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Publisher Description

New York Times Bestseller 

The beloved actress and star of One Tree Hill, White Collar, and Lethal Weapon, Hilarie Burton Morgan, tells the 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 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.

Biographies & Memoirs
May 5

Customer Reviews

Chrissy11978 ,

A huge fan!

I've been a fan of hers since OTH and it was nice to get a glimpse of the real person because you have a perception of someone when you see them on TV. It was lovely to get to know her on a different level and see that's she's an amazing person

Smcki10 ,

Amazing book

I’ve been a fan of her since OTH and I loved this book getting to see the whole other side of her life

Jkliwinski ,

Exactly what I needed!

I loved reading about Hilarie’s life, the Mischief Farm and the town of Rhinebeck. As a long time OTH fan, this book answered so many questions and gave amazing insight into her experiences. I wasn’t expecting this book to dive into infertility — it was exactly what I needed at a time when I am going through my own struggles. It was a wonderful light read that left me feeling warm and fuzzy at the end!