A Fine Romance

A Fine Romance

Falling in Love With the English Countryside

Book - 2013
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"A thrilling ocean voyage on the Queen Mary 2 from New York City to Southampton culminating in a two-month ramble through the charming back roads and small villages of the pastoral English countryside in the spring of last year is the subject of this delicious travel journal that Susan has painstakingly hand-lettered and water colored in the way many of us have grown to love over the years. Join Susan as she recounts her lighthearted ramble of discovery through the historical homes and gardens of art and literary heroes, along ancient footpaths, through wildflower meadows and fields of lambs, into tea rooms, pubs and antique stores. [...] A FINE ROMANCE is a work of art, part love story, part travel guide and all dream come true." -- barnesandnoble.com
Publisher: Massachusetts : Spring Street Publishing, [2013]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780996044042
0996044043
Characteristics: 272 pages : illustrations, maps, music ; 22 cm

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abookandacuppa
Aug 28, 2016

As previous reviewers, when I began to read this book, I thought it was too saccharine. Actually, I had attempted to read it before and returned it after enduring the author's sticky sweet explanation of her romantic life with her husband. Anyway, this book is worth the read after the initial tedium. I am pleased I gave it another chance.

In the form of a diary, the author details her travels to England with her husband, Joe. They visit many places through the National Trust. I enjoyed learning the history of many of their stops, including the homes of authors Kipling, Wordsworth, Austen and Beatrix Potter.

It is akin to looking at a scrapbook. There are photos, illustrations,recipes, and notes from their adventures.

This books provides a quaint means to travel to England, albeit vicariously!

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susanlovesbooks
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.

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newdog
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.

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Belauthor
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.

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ga447
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?

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cardigramma
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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