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The first 1 2 of this book was really slow and I doubted I would read the rest of the series but it picked up at the end and ended on an unfinished note Peter s grandfather dies and he decides to take over the farm Peter and his new wife haven t lived on a farm before and they are just one step above losing everything When Peter takes over he farms, has dairy cows, his wife gets 100 chickens and plants a huge garden It seems overwhelming and rather odd that a non farmer would try to do all t The first 1 2 of this book was really slow and I doubted I would read the rest of the series but it picked up at the end and ended on an unfinished note Peter s grandfather dies and he decides to take over the farm Peter and his new wife haven t lived on a farm before and they are just one step above losing everything When Peter takes over he farms, has dairy cows, his wife gets 100 chickens and plants a huge garden It seems overwhelming and rather odd that a non farmer would try to do all things the first year he farms Great book I especially enjoyed the sense of history that came with the flashbacks I recommend this to anyone that likes a good story where not a lot happens, but it s fascinating anyway kind of like my life An excellent book that will open your eyes to the troubles and joys of midwest farm life Learn to haveappreciation for the simple joys in life, right along with Peter and Mae After all as Leonardo da Vinci said Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. I really enjoyed this slow paced book that so accurately describes rural life in Minnesota As a Minnesota native I recognize the landscape and the people, the hot dishes and the bars as in desserts , the county fairs and talent shows, and the spirit of pulling together to help someone out It s set in Le Sueur, Minnesota, home of Green Giant corn and pea processing for nearly a century, in a fictional town called Lake Emily The book accurately describes how hard it is to break into small tow I really enjoyed this slow paced book that so accurately describes rural life in Minnesota As a Minnesota native I recognize the landscape and the people, the hot dishes and the bars as in desserts , the county fairs and talent shows, and the spirit of pulling together to help someone out It s set in Le Sueur, Minnesota, home of Green Giant corn and pea processing for nearly a century, in a fictional town called Lake Emily The book accurately describes how hard it is to break into small town life as an outsider, by both feeling the judgment and also overhearing back biting comments made by those who have been there all their life And Peter had family connections to this farm, with a grandmother still living in town It described the importance of women s extension clubs and the rituals of going to church and having Sunday dinner It described the joys of being close to God by working the land and being in nature But mostly it so very well described how hard our farmers and their families work each spring, summer and fall to put food on our table Not only working from sunup to sundown but even well past dark when there s work to do in the fields With a large head of cattle to be milked twice a day and hundreds and hundreds of acres to be planted and hayed and eventually harvested, with profits being at the mercy of both weather and driven by economic markets, the book will give any reader a great knowledge of and respect for farming It was indeed an impressive undertaking for Peter and Mae to leave the Twin Cities and decide to take over this family farm With that at the heart of the story, there were relationship issues with Mae s mother, with Peter s father, with Peter and Mae s marriage, and with Mae s sister falling in love with one of the Biddle boys down the road to keep the reader engaged I most appreciated the author s use of vignettes inserted here and there in the story that were just a couple pages long, always in italics, and gave us insight to a character s past history who is still living in Lake Emily Very effective and enjoyable My favorite character is Peter s grandma Virginia I appreciated her strong and steady presence She is such a gift to Mae and to Jessica, the little girl she mentored, and to the entire town She was wise to move out of the farm house and give Mae and Peter some space to make it their own, but always ready to give advice and help with gardening, making a marriage work while farming, or raising and butchering chickens Her grief over losing her husband Roy was real and palpable.I ve never read Christian literature before and at times the insertion of prayer or scripture felt hokey to me, even as a practicing Catholic, but I was in TEARS by the last chapter of the book as we met Mae and Peter s child, saw parents show up when they needed to, and witnessed a town pull together unexpectedly to help them with both hotdishes and harvesting when they were most in need I thought this was an excellent book about a young man and his new bride who take over operation of the family farm after the death of his grandfather The book accurately portrays farm and small town life The man has only a limited knowledge of farming, so they encounter many obstacles and problems, but nothing that is unbelievable Their Christian faith helps them cope, and I am interested in reading the next two books in the series. This book was a little slower but I really enjoyed it I already reviewed this book and added some of my favorite quotes The only problem is it didn t save and the book is already back on the library shelf.So this is by memoryThere was a really good quote about you will always be you with the exception of the choices that you make They will define you.I also loved when the cute little grandma said, Some times you get your family where ever you can And I need a granddaughter So tender.This This book was a little slower but I really enjoyed it I already reviewed this book and added some of my favorite quotes The only problem is it didn t save and the book is already back on the library shelf.So this is by memoryThere was a really good quote about you will always be you with the exception of the choices that you make They will define you.I also loved when the cute little grandma said, Some times you get your family where ever you can And I need a granddaughter So tender.This was a great book and it really made me want to move to a small town I really enjoyed this book It s about a young man named Peter whose grandfather just passed away He has many fond memories of helping his grandfather on the farm in Minnesota and wonders why his father didn t stay there to take over the farm He resents his father, who is a musician, for always moving around while he was growing up and for missing his grandfather s funeral Peter is between jobs and he and his new wife Mae are staying in her parents basement, which hasn t been ideal Mae s mom I really enjoyed this book It s about a young man named Peter whose grandfather just passed away He has many fond memories of helping his grandfather on the farm in Minnesota and wonders why his father didn t stay there to take over the farm He resents his father, who is a musician, for always moving around while he was growing up and for missing his grandfather s funeral Peter is between jobs and he and his new wife Mae are staying in her parents basement, which hasn t been ideal Mae s mom doesn t think Peter is good enough for her and Mae ends up leaving with their mother daughter relationship in ruins Peter s Grandmother mentioned one day that her husband Roy had always hoped someone in the family would take over the farm and Peter thinks that is what he wants to do He talks to his wife and his grandmother and they decide on a trial period to see how it goes Mae finds out very quickly that outsiders have a hard time fitting in with small town folks where everyone knows everyone s business Peter loves farming but has a hard time keeping up and is worried about paying back his operating loan The story continues to tell of some of their trials on the farm I really like how the author inserted short chapters in italics that tell a small story from the past just before a chapter where that person is involved in the present That allows the reader to get to know the people in the small town and how they relate to one another You learn a little bit of history right when you need to The stories are very well written and make you feel for the people in the story After reading this book you are left wondering what s next and there are twobooks Dandelions in a jelly jar and aprons on a clothesline This isn t just a book about farming It s about being new and and trying to fit in where newcomers aren t welcome It s about love and family It s about coming through difficult times unscathed and knowing you are not alone in the world *Free Book ⇫ A Can of Peas ↷ Weaving together the strong threads of family and friends in a pattern of grace, forgiveness, and kindness, A Can of Peas invites readers into a place where every day brings a new story and neighbors are than just people who live down the road Sometimes funny and often poignant, these vignettes will draw both men and women into the reassuring rhythms of life as it ought to be and as it still is in the heart of America After the death of his grandfather, Peter Morgan and his new bride, Mae, face a life changing decision should they embrace the career chasing ambitions of their family and friends in St Paul or accept the absurd challenge of saving the family farm in the Minnesota countryside Enticed by the romance of a simple, quiet life, the Morgans set out to follow in the footsteps of Peter s grandparents Soon, Peter is farming around the clock, barely one step ahead of failure as Mae struggles to find her place in Peter s life and in the community Will the strain of saving the farm tear their marriage apart Was it a mistake to dream I liked this sweet book, though I found it a little corny and predictable I don t mind that if I m in the right mood. The problems in the book are a little too neatly solved and challenges are a little too neatly dealt with and resolved but this is a good book.