A few weeks ago, I posted an article titled Soldering On by Jessie Knadler. Her husband is a Captain in the Army Reserves and got back from Afghanistan not too long ago. The article was perfect. It said what we all feel and think, but can’t always express.
Not long after, I received an email asking if I’d like to review her new book Rurally Screwed: My Life Off the Grid with the Cowboy I Love. I couldn’t say yes fast enough. I was excited to read it and prayed the mail gods would be in my favor this month and it wouldn’t take 6 weeks to get here.
The mail gods like me for once!
The book is Jessie’s own story. She was living in New York and writing for a woman’s magazine. She spent her time doing types of yoga I’ve never heard of and enjoying the night life of Manhattan. On a trip to Montana to write about a rodeo, she met a cowboy. It must have been right because they kept in touch and saw each other when they could. A deployment to Iraq and a move to rural Virginia and she is totally out of her element. One extreme to the other. She takes you through the highs and lows and just trying to figure if she fits in to this life. Does she want to fit into this life?
Her life goes from one extreme to the other when she gets married. It’s hard enough marrying a cowboy and living in rural Virgina, on a chicken farm, when you lived in Manhattan for the past however many years, but to throw military spouse in there too? Those are two completely new lifestyles for anyone to adjust too. She is still learning how to live and take care of a chicken farm and now a newborn too, when her husband is deployed. It’s hard enough to take care of normal life and the kids when they are deployed, but add a farm to it? No thanks. I wouldn’t want to do it.
Rurally Screwed is one of the better books I’ve read in a while. Not only is she honest in her adventures, complexities of marriage (kudos on that one because I wouldn’t want to be honest in a book my husband will read!), and her troubles in going from one extreme to the other, but she makes you love her and root for her.