Martha’s Vineyard, Isle of Dreams [Book Review]

If you’ve ever been to Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod, you know it’s a very special place. Being from Massachusetts myself and only about an hour’s drive from the ferry, I’ve dreamed about making a permanent move. Well, that’s just what author Susan Branch considered in her book, Martha’s Vineyard, Isle of Dreams.

This unique book offers so much to absorb!

An Artistic Memoire

Martha’s Vineyard, Isle of Dreams is an enjoyable read.

First, it is the well-written autobiography of an independent Creative (Susan Branch) who left a failing marriage in California to return to her New England roots.

On a whim, she bought an old cottage on Martha’s Vineyard and spent the months ahead making it her own as she simultaneously carved out a new life for herself on the island.

I mean, what’s not to love, already?

Second, the book itself appears as though it’s hand-written throughout, making it all the more personal.

The font looks like it was penned by the artist’s own hand. (No Times New Roman here.) One glance through the pages, and you will recognize this is a totally different type of book.

Finally, each page spread is full of the author’s:

  • Beautiful watercolor illustrations
  • Recipes
  • Photos
  • Hand-lettered sayings

It almost reads a bit like a scrapbook.

It definitely took me longer to get through it. That’s because each page was truly a feast to the eyes and I wanted to absorb every detail.

I never knew what the next page would offer, creatively.

And, therein lies the beauty.

Final Thoughts on Martha’s Vineyard, Isle of Dreams

What I loved most was the author’s free-thinking nature, unorthodox projects, and her outside-the-box approach to just about everything she did.

This book perfectly encapsulates those qualities.

In a world of cookie-cutter products and formula stories, I cheered her every, unconventional success! Yeah!

I encourage you to get your copy of this fascinating book here. Then, you can curl up and enjoy the experience.

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Jackie Gately

Jackie Gately is a seasoned travel writer, photographer, and marketing consultant who is passionate about travel. She loves casual-luxury experiences, coastal getaways, cultural attractions, and local, wholesome food and wine pairings. A perfect day ends with her toes in the sand or by chasing the sunset with her camera--ideally both.