Friday, October 23, 2009

"The Fence My Father Built" Book Review

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Fence My Father Built

Abingdon Press (October 2009)


Linda S. Clare

The Fence My Father Built is another new release from Abingdon fiction Press and yet again they have proven that they are setting themselves apart from the crowd by picking books that are not cookie cutter stories. That is the one common thread between all of them so far, they are all completely unique. The Fence My Father Built is what I would consider woman's fiction and it is packed full of everything... abandonment, divorce, runaways, returning home, death, love and in the middle of all of that is the mystery surrounding a possible Indian burial site and robbery. I found this book really interesting and from the beginning to the end I was engrossed in how everything was going to wrap up.
My only complaint was that in wrapping everything up I didn't get the closure that I was hoping for, we never saw how the townspeople really reacted to how everything played out, but overall that was a minor detail.
I liked this book and am really looking forward to seeing what Abingdon fiction Press continues to offer readers.


Linda S. Clare is an award-winning coauthor of three books, including Lost Boys and the Moms Who Love Them (with Melody Carlson and Heather Kopp), Revealed: Spiritual Reality in a Makeover World, and Making Peace with a Dangerous God (with Kristen Johnson Ingram). She has also published many essays, stories, and poems in publications including The Christian Reader, The Denver Post, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Linda grew up in a part of Arizona, where the dirt is as red as it is in Central Oregon. She graduated summa cum laude in Art Education from Arizona State University and taught in public and private schools. She has taught college-level creative writing classes for seven years, and edits and mentors writers. She also is a frequent writing conference presenter and church retreat leader. She and her husband of thirty-one years have four grown children, including a set of twins. They live in Eugene, Oregon, with their five wayward cats: Oliver, Xena the Warrior Kitty, Paladine, Melchior, and Mamma Mia!


When legally separated Muri Pond, a librarian, hauls her kids, teenager Nova and eleven year-old Truman, out to the tiny town of Murkee, Oregon, where her father, Joe Pond lived and died, she's confronted by a neighbor's harassment over water rights and Joe's legacy: a fence made from old oven doors.

The fence and accompanying house trailer horrify rebellious Nova, who runs away to the drug-infested streets of Seattle. Muri searches for her daughter and for something to believe in, all the while trying to save her inheritance from the conniving neighbor who calls her dad Chief Joseph.

Along with Joe's sister, Aunt Lutie, and the Red Rock Tabernacle Ladies, Muri must rediscover the faith her alcoholic dad never abandoned in order to reclaim her own spiritual path.

Watch the trailer:

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Fence My Father Built , go HERE

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