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The Unlikely Lavender Queen by Jeannie Ralston

The Unlikely Lavender Queen

A Memoir of Unexpected Blossoming

by Jeannie Ralston


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"I couldn't help but question how I'd gotten to this strange spot in my life, so far from what I'd expected for myself. Yes, there had been a heady romance a few years back. Then a slew of subsequent decisions, fueled by love and yearnings I didn't even know I had. But I never, ever would have suspected that this was where the sum total of them would bring me. That afternoon, a new doubt dripped into my mind. When do you know, I wondered, whether the choices you've made were the right ones?"

In 1990, Jeannie Ralston was a successful magazine writer and bona fide city girl - the type of woman who couldn't imagine living on soil not shaded by skyscrapers. By 1994, she had called off an engagement, married Robb, a National Geographic photographer, and was living in Blanco Texas, population 1,600.

The Unlikely Lavender Queen is the intimate story of a woman who gives up a lot for the man she loves - her beloved blue state, bagels, and all-night bodegas - only to have to wonder: Was it too much?

Ralston offers a lively chronicle of her life as a wife, new mother, and an urban settler in rural Texas. As she labors to convert a dilapidated barn into a livable home, deal with scorpions and unbearably hot summers, raise two young children while Robb is frequently away on assignment, she realizes her ultimate struggle is to reconcile her life plans and goals with her husband's without coming out the proverbial loser. And just when it seems like she might be losing that fight - and herself - a little purple bloom changes her life.

For centuries, lavender has been a mystical herb, so valuable to ancient Romans that a bushel would cost nearly a month's wages. But when Robb returns from a trip to Provence with a plan for growing lavender on their land, Ralston is not convinced - in fact the last thing she needed or wanted was to take up farming on top of everything else. Then, much to her surprise, she slowly but surely falls in lov...


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  • Published: October 2011
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: T064714
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