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Review: A Year on Ladybug Farm

November 5, 2010

Lindsay, Bridget and CiCi are great friends and each one has found herself living alone – they’re each divorced or widowed, and their kids are grown.  They come up with the idea to sell their houses and buy one together.  Lindsay hopes to pursue her art full time and they think she can support them while Bridget takes care of the cooking and housekeeping and CiCi handles the maintenance and repairs.  They fall in love with a huge old home in a small town in the Shenandoah Valley.  At first they decide it’s too expensive, but after careful deliberation, the women decide they can make it work, so they enter into a formal agreement to buy the house and re-evaluate everything in a year.  They deem their new home “Ladybug Farm,” and find that they’ve taken on more than they anticipated.  They also find that they learn a lot about themselves and their community along the way.

A Year on Ladybug Farm by Donna Ball is the first of three books about Bridget, Lindsay and CiCi.  (There aren’t any more planned right now, but never say never!)  I thought this book was just charming!  I loved the fact that more mature women (they are around my age) weren’t afraid to take on new challenges.  Sure, they had tough times and got very frustrated, but they persevered and worked at it, even as members of their own families had their doubts.

Bridget, Lindsay and CiCi had their own personalities and I found myself attached to them – I felt like they were friends by the time I finished the book.  They were far from perfect and had their moments, but for the most part the women were kind and supportive of each other, which I found very refreshing.  We should all be so lucky to have such great friends.

I also loved the community of Blue Valley – it’s full of quirky characters and the ladies of Ladybug Farm find themselves taking in one stray after another.  The community is accepting and, loving and after a few trials, the women begin feeling right at home.

I really enjoyed A Year on Ladybug Farm and look forward to spending more time with Lindsay, Bridget and CiCi in At Home on Ladybug Farm.

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39 Comments leave one →
  1. November 5, 2010 5:10 am

    The community does sound lovely – I could do with moving to a place like that myself.

  2. Marg permalink
    November 5, 2010 6:25 am

    This sounds like a nice read, and my library has it which is a bonus.

  3. November 5, 2010 6:37 am

    This sounds like my kind of read! Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

  4. November 5, 2010 7:35 am

    Sounds like a book I’d like!

  5. November 5, 2010 7:40 am

    How cute! That sounds delightful.

  6. November 5, 2010 9:30 am

    This looks like a fun friendship read. The premise reminds me a bit of The Golden Girls show (but with women who are a bit younger of course). The title caught my eye because we have had swarms of ladybugs on our back patio for about a week and have no idea where they came from or why they are there. So I was curious if this was about a real ladybug farm, but I see that it’s just the name of their place. It still sounds like a good read though regardless.

  7. November 5, 2010 9:48 am

    Finding friends like that and going on an adventure would be marvelous!

  8. November 5, 2010 9:55 am

    This does sound like a really charming book, and I also like the fact that it deals with mature women taking a chance. I also have to say that I love the title and cover of this book. I am going to have to check this out. It sounds wonderful! I am glad that you enjoyed it so much!

  9. November 5, 2010 9:58 am

    This does like a quirky and charming book — I love the idea, too, of these two friends getting together to buy a house instead of living separately. We all need good friends like that!

  10. November 5, 2010 10:05 am

    I love charming, quirky books – especially at the holidays. I’ve never heard of this one before. Thank you for a new title.

  11. November 5, 2010 10:28 am

    I have this out from the library right now! I love me some quirky and actually feel like I could use some quirky…I may have to try to actually fit it in. Somewhere…. Thanks for the great review!

  12. November 5, 2010 12:06 pm

    This book sounds like the perfect gift for that special friend in one’s life.

  13. November 5, 2010 1:03 pm

    I like the title of this book and judging from your review, it sounds like an enjoyable read. 🙂

  14. November 5, 2010 1:14 pm

    Sounds like a very sweet book. It’s nice to find books with more mature characters! LOL!

