Thursday, August 12, 2010

Accidental Cowgirl: Six Cows, No Horse and No Clue

Mary Lynn Archibald

 In 1990, we heard the wilderness call to us, and, God help us, we answered. Of course, we had no business trying to run a full-time ranch with no experience. People tried to tell us that The Simple Life wasn't so simple, but we weren't listening. If you're over 50, or in a job rut, or looking for adventure (or all of the above), and you yearn for a tranquil country hideaway, please read this cautionary tale first.

My Take:
Have you ever had something really awful happen to you, or you made a terrible decision, and your only consolation at the time is that you know you'll be able to laugh about it in the future?  Well, Mary Lynn Archibald must have felt something similar, because after her wild foray into ranching she has penned this absolutely hilarious memoir.  She speaks honestly and openly about the craziness that was this particular period in her life.  The writing is great, it flows well and is extremely engaging throughout.  I blew through this book so fast because I couldn't get enough of the ease of the storytelling and the humor.  If you are looking to leave the big city and get out into the country, I'd recommend this read.  Although it is a "cautionary tale", the humor of this memoir just may endear you to the great outdoors and might even inspire you to get out there, take a giant leap and make mistakes.   This books shows you so even if you end up falling flat on your face, at least you'll be able to laugh about it later!  I rate this book a 2, Borders with a Coupon, I'm not the biggest fan of memoirs, but this one really won me over.

Do you agree with my review?  Do you think I'm totally off base?  Either way I'd love to hear from you, be sure to leave a comment and tell me how you feel!

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{Amanda} said...

This sounds like a charming book! I may just have to check into it :) Thanks for the review!

Anonymous said...

I can hardly wait to read this book. I heard an author reading over at The National Associatiion of Memoir Writers and was sitting here in front of the computer laughing out loud.
Everytime I come to your site I find a few more must-haves...thanks!

ML said...

Thanks Amanda and rc,

I do hope you enjoy reading the book, and please let me know what you think.

And rc,

Sure hope the author you heard reading was me!

Booklover said...

Aha.. when i started reading your review, I thought u were talking about the book itself.

This sounds like an enjoyable read!

Kelli (I'd So Rather Be Reading) said...

We have an award for you at I'd So Rather Be Reading:

ML said...

Great, Booklover,

Sure hope you enjoy it. You can hear part of it at:

Toia said...

I enjoy reading your review on this book. Enjoy your weekend!!

Tiffany said...

I totally love the title! It made me laugh! Thanks for the sweet comments on my site! I'm your newest follower... I would love to have as many as you do!! ( :

I took the poll! that was fun.

Grace said...

I enjoyed your review and it makes me want to buy this book so I've book marked your page so I can buy it through your amazon tag.

Ordinary Reader said...

Hi! There's an award for you at
Thanks, Dianne

Anonymous said...

You Got Me! I'm a new reader of YOURS and appreciate your reviews!! Now I just have to find the time to get all this new reading in...


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