The Rural Diaries
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.

The Rural Diaries Details

TitleThe Rural Diaries
Author
ReleaseMay 5th, 2020
PublisherHarperOne
ISBN-139780062862723
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Biography, Biography Memoir, Audiobook, Contemporary, Animals, Adult, Parenting

The Rural Diaries Review

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    January 1, 1970
    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 researched Jeffrey way back in the day when he was the dad (John Winchester) on Supernatural! He loved dogs and animals, I loved him. The end. Since watching the show I still didn’t recognize his wife, maybe if I watch some of her stuff... BUT, I damn well fell in love with this woman I don’t even know. Thi 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 researched Jeffrey way back in the day when he was the dad (John Winchester) on Supernatural! He loved dogs and animals, I loved him. The end. Since watching the show I still didn’t recognize his wife, maybe if I watch some of her stuff... BUT, I damn well fell in love with this woman I don’t even know. This book was EVERYTHING! We learn about her and Jeffrey, the kids, the farm, the heartaches, the triumphs, a wonderful community of people and so much more!! I wouldn’t have known about this book unless one of the people on the show didn’t mention her book. I jumped on Amazon that moment and ordered the book. After it set in quarantine for awhile, I picked it up and didn’t put it down!! All I can say I recommend it for so many reasons. And after many years, they got married and guess who got ordained just to marry them ... Jensen Ackles! See below picture of Jensen’s wife pointing to him in one of the many photos in the book! She got the dream life I always wanted but will never get and they went through some really tough times. I love them both so much more for so many reasons! Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
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  • Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈
    January 1, 1970
    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 "don't ask, don't tell" when it comes to these types of things, that I fully support. Memoirs in general are tricky things for me, and very hit or miss. In order for me to really invest in someone's life story, they have to first convince me that their story is worthy of my time, and my money.I have 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 "don't ask, don't tell" when it comes to these types of things, that I fully support. Memoirs in general are tricky things for me, and very hit or miss. In order for me to really invest in someone's life story, they have to first convince me that their story is worthy of my time, and my money.I have been a Hilarie Burton fan since I first saw the movie The Secret Life of Bees and though it was a bit part, something about her performance really resonated with me and I connected to her character. I didn't even know who she was at the time, because I never subscribed to the teenie bopper One Tree Hill fandom, having had quite enough of the teen angst filled television drama after watching (devotedly, I might add) Dawson's Creek. However, as a young adult, I watched and was a big fan of the television show White Collar and when Hilarie graced us with her presence on that show I was like "HER! I KNOW HER!"So anyway, most people know Hilarie because of her hubby Jeffrey Dean Morgan, otherwise known asand though I have been a fan of his also, she is the one I fangirl over. So when I saw that she had written a book I was likeAnd so I requested it from Netgalley. And when I was approved I was likeNo but all joking aside, the reason that I wanted this book is not because I love Hilarie Burton as an actress, or that I love Jeffrey Dean Morgan as an actor, or I love the characters these two have played. I requested and ultimately read this book because of Hilarie's story. And let me tell you, I LOVED her story. It is a story that spoke to me personally, and inspired me in so many ways. Hilarie's voice is so genuine and I loved reading this story of leaving Hollywood to raise a family in a small provincial town in upstate New York, eventually growing that dream from a tiny cabin in the woods to an all out running organic farm, animals, plants, and all.There was a candor to her writing that I appreciated and she really delved into a range of topics, not just the nitty gritty of farming life, but all of the hard work it takes to make adult relationships work, the complex range of emotions caused by fertility issues, the ugly side of Hollywood including the #MeToo movement, the stress of having a partner whom everyone in the world recognizes and who is gone working for long stretches of time, and all of the blood, sweat, and tears in between. Sprinkled here and there were recipes for Dandelion Wine (totally making this year), her thoughts on coffee, tips and tricks for planting, growing, farming, cooking. Also a whole section dedicated to manure. Yep, you know you got a farm girl when she can talk that in depth about, well, shit. And she's also really funny to boot. She and Jeffrey really ingrain themselves in their new small town of Rhinebeck, New York, befriending a lot of people in town, volunteering with local projects, and even eventually buying a business there in addition to the farm. For being celebrities, they also really come across as small town farmers, and it was a breath of fresh air. The way she discussed obstacles they went through in their relationship, the struggles of motherhood and work, the constant go go go of an actor's lifestyle, while just trying to be a regular person through it all was very heartfelt, and I really connected to it. I also couldn't stop reading. There was so much to learn, and I felt like I learned with her as she dreamed up a dream for herself. She says early on in the book that she never grew up on a farm herself, and though she had grandparents who did, she herself didn't become a farmer until she saw an opportunity and just started doing it. There is a message here that really comes through, that life is too short to keep waiting for opportunities to present themselves, that if you really want something, it is yours to lose, or yours to have, depending on your perspective. I also read this at a crossroads, as my partner and I are looking at a move some point in the next year. Both of us have always had the dream of moving to West Virginia, to live more in nature, become more self sufficient, rely less on technology, and more on the Earth. To not necessarily start a farm, but grow food for ourselves, plant herbs as medicine, and be around less people. After reading this book, I realized that this can happen sooner rather than later, and though change is sometimes really scary, a lot of time it pulls and twists us into much better humans, partners, friends, parents, whatever. This book was more than just entertaining, more than just juicy celebrity gossip (though I did, in fact, find out that Ben Affleck is just as creepy IRL as he appears), more than just "I'm famous, read my story." Hilarie's voice doesn't come off as wanting sympathy or accolades, or even acceptance. It became evident to me that this book wasn't written about her, it was written to express her love for a small town that changed her life, her way of thinking. It is a love letter to Rhinebeck, to her family, to all of those people who helped her achieve her goals. It was an absolute pleasure to read and a privilege to journey with Hilarie and she bore her heart and soul to the world. Thank you to Netgalley, for providing an ARC of this wonderful book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Asheley
