Martha’s Vineyard, Isle of Dreams

An Artistic Memoire

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! First, it is 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?

Second, the book itself appears as though it’s hand-written throughout, making it all the more personal. It’s as though it were 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, and hand-lettered sayings. It almost reads a bit like a scrapbook. It definitely took me longer to get through it 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.

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!

 

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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.

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