Home to Woefield

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Home to Woefield

A Novel

Prudence Barns is a composting, tofu-eating, city dweller who dreams of farming organic produce. When her uncle dies leaving her his non-functioning ranch, she thinks it's her big chance.

The farm comes equipped with one half-shaved sheep, a crotchety tenant, and a hefty debt. Never mind that, Prudence's dedication to her ideals remains solid. When a young, male, alcoholic hermit shows up seeking a place to live, she gives him room and board in exchange for his help on the farm.

With no other options, he agrees, but work and being outside the confines of his bedroom is a shock to his system.

Then there is Sarah, the girl who loves chickens. Her parents are fighting and she, too, finds refuge at the farm.

Meanwhile, the bank is threatening to foreclose. Prudence does the only thing she can think of to buy her some time to become successful. She lies. But in a small town like Woefield, the lies travel and soon Prudence finds herself in an even bigger mess.

Home to Woefield is a fish out of water story with a lot of heart. In the wake of negativity and absurd happenings, Prudence keeps tight hold of her dreams.

It seems nothing can dissuade her from giving 150 percent until the bitter end. Seeing her naive idealism inspires those around her and causes them to rise above their petty complaints.

I loved the way Ms. Juby chose to tell the story, following the points of views of several of the characters. She did a wonderful job with characterizations and growth.

Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable story. Prudence is my hero!

Book Blurb for Home to Woefield

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.

Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2011 4.75