    January 1, 1970
    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, so my interest in this memoir was purely because of the "rural" aspect.There are so many great things about reading this story, but the becoming-a-farmer aspect was my favorite. Hilarie begins the story after One Tree Hill, at the beginning of her relationship with Jeffrey Dean Morgan. She talks of 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, so my interest in this memoir was purely because of the "rural" aspect.There are so many great things about reading this story, but the becoming-a-farmer aspect was my favorite. Hilarie begins the story after One Tree Hill, at the beginning of her relationship with Jeffrey Dean Morgan. She talks of their common interests and their shared dream of starting over somewhere else. I could tell that they both wanted (and felt) a connection to their new place in rural New York, not far from New York City, and I could tell they really wanted to build things and put their hands in the dirt. There is so much nature in here-I loved it so much. There is also a lot of food and renovation. Hilarie shares about projects she took on that were successful and she talks about projects that didn't turn out so well. She talks about finding a small community and really digging into it, and I found that I really like all of her friends. She talks openly about hard things that happened in her life, and she talks about the best things that have happened to her. The entire memoir is threaded with friendships and parenting, and all of it made my heart warm. Really, this was the perfect read for me during this #stayathome time. This was my "immediately-before-bedtime" book and I was careful to dole it out in small portions over an entire month. I'm here for every story like this, stories where a person makes a goal and achieves it. Especially when it involves home renovation, gardening, and animals. I think that fans of Hilarie and Jeff will love this one, but I was able to connect to it in a huge way even without having seen them in the shows and movies that they are famous for. There is a lot of vulnerability and heart in this book, and it was an immensely enjoyable and uplifting read.A huge thanks to HarperOne/HarperCollins and NetGalley for sending me a copy of this book for review!
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  • Darla
    January 1, 1970
    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 fondness for that little corner of Iowa and have beloved relatives who still reside there. It was fascinating to read about the transformation of Hilarie & Jeff's family from LA dwellers to farmers. As with all of our lives, there are times of triumph, times of laughter, and times for tears. I was drawn in 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 fondness for that little corner of Iowa and have beloved relatives who still reside there. It was fascinating to read about the transformation of Hilarie & Jeff's family from LA dwellers to farmers. As with all of our lives, there are times of triumph, times of laughter, and times for tears. I was drawn in and engaged for most of the book --just felt like there were a few times when there was just too much detail on one particular piece (like when they took over the sweet shop). I also don't know if they ever did officially tie the knot? Anyway, I would heartily recommend this on audio -- especially if you are a fan of Hilarie from One Tree Hill, Lethal Weapon, or one of her many other acting gigs.Thank you to HarperCollins and NetGalley for a DRC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • The Nerd Daily
    January 1, 1970
    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 by years playing the beloved character of Peyton Sawyer on fan-favourite One Tree Hill. While these experiences weren’t without their bright spots, in her mid-20s Morgan found herself craving a new path forward, a different life. This is where her charmingly down-to-earth memoir The Rural Diaries begin 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 by years playing the beloved character of Peyton Sawyer on fan-favourite One Tree Hill. While these experiences weren’t without their bright spots, in her mid-20s Morgan found herself craving a new path forward, a different life. This is where her charmingly down-to-earth memoir The Rural Diaries begins.Simply put, you’ll want to add this one to your list of “must read” books! The Rural Diaries is a beautiful love letter to Morgan’s husband, children, and home in Rhinebeck, New York. It is a fantastic, multilayered read for both fans and those seeking inspiration for their own lives.Read the FULL REVIEW on The Nerd Daily
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  • Living My Best Book Life
    January 1, 1970
    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 and interviews, she came across as a fierce, confident, and friendly person and that was fascinating. So, when I read the first few pages of the story, I was captivated.As I got deeper into the story, I loved Hilarie's openness and vulnerability. She details everything from her time as a VJ on MTV, 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 and interviews, she came across as a fierce, confident, and friendly person and that was fascinating. So, when I read the first few pages of the story, I was captivated.As I got deeper into the story, I loved Hilarie's openness and vulnerability. She details everything from her time as a VJ on MTV, wanting to be an actress, meeting her person in Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and finally going after what she wanted. One of the main reasons why I loved this book so much is because she reminded me that no matter what path you thought you were on, you can follow your dreams and can accomplish it if you take a risk and at least try.In Hilarie bearing it all, she allows readers to see her love of her family, friends, animals, plants, and Mischief Farm. I may not know Hilarie personally but I know this woman is a hard worker, loving mother, and she was made to live on Mischief Farm. Mischief Farm is a huge part of her growth and it is apparent as she tells us about her ups and downs that occurred at the Farm. Hilarie writes with so much heart and truth and I felt that especially when she talked about her town, Rhinebeck. Her use of imagery made me feel like I was there on the farm. I am going to be taking Hilarie's advice and I can't wait to try some of her recipes. I give The Rural Diaries 5 stars. It is an inspiring and moving memoir about living a life that important to you. Through all the obstacles Hilarie made it and reminds us that we can too!!
