The Rural Diaries: What Moving to Mischief Farm Taught Me About What Really Matters in Life, Love, and Making Dandelion Wine

The Rural Diaries: What Moving to Mischief Farm Taught Me About What Really Matters in Life, Love, and Making Dandelion Wine Details

The beloved actress and star of One Tree Hill, White Collar, and Lethal Weapon, Hilarie Burton, tells the inspiring story of leaving Hollywood for a radically different kind of life in upstate New York with her husband Jeffrey Dean Morgan—a celebration of community, family, and the value of hard work in small town America.

While Hilarie Burton’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 Shoppe with good friend Paul Rudd and his wife Julie, with raw observations on the ups and downs of marriage and her struggles with infertility. Burton also includes delicious recipes that can be made with fresh ingredients at home.

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.

The Rural Diaries includes 16 pages of color photographs.

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  • Melissa ? Dog/Wolf Lover ? Martin

    Shit!! I laughed and cried my way through this book!! And it’s on my favorites list. I didn’t even know who Hilarie was until I started watching "Friday Nights In With The Morgan’s". I mean I re...

  • Jess ?Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows?

    I've never really been big on celebrity memoirs, choosing usually to enjoy the characters they play on movies, TV, concert stages, and various other forms of media. Sometimes there is such a thing as ...

  • Asheley

    This was such a great memoir. I wanted to read it because I love love love books about farms or making a big life change and moving to a quieter place. Full disclosure: I've never seen One Tree Hill, ...

  • Darla

    This homage to the simple life caught my attention in a NetGalley email. Then I read chapter 1 and realized that Hilarie's mother and I both grew up in Pella, Iowa. Like Hilarie I have a great fondnes...

  • The Nerd Daily

    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Beth MowbrayHilarie Burton Morgan started her career off with a bang at the young age of 18 as a VJ on MTV’s hit music request show TRL, followed b...

  • Living My Best Book Life

    I just finished reading The Rural Diaries by Hilarie Burton and I am in awe of this woman. I have been a fan of Hilarie's ever since I watched the show 'One Tree Hill'. Whenever I saw her on her shows...

  • Kendall Berdinsky

    I would now like to move to a farm...

  • Jennifer

    I know that Hilarie Burton Morgan didn’t write this book specifically for me personally but it spoke to my soul so much that it almost felt like she did. Only ever knowing Hilarie from watching her ...

  • Debbie Rothstein

    A lovely and heartwarming true love story (human love, children love and love of community and land) that was a welcome respite from the pandemic we are living through....

  • Holly Westbrook

    I loved this book, and I liked it for different reasons than I expected😊 I’m probably in the minority on this one as far as why I chose to read this. Yes I’ve watched One Tree Hill (& have seen...