Review: 500 Acres and No Place to Hide by Susan McCorkindale

500 Acres and No Place to Hide: More Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl by Susan McCorkindale 
Series: Farm Girl (#2)
Pages: 351 pages
Publication Date: August 2, 2011
Publisher: New American Library
Source: book provided by publisher

In this charming, poignant, and uproarious follow-up to Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl, Susan McCorkindale chronicles the continuously harrowing journey of what happens when you leave the big city for the land of wide-open spaces.

When Susan’s husband dragged her from the ‘burbs to the back of beyond, she thought she’d never live to see hers sons approach redneck status—and be happy about it. But after four years of living among the cows and goats instead of fashionistas and Wall Street tycoons, Susan has almost adjusted to life on the farm—even if she does miss the occasional grande soy mocha latte.

But “City Suzy” hasn’t gone completely country. In fact, she’s made farm life fit her, not the other way around. That’s why you’ll find her attempting to put pink collars on her sons’ bull calves, and campaigning hard for pair of Hampshire hogs (“They have black bodies with white ‘belts’ around their shoulders. Pretty snazzy for swine, no?”) She’ll never be a real farm girl, but as you’ll see from her sidesplitting confessions, she’s faking it just fine.

Review: When I agreed to read this book, I responed to it because it sounded funny and it called to my sense of humor.  I then realized after I agreed to read it that it was a continuation of her previous book Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl.  I was immediately filled with trepidation that I wouldn’t be able to follow this book, that I would be reading the words, but I would not comprehend what I was reading because I hadn’t read the previous book.  I have to tell you, no worries about being lost while reading this book.  Things are explained, there are no “huh?” moments where you’re totally confused. 

This book was really entertaining.  I mean REALLY entertaining.  I have to admit that this would be a book that I would pass over in the bookstore because, really, who wants to read about someone complaining about being someplace they don’t want to be?  I was in for a pleasent suprise that Susan’s comentary about her life on a farm are not whiney, moaney annoying complaints.  She was sharp and snarky without sounding like a total bitch and complained without it sounding like some rich snob.  I really liked Susan because as you read more and more of her story, you see that she’s a wife and a mom who’s helping to keep her family on track.  She reveals family struggles that need to be dealt with and some very sad news that was brought to light.  Without having read the first book, it sounds like Susan has adjusted to living life on the farm and is doing quite nicely!! 

I think most women could relate to this story, wheather you’re a wife or mother or not.  After all we all have a story to tell!!!  The one complaint that I have is that she has footnotes throughout her story.  While the footnotes are helpful little gems, I found them to be distracting.  I would read the footnote and then I forgot what I read and had to reread what I read.  I felt like I was back in college again!!  I’m curious about what happens next and I hope another book will be written.  I think I might get the previous book just to find out how this all started!!!  I give this book 4 roses!!!!!


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