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Susan Branch's birthday and a blog giveaway


Today is Susan Branch's birthday. If you read my blog often you will know I am a big fan of Susan's. Susan and I have much in common. We both love animals and we have lookalike cats. Her Jack really looks like my Oscar. We are both foodies, love England and tea, and then of course there's Martha's Vineyard. She lives there and I would love to have even a Summer home there.

 
I met Susan twice at two book signings. Last Summer, I met her in Sandwich, Massachusetts for the signing of her book, "A Fine Romance".  Here's the original book with Susan's handwriting. Susan's husband let me get a peek at it.


So since it's Susan's birthday, I thought I would celebrate by giving away a copy of this book. I bought an extra copy at the book signing and I told her I was going to give it away on my blog.

So, here's what you need to do. Leave a comment on this post. I am not going to make you follow my blog but I do hope you will come back. I'll draw the winner on April 15th and I may even throw in a few extra goodies!

Comments

Laura B. Jenkins said…
Really enjoy your blog...Susan and I share a birthday weekend...and yes, I also share the mutual interests of cooking, traveling in New England...and all things SB!
Susan Gates said…
As you know, I love your blog!
Salmagundi said…
How neat to see the original! Thanks for sharing. Sally
wendy said…
Susan Branch must be a "gatherer" of like-minded people, for she lead me to someone who's my "twin" in too many ways to count! Happy Birthday to Susan and Happy Springtime to you, Elaine!!
Lori said…
LOVE this blog....and I also love Susan Branch. You are so sweet to share this special book on her birthday!!!!! HUGS.....Lori
Dawn Y. said…
What a sweet blog post! Kindred spirits everywhere are celebrating Susan Branch's birthday! I have met such sweet friends through her blog! ♡♡ Sending Springtime wishes to all!
Cathy said…
Thank you for showing us Susan's original journal of A Fine Romance. That must have been exciting to see!
Samanhtha said…
Wow what a great opportunity! Susan has also been such an inspiration to me since I was young! Ever book keeps getting better and better, and I would love to have the opportunity to read this one! :)
Carla Ludwig said…
Elaine, what a fun giveaway! I am envious that you got to meet Susan twice. I did get to her book signing here in Michigan.....isn't she wonderful?! Just what I expected from reading her blog. Happy Spring Elaine!
Sharon Calvert said…
Elaine, hello! Found you via Susan's tweet and happy to 'meet' another SB kindred spirit! I've been a 'girlfriend' many years, and met Susan in 2000 at a book-signing event. How generous of you to support and share her most recent book. Thank you for this giveaway; I will return for further reading of your blog!
What a wonderful blog you have and how very generous of you to offer us the opportunity to win a copy of Susan's book!! I have yet to purchase her book and would love to win one! Thank you, again. ~ Donna E.
I am obsessed as well….wish I had known she was so close by! A great giveaway!

Thanks for popping by!
Kathleen said…
fWe enjoy 'sweet New England' as well - what could be better? Susan Branch is a kindred soul.
Anne said…
Hello I am a big fan of Susan Branch too. I did a blog post about her and she left me a comment!! I already have the book which I bought last year when we holidayed in Cape Cod and took a trip over to MV and bought it there. Just wanted to say hello and I have enjoyed reading your blog!
WendyBee said…
How lovely that you are a Susan Branch fan. We have that in common. I was considering making a trip to a book-signing in Southeastern Mass earlier this Spring, but it coincided with seriously bad weather (which she blogged about), and so I resigned myself that it was not to be. Fortunately, there will be more! Maybe I can suggest to my local bookstore that she be invited to Maine sometime this summer....
I'm so sad I missed this give away but happy for the winner! It was fabulous to see the original book. I know she is now writing her autobiography --very excited to read that!

My husband and I visited Martha's Vineyard once --it is a beautiful island--bigger than we thought it would be! We were happy we had our car so we could drive all around the entire island. Susan is a very fortunate woman!

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