The Rural Diaries - Hilarie Burton

The Rural Diaries

By Hilarie Burton

  • Release Date: 2020-05-05
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
5 Score: 5 (From 102 Ratings)


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.


  • Exactly what I thought it would be!

    By Traylea74
    A fantastic book to read and realize. How much we all have in common in this world. Hillary makes you feel her pain and her happiness! It’s a 5 star must read!!!
  • Empowering and inspiring!!

    By kdewitt50
    Amazing read!!! Such an empowering emotional journey!!! So glad to have read this amazing book! Hilarie Burton Morgan knocked it out of the park!!!!
  • Magical

    By prbolen
    I expected to enjoy this book, as I have followed Hilarie’s career for years. BUT... let me tell you that this was more than just enjoyable. This woman has a powerful story to tell, and the way she narrates her life is... magical. Can you be proud of someone you’ve never met? I sure am! Hilarie, I am truly happy for you that you found such joy and peace with your family at your beautiful farm. Thank you for sharing your journey with the world.
  • Enjoyable Read

    I enjoyed getting to know Hilary and was impressed with what a strong person she is. She really is beautiful inside and out and has so much to be proud of. I sincerely wish her and her family all the best. PS Jeffrey you are a very lucky man.
  • Heartfelt

    By Amandatammi
    I couldn’t put this book down! I bought a hard copy from her local bookstore as well!