On Brassard’s Farm
As her life seemingly crumbles around her, Ann Turner hopes to escape to a simpler existence by purchasing a small plot of woodland property on elderly Jim Brassard’s Vermont dairy farm. But a series of mishaps and surprises quickly complicate Ann’s life in the woods, and she finds herself drawn into work on the farm and the lives of its people. The struggles of family, farming, and rural American life are all explored as Ann comes to see that her struggles have always been leading her toward finding fulfillment, and love, on Brassard’s farm.
Hecht draws a believable portrait of modern-day rural life as he tells the story of a woman in search of belonging, and readers will appreciate the sense of realism he provides in depicting the many challenges and harsh realities faced by today’s small farms. Less believable, however, is Ann’s voice, not only as the novel’s narrator but also in her conversations with other, particularly female, characters. Ultimately, On Brassard’s Farm is a capable, satisfying story of one woman’s discovery of herself and of love within the harsh, yet subtly enchanting, realities of life on the farm.
|Page Count||406 pages|
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