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At Home on Ladybug Farm (Ladybug Farm #2)

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  1,230 ratings  ·  148 reviews
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 unexpe ...more
ebook, 368 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by Berkley Books (first published August 29th 2009)
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I love this series like I loved the Mitford series by Jan Karon. So easy and sweet, mostly happy endings, which are sometimes needed. I believe in happy endings, and I am happy when I get them. You also know what to expect from these books, which is good too sometimes.

This book continues along the same vein as the first, this time with the addition of Cici's daughter Lori, and more about Noah, a teenage boy they are unofficially fostering. The young adults add a new perspective to the book that
So, this picks up just a few months from where we left off after the first book.

The ladies now have 2 late-teen kiddos living with them and contributing some slave labor to the household. The older of the two is a college dropout, spoiled and strikes me as the “ooh, it’s tooooo haaaard, I don’t liiiiiike it” kind of why girl I love to hate. So she has like this totally brill plan, yeah, to like make money with like, uh the farm. Or several totally brill and not actually well-researched or though
Taylor Knight
Lack of character development, a repetitive plot, and unrealistic events were the down fall of this book.
I loved this 2nd book in the series as much as the 1st one! I really enjoyed the "in the past" chapters, as it gave the background/history of Ladybug Farm (formerly known as Blackwell Farms). As always, there were laugh out loud moments, and I just loved the ending.
Judy Collins
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
I loved this sequel to "A Year on Ladybug Farm!" I loved the addition of a bit of the historical view to the house and the people whose lives are, fatefully, intertwined. It was a fun book; some funny moments (though not as much as the first); some good growing times and character development. I was pleased with the ending and completely enjoyed this book.

I just have to add a quote from the book that I loved. This quote is given by the character Cici: "Motherhood isn't something that just happe
Paula  Phillips
At the beginning of the year , I read Book #1 of this series and enjoyed it . It was about a group of three older women who decided that they would retire and move to the country and into an old rundown mansion. Over the year, the threesome added some new people to their household . A maid Ida Mae , Noah - a runaway fifteen year old boy and Cici's 20yr daughter Lori.
Book #2 takes off with the threesome Bridget, Cici and Lindsay being in the house for a whole year and though they are slowly gett
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.
I picked this book up to read as I thought it would be fun while we were having a new and special wood floor put in our house. I was not disappointed. I loved the first book in this series called A Year on Ladybug Farm but this book was even better!

We are back on Ladybug Farm one year after the life changing decision was made to make this move. Cici, Bridget and Lindsay are still restoring the 100 year old house and farm. But this household is growing. Cici's daughter has left college and moved
I absolutely love this series of books. Perhaps its my age. Its about three women who sell their homes and buy a 100 year old farmhouse to renovate, after their husbands are gone. They are in my age group and I love reading about their "adventures" and what one can do with their life, no matter their age. I like that the story is about "life" and not necessarily all about a relationship between a man and a woman and falling in love. This is about three mature women who have been dear friends for ...more
Aug 09, 2013 Toni rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Book Groups, Women,
This is the second book in the Ladybug Farm series that I have read. It could be read without reading the first book but the back story of how the 3 main characters came to Ladybug Farm would not be complete. If you need a few laughs and a light read then this is the book for you.

My favorite part of the book is when Lori convinces the ladies that they must shear their sheep before the market it flooded with wool. Even though they are warned that it is too early to shear they go ahead. The shena
As soon as I got this I had to read it even though I had 16 books ahead of it in my TBR stack. Donna Ball fell short on this one, in my opinion it wasn't as good as A Year on Ladybug Farm. It was good, don't get me wrong but since I thought "A Year" was spectacular well this one falls a little short. I guess what it lacks is the tension that the first book had, in Year you weren't sure if they were going to make it, so many things went wrong and several times you just wondered how they could pos ...more
This was the second book about three women who decide to buy an old historic house in Virginia after the death of one of their husbands. The first book, which I also read and enjoyed, placed the three long-time friends on the move. This one comes as they have made it through the one-year trial period with a decision to stay. They are faced with more challenges, not only with the house and the problems that any old house exhibits, but also with the challenges of a daughter moving in, trying to fi ...more
Three older city women buy a ramshackle Victorian home in a fairly rural area, and try to fashion new lives for themselves. The story often flashes back to previous times and previous owners, whose lives impact the present. One of the characters said it was more 'Looney' Farm than 'Ladybug' Farm, but the happenings are taken from reality. I really enjoyed this book.
This one didn't rate as high as the first one, but then sequels seldom do. However, there's hope as there is a 3rd book and the rating for it is just as good as the first. You'll have to check back tomorrow (on my blog) for that review though.

