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Susan Combs had long ago found the love of her life. The only problem was the other party still didn’t know he had been found. Every day Susan saw Calder Hurtz, her next door neighbor and childhood best friend. They always enjoyed the short drive to school down the dusty streets of their small Texas town. She was happy in those perfect moments, for her life at home was mosSusan Combs had long ago found the love of her life. The only problem was the other party still didn’t know he had been found. Every day Susan saw Calder Hurtz, her next door neighbor and childhood best friend. They always enjoyed the short drive to school down the dusty streets of their small Texas town. She was happy in those perfect moments, for her life at home was most imperfect. The challenging homestead she inhabited was also the favorite subject of local gossip.But one autumn day she overhears Calder and another boy having a conversation. This occasion of accidental audience sets Susan’s life on an unforeseen path. In the seasons to come, her future will be changed by two hospitalizations, two confessions of love, and one betrayal. Compulsively readable, The Simple Soul of Susan is an engaging, soul-endearing romance and a mesmerizing debut....

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The Simple Soul of Susan Reviews

  • Shantelle
    2019-05-07 12:22

    A very sweet, old-fashioned feeling story. The Simple Soul of Susan by Noel Branham was an easy and fun read; the storytelling was charming and the characters catch your interest right away.A small Texas town. A girl with an old-fashioned soul. A boy next door - her childhood friend who has secretly been the love of her heart for years. A hilarious group of ladies in the nursing home. A captivating little adventure.I think what I enjoyed most about this book was the authenticity of it. It was written with such a sense of reality, you felt like you were there with Susan. Feeling her quiet, hidden hurts. Chuckling alongside her over the nursing home ladies' gambling tales. The Simple Soul of Susan may have leaned toward a narrative writing style but it was still very engaging, and there was a depth to the story.Contemporary is generally a hit or miss for me. But maybe because of Susan's personality, I really enjoyed going with her through her last year of high school and beginning of her love life. It was both hard and sweet.There were just a couple things I didn't like so much. Despite there being a faith theme, Calder had kind of a careless attitude toward it. I felt like Susan should have stepped back and guarded her heart, despite him being her childhood love, because he wasn't serious about his faith like she was.Also, Calder could have chosen a better way to interact with and pursue girls.But, it was real and raw and showed some of the hurts that come from not being honest, cautious, and intentional about romantic relationships. And I believe Calder did mature and grow up a bit throughout the book.Overall, it was just an enjoyable read, with some surprises and endearing moments, that I enjoyed returning to.I received a copy of The Simple Soul of Susan from the author in exchange for my honest review.

  • Jessika
    2019-04-19 13:12

    First thing's first: Noel graciously provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All of these opinions are my own. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book--not because I was doubting her writing ability, but because it's always nice to come across a debut, independently-published author with so much potential. Branham's writing flows naturally, making this an easy, quick read. Plus, it was just a good, old-fashioned story. Although told in a narrative, at times anecdotal, style, which isn't my usual preference, I think it lent itself to the type of story told here. This book was also a nice, clean read, making it an appropriate read for any age. I think it would make for an excellent palate cleanser, as well, if you needed a break from a heavier read. As for the story itself, as I alluded to, I really enjoyed the simplistic feel. This was truly an old-fashioned story, at its best. Now, that isn't to say this story was unrealistic through because the characters truly felt authentic. Susan & Calder's story was sweet, but it also felt all the more real because they each had flaws. I loved that their story goes to show that love isn't always rainbows & butterflies--it has its storms too--but it's worth it despite all of the work. My only complaint about the plot was that I felt like some of the plot threads were unnecessary. This didn't take away from the story, but I just think this is one of those things that will clear up as Branham hones her craft. Overall, like I said, I was very impressed with Branham's debut, and I'm very much looking forward to seeing her future progress. The Simple Soul of Susan was a very sweet & simple read from a strong & promising debut author. Definitely recommended! This review can also be found on my blog:

