‘Why is your door broken?’ she asked.
‘Because I broke it.’
Susan frowned. ‘How did you break–?’
‘Not how. Why. I broke it so that I could open it for you. As many chances as I get.’”
– The Simple Soul of Susan by Noel Branham
(I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.)
Susan Combs knows who her soul mate is. The only problem is her love might not be reciprocated. Susan and Calder have lived next door to each other their whole lives and have quickly become close friends. Susan wants to stay home and take care of her father while Calder wants to move away and aim for bigger things. One day, she overhears a conversation that makes her realize she might not be in the painted picture that is Calder’s future. Determined to live her own life and do her own thing, she tries to brush him off but those eyes of his are hard to look away from and is that a sudden spark she sees within them?
I don’t remember ever smiling so much while reading a book. This story was so heartwarming and had so many cute moments; the characters and overall story are all just so quick to love. I loved how real the story felt. It was captivating. You see the characters grow right in front of you as they finally figure out what they want and who they want to be. At first, Calder really got on my nerves with how flirty he was with other girls and how nonchalant he seemed. He didn’t seem to realize what Susan was going through and in the end, after really understanding Calder and his reasons, I actually grew to like him the best.
Overall, this story is simply beautiful. It’s one I definitely plan on re-reading again and again.
This book highly deserves 5 out of 5 feathers!