Title: The Rural Diaries: Love, Livestock, and Big Life Lessons Down on Mischief Farm
Author: Hilarie Burton Morgan
Genre: Nonfiction / Autobiography / Memoir
Publication Date: May 5th, 2022
“While Hilarie Burton Morgan’s hectic lifestyle as an actress in New York and Los Angeles gave her a comfortable life, it did not fulfill her spiritually or emotionally. After the birth of their first son, she and her husband Jeffrey Dean Morgan, the star of The Walking Dead, decided to make a major change: they bought a working farm in Rhinebeck, New York, and began a new chapter in their lives.
The Rural Diaries chronicles her inspiring story of farm life: chopping wood, making dandelion wine, building chicken coops. Burton looks back at her transition from urban to country living—discovering how to manage a farm while raising her son and making friends with her new neighbors. She mixes charming stories of learning to raise alpacas and buying and revitalizing the town’s beloved candy store, Samuel’s Sweet Shop, with raw observations on the ups and downs of marriage and her struggles with secondary infertility. Burton also includes delicious recipes that can be made with fresh ingredients at home, as well as home renovation and gardening tips.
Burton’s charisma, wide eyed attitude, and fortitude—both internal and physical—propels this moving story of transformation and self-discovery. The Rural Diaries honors the values and lifestyle of small-town America and offers inspiration for anyone longing to embark on their own unconventional journey.” (Goodreads)
I LOVED this book! Thank you @Ali’s Books for adding this book to my radar! The audiobook was exceptional and felt even more personal.
The book is narrated by Hilarie Burton Morgan and tells about her life from the first time she met her husband to the birth of their second child. So much happens in between and we get to catch a glimpse of it all.
Even though I have heard of One Tree Hill, I never watched it growing up. I also can’t recall seeing anything her husband has been in either, haha. Movies and tv shows just aren’t my thing, but books definitely are. I’m glad she took the time to write this.
After moving into a rural area this year and learning about gardening and chickens I felt like I read this book at the right time in my life. It was funny to read about her personal experiences while raising chickens and even what grew in her garden, like the weird carrots. I definitely understood all of the excitement she got from being on a farm because there is just something magical about it. I will say that she is living my dream with some of the animals she has like highland cows and donkeys!
There are also sadder times included like miscarriages and saying goodbye to a beloved pet. I’m not going to lie, those parts made me cry. I had to put my dog down this year and I completely understood her grief. It’s a hard thing to do. I may not have gone through my own miscarriages but I do know the struggle of seeing others getting pregnant when it’s so hard for you to do the same. I understand the envy that radiates and it made her story just that much more personal for me. I could relate to her on different levels.
Overall, this was just a really well done audiobook and I am looking forward to trying some of the recipes that she included as well.