At Home on Ladybug Farm

At Home on Ladybug Farm

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by Donna Ball
     
 

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From the award-winning author of A Year on Ladybug Farm comes the continuing story of three women who learn what it takes to turn a house into a home.

A year after taking the chance of a lifetime, Cici, Lindsay, and Bridget are still trying to make a home for themselves on the newly-renovated Ladybug Farm. Life in the Shenandoah Valley is

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From the award-winning author of A Year on Ladybug Farm comes the continuing story of three women who learn what it takes to turn a house into a home.

A year after taking the chance of a lifetime, Cici, Lindsay, and Bridget are still trying to make a home for themselves on the newly-renovated Ladybug Farm. Life in the Shenandoah Valley is picturesque, but filled with unexpected trials-such as the introduction of two young people into the ordered life the women have tried to build for themselves.

As the walls of the old house reveal their secrets and the lives of those who have gone before begin to unfold, the cobbled-together household starts to disintegrate into chaos. And when one of their members is threatened by a real crisis, they must all come together to fight for the roots theyfive laid down, the hopes they share, and the family theyfive become.

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From the Publisher
"Donna Ball has created a delightful world in her Ladybug Farm novels. Her characters are lively and endearing, and readers will feel a longing to join the girls on the front porch in the evenings as they reminisce about the day's activities."
-Fresh Fiction

"At Home on Ladybug Farm is a wonderful novel with wonderful characters working together to turn their new house into a home."
-ReaderToReader.com

Publishers Weekly
Proving true friendship can create fierce family ties, Ball's exceptional sequel to 2009's A Year on Ladybug Farm updates the trials, tribulations and triumphs of three single women of a certain age struggling to renovate Blackwell Farms, a rundown Virginia estate. A year has passed since Lindsay Wright, Cici Burke and Bridget Tindale arrived from Baltimore to live on the farm. Adding joy and sometimes frustration to the household are crusty old housekeeper Ida Mae; Cici's 20-year-old daughter Lori, who doesn't want to return to college in California; and Noah Clete, a fatherless 15-year-old Lindsay wants to adopt. Ball's bright examination of their efforts to rehab a place that was burned down during the Civil War, rebuilt, and then served as a winery, a home for WWII military wives and a creamery known for its cheeses, is absolutely delectable. Injecting extra zing are Ball's fascinating flashbacks, while Noah's transformation from misfit to responsible teen is another sweet note in this entertaining treatise of how love overcomes adversity. (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425229781
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/06/2009
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
120,444
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher

"Donna Ball has created a delightful world in her Ladybug Farm novels. Her characters are lively and endearing, and readers will feel a longing to join the girls on the front porch in the evenings as they reminisce about the day's activities."
-Fresh Fiction

"At Home on Ladybug Farm is a wonderful novel with wonderful characters working together to turn their new house into a home."
-ReaderToReader.com

Meet the Author

Donna Ball has published more than 80 works of fiction since 1982, both under her own name and under pseudonyms.

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At Home on Ladybug Farm 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Frisbeesage More than 1 year ago
At Home on Ladybug Farm continues the adventures of Cici, Lindsay, and Bridget as they try to turn their run-down estate in the Shenandoah Valley into a home. They have plenty of adventures from sheep shearing and an invasion of 144 chicks to barn fires that lead to discovering hidden treasures. Along the way they learn a few life lessons and help a few people along. Cici's daughter, Lori has moved in with the three women and her youthful exuberance and naivete are a nice balance in this book. In addition, there are frequent flashbacks through out the book telling the story of the house's history. It was a nice touch to learn the details of the house's past and then be able to anticipate the moment when the women would discover the truth through some happy accidnt. The historical perspective added a nice dimension. I enjoyed A Year on Ladybug Farm very much and At Home on Ladybug Farm was a nice follow up. I was happy to be able to catch up with Cici, Lindsay, and Bridget as well as Noah, Ida Mae and others. It's a warm, generous book filled with good humor. I hope there are more in the series to come!
harstan More than 1 year ago
One year has gone by since Lindsay Wright, Cici Burke and Bridget Tindale left Baltimore to relocate and start over on Blackwell Farms in the Shenandoah Valley. The place was a dump, but the three single women worked hard; assisted but at times distracted by their grumpy housekeeper Ida Mae; Cici's 20-year-old daughter Lori who fled a California college to come "home", and fifteen years old Noah Clete. Now the farm has undergone much renovation and revealed some of its history to its current residents. They know what happened during the Civil War as this farm and its neighbor were home to battles and occupations. It was turned into winery, a cheesy creamery, and a WWII refugee camp. Now Ladybug Farm is home to another generation of misfits. Using flashbacks to tell the history enhances a warm tale of love and friendship as Donna Ball informs her audience what happened to those and more who spent A YEAR ON LADYBUG'S FARM. The cast is solid as each still struggles with what they want, but have come a long way baby from where they were especially the trio of Maryland expatriates. Fans will enjoy the return visit to the three single women and their three "wards" as fans will feel AT HOME ON LADYBUG FARM. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this Ladybug Farm Series! This is the kind of book you do not want to end-you can image yourself as one of the three 50 (something) women, planning their day which comes with many obstacles and challenges. It is so exciting-their adventures, and planning their future (even though they thought they were retiring), and yet so much more to life. I love the characters and the connections of the three women who are best friends, who gave up their city life to live in the country and tackle the restoration of an historic estate in Virginia. I adore their friendship with gay couple (Derrick and Paul-they are divine) and can image them sitting around drinking wine in the gardens and love their style! What was very exciting about this #2 installment of the series was adding more from Lori (Cici’s daughter) which grows up and matures during the book, and learning more details about Noah (teen who is helping them out on the farm which they take under their wing), especially Lindsay. She is a mentor to him in so many ways from the art, landscape design, to every aspect of the land and home. I fell in love with his character. Also Ida May (housekeeper) is hiding a lot of stories throughout the book which comes to surface with a little historical fiction from past generations of the lovely historic home and how they seamlessly blend into this new generation. This book will make you laugh and cry (the animals are funny and all the crazy things which happen, but there is so much love here). Cannot wait to see what is happening in the next book! This sequel is amazing and love Donna Ball’s writing style. I want to savor each moment as love everything about this series from the gourmet cooking, gardening, restoration, entertaining, designing, friendship, to being creative and thinking outside the box. When you love historic inns, properties, real estate, and bed and breakfast and especially elegant farm inns, you can relate. This is a 5 star +++ series and highly recommend. I have already purchased the e-book #3 (Love Letters from Ladybug Farm). After reading Donna latest, “The Hummingbird House” (2013), I had to begin reading Ladybug Farm series and I am thorough enjoying it. I can escape with this book and imagine myself in the setting (not sure when I am going to get any work done), as want to lock myself in and enjoy this delightful and charming series! All about dreams and making them happen – never giving up. An inspiring read which you will not soon forget!
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LadyHester More than 1 year ago
I love the idea of Ladybug Farm and that's about it. The house is cool but the story is unrealistic.
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I had read her 1st book of this series & had to go right out & buy the next one. This book was different from the normal chic book-charaters were all so interesting, wanted to know even more as it ended. Didn't want it to end & now we have to wait till Oct for the next one. What will happen???
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice twist to story.. But you definitely want to read "A Year On Lady Bug Farm" first.
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