  • Reads & Reels
    2019-05-16 18:26

    Such a lovely, feel-good book, it’s hard to believe this is Noel’s debut novel.After a month of horror and thrillers, this book was the perfect palate cleanser moving into the cold months of winter.My Thoughts…First of all, thank you Noel for sending me your lovely book for review. It was a joy to read and I just love the cover which I understand you designed as well. It’s beautiful!“The Simple Soul of Susan” is simply put, a charming page-turner that makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside. The characters are real and the story is well-written and captivating. I was fully immersed by the first few pages and didn’t come up for air until the end. THAT, is a good book by my definition.I loved Susan! At first you really feel for this down and out young woman but as the story progresses she evolves into a such a strong person, with so much character. Especially since she encounters so much adversity both at home and school.As always, my reviews are spoiler free, and since I don’t have any complaints, this one is short and sweet. There are a few triggers to watch for, like bullying for example, but overall, it is a rich, evocative story that you wont want to put down. Oh and you may want to keep some tissues handy.Rating… A

  • Minx -The Genre Minx Book Reviews
    2019-05-08 14:02

    When reading the synopsis, you may think this story is a simple friends to lovers romance but The Simple Soul of Susan is more than a simple love story. This story starts when Susan is a teenager in high school dealing with typical high school drama. For Susan though she has an extra caveat to deal with because her best friend is the most popular guy in school that all the girls swoon for. Most girls either despise Susan for her closeness to Calder Hurtz or they feign friendship to pump her for information about Calder. All the while Calder flits through life flirting with one girl and then the next, never staying in any one relationship for too long.Susan though was wise to the games people played regarding her and Calder’s relationship and she was used to Calder the way he was. She had always hoped though that one day he would come to appreciate her steadfastness in his life, being the one person he could always count on, no matter what. Such hopes she had, until the one day that Susan learned without a doubt that her hopes were founded on shifting sand. With an unthinkable truth ringing in her head Susan reassessed her dreams and started to forge a new path for herself. A path where it was just Susan and learning what it was that she might want for herself and what a life without Calder would really mean to her. As her life moved on and events took place, there was one thing that was for certain and that was that what Susan and Calder had as children would never be the same. Something else would grow from it, something that was wholly unexpected but at the same time perfectly acceptable as it should be.Even though I was well aware of what the story was about, I found the journey from point A to point B to be completely unexpected. There was more to Susan than I ever guessed and as her story unfurled my heart truly bled for her. All she ever wanted was to do right by those she loved and seeing how hard she tried made me downright love this character so much. She was not a simple character at all but you have to take the journey with her to see that. Sooo good! Calder as a character was just frustrating. I definitely wanted more for Susan but as their past was revealed and I saw how intertwined their lives truly were and how deep that went, I secretly wanted Calder to see what he had in front of him the entire time. The Simple Soul of Susan was a roller coaster of emotion but it is a ride I would take again and again. I highly recommend this story!This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Author, Noel Branham. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Find this review and more at The Genre Minx Book Reviews

  • Pam
    2019-05-05 12:13

    The Simple Soul of Susan is a novel by Noel Branham. This is a really good novel and it is well -written. It is evenly paced and the characters and setting are very realistic. Noel has put a lot of emotion in the book and it comes through very clearly. At first, you feel sorry for Susan, but soon come to admire her courage and bravery in facing daily life with spirit and determination to succeed. Calder, on the other hand, you feel a little antagonistic towards as it seems he uses his friendship with Susan and others just to please himself. He is chivalrous and does help Susan but it seems it is superficial. Susan lived next door to Calder all her life. They had played together as infants and were best friends. She viewed his mother, Tia, as her second Mother since her own had died early on. Her own father had left her when she was young and she had been brought up by her uncle whom she called Dad. His health was going downhill but Susan was determined to keep him at home with only the help of aides. He had been there for her and she planned to be there for him. She was quiet and shy at school and had no true friends other than Calder. She was also in love with him and her dream was to marry him and live happily after here in town. Calder was gorgeous, gregarious, popular, and chivalrous. His Father was sheriff while his mother Tia was a housewife who took care of them. His ideal family, however, had a flaw. His older brother had died in a drunken accident in a pool while in college. This made his Mother more protective of him as they blamed a girl for her influence over Eric. She set very strict rules of behavior for Calder with girls; but he took this in his stride. He was anxious to get to college and out of town and encouraged Susan to do that too. He couldn’t understand why she wanted to stay here for the rest of her life. He saw Susan as almost a sister and was very protective of her. What would happen between Susan and Calder as they get close to graduation? Could Susan’s intent to care for her Father instead of putting him in a home come between them? What happens to Susan when she overhears the truth of how Calder feels about her? Noel Branham does not pull any punches with your emotions. As you read, they go all over the place. You experience the emotions from all over the spectrum as you read the story. Yes, tissues are a good idea as well as plenty of time to read so as not to be interrupted.

