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The Simple Soul of Susan Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B076DDVMTB
- Publisher : Southern Publishing; 2 edition (11 October 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 3741 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 305 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 832,447 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Both main characters were relatable and eventually lovable. Susan had my heart from the beginning as her personality reminded me of myself at a younger age. She has a beautiful heart that is unfortunately smothered with suffocating insecurities, and a low self-esteem. Initially I didn’t like Calder’s character, but eventually understood his flaws to be mere traits of youth. th (1)Once Calder’s personality matured, his true soul shone through, and he finally realised which people were most important. He saw through all of the superficial friendships … people who hung around only for what they could possibly gain. In fact Calder’s soul was bestowed with simplicity, which for a long time he was too proud to acknowledge.
“Neglect is the absence of love , and it can cause more pain than hate.”
Noel perfectly demonstrates the importance of pure, trustworthy, friendship in any relationship. Human love is never perfect, and most important to understand is that there is never instant love … not the lasting kind. But when we combine God’s unconditional love with sincere, trustworthy friendship, we are able to have the most perfect relationship humanly possible.
Susan waited hopefully, most of her life for Calder to notice her the same way she noticed him. But as with all good things, they only happen if they were always meant to be, and in God’s excellent timing. Yes, Susan’s soul was perfectly simple, but so was Calder’s … it just took him longer to realise it.
“I don’t know what I’m trying to say either. But I want to be part of your life. I want you to be a part of mine. I want to sleep closer to you than forty feet away for the rest of my life. I want to fish with you every Sunday afternoon and catch armadillos with you every night until I’m too old to walk. I want to buy you flowers every Valentine’s Day and write my name on the tag, …”
Often young people like Calder who have such a competitive nature that they would do anything to gain an edge or to win, soon realise that they are only competing with themselves. Hopefully they can manage to change the way they do things before it’s too late.
Simple, uncomplicated, unselfish, is always best, after all Jesus did say, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, if anyone does not receive the kingdom of God like a little child, he will never enter it.” ~ Luke 18:16-17 I suppose that’s because the simple, innocent, and unconditional love of a child is the closest to that of our heavenly Father.
This would be a perfect book for young people experiencing all of these confusing feelings, but also a great book to remind us oldies of the importance of sincere, honest companionship … necessary elements to any relationship.
How about you? What do you think? Are earthly, material qualities and possessions a necessary part of a healthy, loving relationship? I would love to hear from you
I received a complimentary copy of this sweet book from the author via CelebrateLit. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review, and all thoughts are entirely my own.
It’s always great to discover an amazing, brand new writer- a truly excellent debut novel. The cover is also a beautiful design. The story was well-written and captivating, beautiful, charming and emotional. This book was so much more than a friends-to-lovers story. It’s a story of friendship and romance and fighting through the hard times.
“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.”
Susan has always had a secret crush on her next door neighbor and best friend Calder, and one day hopes her love will be returned. Calder is popular and a bit of and is constantly flirting with a different girl. Calder is a good friend, albeit a little oblivious towards her feelings.
Susan is trying to keep her life together, she is caring for her uncle who is confined to a wheelchair, and is often bullied at school. She is often called simple, but she is a lot smarter than anyone knows. She is strong, kind and able to stand up for her self and what she believes in.
As events happen in the novel, Calder realizes that Susan is the friend that he can always count on and is there for him. I enjoyed watching their love blossom and grow but there were definitely many obstacles to overcome before they were ready for each other.
“We’ve known each other our whole lives, grown apart, and grown together…”
There were so many layers to the story, that once revealed you just felt for Susan and all that she has had to endure. She always wanted to do right by those she loved and she cared deeply. This was just one of the many aspects of Susan that you can relate to. She was such a real character that I cried along with her, especially in the beginning. Susan is definitely a kindred spirit.
This book was a roller-coaster of emotion but well worth all the tears. The story had depth and I loved how the story all fitted and came together. I love the simplicity and the old-fashioned feel to the story that makes it truly unique. Noel Branham is a great find and I can’t wait to see what she writes next.
“The biggest achievements in life decorate your heart , not your resume.’- Sue Combs”