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Hens and Chickens (Book 1 in The Sovereign Series) [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer Wixson
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Book Description

Two women downsized by corporate America move to Maine to raise chickens and sell organic eggs -- and discover more than they bargained for, including love! A gentle-read rural romance, "Hens and Chickens" is the first book in the four-novel series, the Sovereign Series, by Maine farmer and author Jennifer Wixson.

The Sovereign Series is set in the mythical farming town of Sovereign, Maine (pop. 1,048) noted for goodhearted and lovable characters, who weave in and out of the four books like old friends dropping in for a cup of tea. "Peas, Beans and Corn," the second book in the series, was released to rave reader reviews in June 2013 and the much-anticipated third book, "The Songbird of Sovereign," was published July 19, 2014. The fourth and final installment, "The Minister's Daughter," will be published in the fall of 2015, accompanied by a Sovereign Series Cookbook containing recipes for all the traditional and nouveau Maine dishes featured in the four novels.

Readers have warmly embraced the series, a blend of Maine history and modern rural living, describing "Hens & Chickens" as "a modern-day Jane Austen romance" and echoing the wishes of one enthusiastic reviewer who wrote: "I want to get in my car and drive to Sovereign, Maine!"

Kick your shoes off; curl up in a comfy chair; and prepare to lose yourself in the wonderful world of Sovereign, Maine!


Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Rebecca is a middle-aged marketing professional who is downsized during the recession. Her friend and colleague, Lila, quits in solidarity, and the duo decide to move to Maine and raise chickens. They restore an old farmhouse and are instantly seduced by the congenial and open community of Sovereign. Lila becomes involved with local carpenter Mike, but must wrestle with her own demons to find the faith and strength to love him. Meanwhile, Rebecca thrives in the community and marries the man who sold her and Lila the farm. Wixson's novel is intended to kick off a trilogy set in Sovereign, but readers will likely not be lining up for the next two installments. The narrative contains preachy rambling passages and jumps through time, detracting from the pace and cohesion of the book. The characters are not fully developed, the setting is clichéd, and the story short on dramatic tension.

Review

A modern-day Jane Austen fable... --Elizabeth S., Falmouth, Maine

The picture perfect town of Sovereign is a delightful setting for the fairy tale courtship of Lila Woodsum and Mike Hobart. --Christin C., Plymouth, New Hampshire

Funny, sensitive, heartwarming ... Sovereign is a wonderful place to visit. When I finished reading Hens and Chickens I found myself missing my new friends so much that I can hardly wait for Jennifer Wixson to publish the second book in the series! --Carrol P., Fairport, New York

Once you start reading Hens and Chickens you will look forward to every opportunity to sit down and pick it up again. Reading the book is like sitting at the table or in a coffee shop with good friends over a cup of coffee to catch up with what is going on in their lives. You will see the fields, you can feel the eggs, you see the sunshine and feel the rain. You will be looking forward to the next book! --Carrie D., Prescott, Arizona

--Carrol P., Fairport, New York

The real Maine, often believed to be a mystique, is prevalent in Hens and Chickens, from the familiar setting in real Maine towns, to exclusive Maine humor and accents so well known, to the farm kitchen and pot roast 'suppah' and to the gardens and barn, complete with hens, chickens and delicious deep yellow yolk eggs.

An inspiring, well-written and descriptive novel, the reader becomes quickly involved in the characters and plot, reluctant for an inevitable conclusion, and, when it occurs, hoping the author is already at work on the next novel to continue the story of these sensitive and unique characters we came to know and love in Hens and Chickens. --Susan P., Portland, Maine

Funny, sensitive, heartwarming ... Sovereign is a wonderful place to visit. When I finished reading Hens and Chickens, I found myself missing my new friends so much that I can hardly wait for Jennifer Wixson to publish the second book in the series! --Carrol P., Fairport, New York


