"Book clubs, start your engines! Jeannie Ralston’s engaging read takes on all the current issues on a woman’s plate — career, marriage, kids, health, money, sanity and social conscience. It’s good and it’s good for you."
–Marianne Wiggins, author of The Shadow Catcher and Evidence of Things Unseen
“A smart, ambitious -and secretly ‘hayseed’- Tennessee girl comes to Manhattan and earns her props as a magazine writer. Then she falls in love with a Lone Star State-loyal globe-trotting photographer and agrees to chuck her hard-won sophistication to become a Texan, a ranch wife and mother, and finally, an herb farmer. Jeannie Ralston’s deliciously intimate exploration of autonomy vs. partnership, worldliness vs. domesticity, and order vs. chaos is filled with epiphanies scented in lavender. Worried about finding your strength in a marriage to a (benignly) dominating man? Read this, enjoy, and have heart."
-Sheila Weller, author of Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon-and the Journey of a Generation and Dancing at Ciro’s: A Family’s Love, Loss and Scandal on the Sunset Strip
"From New York City to rural Texas, Jeannie Ralston’s The Unlikely Lavender Queen entrances. Here is a smart, funny, and edgy voice, well worth following into the lavender fields!"
-Catherine Goldhammer, author of Still Life with Chickens
"Honestly, I was about as enthusiastic about reading a book about a lavender farm as the author once was about starting one, but Jeannie Ralston’s sharp writing and old-school storytelling quickly drew me in. Her memoir is unusual and refreshing -instead of harrowing the reader with tales of tragedy and dysfunction, Ralston inspires with behind-the-scenes stories of a remarkable project and a life well lived."
-Marion Winik, author of Above Us Only Sky and The Lunch-Box Chronicles
"Jeannie Ralston magically takes us along on her nutty, agonizing, hilarious and uplifting journey to discover happiness and meaning in her own backyard. Learning to want what you already have is the greatest lesson in life and this wonderful story shows you how to let it happen."
– Martha Sherrill, author of Dog Man: An Uncommon Life on a Faraway Mountain
"Jeannie Ralston’s memoir is a lovely read, and inspires us to know that you can find beauty-fields of it!- in the most difficult and unexpected places."
-Laura Fraser, author of The Italian Affair
"Brimming with piquant observations on everything from marriage to motherhood, careers to cappuccino, Ralston’s exuberant memoir showcases the resiliency of the human spirit."