A candid and heartwarming memoir of reinvention about a city girl who trades her career and her heels for five acres and a herd of goats
"Jake Keiser is my favorite kind of woman--gutsy, tenacious, and not afraid to be vulnerable. And the animals are pretty f*cking adorable, too."--Tara Schuster, author of Buy Yourself the F*cking Lilies
Jake Keiser was living the life in Tampa, Florida, running a high-powered PR firm and juggling drink dates, shopping sprees, and charity galas. But at age thirty-eight, following a failed marriage, a series of miscarriages, and a still-blistering breakup, she began to suffer from extreme anxiety. Hit with the realization that no amount of Botox could fill the hole in her heart, she decided to make the impulse purchase of a lifetime and bought a farm in the middle of nowhere, Mississippi.
Suddenly responsible for more than seventy-five animals and five acres of land, and with only one bar of cell service, Jake begins her search for inner peace. She learns to fix a well, haul wood, shoot a gun, and care for baby chicks, goats, turkeys, geese, dogs, and a cat, playing spa music for them when they're sick and naming them after her favorite fashion designers. The only problem is that she still can't figure out how to truly care for herself. Unable to escape the accumulated pain of her past, Jake hits rock bottom. With nowhere left to run, she's finally forced to confront a bracing reality: The farm won't save her. Only she can save herself.
Poignant, hilarious, and utterly charming, Daffodil Hill
is for anyone who feels stuck--for those of us strapped to our desks and dreaming of an unconventional life, for those of us searching for something more. Most of all, it is for people who believe that the greatest love story of all is the one we write with ourselves.