Product Details

  • File Size: 1890 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: White Wave (January 18, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008OPDZ78
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Perfect Paperback
Jen Wixson brings to us exactly what she promises in her title, Hens and Chickens...A Story About Love. A story of love it is, and a journey of two women who experience loss and disappointment in their busy and productive lives in Boston - and the amazing journey that helps them find their own special ways to move on.
Wixson has a way with plot and character development that takes the reader along the lives of stalwart and best-friends Lila Woodsum and Rebecca Johnson as they take to the highway north from the city and hell-bent on a new life and work opportunity in the rural town of Soverign, Maine.
When we meet Lila and Rebecca they are deep in the throes of 21st century Boston, working in the corporate world, complete with tweets to their tweeps. Little did they know their lives would take interesting twists and turns, gaining new lessons, facing the past of good and evil, with humor, discovery and sadness, all circling back to the rewards of friendship, and bravely taking risks with love and life.
The real Maine, often believed to be a mystique, is prevalent in Hens and Chickens, from the familiar setting in real Maine towns, to exclusive Maine humor and accents so well known, to the farm kitchen and pot roast `suppah' and to the gardens and barn, complete with hens, chickens, and delicious deep yellow yolk eggs.
An inspiring, well-written, and descriptive novel, the reader becomes quickly involved in the characters and plot, reluctant for an inevitable conclusion, and, when it occurs, hoping the author is already at work on the next novel to continue the story of these sensitive and unique characters we came to know and love in Hens and Chickens...A Story About Love.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming Story July 28, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I've always been fascinated by Maine - quaint villages, lighthouses, rocky shores. I've never been there, but it looks and sounds beautiful. Jennifer Wixson's book, "Hens and Chickens", just added to my love of Maine. Ms. Wixson's vivid descriptions of the people and the countryside have me ready to book my plane tickets.

"Hens and Chickens" is a lovely story of two women who leave the city and their corporate jobs to start a business together in rural Maine. There's both romance and mystery, but what I loved most were the people. The story is cleverly told through a narrator, who's identity we don't discover until late in the book. The ability of the narrator to speak directly to the reader - an "aside", as they call it on stage - made the story unique.

I appreciated Ms. Wixson's romantic couple, who valued honor and respect above sex. I also enjoyed her depiction of the lifestyle and craftsmanship of earlier generations, and a return to that simpler way. The story is a perfect blend of old and new - sewing, raising chickens in a farmyard, baking, mixed with cell phones and computers.

The story of The Egg Ladies, Lila and Mike's romance, the secrets in Lila's past - all weave together to make a great read but, for me, it was all about the characters and location. I'm in love with the charming village of Sovereign, Maine, and it's inhabitants and can't wait to go back. Good thing there are at least two more books planned in this series.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite simply wonderful!! August 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
"Hens and Chicks" like love seem to spread spontaneously in Sovereign, Maine...I want to move there!
This is a wonderful, heart warming story of some very damaged people finding a place, hope and healing in a quirky little town, with quirky, loving, forgiving and understanding residents.
Lila and Rebecca need a new life, so they take a big chance on a once in a life time opportunity. It's the best chance they ever took.
If you're old enough to remember books and movies like "The Egg And I" and "It's a Wonderful Life" this book will strike a chord with you.
If you're ready for some happy every after, (not that the characters don't have to work and suffer to obtain it), read this book! It was a treat!!

I received a free copy of this book in order to review it and I'm SO thankful I did :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lila and the hens September 26, 2012
By chick35
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a powerful tale of good and evil, life, love and the pursuit of happiness!
What a great story of Lila and her friends. How you can re-create your life, then find true happiness with a bunch of hens and chickens...plus a few wonderful friends, then find that life gets better every day.
The Author has furnished us wonderful way to find laughter and joy on a cloudy day.
Lila's friends are funny, calm, interesting, and loyal.
A great read.

This book was complimentary from the Author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT READ!!!! July 19, 2014
By LJS
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I very rarely write reviews. I believe that this is just the second time for me. I found this book to be entertaining and fun to read. It was difficult to put down when it was time to sleep. I looked forward to being able to have the time to pick it up and be able to read some more of the story. If you like light romance (and I am not a reader of that genre), humor, and light suspense then you should enjoy this book. The only thing that I found wrong were a few spelling errors. I will going to my local library to check out the rest of the trilogy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Maine author Jennifer Wixson brings her knowledge of farming and live in a small town to words in Hens and Chickens. She moves Rebecca and Lila from corporate Boston to Sovereign, Maine to become egg farmers, a bold move for two city women who find themselves unemployed.

Sovereign is one town over from Unity. I'm getting to know Unity well as my daughter is a student at the college. It was nice to see places in town as I read the book. Wixson brings details to the story that only a local and farmer can share. In this day and age of discouraging and depressing news in the media, escaping to old fashioned values, romantic love and family dinners is refreshing.

