From Goodreads: Prudence Burns, a well-intentioned New Yorker full of back-to-the-land ideals, just inherited Woefield Farm—thirty acres of scrubland, dilapidated buildings, and one half-sheared sheep. But the bank is about to foreclose, so Prudence must turn things around fast! Fortunately she’ll have help from Earl, her banjo-playing foreman with a family secret; Seth, the neighbor who hasn’t left the house since a high school scandal; and Sara Spratt, an eleven-year-old who’s looking for a home for her prize-winning chickens.
Home to Woefield is about learning how to take on a challenge, face your fears, and find friendship in the most unlikely of places.
I should confess from the outset that I romanticize living in Canada much in the same way Prudence romanticizes farm life. At the start Prudence has an idea of what farm living and farm communities are like–think Mayberry. What I love about Prudence is what first drove me crazy about her. Her pie in the sky naive optimism and ideals. The humor of this book is watching Prudence’s ideals be put aside for her to reach her goals.
I really enjoyed these quirky characters. Seth, the next door neighbor with a horrible secret (well, not so much horrible as just terribly embarrassing). Earl, the crusty caretaker of the farm and his half-shaved sheep, Bertie. And my absolute favorite Sara, the 11 year-old chicken expert who comes to stay at the farm and may just never leave.
This was a nice, fun read. You may not warm to it right away but stick with it and I’m sure you’ll be as charmed as I was. I’m hoping we get to hear from these characters again.
Oh, and I still love Canada and totally want to live there some day.
I received this copy free from Book Club Girl for her Blog Talk Radio show.