published: 3rd September 2020
Billie fled her Yorkshire upbringing to pursue her dreams of finding a cure for the illness which killed her mother, yet when her father gets sick, she must return home to save the farm.
But the transition from city girl to country lass isn’t easy, not least because leaving London means leaving her relationship with Joely Chevalier, French pharmaceutical femme fatale, just as it was heating up. And when she gets to Yorkshire, Billie’s shocked to discover the family dairy farm is in dire straits.
Battling misogyny, homophobia and the economic turmoil of a dairy crisis, can Billie find a way to save the farm, save the cows and save herself?
Galley provided by publisher
CWs: casual homophobia & transphobia
I was first sold on Cow Girl when I opened the first page to find that the part was entitled “Farmerceuticals”. What can I say? All I need is a really bad pun and I’m all in.
The book follows Billie, a grad student trying for a PhD, who is forced to return home to the family farm when her father falls ill. There, she contends with misogyny, homophobia, and the economic failing of the dairy industry. Oh, and a vet who may or may not hate her.
This book gave me serious Mhairi McFarlane vibes and that was an excellent thing. You know the kind of somewhat irreverent humour you get in McFarlane’s books? Well that’s also present here. And it has a similar bluntness to it. So, basically, I loved this book for that from the moment I read the first page.
I also really loved Billie as a main character. She was one of those you know from the start you can sympathise with and just like, really. That’s pretty much the first thing I want from a book (after writing I can stand, of course). Just being able to like the main character. They don’t have to be perfect (and Billie is not), but as long as they’re likeable, I’m good.
And then there’s the romance. Think kind of hate/rivals to lovers, but, and I’ll try be vague and non-spoilery here, where actually all is not as it seems. I love that trope, to be honest. And it’s done pretty well here. I mean, I was busy thinking at the start, how can I root for a love interest who’s homophobic and then… yeah. Yeah. (What I’m saying is that wasn’t a problem, really. The book does not contain that trope.)
So really, what I’m trying to say is please, please, read this book.