Once upon a time Chris Beggs and her husband had a dream – to one day own a farm, with cows and poultry and a white fence surrounding a quaint cottage. So what could possibly be wrong with fulfilling that dream 15 years later as a 38 year old divorced mother of two?
Chris says goodbye to her city life and hello to dawn egg collections, strange noises in the night, a feisty alpaca and poultry named after political figures. Meanwhile, her teenage daughter is bent on world domination, the bookkeeper is out for revenge and the tractor has a mind of its own. And soon Chris realises that the least of her worries is dressing in a chicken suit and learning how to waddle.
With the enthusiastic help of her family, old friends, new neighbours, and a stranger on the end of daily emails, can Chris succeed in making this spur of the moment decision revitalise her life, or has she put all her eggs in the wrong basket?
About the Author
Ilsa Evans joined the Royal Australian Air Force at the age of seventeen and has spent the rest of her life in constant motion. While bringing up her children single handedly, Ilsa completed an honours degree in Women's Studies, for which she won the Dissertation Prize, and risen to the rank of Sergeant in the Army Reserves.
Ilsa lives in a partially renovated house in the Dandenongs, east of Melbourne. She shares her home with her three children, two dogs, several fish, a multitude of sea-monkeys and a psychotic cat. Flying the Coop is her fifth novel.