The Simple Soul of Susan by Noel Branham

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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.

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.

My Review

The Simple Soul of Susan is a sweet story of two characters from a small town. It has a bit of a nostalgic voice, with a colorful cast. I enjoyed the author's voice, and found the passing of time unique. Susan's character I connected with, as someone who always felt a little out of sync. However, I wasn't sure what to think about Calder. I wish the author had chosen to write in two different POV's because some insight into his head might have led me to trust him a little more.

I think some elements of the plot were a little too simplistic, and I felt that some events were missed throughout the story due to the passing of time. While I didn't like Calder in the beginning, he won me over by the end. Overall, this book was an enjoyable read. I think the author has promise, and I look forward to reading more by her in the future.

I give this book a 3.5 stars. I was given a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required.

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