The Rural Diaries: Love, Livestock, and Big Life Lessons Down on Mischief Farm ~ Hilarie Burton Morgan (2020)


For those of you who watched One Tree Hill, or a slew of adorable Christmas shows, or White Collar, you will recognize Hilarie Burton Morgan. This memoir is a fun, funny, and cute read about a young woman finding her joy in the simple things – life partnership, children, donkeys, alpacas, and growing things from the land. Written in the style of a friend sharing what they have been up to for the last few years, the reader feels engrossed in the story and falls as deeply in love with Rhinebeck, NY as Burton Morgan falls in love with the village and becomes part of the fabric of her community.

She makes it very clear that the dream of Hollywood did not fulfill her, and that her marriage is wonderful and hard and takes work, but as is demonstrated through all of her stories, the things that mean the most to her take work and are so worth it in the end. I must say that this book gave me a serious desire to give up my suburban lifestyle and go find myself a farm with chickens and enjoy the village lifestyle as she presents it.

This is a lovely read, and I recommend it as a nice end of summer book. It is the type of book that you can read by the pool, or with a glass of wine, or devour (as I did) in one sitting.

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