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A Fine Romance: Falling in Love With the English Countryside Hardcover – August 15, 2013
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- Item Weight : 1.4 pounds
- Hardcover : 260 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0984913661
- ISBN-13 : 978-0984913664
- Product Dimensions : 6 x 1.25 x 8.25 inches
- Publisher : Vineyard Stories (August 15, 2013)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #729,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Fine Romance is a beautifully written story of her trip to the English countryside. She and Joe explore the tiny English villages where they stay in apartments, walk the cobblestone streets, visit castles, writer's homes, hike footpaths through the countryside and dine in pubs. You will fall in love with her stories and as you close the book as you finish, you will want to pack your bags and head to England.
After that intro, it’s obvious that I’m a bit biased, but I can honestly say the book exceeded my expectations. If you’re already a fan of Susan, you won’t want to miss out on it. If you’re new to Susan, this is a good introduction. If you’re an Anglophile, are thinking of traveling to England, or like beautiful, whimsical art books, then this is also worth a look-see.
So, what do you get? Well, this is pretty much a step-by-step recounting of the weeks’ long trip Susan and her husband Joe took, from doorstep to doorstep. Reading about the voyage on the Queen Mary 2 alone is worth the price of admission. A transatlantic crossing by ship is now on my wish list. While in England, Susan and Joe visited friends, went for long walks and drives, stopped by country houses and gardens, shopped, ate at pubs and tea shops, and just breathed in the ambiance of England. If you yearn for the glamour of London or better known tourist spots, then this probably isn’t the book for you. But if you prefer a more “quaint” and leisurely sort of trip while taking in the quiet beauty of small towns and countryside, then this is most definitely the book you want. And, of course, it’s perfect for armchair tourists. You never even have to actually leave home, but can vicariously experience Susan and Joe’s journey while in your jammies.
Susan has a wonderful writing style. She takes great joy in the small things in life and she infects her readers with her generous spirit and humor. And, as with all of Susan’s books, they are a visual delight. All of the text is handwritten in Susan’s distinctive calligraphy. The book is also jam-packed with illustrations, predominantly Susan’s watercolors, but also photographs. The book isn’t just pretty, tho; it also has a serious side. It’s very practical and informative and, if you want to know more about any of the sites visited, there’s a terrific appendix as well as additional information on her blog.
This is a book you could easily devour in one sitting, but then come back to in order to savor individual passages or chapters. Buy one as a treat for yourself. And then buy one (or lots) as a treat for a friend. Enjoy!
A Fine Romance is written in her journaling, handwritten style and the pages are filled with her favorite quotes, sweet borders and scattered watercolor drawings. It is a love story of past heroines, the charm of land and companion of her life. I truly felt her giddiness as the three-month journey saturates her through and through.
Thanks, Susan, for taking us on along on this happy and peaceful trip.
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Susan's wonderful, evocative writing made me feel as if I were there with her and her charming watercolour illustrations are lovely. Whether you know the areas she visited or not it's a great read - poignant, funny and full of detail. She's currently writing another book. Can't wait!
What makes the book of interest to a British reader is that you have a foreign perspective (American) of our "treasures" - some of which are easy to guess such as ancient and venerable buildings whereas others are more obscure such as hedgerows. It is a selective and somewhat idealised journey but the places and people associated with them are here. Persevere with the language idioms and celebrate the fact that as a nation we have saved so much.