  15. November 5, 2010 1:38 pm

    This book sounds perfect for my book club!

  16. November 5, 2010 2:10 pm

    What a fun thing to do for Lindsay, Bridget and CiCi – one almost envies their freedom to do something like that!

  17. November 5, 2010 2:29 pm

    I read this book and like you, I loved it. I thought the storyline was charming and I also enjoyed that the characters were growing in their own right without their children!

  18. November 5, 2010 3:32 pm

    This one sounds really good. I just love books where you feel like you’ve made new friends by the time you get to the end.

  19. November 5, 2010 4:20 pm

    I like quirky characters 🙂

  20. Pam Keener permalink
    November 5, 2010 5:56 pm

    I think I would love to read this book. Thanks for the review.
    Love & Hugs,

  21. November 5, 2010 6:15 pm

    I like that the main characters are of a “mature age.” I’m beginning to see more of that and that’s a good thing.

  22. November 5, 2010 7:27 pm

    Sounds a great book. Lovely to find more books about women we can relate to.

  23. November 5, 2010 7:58 pm

    Great review. This one sounds so good. And I love that the characters aren’t typical young women!

  24. November 5, 2010 8:47 pm

    I think it sounds like a great option for a way of living at a certain time of life. Sounds like it will be a neat series.

  25. November 5, 2010 8:59 pm

    This sounds like a book I would like…thanks for the review.

  26. November 5, 2010 9:17 pm

    This sounds like a must read for me. I’ve always thought my friend and I would do this when we are “mature”. We were suppose to work in the peace corps, when we got out of high school, but our parents soon vetoed that one…

  27. November 6, 2010 7:27 am

    I do think this is a great book to read. Charming is what I like and friendship is my favorite theme. Thanks for the review!

  28. November 6, 2010 8:10 am

    I suggested this book to a friend of mine without every having read it myself. She LOVED it and has since read the other two.

    I am very much looking forward to reading it myself. Perhaps I could count it as “research” for my NaNoWriMo project 🙂

  29. November 6, 2010 8:16 am

    Sounds wonderful – like a real escape! Glad you enjoyed it.

  30. November 6, 2010 11:14 am

    This sounds like a cozy, charming book. It’s especially perfect for sitting down with on a rainy day and getting lost in the story.

    Great review, Kathy!

  31. November 6, 2010 2:31 pm

    I had my eyes on this book awhile back but hadn’t heard much more about it. After reading how much you enjoyed it I will be sure to read it now. It does sound like the perfect read for an afternoon!

  32. November 6, 2010 4:46 pm

    I have the first two books and recently purchased the third. I plan to read them soon. What attracted me to this series is the characters’ ages. The plot appears to be a bit more “grown up” than what I normally read (LOL).

  33. November 6, 2010 5:12 pm

    What a cute book idea!

  34. November 6, 2010 8:18 pm

    sounds like an interesting book! it’s like having roommates again and i can only imagine what that must be like at a mature age.

  35. November 7, 2010 12:31 pm

    I have this in my TBR! I’m so glad to read such a glowing review. I love books about women and small communities so it sounds like this one is right up my alley!

  36. November 7, 2010 12:37 pm

    What a huge undertaking buying a house with a friend. It could be either a hit or a miss. Glad to read that this one was a positive hit on friendship.

    Adding it to TBR list.

  37. November 8, 2010 9:14 pm

    This sounds like a great book for where I am (or am not) in my life, right now. I’m away from most of my friends, doing “big kid” things with my husband, kiddo and work. This might be a nice little mental vacation. ;O)

  38. November 9, 2010 6:31 am

    Love your review. I’ll bet the setting, Shenandoah Valley, is lovely. I woul love to read this one. Just need to get to that form again.

  39. November 19, 2010 9:50 am

    The Shenandoah Valley is beautiful. I wish I could live there myself. 😉 Thanks for the recommendation!

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