… the charming Ladybug Farm? Donna Ball’s Love Letters from Ladybug Farm* showcases best friends Cici, Lindsay and Bridget, all in their 50’s and former suburbanites. They are in their third year of renovating Ladybug Farm, a delightfully rundown farm/estate in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. This third installment in the series finds the friends still trying to get their winery up and running, and they have also have decided to start a special events business. A high society wedding is planned to take place on their estate and the spoiled bride-to-be, her wacky mom, and soon to be mother-in-law have so many demands and ‘just a few little changes’ to make, that the three friends wonder if the money they are going to receive is really worth all of the horrendous hassles. A rooster, a goat, a dog, a broken leg and a tornado play into the things that can go wrong. The love letters that play into the book are touching and have a sort of sad but great ending for one of the members of this very unique household. The descriptions of the scenery are breathtaking. Every detail is written so as to make you feel like you are actually part of the story. You never want it to end.
While this is a standalone book with enough back story, I very highly recommend that you read book one, A Year on Ladybug Farm. This book tells of how the three friends came to the decision to buy the farm/estate and their hilarious and touching first year of renovations. Book two, At Home on Ladybug Farm, tells of new friends, tough decisions, the history of the farm/estate with more laugh-out-loud scenes and some moments when you might even need a Kleenex.
All 3 of these books are wonderfully descriptive, make you feel like you are there and part of what is happening and leave you very impatiently waiting for the next book.
Reviewed by Terry (staff)