Book Review: A Year on Ladybug Farm – Donna Ball

Title: A Year on Ladybug Farm
Author: Donna Ball
ISBN: 9780425225875
Pages: 384
Release Date: March 3, 2009
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:

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.

Review:

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.

Comments

  1. Drat. I like the premise and love the title, but I think I’d probably like better character development. Regardless, if I see this at the library, I might give it a try.

  2. Drat. I like the premise and love the title, but I think I’d probably like better character development. Regardless, if I see this at the library, I might give it a try.

  3. I heard Donna Ball speak on a panel at SIBA last fall and have been interested in the book ever since. I’m glad to see you enjoyed it.

  4. I heard Donna Ball speak on a panel at SIBA last fall and have been interested in the book ever since. I’m glad to see you enjoyed it.

  5. I like the idea of this one. I want to have an adventure in my old age!

  6. I like the idea of this one. I want to have an adventure in my old age!

  7. Anonymous says:

    I like fixer-upper books too! Think I enjoy all the books on your blogs.

    CarolNWong@aol.com

  8. Anonymous says:

    I like fixer-upper books too! Think I enjoy all the books on your blogs.

    CarolNWong@aol.com

  9. Anonymous says:

    I like fixer-upper books too! Think I enjoy all the books on your blogs.

    CarolNWong@aol.com

  10. Anonymous says:

    I like fixer-upper books too! Think I enjoy all the books on your blogs.

    CarolNWong@aol.com

  11. You know, I have often daydreamed about moving into a big old house with my girlfriends when I am older as well, so this sounds like a great book for me to live vicariously through. I am sorry to hear that the characters fell a little flat, but I think I still might try to give this one a go. Thanks for the great review, and on to the wish list it goes!!

  12. You know, I have often daydreamed about moving into a big old house with my girlfriends when I am older as well, so this sounds like a great book for me to live vicariously through. I am sorry to hear that the characters fell a little flat, but I think I still might try to give this one a go. Thanks for the great review, and on to the wish list it goes!!

  13. I have read a couple of pages from this book, and it is very well written! A good book to read!

  14. I have read a couple of pages from this book, and it is very well written! A good book to read!

  15. Aw, this one sounds great! I’m surprised I’ve never heard of it. Like you, I love books about fixer-uppers — which are always about fixing the people fixing the houses, of course. That’s something I can relate to! Adding to my wishlist! 🙂

  16. Aw, this one sounds great! I’m surprised I’ve never heard of it. Like you, I love books about fixer-uppers — which are always about fixing the people fixing the houses, of course. That’s something I can relate to! Adding to my wishlist! 🙂

  17. Well, the premise of this one definitely sounds great. And I love the title and the cover. But flat characters always ruin a book for me. Still, I like the idea of this book so much and the fact that there are sequels makes it seem like maybe there will be more character development to come. I guess that a great friendship is always kind of hard for me to pass up.

  18. Well, the premise of this one definitely sounds great. And I love the title and the cover. But flat characters always ruin a book for me. Still, I like the idea of this book so much and the fact that there are sequels makes it seem like maybe there will be more character development to come. I guess that a great friendship is always kind of hard for me to pass up.

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