  • Angela Thompson
    2019-04-30 18:21

    The author takes readers into the characters' worlds. From the very first pages of this book, the author immerses the reader in Susan's small, rural town--and all of the characters and personality that come along with it. Readers are pulled into the story and the setting in so many ways throughout the book that they feel that they are part of Susan's life and her small town world.The Simple Soul of Susan offers a lot of realism. Sometimes when you read a romance novel--you find yourself saying, "Oh, please--like that would really happen in the real world!" I did not find myself saying that at all with this novel. The characters were all very believable, and the characters and their storyline were true to the setting and the tone of the book. There was never a point when the characters behaved "out of character", or the story was forced into a different direction. The author created a very real-world novel that will pull in readers and hold them well beyond the last page of the book. Would I recommend The Simple Soul of Susan? I am, honestly, rarely a fan of a romance novel. I loved this book. I would probably call it a life story rather than a love story--although it is a romance novel. The author keeps the simple story well grounded and moves it along with a real-world focus. Readers will find themselves drawn to the small town atmosphere and the entire cast characters. It was one of those books that makes you sad to leave the story at the end. I would recommend the book to romance novel fans--but, also to contemporary, women's fiction fan who like a little more reality to their fiction.I received an ARC of this book from the author for use in a blog review. All opinions are my own.

  • Susan Roebuck
    2019-04-30 17:08

    What a lovely, quiet read. Just the sort that you need when you're sick of murders and thrillers. Susan (aren't all the best people called that?) is the simple soul, living next door to an identical house in Texas where her "second" family live. She's grown up alongside the son of that house, Calder who, when the book begins Susan is rather sweet on.The title is ambiguous. Yes, Susan seems to have a simple soul - she's kind, honest, frank and rather lonely. Without complaint she's been looking after her father (or uncle) who has on-set dementia. Yet, underneath Sue has a complexity of feeling. She's strong, never feeling sorry for herself (her mother died when she was young and her true father left home years ago) and is quite able to stand up for herself when she's bullied or when a teacher gives her a lower than fair grade.Noel Branham has the author's gift of taking the reader right into the hearts of the very believable characters, leaving the reader to decide if he/she likes that person or not, and also creates a setting that took me right out of my world and smack bang into small town Texas which was so well described with humour and gentleness. I almost devoured this novel (reading it in two days) and recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading about the realities of life--which can be harsh--but at the same time finds that when the book ends, everything is satisfactory and the ends all tied up. Ms Noel Branham is an author to look out for.

  • Lee
    2019-04-21 12:09

    This is a beautiful book about the life of a remarkable young woman in small-town Texas. The author does such a wonderful job evoking a sense of place; the descriptions of the town and its inhabitants make you fully experience her life in Walnut Springs. The main characters are people you love and root for, but they have realistic flaws too. Their romance has many twists and turns that keep you from guessing what will happen next. The minor characters are also well written and add humor and heart to the story. Days after reading this book, many of the characters stayed with me, which sent me back to the book for another read! I loved the messages of simplicity, faithfulness, and love that permeate this book. Noel Branham is an author with a unique voice and lovely outlook on life. Highly recommend!

  • Melanie (Paperback Darling)
    2019-05-19 17:17

    “‘No, I got it.’ Calder busted outside and ran to the door. But Susan was too quick, and for the first time that night she attempted to open the door herself. But the handle wouldn’t move; the door was broken just like the door on her dad’s truck. Calder came around and opened it from the outside. ‘Why is your door broken?’ she asked. ‘Because I broke it.’ Susan frowned. ‘How did you break–?’ ‘Not how. Why. I broke it so that I could open it for you. As many chances as I get.’”– The Simple Soul of Susan by Noel Branham (I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.)Susan Combs knows who her soul mate is. The only problem is her love might not be reciprocated. Susan and Calder have lived next door to each other their whole lives and have quickly become close friends. Susan wants to stay home and take care of her father while Calder wants to move away and aim for bigger things. One day, she overhears a conversation that makes her realize she might not be in the painted picture that is Calder’s future. Determined to live her own life and do her own thing, she tries to brush him off but those eyes of his are hard to look away from and is that a sudden spark she sees within them?I don’t remember ever smiling so much while reading a book. This story was so heartwarming and had so many cute moments; the characters and overall story are all just so quick to love. I loved how real the story felt. It was captivating. You see the characters grow right in front of you as they finally figure out what they want and who they want to be. At first, Calder really got on my nerves with how flirty he was with other girls and how nonchalant he seemed. He didn’t seem to realize what Susan was going through and in the end, after really understanding Calder and his reasons, I actually grew to like him the best. Overall, this story is simply beautiful. It’s one I definitely plan on re-reading again and again.This book highly deserves 5 out of 5 stars!

