Friday, August 10, 2012

A Year on Ladybug Farm - Review

Title: A Year on Ladybug Farm
Author: Donna Ball
Source: Library

Goodreads Summary:

Tired of always dreaming and never doing, Cici, Lindsay, and Bridget make a life-altering decision. Uprooting themselves from their comfortable lives in the suburbs, the three friends buy a run-down mansion, nestled in the picturesque Shenandoah Valley. They christen their new home "Ladybug Farm," hoping that the name will bring them luck.

As the friends take on a home improvement challenge of epic proportions, they encounter disaster after disaster, from renegade sheep and garden thieves to a seemingly ghostly inhabitant. Over the course of a year, overwhelming obstacles make the three women question their decision, but they ultimately learn that sometimes the best things can happen when everything goes wrong...

My thoughts:

This was just a cute little fun read, perfect for summer's lazy moments. Cici, Lindsay, and Bridget throw caution to the wind, and buy a farm in the Shenandoah Valley, changing their lives completely.  Before the farm they had lived respectable, safe lives.  Once they buy the farm, their lives turn upside-down, and one thing after another happens.  They begin to doubt themselves and their decision, as they battle unforeseen issues.  However, through it all, they remain great friends, and the end is heartwarming.

Reading this book made me want to buy a farm in Shenandoah Valley! It made me want a huge garden overflowing with vegetables, bushes dripping berries, a dog, sheep, and a deer! All the talk of the wonderful jams and soups and bread and whatever made me very hungry and domestic feeling.  I must admit, after I read this book, I spent a day making 8 loaves of zucchini bread and plan to make a few jars of jam and some pickled stuff too.  And that is not  something I really do.  But this book was about daydreams coming true, and that is appealing to me.  I am sure it is to everyone! 

It made me wonder what I would have on my farm? I think I would grow lavender and raspberries, and have a bunch of goats.  And a lot of cats and dogs. And bunnies and chickens.  I would never eat any of them as a vegetarian, but I would love to have them on my farm. 

What about you? What would you have on your farm?


  1. I must read this one! I would have a Great Dane (because this is the dog that I'm too old to have now) and every single dog that no one else wants. I would have a ton of cats and kitties. I would add a couple of lazy cows for my husband because he is mesmorized by cows (I'm not sure why). I would have all my own vegetables because I am a quasi-vegetarian and I would have a million kids hanging around me and a porch with a ton of rocking chairs so people could come and sit down and figure out their complicated lives. I went a little crazy on you here didn't I? ;-)

    1. You didn't at all, I love your dream farm! The porch with rocking chairs sounds wonderful!!


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