Once Upon a Farm: Lessons on Growing Love, Life, and Hope on a New Frontier, released on June 19, 2018, carries the country love story forward.
He’s still wearing the overalls you’re used to seeing him in, but a lot has changed for Rory Feek in the two and a half years since his beloved wife and musical partner, Joey, died of cervical cancer at age 40, leaving him to raise their daughter, Indiana, who was born with Down syndrome, as a single dad.
He released a documentary, To Joey, With Love, and he wrote a bestselling memoir, This Life I Live: One Man's Extraordinary, Ordinary Life and the Woman Who Changed It Forever.
And he’s just come out with a second book, Once Upon a Farm: Lessons on Growing Love, Life, and Hope on a New Frontier (Thomas Nelson).
Continuing his epic love story and “lifesteading” into an unknown future with his youngest daughter, now 4, Feek chronicles their life together on the farm south of Nashville that he bought with royalties from his song “Someone You Used to Know,” which went to No. 3 on the country chart for singer Collin Raye. There they grow vegetables, raise animals, and live a simpler life.
Filled with powerful stories of how he and his family have navigated the unpredictable road life laid out for them, the book is heartwarming proof of what Feek says in a trailer for the book: “Life is strange: Where one story ended, another began.”
It’s also proof that love endures and sustains. “I feel just as married and just as in love. And I feel like she's just as much a part of our life as she was,” Feek said in a TV interview with Sunday Morning.
As much as the book is a love story that continues the legacy of Joey + Rory, it’s also a testament to faith and faithfulness. “This isn’t a how-to book,” Feek says. “It’s more of a how we, or more accurately, how He, God, planted us on a few acres of land and grew something bigger than Joey or I could have ever imagined.”
Once Upon a Farm: Lessons on Growing Love, Life, and Hope on a New Frontier is available at local booksellers and on Amazon.