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The Rural Diaries: Love, Livestock, and Big Life Lessons Down on Mischief Farm

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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.

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Published May 5th 2020 by HarperOne
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Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The Rural Diaries is charming and joyous, a celebration of family and community and simple living. Hilarie Burton and her husband left the Hollywood lifestyle and moved to a small town in New York to raise their family, starting with a cabin in the woods and then moving onto a working farm with cows, donkeys, alpacas, chickens, ducks; you name it, they have it.

While I never watched One Tree Hill, I grew up during that era and had seen bits and pieces of the show just flipping through the channel
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 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
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 "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
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, 2020-read
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
Katie (never.ending.reading.list)
This is one of my all time favorite memoirs.

I read this book because I loved Peyton on One Tree Hill, I'm recommending it to everyone because I'm now in love with Hilarie Burton Morgan!

She tells her story with such honestly and this book is so damn relatable! She tells her story of falling in love, moving from the city to rural life, building and building a life that's good for her family and for her soul.

Her dealing with infertility and sexual harassment in Hollywood will break your heart but
Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
Our latest covid binge has been One Tree Hill, so it felt like the perfect time to pick up this book.

I did feel like there was some filler to hit the page limit, and at times it felt like she was a little sanctimonious about allllll she does (yes, we all realize you are the farm version of Wonder Woman) but I do feel like she was really honest and genuine about the things she talked about.

Personally, I wished there was more about her earlier life and acting, but I know that wasn't what this book
Dana (pagestoreadfl)
I had a mixed relationship with this book.

Loved: how it started. I loved listening to how this couple came to be. How their personalities were dif in some ways and alike in others. How they found a cabin they wanted and made it and a town their own.

However.... I feel that the story telling got a bit repetitive. He’s gone. She renovated. They go out with the Rudds— jealous about this. Repeat. Also, the random “handwritten” entries that fell in the middle of the chapter was disruptive. These sh
Lindsay Nixon
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’m not sure I’ve given a memoir 5-stars before (save for a Michelle Obama) and I don’t think I’ve cried reading a memoir before (save for Becoming by MIchelle Obama) but this one gets every point of every star.

Summary: A real f—ing marriage.

I am generally opposed/anti to “celebrity couples” but this book made me glad that there’s at least one celebrity couple out there living their life—with acting being a job, celebrity an annoying thing they deal with, and sharing their humanness so others
Kendall Berdinsky
Apr 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, arcs
I would now like to move to a farm
Kate Olson
A charming memoir that I’d didn’t even know was a celebrity memoir! I’m a sucker for stories of rural life and this one checked all those boxes with the added surprise of being about famous people 😉
Shannon Rochester
I'm not gonna lie...the entire reason I grabbed this book was because the author played my favorite character on one of my favorite shows. :) That might be what drew me to the book but it certainly isn't what kept me reading or what kept me interested the entire way through. It allowed me a glimpse of who the girl playing Peyton was behind the scenes and it kind of threw me, if I am being honest. I'm not sure why but she wasn't quite who I was expecting and at the same time she was exactly who I ...more
My biggest life goal over the last few years has been for us to sell our house and move to a farmhouse out in the country. This is a lofty goal, so I realize it might be awhile for us to actually realize this dream, but I am very determined. Once we can figure out the logistics, fix up our house, save up money, and can find a place that wouldn't make our work commutes too ridiculous... we're outta here!

All that said, I love reading memoirs about farm and rural living, so I jumped at this one whe
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
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 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,
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 on One Tree Hill, MTV, and the holiday movies I love so much I knew reading her book Rural Diaries was going to be a treat. What I didn’t expect was that her story would stir up so many emotions within myself. Reading this book felt like sitting down and chatting with an old friend. She is fierce, fil ...more
Kait McCaffrey
Sep 21, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Let me save you some time:
- Hilarie Burton & Jeffrey Dean Morgan want to buy a cabin
- Hilarie Burton & Jeffrey Dean Morgan buy a cabin
- Hilarie Burton is amazing at doing everything necessary to fix up the cabin
- Hilarie Burton & Jeffrey Dean Morgan want to buy a farm
- Hilarie Burton & Jeffrey Dean Morgan buy a farm
- Hilarie Burton is amazing at doing everything necessary to fix up the farm
- Hilarie Burton & Jeffrey Dean Morgan want to buy a sweets shop
- Hilarie Burton & Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Leigh Kramer
I became aware of Burton Morgan from her stint on MTV’s TRL and remember thinking it was so cool when she went on to get a role on One Tree Hill. I only watched the first couple of seasons and only loosely took note of her career after that so I was aware, for instance, that she was married to Jeffrey Dean Morgan but I had no idea that they had a rural existence in upstate New York or that she was so into DIY and remodeling houses and farming.

There’s not as much of the Hollywood behind-the-scene
I've been a fan of Hilarie's since her One Tree Hill days. I love following her posts on Instagram and just how open she is about her life and her marriage to Jeffery Dean Morgan. When I saw she was releasing a book about her life on her farm and how she got there, I knew I needed to read it.

This book was brutally honest. Hilarie talks about everything from meeting Jeffery to being unhappy on One Tree Hill, including the sexual abuse she suffered on the show. She also talks about her marriage s
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Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Beth Mowbray

Hilarie 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
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
May 18, 2020 rated it liked it
I don't know what to think about this book. I would love one paragraph that was well written and insightful and then the next one would be about something totally different and off the wall. She would go from miscarriages to chickens in the garden. Sometimes she and her husband were fine, sometimes not. I gave three stars for the parts I liked. ...more
Jun 24, 2020 rated it liked it
This is some Hallmark bullshittery. The quick romance, the strained relationship due to work and infertility, and then the happy ending of a new birth in more ways than one—It’s a Hallmark movie. I do like some aspects of Hilarie and enjoyed her honesty even if the wanna be Martha Stewart farm girl running around in white cotton dresses was a bit annoying.
Debbie Rothstein
Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
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.
Abby Sirois
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: t18
I absolutely love this book. It is about Hilarie Burton and how she found her husband and they lived in Los Angeles and it just wasn't a place for them. They where visiting a town and they instantly fell in love with it so they decide to move there and have a family and have a farm. ...more
Holly Westbrook
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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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
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: made-me-cry
I did not enjoy to enjoy this book as much as I did. I thought I would like it well enough, and really just wanted to learn more about what being married to Jeffrey Dean Morgan is like. I obviously know who Hilarie Burton is, though I was never a huge "One Tree Hill" fan. But if she was going to write about her life on a farm with Jeffrey Dean Morgan? I was in.

One thing that became clear almost immediately is how down to earth Burton seems. Yeah, she was on a hit WB show, and married to Daddy W
Gina *loves sunshine*
May 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, 2020
One of the things that is going to make this book so successful - Hilary Burton is truly a happy person and it shows wholeheartedly in these pages!!!! I listened to the audiobook and it's narrated by Hilarie herself - which I always love when an author reads their own story. Makes it so authentic. I loved Hilarie as Peyton in One Tree Hill - other than that I didn't know much about her after she left that show. I had to google who her husband was and wow - Denny from Grey's Anatomy! Nice match. ...more
Michelle P.
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Katye Wood
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.
Karen Germain
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
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Hilarie Burton Morgan is an actor, producer, farmer, candy dealer, and kid chauffeur. Known for her roles as Peyton on One Tree Hill, Sara Ellis on White Collar, her work as an MTV VJ, and her leading roles in popular Lifetime movies, she lives with her husband, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, in New York's picturesque Hudson Valley with their son Gus, daughter George, and a whole menagerie of animals. ...more

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