The Reluctant Farmer of Whimsey Hill


Non-Fiction - Animals
344 Pages
Reviewed on 01/31/2017
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Author Biography

Bradford Smith is an internationally known author, engineer, and teacher living in Southern California with writing partner & wife, Nancy Raven Smith, who is an award-winning screenwriter and novelist. Co-collaborator & daughter, Lynn Raven, is an award-winning writer and former entertainment publicist living at Whimsey Hill 2 in Virginia. Brad, Nancy, and their two daughters spent more than twenty years on their rural Virginia farm rescuing animals.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite

I absolutely loved reading The Reluctant Farmer of Whimsey Hill. I wanted to move to Virginia immediately and buy a farm. The Smith family had horses, dogs, cats and an Angus steer named Pork Chop that the family calls Daddy’s cow. Brad meets Nancy at a dance and soon the fun begins. They marry, have two daughters, and move to the country. Life on the farm is anything but dull with Junior and Figgy, two horses that enjoy doing unusual things to Brad every chance they get. They like pushing Brad into puddles and locking him in a stall, and his “cow” manages to run away and get into difficult situations that just add to the fun and confusion. Gardening turns out to be harder than expected and soon more weeds appear than veggies. A local hurricane makes for a scary night and harvesting hay turns into a trip to the hospital. Brad tells about all of these events in great detail and usually with some "how did I get myself into this?" thinking.

The Reluctant Farmer of Whimsey Hill is an animal lover's delight, but there is so much more; love, family, friendship, humor, sadness and just good reading. Bradford M. Smith, Lynn Raven and Nancy Raven Smith have joined forces and written a perfectly delightful book that was impossible to put down. I cannot say enough good things about The Reluctant Farmer of Whimsey Hill. I highly recommend it to everyone young and old; male and female; you will not be disappointed.