About the Book
I was not at all sure what to expect from the novel The Simple Soul of Susan, but I can tell you that after reading it, it was a lovely coming of age story about a young woman who has had more than her fair share of hard knocks in life. Susan is a quiet, poor girl living with her disabled dad and anticipating her graduation from high school. Her very best friend is her next door neighbor Calder who is actually the most popular guy in their small high school. Susan loves Calder and always believed they would end up together, but she has never told him. Through a series of happenings, overheard conversations, whispered denials and truths, Susan sees what she has not wanted to see. She and Calder have grown apart.
So starts her journey of self-awareness, self-reliance, and a journey that she takes toward a life that is so much different than her dreams. Where it will lead her she does not know, but she becomes a stronger person then she thought she could be even while nursing her broken heart.
I enjoyed this story of young love, strong family and neighborly bonds in a small Texas hometown. All is not what it seems and when big secrets come to life Susan must finally grasp the life that was meant for her all along. The story was told in such an engaging way that was hard for me to put down and I highly recommend this sweet clean romance for teens and up.
I received a complimentary copy of this novel. I was not required to give a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
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. An award-winning communicator, she now writes from her residence in Florida about things closest to the heart: home, family, and love.