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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade; 1 Original edition (March 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425225879
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425225875
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Donna Ball published her first book in 1982. Since that time she has written over eighty works of commercial fiction under pseudonyms that include Rebecca Flanders, Donna Carlisle, Leigh Bristol, Taylor Brady, and Donna Boyd. She is known for her work in women's fiction and suspense, as well as supernatural fantasy and adventure. Her novels have been translated into well over a dozen languages and have been published in virtually every country in the world. She has appeared on Entertainment Tonight and Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, and has been featured in such publications as the Detroit Free Press, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Ladies Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, and even T.V. Guide. She is the holder of the Storytelling World award, 2001, the Georgia Author of the Year Award, 2000, Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Awards for consecutive years 1991-1996, the Georgia Romance Writer's Maggie Award, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from Romantic Times, among others.

Donna lives in the Northeast Georgia Mountains in a restored Victorian barn which was the inspiration for A YEAR ON LADYBUG FARM and AT HOME ON LADYBUG FARM. She spends her spare time hiking, painting, and enjoying canine sports with her four dogs-- two golden retrievers, a rough collie, and a border collie.

Customer Reviews

I felt like I knew the characters personally.
Dina C. Reece
This book was fun, thoroughly enjoyable, light and the perfect reading escape.
LEH
It is truly a wonderful study in what real friendship & love are.
Patricia Peters

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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful By J. E. Stephens VINE VOICE on March 15, 2009
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I loved this book. I couldn't put it down and I read it in one sitting. It was very different than Donna's other books.

Three middle aged women pool their resources and buy an old farm house in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

I loved reading about their lives and struggles. The descriptions of the house and land made me feel like I was there. This author knows her craft and you won't be disappointed.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By K. Bentley on March 17, 2009
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Nobody creates a sense of place like Donna Ball. Even though Ladybug isn't one of Donna's cozy mysteries or suspenseful science fantasies, she has drawn me in with that rambling old house in Blue Valley. I love how Cici, Bridget and Lindsay rediscover themselves and strengthen their friendship as they restore the house and reinvent the farm.

This is the type of book that makes you kick back, relax, smile and remember (or perhaps discover) the joy and value of nature, community and friendship. And these days, any time spent at Ladybug Farm is time well spent.
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Cherrybomb VINE VOICE on June 12, 2009
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War and Peace, it ain't. Heck, I don't think it would favorably compare to bubblegum works like Briget Jones or The Jane Austen book club, but there is something cute about this novel. Perhaps it's just a fondness for ladybugs, but I was able to overlook some serious problems in the characterization and storytelling. My main pet peeve, apart from the way the book is wrapped up, is that the author spends a great deal of time telling us how smart, wonderful, funny and special these three women are but not a whole lot of time showing us that by their actions. Would exceptionally smart and saavy women have gotten themselves into the situation in the first place? Better if the characters had been shown to be more flawed, more gullible, more moved by a desire to run away and take a last big fling - then their decisions would have made sense in the universe the author created.

Again, if you are looking for a book that is heavy on the "Sisters are doing it for themselves" vibe and you want something quick and mindless for your days in the hammock, then give it a try.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Galligar Chance on July 9, 2009
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It isn't often that life gives you a second chance to start over again. A chance to try something different, a chance to get out of your comfort zone and be daring. But if and when those chances come along, you'd better grab them by the brass ring and don't let go.

This is the premise of the fascinating novel, "A Year on Ladybug Farm" by Donna Ball.

Three close friends and neighbors, Cici, Bridget and Lindsey, find themselves at a crossroads in life and long to do something different, something unique. Bridget has recently become widowed, Cici divorced, and Lindsey retired from her teaching position. So when the opportunity to purchase a dilapidated old house in the Shenandoah Valley comes up, the ladies decide to make the leap from their comfortable suburban lives and become lady farmers.

They soon find out that they truly have their work cut out for them, as the house is in worse shape than they thought, and inhabited by hundreds of thousands of ladybugs. As they work together to restore the house (and to shoo the thousands and thousands of ladybugs out), the gals find strengths inside themselves they never imagined. Even though the day to day activities are strenuous, a calmness and appreciation for beauty of the simplest things becomes important to the three friends.

As the trio work to bring the house to a livable condition, it soon appears that a mysterious guest might be living among the numerous rooms, a helpful if not ghostly guest who keeps leaving clues and solutions to the myriad of problems the ladies encounter. There is also the problem of a gang of renegade sheep and a certain garden thief who keeps the girls stepping lively as they adapt to country life.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BeachReader on March 30, 2010
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As someone else said, this is not "War and Peace" but it sure was enjoyable to read. I had never heard of this book or author until a friend who knows how I like to read about home renovation and cooking told me about it. I was hooked on the first page.

I loved the characters and their development and the descriptions of all that these women did on the farm. I love how they met the challenges, many of which they had not expected to encounter. It is a story of resilience and most importantly, the value of friendship, especially the friendships that these women had nurtured for so many years.

And for the naysayers, these women HAD a fund to pay for repairs. They had just under-estimated. Anyone who has ever built a home or done extensive renovation would know that under-estimation is often an issue.

The author has a gift for describing "place" and putting the reader there. I think it was obvious from the details that Ball was intimately acquainted with the trials and tribulations of renovating an old place.

I am now going to read the sequel, "At Home on Ladybug Farm" and look forward to the third book in this series, to be published in October.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lisa C. Carolus on May 12, 2010
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This is a great book about friendship, starting over and getting back to basics. Anyone who's had a best friend or several close friends can relate to this story. You will yearn for a simpler life. Snuggle up, get comfy and enjoy.
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