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Announcing the Country Living Front Porch Book Club!

Hilarie Burton Morgan's The Rural Diaries is our inaugural selection.

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Julia Ludham

We're thrilled to announce the Country Living Front Porch Book Club! We here at Country Living are avid bookworms. We're constantly searching for ways to connect with fellow readers, whether in person in reading groups or via virtual book clubs—and we want you to join us. Grab that sweet tea and pull up a seat as we dive in to one book each month over on Country Living's Instagram, capping each month with a chat with the authors themselves.

The Rural Diaries: Love, Livestock, and Big Life Lessons Down on Mischief Farm
amazon.com
$26.99
$9.45 (65% off)

Our inaugural pick is Hilarie Burton Morgan's The Rural Diaries, which hooked me from the start. It was just what I needed after a long day of working from home while also wrangling my 11 month old. I’d sit on the porch (in my case, my back porch) with a glass of wine and indulge all my country-house daydreams vicariously through Mischief Farm and Hilarie’s honest, heartfelt story of building the life she dreamed of.

Hilarie writes with honesty and grace about her yearning for a place—her place—in the world, in terms we can all relate to: "I wanted more. I wanted a family. I wanted a home that could be a refuge and a blank canvas that would allow me to daydream, to take risks, to try and fail and try again." Later, when she writes of the cabin she visits (and later buys and renovates), she says, "It was so quiet and smelled like where I grew up, like grass and tomatoes and dirt." As a child who also grew up surrounded by tomato plants and pot after pot of upturned soil, I could relate. And that's what so much of Hilarie's story is: relatable. Though she's friends with Hollywood stars and works in an industry we tend to covet (for better or worse), her story is universal. From the realities of farm living, home renovations, and the struggles of growing a family and finding her footing after heartbreak, Hilarie’s warmth and humor are on full display. The Rural Diaries reads like a favorite girls’ night chat, and we can’t wait to share her words with you.

Pick up a copy at your local bookstore, or grab a signed copy from Oblong Books, and join us on Instagram as we chat with Hilarie and answer your questions. Happy reading!

Country Living Front Porch Book Club for June 2020

Selection: The Rural Diaries by Hilarie Burton Morgan
Start reading with us June 1.
Send Hilarie your questions! June 22 and 24 via Country Living's Instagram Stories.
Tune in as Hilarie answers your questions and chats about Mischief Farm and
The Rural Diaries on June 29.

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