Farm Girl

Rated 4.25/5 based on 13 reviews
Allan Fitzgerald, once a Manhattan lawyer, has retreated from life. His wife has left him, as has his enthusiasm for his trade. He expects to pass the remainder of his days alone, reading cheap novels and falling asleep before the television, until an itinerant farm hand, a young woman looking for work who's hitched all the way from Kansas, wanders onto his porch on a breezy late-April day...
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Words: 15,510
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458070548
About Francis W. Porretto

Francis W. Porretto was born in 1952. Things went steadily downhill from there.

Fran is an engineer and fictioneer who lives on the east end of Long Island, New York. He's short, bald, homely, has bad acne and crooked teeth. His neighbors hold him personally responsible for the decline in local property values. His life is graced by one wife, two stepdaughters, two dogs, four cats, too many power tools to list, and an old ranch house furnished in Early Mesozoic style. His 13,000 volume (and growing) personal library is considered a major threat to the stability of the North American tectonic plate.

Publishing industry professionals describe Fran's novels as "Unpublishable. Horrible, but unpublishable all the same." (They don't think much of his short stories, either.) He's thought of trying bribery, but isn't sure he can afford the $3.95.

Fran's novels "Chosen One," "On Broken Wings," "Shadow Of A Sword," "The Sledgehammer Concerto," "Which Art In Hope," "Freedom's Scion," "Freedom's Fury," and "Priestesses" are also available as paperbacks, through Amazon. Check the specific pages for those books for details.

Wallow in his insane ranting on politics, culture, and faith at "Liberty's Torch:"

And of course, write to him, on whatever subject tickles your fancy, at

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Review by: R.H. Proenza on Oct. 06, 2014 :
An easy smooth read! I wish more things in life worked out like this did. Kate is a dream-come-true. I wish this world had more like her. The Afterword, though not really part of the story, was awesome and profound. Good writing, Porretto!
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Review by: Ernest Winchester on Feb. 11, 2014 :
Farm Girl has been sitting in a folder in my computer for over three years now and every time I spotted the picture of her sitting on the tractor, I reminded myself that I needed to read it. Finally, at long last, I have. Though not truly an intense bit of erotica, it was a good heartwarming read none the less. I am a little confused at the legality of the ending but I’ll accept it as plausible.
I’d read the Priestesses way back when and thought I’d reviewed it but I don’t see in there. It was an amazing story and Ashley Zacharias’s review covered it quite well.
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Review by: Trance Roberson on Oct. 19, 2013 :
Loved this story. The plot was interesting, the writing was excellent, and the writer brought you into a meaningful relationship like you were watching from above.
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Review by: Mark Stewart on April 03, 2013 :
A nice believable novel that flows just right.
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Review by: Duyen Ky on Oct. 23, 2011 :
I don't understand the tepid reviews of this novelette. It's "couples erotica," not "whacking material." It's so beautifully and sensitively written that most other erotica looks amateurish and crude by comparison. The characters of Allan and Kate are almost too appealing to be borne, and the final scene, where Kate gets the family she wanted in a form she wouldn't have expected made me bawl my eyes out.

Anais Nin would love it. It's a lot like several of the stories in her collection "Delta of Venus." But then, Anais Nin had had her own encounters with "customers" who claimed they wanted erotica but really wanted "whacking material."
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Review by: Pilgrim Press on Oct. 20, 2011 :
Well written and believable, but not really all that sexy.
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Review by: Rachel Brown on Oct. 03, 2011 :
Great short story. Wonderful characters. Great romance. The sex scenes were a flop, but it was alright, because I found myself caring more about the characters. I'd like to read another story to see what happens after the story ends.
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Review by: Doris Holmes on Sep. 13, 2011 :
Interesting story, proves that love can come at any age.
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Review by: Hazel Gower on July 08, 2011 :
for a short read it is really good all i can say is got to love dirty old men
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Review by: Jessa Callaver on May 14, 2011 : (no rating)
An original storyline and interesting, heartwarming read.
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Review by: M T McGuire on Oct. 07, 2010 :
I have difficulty giving this one a score, mainly because despite having read stories in a similar style I've never happened upon one which contains what the BBC archly describes as 'scenes of a sexual nature'.

The writing style is light and the narrative voice one of a gentle soul. There's a lovely dry humour bubbling underneath the writing, too, which I enjoyed. Mr Porretto is clearly smiling as he types a lot of the time. He is also able to communicate a lot in a few words - a good example. 'The priest looked an avalance of questions at Allan, who did his best to maintain an expression of bland aimiability.' That one had me chuckling for some time. It is also clear that Mr Porretto likes the texture and sound of words, knitting them together with care and precision. Definitely the work of a craftsman this one.

Farm Girl reads a little like a certain type magazine story, sweet even, so I immediately imagine my fellow readers as little old dears (not that many of the little old dears I know are internet savvy enough for e-book reading but you get the picture, I'm sure). Then we get a sex scene which would have my previously imagined readers chugging back the heart pills with builder-strength tea and going for a lie down. I can't make up my mind if the sex works or not, with my imagined blue rinse and hair net on it feels a little odd but that it may simply be down to my own unconscious genre-programming.

Mr Porretto crams a lot of big ideas into a short space; love, trust, dealing with infertility, family values, doing the right thing (as opposed to the legal one) and these appealed to me. The ideas keep things zipping along but the reader doesn't quite get their teeth into any of them - although that is the nature of a short story. The moral of the tale is laid out for us at the end and I confess, I did find that off-putting, then again I'm British and we are a notoriously arsey bunch. I suspect that what might verge on talking down to us Brits, would be regarded by most other nations as helpful clarification. Certainly, I've noticed lot of American TV programmes do the same thing.

I found I was thinking about Farm Girl after I'd read it - that's always a sign of good writing to me. Furthermore, Mr Porretto's writing skills are impressive and I will definitely be reading some more of his work on the back of this one. To me, that's another good sign. A personal 3 stars but I've upped it to 4 for the quality of the writing.

In conclusion; Farm Girl didn't quite 'do it' for me but I am confident it will for many others.
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Review by: Luvvenia Hawkins on Oct. 04, 2010 :
This was a very nice read with great family & community values. Lots of smile moments.
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Review by: J. Jenkins on Aug. 24, 2010 :
I found 'Farm Girl' to be a wonderful read. Porretto's writing is sharp, quick, witty and sensual, with a touch of the dramatic blended in to make this, for me, a sumptuous work.
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