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  • Love, Livestock, and Big Life Lessons Down on Mischief Farm
  • Written by: Hilarie Burton
  • Narrated by: Hilarie Burton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (154 ratings)

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The Rural Diaries

Written by: Hilarie Burton
Narrated by: Hilarie Burton
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Publisher's Summary

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.  

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2020 Hilarie Burton (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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Emotional in the most beautiful sense.

You will not be disappointed. Every emotion is explored in this read. Hilarie reading her own work spilling her heart on your ear leaves you feeling full of gratitude and resets your soul.

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A natural story teller

I could listen to Hilarie Burton all day long. A perfect blend of humour, endearing backstory, raw heartbreak and strangers you quickly come to care for. This was wonderful to listen to as I went about my least favourite chore of cleaning the never ending kitchen mess and folding laundry. It allowed me to focus on something quite enjoyable overall.

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Absolute Must Read

I laughed, I cried, I realized this Woman is absolutely Incredible & I wish we were friends 😊 Hilarie your narration definitely made this story come Alive!!

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warm, wild, wonderful

the way that she narrates this book feels so connected and relatable, as if you are in on the whole story

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Unexpected

I recently became a hilarie Burton Morgan fan through watching one tree hill on Amazon prime. I bought this book on a whim and I loved it. So easy to listen to her tell her story.

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Beautiful

It was heartwarming. I could listen to Hilarie all day. Thank you for sharing your story with us.

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Unexpected

This book was not what I expected at all. But I was so pleasantly surprised. The recipes, the stories, the human experience just spoke to me. Hearing her fertility journey broke my heart, going through my own at the moment- it also gave me companionship. A must read in my opinion

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amazing !

I loved it ! I laughed and cried! great book ! a must read !

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Rich actor trying to be interesting

Honestly? I wanted to love it. I really did. But straight up it’s just a rich actor who thinks her life is more interesting than it is. I didn’t find it genuine. It was like she was trying to glamorize something that is a trend. Wouldn’t recommend to anyone.

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Heart warmed

I absolutely loved this book. It was so wholesome and heartwarming. I loved all the stories and how vulnerable you allowed yourself to be.

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