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Review: Chickens in the Road

January 26, 2016

Chcikens in the Road


After her divorce, romance writer Suzanne McMinn realized she could live wherever she pleased for the first time in her life.  She decided to return to a place she’d visited often as a child – rural West Virginia.  At first she lived in the house of a family member and found she loved it there.  That sparked a dream to have a small farm of her own.

She and her boyfriend built a house and started to acquire animals.  McMinn loved everything about her life – the animals, the cooking, and creating items like soap – but quickly realized that she didn’t love her boyfriend.  She wasn’t sure how she could run a farm without him, though, and found herself facing a tough dilemma.

Chickens in the Road: An Adventure in Ordinary Splendor is Suzanne McMinn‘s story of embracing a rural lifestyle.  After her divorce, she moved to West Virginia with her three children and found the country lifestyle very fulfilling.  She loved the land and wanted desperately to make a life there but wasn’t sure how she could make it work.  I love memoirs so I expected to love this book, especially since my mom did, but for me, it was good but not great.  I admit that I found the parts about the life on the farm much more interesting than the parts about McMinn’s floundering relationship with her boyfriend.

McMinn learned to make the most of what the farm had to offer and embraced cooking and making things.  The back of the book is filled with recipes, like Corncob Jelly and Fried Squash Blossoms, as well as directions for crafts like hot process soap and beeswax lip balm.

I’d recommend Chickens in the Road for those who like memoirs and/or a rural lifestyle.

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Review copy provided by Harper Collins.   I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
22 Comments leave one →
  1. January 26, 2016 9:32 am

    I’m not typically a rural kind of guy. But it looks good.

  2. bookingmama permalink
    January 26, 2016 9:38 am

    It sounds cute but I think I understand what you are saying….

  3. January 26, 2016 10:44 am

    I do love the sound of this one…and I would probably be interested in the relationship issues, too, as I can relate to finding oneself in a quandary when the BF turns into someone you don’t want to be with, but somehow need. Thanks for sharing.

  4. January 26, 2016 10:47 am


    Thanks for sharing your opinion about this memoir. I like the idea of including the recipes and crafts at the end of the book.

  5. January 26, 2016 12:10 pm

    The rural lifestyle definitely a yes from me but the relationship part not so much!

  6. January 26, 2016 1:47 pm

    I can’t imagine doing something like that, but maybe in another life. 🙂 This sounds interesting, although not my usual fare.

  7. Patty permalink
    January 26, 2016 3:18 pm

    It sounds interesting!

  8. January 26, 2016 5:28 pm

    I think I’d like the rural lifestyle and food parts a lot better than the relationship drama, too.

  9. January 27, 2016 7:06 am

    Sounds like an interesting memoir.

  10. January 27, 2016 12:24 pm

    I like the title and the storyline sounds good too. I’ll check this one out.

  11. January 27, 2016 9:55 pm

    The idea of picking up and moving somewhere new sounds so enticing. One day!

  12. Beth F permalink
    January 28, 2016 6:26 am

    Like others have said, I think I’d like the adjusting to the farm and the recipe parts much better than the boyfriend parts.

  13. January 29, 2016 12:11 pm

    Seems interesting, not sure I’d want to do that.

  14. January 30, 2016 9:48 am

    I picked this one up at some point and I think I gave it to a girlfriend who I thought would appreciate it more than me.

  15. Jackie permalink
    January 30, 2016 9:58 am

    Thinking much the same as the other commenters. Tired of BF issues.

  16. January 30, 2016 10:04 am

    That reminds me of Barbara Kingsolver’s account of living on local food in a rural atmosphere — “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life” — maybe similar challenges?

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  17. January 30, 2016 10:31 am

    Sounds like a good premise, and I’m always interested in those far more adventurous than I am. Will look for it at the library.

  18. January 30, 2016 10:41 am

    This sounds interesting but like you I don’t think I’d be overly fascinated by the boyfriend issue. I’ll have to see if my library has a copy as I would like to flip through it.

  19. January 30, 2016 11:10 am

    I would probably feel the same as you on this one, the farming sounds interesting.

  20. January 30, 2016 4:00 pm

    Corn cob jelly sounds exotic to me! Cheers

  21. January 30, 2016 4:34 pm

    I have seen this book and wondered about it. Like you, I am always more interested in the rural living, food, etc. than the relationship stuff. 😉 That corn cob jelly sounds so interesting.

  22. January 30, 2016 4:53 pm

    Corncob Jelly? Never heard of it. I love corn so I might like it.

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