Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: The Fence My Father Built
Author: Linda S. Clare
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Release Date: October 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Women's Fiction
Year/Setting: Present day, Oregon
Overall Rating: 3.5
Sexual Content Rating: None/Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Linda's Website/Blog: www.godsonggrace.blogspot.com
Hey there. Long time no "see." I've been toiling away on a new book.
Let's get started. This book is one that was difficult for me. Not to understand, of course. This is an award-winning co-author of books that uplift and help people on spiritual levels. (Revealed: Spiritual Reality in a Makeover World). Not to mention, this book is being released by Abingdon Press which is a fantastic publisher that presents books on faith. How to get it, find it, retain it, use it - you get my drift, here.
This is the story of Muri Pond. Her father has passed on and she has gone back to his remote - and, I mean, remote - town in Central Oregon to see why her father abandoned her so long ago. A horrible little neighbor of her father's named Linc is the man who rules over the little town. Linc says that her father's property is really his. The stream that's on the property is the thing Linc wants the most, because out in the Oregon desert, there's nothing more valuable than water rights. Living in New Mexico, I'm more than familiar with the fact that water is way more important than gold or oil. Muri comes to Oregon with her fifteen-year-old daughter, Nova, who hates the fact that she's left her wonderful city for this boring place in the middle of nowhere. Also, eleven-year-old Truman is along for the ride with mom and sis. He's like most young men - looking forward to learning how to rope and becoming a cowboy in the strange new World.
From page one we are taken through a town where loyalties lie on various sides of the fence - a fence, by the way, that Muri's father built to keep out the likes of Linc. The fence is made from an old set of oven doors. The scenery is beautiful and small town America couldn't be described better. The Native-American world is also well described by the author and you find yourself wondering at times who to route for. Even the bad guy is trying to help families in town - so the small-town war makes it hard to choose sides.
The book is good, the characters are fine, and the story will make you think. It's just a little."been done." Nothing about this seemed fresh or new. But if you're looking for a peaceful journey to find your place in the world, you'll like this. No surprises, but good writing.
Until next time, Amy
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