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  • Holly Westbrook
    January 1, 1970
    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 her in the cute Christmas movies-which I loved) but I’m not going to read a memoir/autobiography on someone just based off of their fictional character. Typically I read a memoir based off of something that is relatable (maybe an addiction, or an eating disorder, things every day people deal with on a dai 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 her in the cute Christmas movies-which I loved) but I’m not going to read a memoir/autobiography on someone just based off of their fictional character. Typically I read a memoir based off of something that is relatable (maybe an addiction, or an eating disorder, things every day people deal with on a daily basis) or a story based off a historical event/time period or things that are worldly (slavery, the diamond/drug trade, Holocaust...you get the point). I have zero desire to read celebrity news or about the luxuries of being in their position-not saying I thing all celebrities have it easy by any means or that they don’t endure their own personal struggles. Anyways-off topic here :) The title grabbed me..Hilarie Burton...farming..say what?! I can’t say I really knew what to expect from this but I sure was going to find out. Reading this I felt it, I felt her emotions, it was like I was hanging out with my friend & establishing a bond (through a book!) she was so genuine & raw. I loved the way this was written, it was like a perfect mixture of salty & sweet. She’s got the cuss words & the heart. I really enjoyed hearing her tell her story of her transition from celebrity life of being an actress, to meeting the future love of her life, to becoming a mommy & eventually a farmer & a store owner. Listening to her talk about her relationship, the good & the bad, her experiences with motherhood & trying to get pregnant-it was refreshing to know that yes celebrities have struggles too but especially just being able to relate to her as a woman. Learning about all her endeavors in remodels, being a handyman & being all crafty, that she can cook garden, make the time to volunteer her time & also maintain friendships & being involved in the community. I love her heart & how much she gives her all into everyone and everything. Quite frankly she impresses the shit out of me, she makes me want more, to do more & to be a better person/mother/wife :) Reading about how she added to her farm as time went on was icing on the cake & made for a fun read. I also enjoyed her little additions of recipes (not gonna lie I saved a couple haha) & gardening tidbits (I mean how many books, especially by a celeb give pointers on which poo is best for fertilizer?😜). Also ‘the brand’ that made me laugh, very creative! Nicely done Hilarie this was a perfect composition of life, humor, starting & adding to your little farm, motherhood & womanhood. I don’t reread many books but I could see myself reading this again. I’d recommend this to any of my friends family & ladies looking for an inspirational down to earth read 😊Thank you to NetGalley & HarperCollins Publishers for the uncorrected proof of The Rural Diaries in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Kendall Berdinsky
    January 1, 1970
    I would now like to move to a farm
  • Karen Germain
    January 1, 1970
    Thank You to Harper Collins Publishers for providing me with a copy of Hilarie Burton Morgan’s memoir, The Rural Diaries: Love, Livestock, and Big Life Lessons Down on Mischief Farm, in exchange for an honest review.Shortly after deciding to leave One Tree Hill, actress Hilarie Burton Morgan was introduced to her would-be husband, actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan. They began a whirlwind romance and a year later, they had a son named Gus. Although they had zero farming experience, both Hilarie and Jeff Thank You to Harper Collins Publishers for providing me with a copy of Hilarie Burton Morgan’s memoir, The Rural Diaries: Love, Livestock, and Big Life Lessons Down on Mischief Farm, in exchange for an honest review.Shortly after deciding to leave One Tree Hill, actress Hilarie Burton Morgan was introduced to her would-be husband, actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan. They began a whirlwind romance and a year later, they had a son named Gus. Although they had zero farming experience, both Hilarie and Jeff dreamed of living a rural life. They found a small cabin in the Hudson Valley town of Rhinebeck, New York. Although they still maintained a house in Los Angeles, they found themselves spending more and more time in their little cabin. Eventually, they decided to make the transition and purchased a farm in the same community. They christened it “Mischief Farm,” after discovering a pair of graves on the property, for two cats: Mischief One and Mischief Two. Hilarie recounts the highs and lows of the following decade, where they experienced relationship difficulties, multiple miscarriages, plenty of new experiences on the farm and