I love her blog! I'm glad you enjoy her work. I got my neighbor into her too and she's really enjoying reading everything. Kelly

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