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Book Review: 500 Acres and No Place to Hide: More Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl

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Susan McCorckindale is an upwardly mobile type of woman. She places high value in Starbucks coffees, her designer shoes, and life in the big city. She managed to end up on a farm living the country life when her husband dragged her from her well off suburban home to live on a 500 acre beef cattle farm in Virginia. She’s left all her friends and her comfortable way of life behind her and has learned to adjust to living on a farm.

Now, it’s four years later and Susan has pretty much adjusted to living on a farm. That doesn’t mean she’s left her city ways behind. She’d like nothing better than to put pink collars on the prize bulls and you’ll find her wandering through the mud in her designer heels. Her stories of life on a beef cattle farm will make you giggle. She shares her struggles with an honesty that’s refreshing. She doesn’t sugarcoat her life or make it look all roses. She’s completely honest about what it’s like to adjust to such a drastic change of life for herself, her husband and her children. If you aren’t already laughing while reading this book, the author has little footnotes at the bottom of each page that will definitely leave you giggling.

You’ll learn all about her adventures with not only the beef cows but also her crazy chickens, goat and children. I love the frank way she shares her thoughts even when they’re not the most politically correct thoughts. 500 Acres and No Place to Hide is an easy, fun reader that’s hard to put down and a great pick me up on a stressful day. This is Susan McCorkindale’s second book and is the follow-up to Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl. I haven’t had a chance to read the first book but that in no way stopped me from enjoying 500 Acres and No Place to Hide.

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Ellen is a busy mom of two teenagers who left the corporate world in 2008 to focus on a more eco-friendly life. She lives in rural Vermont where she juggles family, two blogs and a career in social media. You can find her at http://www.confessionsofanover-workedmom.com/ and http://the-socialites-closet.blogspot.com/.