Farm Family

A Solo Mom’s Memoir of Finding Home, Happiness, and Alpacas

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Pub Date 09 Jan 2024 | Archive Date 09 Jan 2024

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The story of a single mom’s pursuit of a dream to start an alpaca farm in the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina.

At thirty-seven, Jane Lee Rankin receives news that upends her life: she’s pregnant. Lee is a cancer survivor eighteen months in remission. Her boyfriend won’t commit, and her father is unsupportive. When she decides to raise the baby by herself, Lee feels the scornful glances and judgmental whispers of her conservative hometown.

Armed only with a dream and a toddler, Lee marches into Banner Elk, North Carolina, a place where she knows no one, to start an alpaca farm. As a novice first-generation farmer, Lee faces nature’s most potent setbacks, from disastrous weather events to attacks from predators. And yet, she forges on. At Apple Hill Farm, Lee trades fear for freedom. She trades disdain for dignity. She learns that her connection to animals is more vital than she knew, and with bravery and persistence, she creates a home—a farm family.


The story of a single mom’s pursuit of a dream to start an alpaca farm in the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina.

At thirty-seven, Jane Lee Rankin receives news that upends her life: she’s...


Advance Praise

"Deeply felt." –Kirkus Reviews

"Deeply felt." –Kirkus Reviews


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ISBN 9798988589808
PRICE $19.95 (USD)
PAGES 302

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When Lee, who is a cancer survivor, finds herself pregnant but her boyfriend isn’t as committed as she would expect him to be, she decides that she will raise the baby on her own. She has always wanted to be a mother, but after cancer was afraid it wouldn’t happen for her, so she’s not going to let this chance pass her by. Her small town is judge mental of an unmarried pregnant woman so she decides to pick up and move herself to North Carolina where she knows no one and start an Alpaca farm after meeting one at another farm and falling in love. She faces lots of obstacles as she learns to be a farmer, from nature’s challenges to predators and she never gives up. She keeps growing her farm and raising her son.
It was inspiring to see her tackle things head on and even when she was afraid, she didn’t back down. She persisted and persevered when most would have given up. I want to be her when I grow up!
Thanks to Apple Hill Farm Press and NetGalley for this eArc in exchange for my review.

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