Title: A Year on Ladybug Farm
Author: Donna Ball
Release Date: March 3, 2009
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4 out of 5
Cici, Lindsay, and Bridget are three best friends approaching retirement. After Bridget’s husband’s unexpected death, she doesn’t know how she’s going to face the future on her own. Wanting to support their friend, Cici and Lindsay joke about moving somewhere with her and living together, just the three friends in a big house. However, the more they talk about it, the more they realize it’s not just a joke. When they find a fixer-upper mansion on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley, they know their dream will become a reality.
I enjoy books about fixer-uppers, so I’ve been wanting to read A Year on Ladybug Farm for some time. Knowing it already has one sequel out and another releasing later on this year only adds to my desire to read what seems like a charming women’s fiction novel.
Most of the book focused on fixing up the house and the difficulties and responsibilities involved in taking over a somewhat dilapidated farm. I really enjoyed reading about the challenges these women overcame and how they faced adversity. Additionally, Ball’s writing style is crisp, clear, and easy to read, making this a novel you can read in one or two sittings. The pages fly by easily as the reader immerses themselves in this story.
Cici, Lindsay and Bridget seemed like interesting women, but unfortunately, there just wasn’t a lot of character development. Ball focused on the house at the expense of her characters. They had shadows and hints of individual personalities, and they all had established roles in the house, but I can’t say I really felt like I got to know them. Hopefully that will change in the next book!
A Year on Ladybug Farm was a quick and quiet read. If you’re in the mood for some light women’s fiction, definitely pick this one up. Despite the character issues, it’s a fun novel that will keep your attention.