the joy of belonging to a tight-knit community. They even became co-owners of a local candy shop, when the owner, their friend and believed member of the community, passed away. Actor Paul Rudd is also one of the owners.I loved this memoir! I’m a Jeffrey Dean Burton fan, but I had never heard of Hilarie. I had no clue about their relationship or life on Mischief Farm. The city folk to farm, Green Acres aspect is appealing. Their love has many moments that feel ripped from a romance novel. Hilarie is fabulous. She has a strong spirit and a zest for life. She is very brave to share sensitive aspects of her life, such as her miscarriages and how they impacted her both personally and her relationship with Jeff. She speaks about the sexual harassment that she experienced as an actress, including being groped by Ben Affleck while working as a host on MTV. She left One Tree Hill due to a toxic work environment. Although she continued to work as an actress, she made her choice to walk away from a popular television show because of harassment. No one should have to make that choice and unfortunately, it wasn’t until the “Me Too'“ movement that her story and the stories of so many other women got traction. In a fateful twist, her daughter was born right as the news was breaking, giving Hilarie even more strength to speak out.Hilarie has the pioneering spirit. She is unafraid to get her hands dirty and to attempt new challenges relating to homesteading, farming, and home renovations. I wish I could say that I have the same amount of pluck. We just bought a new house and doing a small amount of yard work seems really adventurous for this Los Angeles girl! The Rural Diaries might have just been released at the right time. With the virus and many people stuck at home, there has been a boom in DIY projects. Hilarie provides ample inspiration to those who want to tackle projects and she even includes several recipes that look delicious.As a personal bonus, I got a kick out of the location. I attended Bard College in the mid-90’s, which is located right in the area where the Morgan’s live. I recognized so many of the landmarks and even though I have not been to the area in decades, it was a trip down memory lane. I can’t say enough positive things about The Rural Diaries. It is uplifting, honest, and inspiring. There is a fair bit of glamour and famous friends in the mix, but Hilarie never puts them above the people in her community or the experiences she has on the farm. This may sound like a cliche, but she is very down to earth. She’s relatable. I highly recommend The Rural Diaries as the perfect dose of reality that we need during this tough 2020. Like my review? Check out my blog!
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  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    Such a good book. The best way I can describe it is "cozy". Every time I settled down to read it a felt like a was curled up on a comfy couch and blanked with a cup of tea....even if I wasn't. I was also drawn to the fact that she shared a lot of the "messy" parts of her life....relationship struggles, fertility struggles and all the small failures they learned from when they moved to their farm. It was inspiring. Really made me want to move to a farm but since I can't do that - it at least made Such a good book. The best way I can describe it is "cozy". Every time I settled down to read it a felt like a was curled up on a comfy couch and blanked with a cup of tea....even if I wasn't. I was also drawn to the fact that she shared a lot of the "messy" parts of her life....relationship struggles, fertility struggles and all the small failures they learned from when they moved to their farm. It was inspiring. Really made me want to move to a farm but since I can't do that - it at least made me reconsider the priorities in my life and to recognize more of the small joys in life - often involving nature.
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  • Barbi
    January 1, 1970
    I truly enjoyed this book. It's not just because my precious daughter (in-law) was the editor, but it is a great read!I loved how she shared not only the great things she's been involved in, but also her struggles. It lets you see her family as "real" people. I love how they care for their community and the people in it, and her intentional effort she made to change from a materialistic life to one grounded in the relationships. It also makes me want to visit the town she calls home, it seems li I truly enjoyed this book. It's not just because my precious daughter (in-law) was the editor, but it is a great read!I loved how she shared not only the great things she's been involved in, but also her struggles. It lets you see her family as "real" people. I love how they care for their community and the people in it, and her intentional effort she made to change from a materialistic life to one grounded in the relationships. It also makes me want to visit the town she calls home, it seems like a wonderful place!
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  • Beth M.
