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I ve been following Suzanne McMinn s homesteading blog for several years, and looked forward to reading this and having some gaps filled in about how she found herself on a farm in West Virginia, and to learn how she was truly coping with all the hard work She is a wonderful, poignant writer, so I had a good feeling that I would enjoy the book and I did She does fill in all the gaps about how she went from a pampered suburban wife and mom and romance writer to a woman who fulfilled her dream o I ve been following Suzanne McMinn s homesteading blog for several years, and looked forward to reading this and having some gaps filled in about how she found herself on a farm in West Virginia, and to learn how she was truly coping with all the hard work She is a wonderful, poignant writer, so I had a good feeling that I would enjoy the book and I did She does fill in all the gaps about how she went from a pampered suburban wife and mom and romance writer to a woman who fulfilled her dream of owning a farm in a place isolated enough where chickens could freely wander in the road Even though she has a blog and posts on it almost daily, she was always careful about revealing too much about her floundering relationship with 52, a man she only eluded to on her blog in order to respect his privacy I have to hand it to her about how she opened herself up in the book and traced the history of their romance that came across on her blog as deeply wounding at times she touchingly wove it into the other parts of her book and highlighted how each argument, each bout of hurt silence, led to the ending of their relationship.If you are interested in growing your own vegetables, cooking from scratch, making your own candles, canning, etc., this book has a lot of great information in it This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I was expecting a book about a woman finding herself on her farm But it s about a woman who puts up with a verbally emotionally abusive boyfriend for WAY TOO LONG because she wants to stay on her farm For the first 90% of the book I wanted to slap both the author and her shitty boyfriend referred to only as 52 in the book Finally she gets her shit together and leaves his sorry ass and takes all her animals and finds herself on her own farm FINALLY I have followed Susanne s blog and website for a long time now I have enjoyed both greatly Her trials and victories were always from the heart and felt by this follower I didn t purchase this book, I had my library grab a copy from downstate We all knew about 52 and we knew things weren t perfect What I didn t know is how rough they were according to Suzanne Do I care Ummm, honestly, I was irritated as all get out It s hard to imagine someone not saying something back when you re being b I have followed Susanne s blog and website for a long time now I have enjoyed both greatly Her trials and victories were always from the heart and felt by this follower I didn t purchase this book, I had my library grab a copy from downstate We all knew about 52 and we knew things weren t perfect What I didn t know is how rough they were according to Suzanne Do I care Ummm, honestly, I was irritated as all get out It s hard to imagine someone not saying something back when you re being belittled Especially a woman strong enough to embark on this journey to West Va with her kids and her whole past behind her It s hard for me to comprehend this, because I am not built to take that from anyone.Beyond that, I feel as though the book should have been called 52 in the Road Sure there were the farm animal adventures, Georgia and the other local neighbors..and there was the rough Winters again and again and again But everytime I would be enjoying finding the raspberries, chasing BP down, knee deep in muck to milk 52 interferes again And I KNOW, this is the intended story..but I honestly felt no sympathy for her choosing to let him stay and then telling him to leave and then promising to never tell him to leave again huh And it was the final sentence of the book that left me with a bad taste thanking 52 Umm no Thank yourself girl he did nothing for you other than provide your needed crutch of excuses, and that is exactly what it felt like a book of woe is me excuses.I still read her blog everyday and enjoy it greatly But, her book, no I have read a few different memoirs along these lines woman decides to change her life in a drastic way, get rid of excess and back to her roots etc Most of them have been really mediocre, essentially published diaries better left in a drawer Chickens in the Road is a totally different book than any of those The author was already an accomplished writer before this, and it shows Suzanne McMinn is a great storyteller and I loved reading her own story I felt at home, comfortable on her po I have read a few different memoirs along these lines woman decides to change her life in a drastic way, get rid of excess and back to her roots etc Most of them have been really mediocre, essentially published diaries better left in a drawer Chickens in the Road is a totally different book than any of those The author was already an accomplished writer before this, and it shows Suzanne McMinn is a great storyteller and I loved reading her own story I felt at home, comfortable on her porch and in her kitchen, like hearing a story from a good friend Highly recommended and this from someone who had never heard of Suzanne s blog Women can probably be divided into two groups when confronted with a failed marriage, three teenage children and a shaky financial foundation the group who decides that this would be the perfect time to learn how to run a farm in the middle of nowhere where not only is there no paved drive, there are no roads at all that lead to your front door, and you actually have to drive through creek beds and ford rivers to make it home, and the group who would not give this possibility even a moment o Women can probably be divided into two groups when confronted with a failed marriage, three teenage children and a shaky financial foundation the group who decides that this would be the perfect time to learn how to run a farm in the middle of nowhere where not only is there no paved