The book is centred on the farm mentioned in the title, in particular on the farmer's wife Isabel Hayes. She is mid-thirties, depressed, unfulfilled and unhappy, partly as a result of a miscarriage which is mentioned very early in the book. Her unhappiness also seemed to me to be a wider feeling of life having passed her by, a sense of not having achieved all she could have, of her being stifled by her over-protective parents and her life on the farm. "She was trapped by circumstances and always would be: she had wasted her life and was now too old to change."
It isn't entirely clear when the novel is set. Apart from a few hints you might think it had a contemporary setting, but based on references to avocado bathrooms, powercuts & strikes, and describing a new phone with buttons as a novelty, I think the story is set in the 1970's, a time that coincided with the gradual decline of mixed family farms like that of the Hayes.
Miranda France is, for the most part, good at sketching out her characters and making them believable. She also has some lovely, evocative turns of phrase. However I found some of the characters, most notably the rather ridiculous 'townie moved to the country' , Mr Payne, a man "nervous of grills, or any heated activity", just too stereotyped. I also felt that some characters introduced served no real purpose in moving the novel forward, but were mentioned initially, and then brought back, without any obvious relationship to the plot. It almost seemed to me that the author had these characters in her head and needed to shoehorn them in somewhere.
The book started slowly for me but from about halfway picked up pace and made me want to read on. The ending though was a huge disappointment. It just seemed to stop. I don't want to give away the story, but the central tragedy would have had repercussions, including the potential for a variety of tangents, but none of this is resolved which left me very dissatisfied.