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.
The Simple Soul of Susan (Release Date: October 2017)
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 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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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.
About the Author
Born and raised in a small Texas town, Noel Branham started her career in digital communications after graduating with a degree in English. Now she writes from her home in Florida about things closest to your heart: home, family and life.
*Guys, if you like charming, small-town romances (with depth) you will love this and there is a giveaway on Goodreads that I just entered myself. You can win an autographed copy of this gorgeous book, a beautiful addition to any bookshelf if you ask me 😉
image(1) artist Rose Ann Hayes