drive, there are no roads at all that lead to your front door, and you actually have to drive through creek beds and ford rivers to make it home, and the group who would not give this possibility even a moment of passing consideration I am firmly in the second group, and McMinn is in the former group, so reading her memoir was like reading a foreign language I could not understand how or why this lovely woman was putting herself through this misery On the other hand, she has my admiration, because the very thought of telling my teen agers that we were leaving civilization to start a farm where they would need to help with chores before crossing a creek and river to catch the school bus, and where there was no cable tv or wireless reception, actually causes my heart to seize up I can just hear them OMG, you want me to move where Stringtown Puh leeze NO, no, no, no, no, I would rather die first How can you do this to us Don t you love us even a little Yeah, McMinn has some cajones to suffer through what must have been hurled her way Anyway, if you are of the first group, and starting a farm in the middle of nowhere has always been your dream, then I really think you will enjoy this book But I found myself skipping the pages detailing goat milking, cow escapes and the rest of farm life, which left me with just a handful of pages to actually read As a novelist, I m in awe of this book Nonfiction, for me, is pure work Give me fiction any day One of the best memoirs I ve read in forever Ms McMinn reminded me just what I m made of and what I can accomplish The recipes in the back are just a bonus Everyone should read this book. |Download Book ☬ Chickens in the Road: An Adventure in Ordinary Splendor ♌ Suzanne McMinn, a former romance writer and founder of the popular blog chickensintheroad, shares the story of her search to lead a life of ordinary splendor in Chickens in the Road, her inspiring and funny memoirCraving a life that would connect her to the earth and her family roots, McMinn packed up her three kids, left her husband and her sterile suburban existence behind, and moved to rural West Virginia Amid the rough landscape and beauty of this rural mountain country, she pursues a natural lifestyle filled with chickens, goats, sheep and no pizza deliveryWith her new life comes an unexpected new love , a man as beguiling and enigmatic as his nickname a turbulent romance that reminds her that peace and fulfillment can be found in the wake of heartbreak Coping with formidable challenges, including raising a trio of teenagers, milking stubborn cows, being snowed in with no heat, and making her own butter, McMinn realizes that she s living a forty something s coming of age storyAs she dares to become self reliant and embrace her independence, she reminds us that life is a bold adventure if we re willing to live it Chickens in the Road includes thanrecipes, craft projects, and McMinn s photography, and features a special two color design This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Chickens in the Road is the story of a divorced woman with three children who is trying to find herself She starts a popular blog by the same name as the book , and her online business grows along with her interests in self sufficiency She starts a farm in an almost geographically impossible location with her boyfriend, who she discovers later is emotionally abusive It took me some time in this book to warm up to it, but by the time I was halfway through, I had a hard time putting it down I Chickens in the Road is the story of a divorced woman with three children who is trying to find herself She starts a popular blog by the same name as the book , and her online business grows along with her interests in self sufficiency She starts a farm in an almost geographically impossible location with her boyfriend, who she discovers later is emotionally abusive It took me some time in this book to warm up to it, but by the time I was halfway through, I had a hard time putting it down I found myself rooting for McMinn to leave her boyfriend, and was pleased when she finally did so in the end In spite of the fact that some of the subject matter of the book is very serious, many of the stories about her adventures in farming, raising animals, and homesteading are written with a self deprecating wit that made me laugh out loud I think I would have enjoyed this book a lotif I were already a reader of McMinn s blog, so I d recommend this book first and foremost to her blog readers I d also recommend this book to anyone who s ever tried to find themselves after a divorce, and to anyone who s interested in farming, homesteading, and self sufficiency Very easy to read memoir of life on a farm when you don t really know what you are doing I gave it 4 stars because she could have donewriting about the farm and things that happened and less about her relationship with 52, though I know it had to be addressed because direction changed on the farm because of him The only other thing I didn t like is when she talks about killing the animals for food She will not kill any animal she takes care of, but she has 52 take care of the pigs She Very easy to read memoir of life on a farm when you don t really know what you are doing I gave it 4 stars because she could have donewriting about the farm and things that happened and less about her relationship with 52, though I know it had to be addressed because direction changed on the farm because of him The only other thing I didn t like is when she talks about killing the animals for food She will not kill any animal she takes care of, but she has 52 take care of the pigs She says she feels nothing for them and doesn t care when they go to the slaughter house Then says she accomplished something by raising her own meat too I didn t feel she raised that meat and dealt with the sadness or gratefulness of having an animal die to feed you and your family What she did is no different than picking it up at the grocery store Other than those two things, I really liked the book It s written in an easy, readable manner that makes you feel like she s just having a conversation with you The recipes at the back of the book look good too I am going to try her apple dumplings as soon as our apples ready 3.75 stars