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Accidental Cowgirl: Six Cows, No Horse and No Clue Paperback – September 6, 2007
Top Customer Reviews
Carl and Mary Lynn bought Twin Creeks Ranch with the idea of puttering around the farm and relaxing as they approached their golden years. But what they didn't anticipate was just how much work they had unwittingly signed on for. Oh, and of course, the cows. They had bought a ranch.
Accidental Cowgirl shares the good, the bad, and the ugly times from their twelve years as ranch owners. Mary Lynn Archibald writes with humor as she shares the many trials they faced, battling the leaky roof and the endless plumbing problems.
She also shares the warmth and community of living on the side of a mountain with others who are managing to survive in sometimes harsh conditions. You can feel the love she and Carl have for their land, the cows, and the lifestyle they wholeheartedly embraced.
In the time they owned Twin Creeks Ranch, they discovered hidden reservoirs of talent and a strong will to overcome anything life handed them. The author shares her fears of living alone at the ranch, the excitement of new life when calves are born, and the sadness of death. And ultimately, she shares the pain of finally letting go.
Rarely do I find a book so enjoyable that I savor it in small nibbles, like fine chocolate. Accidental Cowgirl is such a book. Mary Lynn Archibald brings this mountain alive, and by the time you finish reading her incredible story, you'll find you're reluctant to ever leave Twin Creeks Ranch.
Reviewer: Alice Berger
Bergers Book Reviews
Carl and Mary Lynn soon discovered their perfect weekend getaway also belonged to several cows and two old barn cats. The previous owners also wanted to give them the dog but Carl was against that. Soon, the couple's weekend retreat turned into a full time job. However, both Carl and Mary Lynn still had obligations four hours away.
Carl and Mary Lynn threw themselves into fixing up the place. They started remodeling, planting vegetables and herbs, caring for the animals, and keeping the water supply going. They soon learned that the simple life is not quite simple. Gone were the dreams for long walks and days spent reading by the lake.
Mary Lynn Archibald's memoir Accidental Cowgirl: Six Cows, No Horse, and No Clue is a quick read about the not so simple life. It is a mix of letters, diary entries, short stories, and pictures. It is a hilarious look at a couple's dream and the reality that came along with it.
First of all, I have to say that the author, Mary Lynn Archibald was incredibly honest about how uninformed she and her better half were when they decided to buy "the little piece of land with the couple of cows".
I absolutely adored the anecdotes (which is the main reason I wanted to read this book) that Mary Lynn shares with us, of particular interest was the story about her dog, a deer and her quest (clad only in underpants) to save said deer. I laughed out loud quite a few times at the absolutely impossible situations these two people managed to find themselves in.
Mary Lynn and her husband learned the hard way that maybe a life in the country may not necessarily be all that one would imagine it can be. Still, I must admit it did not really deter me from wishing I had my own little garden of herbs and maybe a deer outstide my window - I will leave the cows and the broken water pumps to someone else to deal with.
Mary Lynn Archibald has written a wonderfully, whimsical story that will make you laugh. What a great little gem of a book.
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