What was it about this one that fell short? It tends to fall in line with most 2nd books that lead to a 3rd, meaning it's a segue way into the 3rd. It wraps up a little of the first, reiterates some information, and builds up to what is to come in the 3rd.
I remember really really liking "A Year On Ladybug Farm". I liked this one also, although at some point during my reading, I remember thinking, "what now?" It just got to a point where it was a bit over the top.

The characters seemed at times less "fleshed out" as though the plot was taking center stage and the characters themselves only stage props. And even then, the stage seemed a bit crowded with all the characters. None of them seemed as real to me as I somehow expected.

That said, it was a
Continued problems, none out of line with restoring an old manion on many acres. The characters have increased, with one daughter and a foster son living on the there are even more twists & turns to the story.

I do like this series...
This was a fun read -- I enjoyed it. However, I didn't feel that the three main ladies were given very strong "character profiles" in this book. BUT, in all fairness, I did not read the first book "A Year on Ladybug Farm" and the characters may have been presented more strongly in the first book. But despite this, I really liked being in the "world" of these women and the farm, and I loved the chapters that went back in time to those who lived there in the past. And I loved Donna Ball's descript ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
This is the second novel in a wonderful series about a group of women who change their lives and begin anew in the Shenandoah Valley, VA. The ladies also have one 20yr old daughter, who is also seeking her future, and a boy 15, who is found sleeping hard in the folly on their land.

Various animals keep us laughing with their antics, and all attempts to make this venture a paying opposition, have you in stitches.

The Woman Power is felt throughout the book. These ladies are fierce in their joint de
Funny and cute, I enjoyed reading about the ladies' starting their second year on the farm. A nice tie-in with flashbacks to past residents of the farm, giving an interesting little mystery that is somewhat predictably wrapped up at the end.
Because of the way the story was written, the ending was predictable. You knew Lori would eventually come up with a business plan that they loved and would go back to college. You also knew that they would keep guardianship of Noah. Most of the characters were too one dimensional to be convincing. For example, Lori could not possibly have been that naive about her various business schemes. Ida Mae could not have possibly been that moody and mean w/o someone getting annoyed with her and saying so ...more
Diana Marsh
It's easy to find yourself rooting for certain characters. If you enjoy stories about friendships through good and bad times, with a little bit of house restoration thrown in, you should enjoy this series.
I did enjoy this book although it did leave me feeling like I didn't get the whole story. Some things were fairly predictable but I was mostly reading this for entertainment. It was successful in that regard. The parts with the sheep shearing and chicks made me laugh out loud which is what pushed it to a 4 star. They overrode the parts that irritated me such as the part where the author was describing the Easter outfits. She went into detail about all but one the characters. Why? Did she have a ...more
I think I enjoyed this installment of Ladybug farm more than the first book! I enjoyed following the women along as they were met with new obstacles. An obstinate teenage boy and a over zealous college aged girl trying to find her place on the farm. Through it all they manage to hold it together and positive outcomes flow their way, although they have to go through difficult times to get there. A pleasant read interjected with small bits of history that tie young Noah indefinitely to the farm. T ...more
Liked this sequel even better than the first book. We learn more about the history of Ladybug Farm and I liked the bigger roles Noah and Lori play.
This book continues the adventures of Cici, Bridget, and Lindsey - three 50 plus year-old women who buy a run-down mansion in the Shenandoah Valley and start a new life. A plot angle I enjoyed in this book were flashbacks to other times from the Civil War to the present. These tied in to the present-day by way of objects discovered in or near the house. The women and their crusty housekeeper increase their household by two people (Lori, Cici's daughter and Noah, an orphaned teenager found living ...more
Lesley Strom
Good continuation of the LadyBug farm. The first in the series was still better but this was still good. On to book 3....
Autmn Tooley
I've read the entire series and this book has everything I love about women's fiction. It's a story that revolves around female friendships, building community, and discovering where you fit in the world.

It does all of that wrapped in the everyday things. The characters are relatable and have the right amount of moxy. These women are all strong, competent ladies; and like many of us, struggle to rediscovery who we are as life changes.

Best of all it's about women finding fulfillment & happi
A nice follow up to the first book, where a bit of history is revealed. Fun!
Starting reading it...couldn't get back into it. The teenagers are already irritating me and so predictable. Oh, the whining! And the weird live-in cook.... This book is just not my fare.
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