    January 1, 1970
    Y’all know I’ve been loving a good memoir lately! I have followed Hilarie Burton since her early days on MTV and of course loved her on One Tree Hill, which was filmed right here in Wilmington where I live ... so I was quite excited a few months back when I learned that she was releasing her first book!The Rural Diaries is a beautiful love letter to her husband (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), children, and farm in Rhinebeck, NY. This slice of Morgan’s life focuses primarily on the time when she left One Y’all know I’ve been loving a good memoir lately! I have followed Hilarie Burton since her early days on MTV and of course loved her on One Tree Hill, which was filmed right here in Wilmington where I live ... so I was quite excited a few months back when I learned that she was releasing her first book!The Rural Diaries is a beautiful love letter to her husband (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), children, and farm in Rhinebeck, NY. This slice of Morgan’s life focuses primarily on the time when she left One Tree Hill and met her future husband up to the present, but it is sprinkled with stories from her childhood and younger years. (And a slew of fantastic recipes! From renovations to farming to business there really isn’t anything this woman can’t do!)Morgan has a magical way with words. She bares a piece of her soul on the page, the soul of a writer. Not only does she convey her pure love for her family here, but she openly shares a number of significant life issues — the difficulties of maintaining a relationship that is often long distance, her struggles with fertility and miscarriage, and the horrors of sexual harassment in the entertainment industry.Simply put, you’ll want to add this one to your list! It is a fantastic, multilayered read. Many thanks to Harper One and NetGalley for the advance copy.
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  • Katye Wood
    January 1, 1970
    This book was a solid 3 until the last half or so, but then The authors transparency about real life situations and her heart for her community ended up drawing me in. Warning for readers who might have a hard time with the subject - the author talks about her experiences with infertility and miscarriage. I will say though, having experienced both of those issues myself, I actually found listening to her talk about those experiences a bit comforting.
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  • Carly Rifenburg
    January 1, 1970
    And not just because I’m a OTH fan—this book was a breath of fresh air and so needed right now!
  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    I think this was my first celebrity memoir. I've followed her on insta for quite some time. I love her little farm life. I laughed and cried and just loved her normalcy and honesty in her story. I have such a soft spot for farm and animal stories.
  • Leigh
    January 1, 1970
    I happened upon this book by accident. I had low expectations and pre judgements. I was 100% mistaken and absolutely loved this book. It’s honest, endearing, inspiring, a story of achievement, hope, real love tinged with loss and a zest for life that makes you want to grow a garden with the author, explore her small feeling hometown where big time life happens and try some dandelion wine on a porch. It’s a wonderful balm for the soul during this chaotic time. I highly recommend.
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  • Aisha
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book! Honestly I didn’t expect to like it this much, but it was sweet, funny and filled with so much love. Not sure how, but it had “Hygge” vibe. And I loved it!
  • Shayay
    January 1, 1970
    Such a honest, heartfelt book from Hilarie Burton Morgan. Loved reading about her beginning with Jeffery (If ever there was a man to give up Paris for), to her finding a better sense of herself, to her finding that community that her family just clicks with, and to her finding her version of happy. Plus, it was so great to get those gardening/farming tips and recipes that work for her; the book is a good blend of life on the farm and personal soul. She goes into the trials and struggles she's de Such a honest, heartfelt book from Hilarie Burton Morgan. Loved reading about her beginning with Jeffery (If ever there was a man to give up Paris for), to her finding a better sense of herself, to her finding that community that her family just clicks with, and to her finding her version of happy. Plus, it was so great to get those gardening/farming tips and recipes that work for her; the book is a good blend of life on the farm and personal soul. She goes into the trials and struggles she's dealt with, but you can't help but feel the strength and hope she has. This woman is so hardworking and generous. I've seen some about their family and farm on social media, so when I saw Hilarie was writing a book about Mischief Farm, I was excited to check it out. Learning more about Hilarie and Jeffery in this book just went to verify my opinion of what kind hearted people they are. Such a touching read.
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  • Mark Vetter
    January 1, 1970
    Hilarie Burton has written an absolute gem of a read, filled with compelling and witty stories of life on the farm. I always liked her as an actress but she might be an even better storyteller, detailing her life with husband Jeffrey Dean Morgan and her son on a working farm, raising animals and all the richness of small town life and the people she meets along the way.Even better, she includes some of her favorite recipes, and there are great pictures as well!
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    I requested this one impulsively on Netgalley and I absolutely loved it. It might be my favorite celebrity "memoir" of all time. It reads like a Hallmark movie, our protagonist's seemingly perfect life falls apart, then she meets a great guy and falls in love instantly, they buy a farm in a quaint town with a Christmas festival and live happily ever after. And yet it is refreshingly real and relatable. She is honest about their relationship issues, her difficulties getting pregnant, the babies t I requested this one impulsively on Netgalley and I absolutely loved it. It might be my favorite celebrity "memoir" of all time. It reads like a Hallmark movie, our protagonist's seemingly perfect life falls apart, then she meets a great guy and falls in love instantly, they buy a farm in a quaint town with a Christmas festival and live happily ever after. And yet it is refreshingly real and relatable. She is honest about their relationship issues, her difficulties getting pregnant, the babies they lost and the depression that followed. Hilarie summed the book up perfectly when she wrote "Folks, this is a love letter. To a town. To a farm. To a man."
