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New book out: Would you Marry a Farmer? Your chance to win it

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New book: Would You Marry a Farmer?

This giveaway is now over, but “Would You Marry a Farmer?” is now available for Kindle users on Amazon.com

I have a wonderful book to give away to one lucky reader today. I’ll give you all the details below about how you can get your entry in, but first I want to tell you a little about the book.

This book is a first of its kind, written by Lorna Sixsmith, a farming wife from County Carlow. The idea for the book came about after she wrote a blog post a while back entitled “Advice To Those Considering Marrying A Farmer”. By all accounts the blog post was a huge hit, so Lorna got busy, fleshing out the content and organizing a crowd funding campaign to help with the self-publishing costs. Having reached her fundraising goal, Lorna was able to plough ahead (yes I know, a bad pun πŸ™‚ ) and publish this 200+ page book!

I haven’t read the book from cover to cover yet, but I have read enough to tell you it is incredibly well written and informative, as well as funny. And, from this city boy’s perspective, my eyes have been opened to a way of life in Ireland that I knew very little about.

The book “Would you Mary a Farmer?” is written from the perspective of a woman looking for a man, but the book will appeal to anyone looking to discover what farming life is like in Ireland. The book covers so much more than dating advice. Lorna describes almost every aspect of farming life, covering the farming social scene, types of farming, the good and not so good about marrying a farmer, the personality types to expect and so much more. When you’re reading it, be sure to look for the “10 signs you will make a great farmers wife” and, maybe more importantly, the “10 signs he will make a good farming husband”.

Be prepared for a few chuckles too! The dating ads that Lorna has found in newspapers, some dating back to the 1800’s, will have you laughing, as too will many of Lorna’s characterizations of farming life, and the descriptions of the types of characters you’ll come across in rural Ireland.

Enter to win

***competition is now closed***
You can enter to win this hard cover book by leaving a comment below. Feel free to tell us a little about an experience you had in rural Ireland, or rural anywhere for that matter. But that’s not a requirement. All entries are valid. Last entries will be accepted this Thursday (Dec 5th) and a winner will be chosen at random and notified soon after.
Looking forward to hearing from you!

Other ways to get the book

The best, and fastest, way to get the book is pop on over to Lorna’s blog today, and grab a copy there. I’m sure Lorna will greatly appreciate your support, and she might even be able to get the book to you in time for Christmas.
I’m going to let you in on a little secret too πŸ™‚ There are a couple of other bloggers reviewing Lorna’s book this week, and I think a couple of them also have a copy of the book to give away. Dee, at Greenside Up, should have more details for you starting Tuesday of this week.

Full disclosure : no lush farming land in beautiful County Carlow was transferred to my name in return for this blog post. I did however receive a copy of Lorna’s book for my own enjoyment and to allow me to review it.

We have a winner!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter to win, and of course to Lorna who has put up the prize. I hope you’ll join me in wishing her every success with the book.
The winner is Janine, who left a comment below about growing up on a farm in Canada. Check your email πŸ™‚


  1. Thank you for the funny and comprehensive review Liam, I really was intrigued to see what you were going to say about it. Thank you for hosting the competition too πŸ™‚

  2. I married a farmer in Australia and I would love to read this book. Being a farmers wife is very special job.

  3. This looks like a fascinating read. It’s something that has intrigued me for a long time. Why farmers with their many appealing qualities generally marry late if at all. Are girls just draw to the bright lights of the cities? Where will the next generations of farmers come from? The stereotypical image of a farmer is someone who is generally old, lonely and poor. I look forward to reading this book to see how i compare to other farmers.
    Paul- From Australia.

  4. John Cody, a friend of mine – born 1927, profile below – a good example of one farmer who got away! Interviewed by Turtle Bunbury in Vanishing Ireland around 10 years ago – sadly in a nursing home in Borris now – being well looked after by the nurses – he’s never lost the charm !


  5. Would like to read this book. Wonder if it is any different here in America being married to a farmer

  6. I would love to win a copy of this book!

  7. Pretty please! I am a newly married farmers wife and would love to win….

  8. I would not marry a farmer,First I don”t know any female farmers & second my wife would kill me & besides I am very happy just the way I am.

  9. The book sounds like fun, Liam, and at this time of year with everything else being so stressful, fun sounds wonderful!

    Even if I don’t win it, good luck to your friend and her book.

  10. Well done Lorna, looking forward to picking up a copy.

  11. Sounds like a wonderful book, would love to have it. After our vacation to Ireland in July, have been curious about life in rural areas of this magical place.

  12. Grew up on a farm here in the States. Would love to compare the difference! Congratulations on getting your work out there!