I laughed out loud at a mouse and cheered on unexpected love. The characters become real as details about them, enough but not too many, become known.

While this is a heartwarming story, life isn't always perfect. Heart break, a long-kept secret and the town's lowlife business man ensure the story isn't just a fairy tale but reflects real life.

Wixson's unique method of storytelling kept my attention. I was a bit put off when her method took a drastic change but settled into it after a few pages, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's an opportunity to meet Wixson as a person, not just as a storyteller.

Everyone needs a happily-ever-after now and then. What will be a trip back in time for many was a story of modern day times for me. I'm eager to catch up with characters I've met and get to know new ones in the next book in the series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Loved this book and can't wait to continue the series! 🐓🐣
Published 1 month ago by Katie Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars Different and heartwarming
I really liked this book and it's characters. They each had their own little quirks and they were delightful. Read more
Published 1 month ago by michelle westmoreland
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is a story of a young woman who realized that she didn't want to continue to be abused by corporate greed. Read more
Published 1 month ago by tkmom
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
This would have been better without the ramblings of the author who kind of goes off rambling along about other issues, though while may be somewhat related, are very distracting... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Maine is called "God's Country" for a reason. This author touches on...
Delightful start to a series that just keeps getting better as it goes on. I spent my Summers in a small farming community in Maine - the state that's called "God's... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cricket Song
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Pretty good read
Published 2 months ago by C. George
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
a light romantic story. nothing to tempt me to go for the rest of the series
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A Story of a new life.
This book is the story of a women's search for healing from a sexually abused childhood. The author writes of the search to put the past behind, to move on into adulthood. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Marilee Steele
3.0 out of 5 stars A nice tale but a little folksy
A nice tale but a little folksy. Loved that it was set in Maine-a place new and dear to my hear. I would recommend it as a light read and will read second book-I finished it in an... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Merry Conway
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Entertainting!
This was fun, lively, and entertaining book, with a sad, disturbing underlining theme. I loved the writing, and the descriptions of all the characters and the way they... Read more
Published 6 months ago by DLM
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More About the Author

Maine farmer, author and itinerant Quaker minister, Jennifer Wixson is the creator of The Sovereign Series http://www.thesovereignseries.com/ a collection of novels set in the mythical small town of Sovereign, Maine that highlight a rural, agricultural-based lifestyle. Sovereign (pop. 1,048) is noted for quirky and good-hearted characters who weave through the books like good friends dropping in for a cup of tea.

The first book in the series, "Hens and Chickens," (White Wave, Aug. 2012) follows the journey of two female friends downsized by corporate America who move to Maine to raise chickens and sell organic eggs, and discover more that they bargain for -- including love. Book 2, "Peas, Beans & Corn," (White Wave, June 2013), describes the adventures of a National Guard veteran who returns home from the war in Afghanistan with the secret dream of restarting the town's old sweet corn canning factory and of the young woman who helps restart his tired heart. In Book 3, "The Songbird of Sovereign" (White Wave, July 2014) readers learn the story of Miss Hastings, one of the series most popular characters. Book 4 "The Minister's Daughter" and a companion Sovereign Series cookbook are scheduled for publication in 2015.

Readers have described "Hens & Chickens" as "a modern-day Jane Austen romance," which is "impossible to put down." Wixson strives to bring her characters and the town of Sovereign to life, so much so that readers often feel that they are part of the story, themselves "sitting at the table in a coffee shop with good friends over a cup of coffee to catch up on their lives."

For more on The Sovereign Series and/or to purchase autographed copies of the books and some Sovereign souvenirs please visit http://www.thesovereignseries.com/

A recovered alcoholic who healed herself via a self-help program she created herself, Wixson documented her journey in, "Learning to SOAR! -- A Guide for People Who Want to Create Their Own Recovery Programs" (White Wave, 1994). Sober now 24 years, Wixson quit drinking in August of 1988. Her journey of recovery led her to Bangor Theological Seminary, from which she received a Master's of Divinity in 2001.

Wixson was born on a dairy farm in Winslow, Maine, and currently lives in Troy, Maine where she keeps bees, gardens and raises Scottish Highland cattle with her husband, affectionately known as "the Cranberry Man."

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