  • Meghan Lloyd
    2019-04-27 16:20

    This was an enchanting story of love, betrayal, and redemption! The author truly did a remarkable job showing the progression of the characters over time and hooking the reader with the real-life situations that I'm sure every reader can relate to. In this story are mini tales of unrequited love, embarrassing relatives, school bullies, and friendships won and lost. The relatability and genuine honesty of Noel Branham's book moved me and made me wish the story was never-ending. It's a rare book that does that.Susan Combs loves Calder Hurtz. Her best friend since a young girl, she has spent years loving him, all the while hoping her love would one day be returned. Calder is a flirt, constantly having a different girl over each night to do homework, and Susan has started to realize that her place in his life is not what it once was. Determined to move on and get past her love once and for all, she begins to branch out and make new friends. Embarking on a journey of self-discovery, Susan learns about how powerful love really is, and while she makes mistakes along the way, the treasure awaiting her at the end of it all is worth the great cost. Susan was a very sweet character, easily endearing me to her from the very beginning. Her father was an invalid, and she was desperately trying to take care of him so that he could live at home rather than in an nursing facility. She was quiet, unassuming, and although she thought of a few people as her friends, her one true friend was the seemingly undeserving Calder Hurtz. I liked Calder for most of the book, although his apparent obliviousness towards Susan's feelings became very frustrating. However, I knew boys like this in high school, and I found a lot of similarities between him and the popular boys I sat in class with. Flirts, all of them, and while not bad people, they caused so much unnecessary drama in their quest to be adored. As I read through the story, I had a feeling where it was going, but the book was very much like life - there were twists and turns and unexpected obstacles, and I very nearly thought it may not end well. Thankfully, the author wrapped it up quite nicely at the end, and I believed in the story she told. Noel Branham is an amazing storyteller, not just for her general writing ability but also for her creative mind in thinking up so many stories within a story. She created a book that I feel a lot of people, men and women, should read if only to better understand that life does go on, and sometimes what is meant to be will eventually be.**I received a free copy from the author and this is my honest review.**

  • Becky
    2019-04-23 17:26

    The only words I can say for Noel Branham's book is that I am feeling all the feels. This book will take you to some pretty sad places in life. Susan is the "outcast" in her class at high school. Her parents have abandoned her in one way or another and she is being raised by her uncle--a man disabled by a very serious accident. At this point of her high school career, instead of her uncle taking care of her, she's taking care of him. She often gets left out of events among her peers, but when she is included she becomes the brunt of their jokes.Living next door is Calder Hurtz, a boy Susan has had affection for since she met him in third grade. He is the hottest thing on two feet at school and every girl wants to be HIS girl. The girls in the class only get close to Susan to get the goods on Calder. Susan and Calder have kind of an odd friendship--they love each other, but neither will tell the other one. They have an openness that allows them to speak what's on their minds without regard to the other's feelings, but neither will speak of their mutual love. Noel has a way with her writing that draws out a full gamut of emotions in the reader. A bit of irony is the well-known Pecan Festival in the town of Walnut Springs. It is the kind of thing in this book that tickles my funny bone. I really appreciate Noel for allowing me to read and review her book. I give it five stars, two thumbs up, and a pecan pie for the festival.

  • Niki
    2019-04-19 14:18

    What an heartwarming story, loved it. You will meet Susan a sweet, shy girl who lives with her uncle who is in a wheelchair and takes care of him. Next door live the Hurtz, their son Calder is Susan's best friend. They are in their senior year, Calder is not aware that Susan feels more then just friendship, Susan suffers through bullies at school and Calder's girlfriends and sees him drifting farther away from her. She goes for comfort to her pet goat who she tells everything. I adored Calder's mom, Tia as Susan calls her, she is very nice. Join me in this story and read how Calder & Susan go through life and their journey on this path.Very sweet story, this author has the power to draw you in and keep your attention from A to Z. Great characters, fell in love with the little town. Very nice read..

