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

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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.

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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: 1889 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: White Wave (January 18, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 18, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008OPDZ78
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #478,622 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By S. Palmer on July 27, 2012
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 By Mrschupa on July 28, 2012
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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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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Marie C. Cordalis on 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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 24, 2014
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I thought it was okay to begin with. I actually looked forward to finding out what would happen with the two friends when they moved to Maine....
Then it got stupid...saccharine & creepy at the same.
The author is all over the place and it just bored me to death. (plus...i'm not fond of the whole New Age/pagan/semi-Christian theology!)
It's a waste of time & money
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By chick35 on September 26, 2012
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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 By DMO on April 23, 2015
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This is a clean romance novel. When I bought this book it was marketed under 'Christian Fiction'. If you are expecting a fundamental Christian thread as I was, please be aware. Mentioning Christ or scripture does not make it a Christian book. The book is a recounting by a Universalist preacher (who for some reason likes to run naked through a field alongside the highway once a year). The story is written with a poetic feel and unique perspective which was a nice departure from the norm. The storyline was mostly lighthearted with some tragedy in parts. Personally, I just can't recommend a book that uses my Lord's name as both blessing and curse. The use of the 'f' word within these pages is less offensive to me than the misuse of God's name.
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