Barbed: A Memoir (Paperback)
A memoir about transformation and change is intertwined with a peek into the good and the ugly of modern day Western ranching and navigating complicated family relationships. Morrison provides a lovely sense of place as she describes her experiences with horses and being the unwanted interloper while she and her husband strive to preserve a northern Arizona ranching business.— Cori
"An extraordinary memoir and one we highly recommend!" – Chanticleer Reviews
Standing at a professional crossroads, Julie Morrison decides to saddle up and start over. Her family’s ranch is on the brink of bankruptcy. While fighting for its future, she simultaneously seeks to salvage her marriage and rediscover her best self.
When you ride across the rock-strewn terrain of a family-owned horse and cattle business, though, a gritty challenge awaits along the trail to every panoramic view. Entangled in the barbs of ranching and relationships, Julie will meet cold-hearted cowboys and funny farriers, learn how to ranch one-handed, and become an expert in assessing what’s essential.
This is a romance in which the objects of devotion are hard-working horses and iconic western vistas, where hope and horseshoes harmonize and help arrives from the most unlikely places. Julie's journey of personal discovery will inspire readers to blaze their own trails to a future only they can create.
"... keenly observant prose, capable of transporting readers directly to the trail." – Kirkus Reviews
"... keenly observant prose, capable of transporting readers directly to the trail." –Kirkus Reviews
“Julie Morrison's persistence and drive teach us how to let go of what doesn't work and develop what does. An extraordinary memoir and one we highly recommend!” —Chanticleer Reviews
"Her poetic prose places readers right alongside her as we root for her and the friends she makes along the way."—MacKenzie Chase, Arizona Daily Sun