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A Year on Ladybug Farm Paperback – March 3, 2009
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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.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was like a brain vacation. Full of lovely described moments and a step back to simpler things. Somewhat predictable, but that was OK. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Fiona Sanders
It was a cute predictable story but not much more. Enjoyed it but wouldn't highly recommendPublished 2 months ago by Dar
Excellent read! I could not put the book down once I started it! What an amazing journey for three best friends!Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
Book for the wife she loved and purchased copies as gifts for loved ones. I have not read the series yet but sounds like something I would enjoy.Published 5 months ago by ColoradoCowboy
I enjoyed the characters and their adventures in this book. An easy read about 3 friends. Looking forward to book 2!Published 5 months ago by GalleryGirl
It was an enjoyable book to read, but it's a set up for other Ladybug Farm books.Published 6 months ago by Donna
Three women buy a large house and farm as a retirement project. Mayhem and maintenance ensue! Bank accounts are badly punished, but they have a one year commitment...... Read morePublished 8 months ago by FL Cat Lady