Jessie Knadler was a New York City girl, editor for a splashy women's magazine, and all around fashionista. While life wasn't perfect, she was content. Then she was assigned a story about an annual rodeo in the badlands of Eastern Montana.
...if you've never been to Montana, let me just say that you either love it, or hate it. It's beautiful, but it's also, well.... the middle of nowhere. If you're used to having a morning latte, unless you're in the big cities, you could be driving a little bit to get that latte. ;)
On that story, she meets Jake - the complete opposite of her. He votes Republican, listens to country music, loves guns, drives a truck. He's genuine. He's perfect. (I have to agree, he had me at guns and trucks. LOL) He's military. Jessie decided to give up her city life for canning and sewing, making jerky, chopping firewood, and raising chickens - all the while one question was ringing in the back of her head: "What the !#*$ have I done with my life?"
I could totally identify with the author on more than one occasion. I hated living in a small town in the country. I didn't walk, I RAN as fast as I could out of my hometown when I graduated from high school. I was one of the only ones who choose to attend a school out of state, and the college the farthest, too. Fast forward 15 years to me today, wanting to move back to my home state, to a small town (albeit not the one I grew up in), live on a farm.... can you see why my 16 year old self wants to smack my 34 year old self up the head? I literally see her (my 16 year old self) screaming that you can't wear high heeled sandals in the dirt, and that once again, I'm going to stand out thanks to my style of dress. No one wears fishnet tights in a small town! (At least they didn't back then. LOL) Why did you marry someone from the small town world? (Why did you even get married in the first place? You swore you wouldn't!) Baking from scratch is wasted time! Who cares if the eggs come from your own hens or not, chicken poop is smelly! And on, and on, and on... hehe! ;)
If you're in the same place as me - finding yourself suddenly harvesting apple trees to make homemade apple butter, hanging laundry out on the line and giving your electric dryer the boot... yearning for acreage... or just looking for an amusing book about a relationship, pick up Rurally Screwed - I think you'll identify and giggle your way through the book.
...mind you, I had to rush outside in the middle of writing this review to grab my laundry off the line because the rain started back up after the sun fooled me by peeking out. lol
Rurally Screwed: My Life Off The Grid With The Cowboy I Love by Jessie Knadler is a hardcover farm life and relationship book published by Berkley. It is 336 pages. The suggested cover price is $24.95, but Amazon has it available for $14.67 as of this posting. It is also available as an e-book for the Kindle and other e-readers.
I received a copy of this book in order to read it and share my thoughts on it. All opinions are my own, and not that of the author(s) or publisher.