SimpleSoulSusan 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.


I’m not too big on romance novels but every once in awhile there’s a book that grabs ahold of my heart and The Simple Soul of Susan was definitely one of them. This is the kind of book where you can just sit back and read while on your front porch swing (if you have one) sipping a freshly brewed cup of iced tea. It was simple in the best way possible. The characters were charming and relatable and I loved the simplicity of Noel’s writing. There have been too many times where I’ve read books that overdue it when it comes to telling the story and making it flow smoothly. This is definitely one that I can see myself picking up and reading again.

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