  • M.A. Levi
    2019-05-06 13:07

    Darling and quaint, ‘The Simple Soul of Susan’ is a beautifully written book with such charming qualities! It was wonderfully descriptive, character and plot developments. Love, family, friends along with all the good memories and tragic events that make up life; I was pulled in so many emotional directions as the plot stayed on a steady course branching towards the ending I held my breath for. The characters were well-written, and had depth. At times when Susan was faced with a new round of turmoil, I felt incredibly sorry for the misunderstood girl, and wanted so badly for her to get a big break in some shroud of happiness. Therefore, I was undeniably satisfied by the cozy, warm-hearted ending. I really liked this prefect, feel-good story. The author did a fantastic job with this modest, coming-to-age romance!

  • Sue Brooks
    2019-04-29 13:20

    WOW - another new author for me (Noel Branham) and OMG was I impressed with his writing.In the small town of Walnut Springs, Texas, Susan Combs is seventeen, a senior in high school, and lives with her uncle who is confined to a wheelchair. Susan (with the help of her neighbors - the Hurtz family) takes care of her uncle. Susan is close friends with Calder Hurtz - who is also a senior in high school. They attend the same school in Walnut Springs ISD. The story covers things that happen during the senior year - and the relationship between Susan and Calder. I don't write spoilers -- but OMG, this is an amazing story!!! It is definitely one of those books that you will find hard to put down until you read the last page!!!

  • Chrissy
    2019-05-08 19:26

    This was a fun coming-of-age story! It's the (clean) romance of a boy who had it all (good looks, popular, money, great family) and a girl who had very little. They have grown up as neighbors and best friends. This is the story of how they grow up and find themselves.I was surprised when I learned that this was the author's first novel! It is very well-written. It seemed a little slow for me in the middle, but then picked right up again. I read this whole book in a weekend and loved it.If you love clean, contempory, YA romance, I highly recommend this!I look forward to more works from this author.(I received this book as a gift from the author. All opinions are entirely my own.)

  • Andrea
    2019-05-16 18:32

    I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this debut novel. The story was very engaging and well-written. I cried several times as I followed Susan through her last year of high school as she struggled with bullies and mean girls. She also had heartbreaking family issues. Her strength through it all was endearing. I wasn’t sure what to think of Calder at first. He wasn’t a bad guy, but didn’t seem to deserve her love, or even friendship. But, I really liked how things turned out.This is a clean, fast read with some surprises and a happy ending. I recommend The Simple Soul of Susan, and would read more from this author.

  • Laura
    2019-04-25 14:03

    This book was a delightful read for me. It merges some coming of age concepts with a gentle romance story. I could find myself relating to parts of Susan. High school was an awkward time for me. I wasn't as shy and reclusive as her, but I also didn't have the same hand dealt to me. However, having the fear that you aren't good enough is something I believe many can understand. Also, the story does a great job of showing that what we perceive and what is reality is not always the same thing.The writing from this first-time author was great and I can't wait to see future works. Disclaimer ~ I was sent an advance reader digital copy to review on Life Beyond Kids.

  • Alyssa
    2019-04-26 15:17

    “That’s what love does. It hopes for things to be forever even though life ain’t.”  I just loved this book!! There were so many truths in it and so many things that made me happy. I reread so many of the scenes because I loved them so much! I hated Calder and then loved him for Susan and was rooting for him. I loved her pet goat. I loved the grannies. I loved Tia. I loved Walnut Springs. I just loved everything. Everything was perfect. I'm going to go read it again!!

  • Katie Johnson
    2019-05-14 16:19

    The cover attracted me initially but it was the incredible and precise prose that captivated me. The storytelling was so natural and fluid that I felt like I was in Walnut Sprints witnessing all of these events first hand. I can't get over Susan and Calder and the story they wove in the midst of their town. I couldn't stop rooting for Susan, for her dreams for her life and the hopes of love coming true. This is my favorite book!

  • Suzanne
    2019-05-11 13:26

    I haven’t read a book I loved as much as this in a long time. The characters were so real that by the end of it I was sad it was over. I felt like Calder and Susan were dear friends and when the book ended I lost them. I rarely get this involved in a book but I was completely captivated by this. It was so sweet and funny and I wish it didn’t end. Highly recommend!