  13. I have no stories to tell of adventures in rural Ireland, as of yet πŸ˜‰ But rural Kentucky, in the USA back in the mid 1970’s, that I remember well for it unpleasant “odors”! We lived on the outer edge of a cow pasture, in a small row of trailer homes (small aluminum homes on wheels). I was in my last month of pregnancy with my first daughter and the smells coming through the open windows of our little home in the heat of the summer months was unbearable. “Cow pies” as we call them in the US πŸ™‚ hahaha…..baking in the Summer sun, smell NOTHING like any pie I ever smelled before or since….hahhahahahaha……Good Luck everyone!

  14. This sounds like a fun book. I think it would be wonderful to be a farmers wife in Ireland. I was raised in the country, we had chickens, and horses. Raised a few lambs too!

  15. I’m a city girl from Ohio, and came to Ireland in 1982 to do voluntary work with the Camphill Community near Callan in Kilkenny. I met my truck driver husband the first day here. In Oct of that first year, his father got ill with cancer and died at Christmas. My husband took over the running of the farm, and we’re at it ever since! I know this book would speak to me!!

  16. I’m very excited to read this…I’m a country girl from rural Canada, whose family originates from parts of Scotland.

  17. As a farmers wife for the last 6 years, I can’t wait to read Lorna’s book. I’m saving it up to read on the Christmas day off. From her tweets, Lorna seems to have lots of patience and a great sense of humour – essential qualities for being a farmer’s wife. I’ll be getting a copy or two for my single ladies too….

  18. I grew on a small farm here in the US, would like to read this book to see if there is any difference! I did love growing up on the farm and now a small acreage but rent out the farmland. Good luck to everyone!

  19. Lorna’s book sounds like it’s going to be a brilliant read full of farming antics! I grew up surrounded by.farms and loved every minute of helping out. Really looking forward to reading the book and I’m sure I’ll be transported back in time to very happy and sometimes hilarious farming memories.

  20. Mikeline Skibsted

    Work 365 days a year. Cows don’t milk themselves. Mother Nature is a fickle mistress. Bugs, bugs, and more bugs! I think I’ll continue buying my eggs already washed and my chicken already plucked.

  21. Carmel Prendergast

    Love the title and the concept. Would love to win a copy, have followed Lornas blog through the year and enjoyed her insights into farming and rural life. Best of luck with the book.

  22. I have been in love with Ireland since my first visit in 2009 & my second visit in 2011. I have been buying books about Ireland including Vanishing Ireland series. I am hoping to be able to get back to Ireland in the near future, there is so much to see & do. Thank you for keeping us informed.
    I grew up in a wonderful town in California & now live in the country in Arkansas..quite a change but loving it here & see farmers & ranchers almost daily..it takes a special kind of woman to live that kind of life.

  23. Having grown up on a farm and milking cows, when I took my mum to Ireland for the 1st time, we stayed at a farm bed and breakfast. My mum got in a snit when the cows didn’t get milked until after 8 in the morning. When she confronted the farmer, he told her “what’s the point?? They’ll get milked when I milk them!” Still tell that story when we get together!

  24. The book looks sooooo interesting. I can’t think of a rural story that has happened to me. I have been in some rural places, but nothing much happened. I hope I am still in the running for the book though. πŸ™‚

  25. Book sounds like an enjoyable read. Spent some of my childhood being raised on my Gran’s small farm, we pretty raised or grew all our food. Loved the 5am delivery of fresh milk from my Great Uncle Percy, our own fresh eggs, the cold cellar bins overflowing with potatoes & other root vegetables. Never knew food came in cans till I was almost 11 lol Was hard work, early mornings & early too bed but life seem to be less stress & much more enjoyable pace πŸ™‚

  26. I married a farmer 14 years ago! Love the farmer and the farming life! We have two boys who also love the good life we are living. Would really love to win a copy of the book! It would be great to share it with my husband and our boys.

  27. We took our first trip to Ireland in this year of the Gathering. We got lost in the rural countryside a few times and it was a great thing as we saw the real Ireland and not just the touristy spots! The lushness of the vegetation amazed us, due to all that renowned Irish rain! And the sheep roaming free on the mountainsides and fields and often on the roads, with their painted wool (for branding purposes) were awesome to see! I ended up leaving a piece of my heart and soul there amongst the misty mountain tops and green patchwork fields. We’ve been wondering how to become farmers in rural Ireland since our trip as it seemed such a gifted way of life to be lucky enough to be born into. But really we have no idea…!
    with warm regards,
    Fran Reddy

  28. Can’t wait to give this book a read πŸ™‚ I grew up on a small farm in Canada and ending up marrying into a farming family from Tipperary. Husband is not running the farm, which works for us, but we all pitch in and do our bit. Hard work but such fun!

  29. Many thanks, everyone, for entering and for saying such lovely things about my book based on the review. Thank you too to Liam for writing such a glowing report πŸ™‚

    Congrats to the winner Janine and I hope you really enjoy it. It will be posted out on Monday.

    I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas xxx

    Yours in farming, Lorna