Book Review: Barnheart by Jenna Woginrich

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Barnheart: The Incurable Longing for a Farm of One’s Own by Jenna Woginrich

This book comes with it’s own blog! Cold Antler Farm Blog

Summary:
This book chronicles the adventures of Jenna Woginrich (the author) as she moves from her rented farm in Idaho, to a new life in Vermont. There she rents out a seemingly perfect cabin with her two dogs (Jazz and Annie) and a bit of land. From there she starts collecting her farm animals and building their lives in the green hills of Vermont. After what seems to be a great start, trouble brews and Jenna is forced to make decisions that will affect her ability to have a farm of her own.

My Take:
This is my kind of story. This book is more along the lines of “Chickens in the Road” and “The Dirty Life”, which I loved so much.  Instead of being a short story plus a “how-to” guide like her previous book (Made From Scratch), this is a cohesive story about Jenna and her quest to own her own farm. At many points in the book I was cheering for her, but also thinking “What is the world is wrong with this girl?? Sheep on rented property?”. I found myself heartbroken when she started to have problems with her farm and I couldn’t put the book down for the last 75 pages. This book has made me believe (along with others) that if you really want something and you are willing to work for it, you will have it. Positive thoughts and hard work go a long way. Stop by amazon and grab this book (whopping $10) or check it out from the local library. It is a great read. I can’t wait to read her next book, Colder Antler Farm, when I get the chance!

Overall: 5 out of 5. I loved it.

Ben

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