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    Typically, I steer clear of anything that resembles a biography. I feel like we are on overload as a nation with the ins and outs of celebrity life. Hilarie Burton has always held a soft spot in my heart. Was it because of my love for One Tree Hill? Nope…..this book landed on my radar because I knew that Hilarie was a fellow Virginian. Regardless of the fame and fortune, Hilarie was a southern girl at heart. What about this would draw me to a book about farming and dandelion wine? Well….that’s e Typically, I steer clear of anything that resembles a biography. I feel like we are on overload as a nation with the ins and outs of celebrity life. Hilarie Burton has always held a soft spot in my heart. Was it because of my love for One Tree Hill? Nope…..this book landed on my radar because I knew that Hilarie was a fellow Virginian. Regardless of the fame and fortune, Hilarie was a southern girl at heart. What about this would draw me to a book about farming and dandelion wine? Well….that’s easy. If you have ever seen any of Hilarie’s social media posts, you know that she believes in promoting small business and seems to enjoy the farm life. That is the connection for me. A commonality that always makes me look twice when Hilarie shares a little glimpse of life on the farm, smiles from Jefferey Dean Morgan, or the sweet smiles of raising your children away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. First let me say – I dove into the Rural Diaries like someone starving for water. This wasn’t your typical celebrity tale. Hilarie shares the way that she felt unfulfilled in the life that she had planned out for herself. It is raw, honest, and I recognized a kindred spirit that was easy to connect with. How many of us really struggle to find fulfillment in life? My own life has been a parallel of wanting ‘more’ but not sure where to seek that fulfillment. The honesty of this book is also refreshing. Burton lays out the trials and tribulations of raising children, feeling disconnected, and the strains of marriage. Life isn’t easy, and Burton managed to put that ‘realness’ in her story in a way that kept me glued to the pages. Readers follow Burton’s journey to find life in rural America while filling the empty place in her soul. The vulnerability, truthfulness, and love that is written on the pages was inspiring and easy to connect to. Mischief Farm played a huge part in the Burton-Morgan family’s life, and it was inspiring to be a part of the journey on the road to happiness. Rural Diaries earned 5 stars easily. It is by far the most inspiring and uplifting book that I have read in 2020!! A truly remarkable journey through motherhood, friendships, farm life, and searching for the life that feeds your soul. Simply put……I loved everything that transpired on the journey to Mischief Farm!!
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  • Victoria
    January 1, 1970
    Hilarie Burton Morgan has penned the perfect love letter that every woman needs, 'The Rural Diaries.' She says it is to a town, to a man, and to a farm but that would be selling it short. As a mother and woman it is a heart-string just for us.You may remember, Hilarie Burton, from One Tree Hill or lately Hallmark Christmas. You may even wonder what a 37 year-old could possibly have to say. Well, it turns out quite a lot.Hers is a story of more than an actress turned farmer. It is that of a woman Hilarie Burton Morgan has penned the perfect love letter that every woman needs, 'The Rural Diaries.' She says it is to a town, to a man, and to a farm but that would be selling it short. As a mother and woman it is a heart-string just for us.You may remember, Hilarie Burton, from One Tree Hill or lately Hallmark Christmas. You may even wonder what a 37 year-old could possibly have to say. Well, it turns out quite a lot.Hers is a story of more than an actress turned farmer. It is that of a woman finding her path and her strength. Hilarie shares her agrarian triumphs as well as her tragically relatable story of infertility and being a young woman during a time when women were taught to go along and just be one of the guys. It is about finding strength in the vulnerability of needing others - a partner, a family, a home. About thriving with fierce independence cocooned in the support of your community. A community that you curate and build, become a part of and invest in.Several things happened as I read, 'The Rural Diaries.' The first is that more than once I was brought to tears. By the halfway point my husband was more than a little concerned that I found so many affordable farms only an hour away. And, lastly, I developed a great appreciation for another woman and mom who is not just raising her kids, running a business and farm, not to mention donating time and money to people who need it, but being the kind of woman that other women need.Women need to know that other women are having the same experiences. It builds our community. It makes us feel part of something and less that we are doing all these things alone. So, 'The Rural Diaries' is not just a book about an actress and a farm. It is a narrative about love, relationships, risk & reward, infertility, community, and that alpacas have the best poop for manure.Read more at https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/8...