  • Shirin
    2019-05-06 13:25

    I just couldn't put this book down!! The grannies were hilarious and I'm pretty sure I have known a few people like Mary Sue. I fell in love with the Calder as he fell in love with Susan. It was so natural and sweet and real. You don't read books like this where the characters relationships are so deep and detailed. A MUST read!

  • Lila Robinson
    2019-05-11 12:09

    I loved this book so much! It is a touching story of friendship and romance with many unexpected twists. The ending was especially wonderful and heartwarming. I absolutely loved the old ladies who unknowingly help the romance to blossom. I loved how the characters were given realistic flaws, unlike so many characters in today's novels. I will definitely recommend this to my friends.

  • Tiffany
    2019-05-10 16:09

    I absolutely loved this book! It has literally made me remember that there is still good in the world. The story between Susan and Calder is innocent, yet very complicated. It will make you have all the feels, and make you believe in love again. Susan is innocent, but not in a naive type way.

  • Han Reed
    2019-05-02 14:13

    I had never heard of this author before and after one of my friendss told me about it I decided to give it a chance. WOW. I’m so glad I did!!!! This is my new favorite book!!! It was funny, sweet and so realistic. LOVED!!

  • April Christensen
    2019-05-11 19:29

    Loved this book!!!I think this is now my favorite book! Noel is a extremely talented author and had me hooked from the very first page! A book I couldn't put down! I laughed and I cried! Thank you for the adventure! I wish the book wasn't over!

  • Jess
    2019-04-27 17:06

    Wow! My new favorite book!!! I read it in two days! Highly recommend!

  • Goth Gone Grey
    2019-05-17 18:15

    This book tells the tale of Susan, a girl who's trying her hardest to keep everything together around her. She's referred to as simple quite often, but is sharper than expected, caring, and loving. She's bullied by her classmates and has a difficult home life. Her best friend and neighbor, Calder, is the secret love of her life, and his parents help care for her as well. It's well written, but slower moving than many other contemporary works - it feels like a old movie reel where character development is more important than explosions, sex, or furious arguments. It's a clean enough romance that when the "bases" are discussed, no clothing is even removed. There seems to be a huge gap between the ending and the epilogue, which raises questions to leave them unanswered. I received a free copy of this book through Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review.

  • Melanie
    2019-05-05 14:16

    I was given an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest reviewIt’s always great to discover an amazing, brand new writer- a truly excellent debut novel. The cover is also a beautiful design. The story was well-written and captivating, beautiful, charming and emotional. This book was so much more than a friends-to-lovers story. It’s a story of friendship and romance and fighting through the hard times.“Susan Combs had long ago found the love of her life. The only problem was the other party still didn’t know he had been found.”Susan has always had a secret crush on her next door neighbor and best friend Calder, and one day hopes her love will be returned. Calder is popular and a bit of and is constantly flirting with a different girl. Calder is a good friend, albeit a little oblivious towards her feelings.Susan is trying to keep her life together, she is caring for her uncle who is confined to a wheelchair, and is often bullied at school. She is often called simple, but she is a lot smarter than anyone knows. She is strong, kind and able to stand up for her self and what she believes in.As events happen in the novel, Calder realizes that Susan is the friend that he can always count on and is there for him. I enjoyed watching their love blossom and grow but there were definitely many obstacles to overcome before they were ready for each other.“We’ve known each other our whole lives, grown apart, and grown together…”There were so many layers to the story, that once revealed you just felt for Susan and all that she has had to endure. She always wanted to do right by those she loved and she cared deeply. This was just one of the many aspects of Susan that you can relate to. She was such a real character that I cried along with her, especially in the beginning. Susan is definitely a kindred spirit.This book was a roller-coaster of emotion but well worth all the tears. The story had depth and I loved how the story all fitted and came together. I love the simplicity and the old-fashioned feel to the story that makes it truly unique. Noel Branham is a great find and I can’t wait to see what she writes next.“The biggest achievements in life decorate your heart , not your resume.’- Sue Combs”

  • Amy Winters
    2019-05-04 17:19

    I wish I could convey with words the love I have for this book. You know you are in love when you reread your favorite scenes and swoon even when you have read it a second time. Susan is one of my favorite people. The first time I read it, I instantly recognized her as a kindred spirit. Somthing I didn’t see comin was who she ended up with... and I loved that. I fell in love as Susan did. She made a good choice. I’m hoping for more books from this author!