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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.

“Before Julia Child there was only onion dip.” ― Susan Branch

Martha's Vineyard Lighthouse next to a white picket fence

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.  

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.  

What’s New with 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 tells her story in stages.  

Susan wrote three memoir books 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.  

Susan Branch Book #1 – The Fairy Tale Girl

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

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

Susan Branch Book #2 – Martha’s Vineyard Isle of Dreams

This is the book I will be reviewing, and you will read my thoughts on it below.  

Susan Branch Martha's Vineyard - Isle of Dreams Book - open book with watercolor map of Martha's Vineyard

Susan Branch Book #3 – A Fine Romance

This book is about Susan’s romance 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, 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.

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Since you love to read,  I’m guessing you like all things cozy living. I created a Facebook group called Creating a Cozy Life with over 35,000 like-minded souls.

It’s a group where we share recipes, pictures of things that leave you in awe, and ideas on how to make your life just a little bit more snug.  Join here to be part of the virtual cozy cabin.

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

If you’re looking for a cozy 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 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.  

While riding with her realtor to look for a house to rent, the realtor stopped at a home that was going up for sale on the way.  On impulse, Susan bought the house.  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 house that had seen better days with photos and illustrations.  

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 Martha's Vineyard - Isle of Dreams Book - photo of open book with pictures and watercolors

What I loved most about this 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 

If you’re wanting to try one of Susan Branch’s recipes before buying one of her cookbooks, I have one of my favorites on the blog.  Her baked lemon noodles recipe is out-of-this-world.  

I worked at a hotel once-upon-a-time and the chef needed a fast side dish for a group that had booked at the last minute.  She had to use the ingredients that she had on hand to feed 30 people.  

I gave her this 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.  

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Susan Branch Blog is found here. 

Martha's Vineyard Harbor with boats, dock, and water

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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.  

Thanks for stopping by!

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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

Monique Oacko

Wednesday 19th of December 2018

I’m excited to order all three of these books. Life is so busy, I miss snuggling in with a good book. Thanks for the suggestion!!!


Friday 21st of December 2018

Hello Monique! You will totally love them. I'm glad you're getting them! They are treasures. Kelly

Janine Shapiro

Tuesday 18th of December 2018

I’m so excited to read this book. I love her cookbooks. They are so unique ❤️


Wednesday 19th of December 2018

You will be smitten with this book like I was. I promise! Kelly

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