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  • Gill Chivas
    January 1, 1970
    Brilliant book! Couldn't put it down! I was interested to read this because of the Walking Dead connection and from following Hilarie Burton Morgan & Jeffrey Dean Morgan on social media but didn't really know very much about their backgrounds. This was so interesting to read how they left the city behind to move to the country and finally their farm, building it up slowly and then being able to give back so much to the community that they now regard as extended family. It was good to read about Brilliant book! Couldn't put it down! I was interested to read this because of the Walking Dead connection and from following Hilarie Burton Morgan & Jeffrey Dean Morgan on social media but didn't really know very much about their backgrounds. This was so interesting to read how they left the city behind to move to the country and finally their farm, building it up slowly and then being able to give back so much to the community that they now regard as extended family. It was good to read about these people in their lives that I've only heard mentioned on Instagram & Twitter but now understand their connection to the Morgans. It's written in a very easy style and Hilarie engages with the reader sharing stories about her struggles of abuse as a young VJ & actress as well as infertility, parenthood and her sometimes not-so-perfect relationship, as well as lots of funny heart-warming stories about life. Overall though, as she says in the book, it's ultimately a love letter and comes across exactly this way.
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  • Kris Reads Romance
    January 1, 1970
    Okay, let me start by saying I adore Hilario Burton, and have since her OTH days.However, you do not need to be a fan of her character, Peyton Sawyer, in order to appreciate this book!Her writing style made it feel like I was getting a glimpse into her personal journal, while also feeling like I was having a quality “get to know you” conversation over coffee with a new friend.I love that her voice is so genuine in this book, and she’s open about her desire to start over someplace new, away from Okay, let me start by saying I adore Hilario Burton, and have since her OTH days.However, you do not need to be a fan of her character, Peyton Sawyer, in order to appreciate this book!Her writing style made it feel like I was getting a glimpse into her personal journal, while also feeling like I was having a quality “get to know you” conversation over coffee with a new friend.I love that her voice is so genuine in this book, and she’s open about her desire to start over someplace new, away from the Hollywood hustle and bustle, and how she found that in a small community that was new to her and her hubby. As fun as it was to read her chronicles of learning the farming life, and her successes and failures in the process, I enjoyed the other real-life things discussed. Things like the hard work it takes to make a relationship work and keep it going,, fertility struggles, and a look behind the curtain of Hollywood.This is a great read for these strange stay-at-home times we are living in currently. I don’t live on a farm, but I did feel motivated to turn some of my patio-space into an escape filled with plants and flowers to serve as a place where I can just relax and slow down.
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    I think no matter who you are Memoirs are a brave endeavor. They are completely self indulgent. And, although I am not a lifelong fan of One Tree Hill, the premise of this one stuck out, so I pre-ordered it 3 says before it was released.I’m constantly daydreaming about leaving “it all” for a small farm and a simpler life, hopefully with a porch involved... A lot of what Hilarie describes about living in LA and not leading a meaningful life really resonated with me.. Maybe even especially now fee I think no matter who you are Memoirs are a brave endeavor. They are completely self indulgent. And, although I am not a lifelong fan of One Tree Hill, the premise of this one stuck out, so I pre-ordered it 3 says before it was released.I’m constantly daydreaming about leaving “it all” for a small farm and a simpler life, hopefully with a porch involved... A lot of what Hilarie describes about living in LA and not leading a meaningful life really resonated with me.. Maybe even especially now feeling especially trapped and gloomy in the concrete jungle. It was somehow an escape to read someone else’s hardships, but also their joys while emotionally grappling with these weird times. Basically, even those that you think have it all want change. So it’s ok if you want change too you just have to be brave enough to go out and do it. Maybe a little easier if you have a celebrity’s bank account, but still impressive none-the-less. Recommend to anyone who needs a female voice, a testament for slower living, and recipe’s for Dandelion Wine and Hilarie’s Magic Potion (to name a few)
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  • Michelle P.
    January 1, 1970
    Oh man, I loved this! I’ve known of Hilarie Burton from way, way back in the TRL days. (I remember when she was auditioning for it and Christina Aguilera wouldn’t talk to her on the red carpet). Then she was badass Peyton on One Tree Hill and then she kind of disappeared and I didn’t really know what happened. Then I found out her partner was Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and then of course during the #MeToo movement the Ben Affleck interview came to light as well as what happened on the set of One Tree Oh man, I loved this! I’ve known of Hilarie Burton from way, way back in the TRL days. (I remember when she was auditioning for it and Christina Aguilera wouldn’t talk to her on the red carpet). Then she was badass Peyton on One Tree Hill and then she kind of disappeared and I didn’t really know what happened. Then I found out her partner was Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and then of course during the #MeToo movement the Ben Affleck interview came to light as well as what happened on the set of One Tree Hill. I started following her on Insta and I saw she was writing a book about her new farm and life and I was like, yes please! It’s absolutely wonderful and inspiring. I have never had an interest in gardening (lazy) but this quarantine and now this book is making me want to go to town! Hilarie is so relatable and you can easily imagine being friends with her. Also - there are recipes!! Which I’m super excited to try. Anyway, read this! It was very enjoyable and now I want a farm. 🤷🏽‍♀️
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    This is one of those books that makes me terribly sad when it ends. I so enjoyed the way Hilarie spoke in the book that I wanted her story to keep going (sequel please?). If you are looking for a tell-all on OTH, this isn't the book for you. But if you want to hear about a centered, strong woman creating a life for her family and breaking all kinds of stereotypes? It's perfect.Hilarie's connection to Mischief Farm inspires you to want to hop in the garden, pick up some alpacas - why not? Her ins This is one of those books that makes me terribly sad when it ends. I so enjoyed the way Hilarie spoke in the book that I wanted her story to keep going (sequel please?). If you are looking for a tell-all on OTH, this isn't the book for you. But if you want to hear about a centered, strong woman creating a life for her family and breaking all kinds of stereotypes? It's perfect.Hilarie's connection to Mischief Farm inspires you to want to hop in the garden, pick up some alpacas - why not? Her inspirational and real story of the journey that brought her where she is today is done so well. I want to sit down and have a glass of wine with her, just chat. She makes you want to be friends with her, not because of her place in Hollywood, but because of her personality.
