When three quirky best friends take over a run-down farm, it's the project
of a lifetime. Fans of Divine Secrets
of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood will enjoy the fine writing and watching the ladies handle the ensuing disasters with a sense of humor and a welcome dose
of common sense.

After their children are grown and their husbands are gone, three friends -- Cici, Lindsay and Bridget -- decide to do something drastic. They leave behind their comfortable, staid suburban lives and buy a dilapidated mansion -- complete with 16 acres, livestock and outbuildings -- in the Shenandoah Valley.

The enormous renovation project has its share of disasters -- flocks of the farm's namesake bug, renegade sheep, a mysterious inhabitant in the attic -- but the women take it all in stride while also negotiating the minefields of family, friendship and love. (BERKLEY, Mar., 384 pp., $14.00)

Reviewed by: 
Melanie Bates