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  • Ashley Hendrickson
    January 1, 1970
    I love reading memoirs and biographies on people, whether they are celebrities or not. I like being able to get a glimpse of who they are in life rather than just what I assume who they are through television or other forms of media. I thoroughly enjoyed this read for many reasons, the main one being that I felt a connection with Hilarie from the beginning. I never watched One Tree Hill and the only times I’ve seen Hilarie have been in the few Hallmark movies she has done which honestly is what I love reading memoirs and biographies on people, whether they are celebrities or not. I like being able to get a glimpse of who they are in life rather than just what I assume who they are through television or other forms of media. I thoroughly enjoyed this read for many reasons, the main one being that I felt a connection with Hilarie from the beginning. I never watched One Tree Hill and the only times I’ve seen Hilarie have been in the few Hallmark movies she has done which honestly is what appealed me to read this book. She takes you on the ride of her life with such ease and control. There’s a simplicity of the way she tells her story, truly capturing the moments of her life that she wants to convey. It’s raw. It’s honest. It’s real. She doesn’t sugarcoat the things that have happened and she almost leaves you wanting more. No, she definitely leaves you wanting more. I can tell you this though, I want some of those delicious treats she talks about from Samuels!
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  • Mel
    January 1, 1970
    THE RURAL DIARIESOne Sentence Synopsis: Hilarie Burton Morgan, star of One Tree Hill/Council of Dads opens up about life on love, livestock, and big life lessons down on Mischief Farm.Honestly? I bought this book based on the cover. The phrase "Rural Diaries" makes my soul happy, the design of the book is gorgeous, and Hilarie Burton Morgan looks like she's gonna pop off the cover and wrap you in a hug.The author shares her journey of getting back to her true self while balancing motherhood, car THE RURAL DIARIESOne Sentence Synopsis: Hilarie Burton Morgan, star of One Tree Hill/Council of Dads opens up about life on love, livestock, and big life lessons down on Mischief Farm.Honestly? I bought this book based on the cover. The phrase "Rural Diaries" makes my soul happy, the design of the book is gorgeous, and Hilarie Burton Morgan looks like she's gonna pop off the cover and wrap you in a hug.The author shares her journey of getting back to her true self while balancing motherhood, careers, and a big ol' farm. I found myself nodding, laughing, and crying along to everything she was saying. This sounds far out but I'm pretty sure we are long lost relatives because there's no way that it's all coincidence.My main takeaway from her book is this: Live Your Life, RIGHT NOW. Don't reserve that dream for a few years down the road or wait until the perfect moment. YOLO. In fact, in true Mel fashion, I've made a Live Your Life, RIGHT NOW list in my journal complete with recipes and ideas from this book.Also, her love affair with coffee is mine with chai. Woof.Hilarie does a phenomenal job sharing her story, both in writing and through narration. I highly recommend listening to her book, it makes it a production that's worth a listen. This memoir is one that I'll be gifting to other women and adding a hard copy to my shelves.Trigger Warning: Child loss, miscarriage, depression.RATING: 5/5
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  • Moira
    January 1, 1970
    While this was obviously a vanity project for the actress I found her story to be very honest and heart warming. Payton Sawyer was never my favorite character on OTH, but this was unlike any other celebrity memoir I’ve read. It’s not scandalous and it really reflects the values and life style of small town living. The recipes seemed weird as they often were randomly placed, but over all I found this to be a really enjoyable read. ARC provided by #NetGalley in exchange for an honest and thoughtfu While this was obviously a vanity project for the actress I found her story to be very honest and heart warming. Payton Sawyer was never my favorite character on OTH, but this was unlike any other celebrity memoir I’ve read. It’s not scandalous and it really reflects the values and life style of small town living. The recipes seemed weird as they often were randomly placed, but over all I found this to be a really enjoyable read. ARC provided by #NetGalley in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review.
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