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Publisher's Summary

Having a mother with a past is never easy. For Ruthie Conoboy it becomes the struggle of a lifetime in 1900, the year Tobias Mortlock arrives in the gold mining town of Bodie, California. Ruthie is suspicious of this stranger, but her trusting father gives him a job in the stamp mill. Soon, Ruthie suspects that her mother and Mortlock have become more than friends. Can Ruthie stop this man from destroying her family?
©2016 Brigid Amos (P)2017 Clean Reads
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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 08-20-17

A clear voice of growing maturity and family love.

What made the experience of listening to A Fence Around Her the most enjoyable?

A clear and grounded voice expressing the struggle and vulnerability of a young girl coming to terms with the failures of a mother she loves.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Fence Around Her?

The young heroine understands the depths of her mother's pain as she watches in anguish as her mother is publicly shamed and ostracized.

Which character – as performed by Leonor A. Woodworth – was your favorite?

Each character was distinctive and added depth to the story. The reading of Tobias Mortlock was rich with a sinister and ominous flare he so well deserved!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

The story was never far from my mind as I waited for available time to jump into listening during flights.

Any additional comments?

Brigid Amos skillfully captures the vulnerability of a young girl with a wounded heart learning to transcend her disappointment and loss and step into maturity through forgiveness and love.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ian B on 06-28-17

So, so much more than "Generic Romance Novel"

If you could sum up A Fence Around Her in three words, what would they be?

engrossing, researched, solid

What did you like best about this story?

"Agency" is a new buzzword but please forgive me, it's the only word I can think of right now! Ruthie makes her own decisions, acknowledging what she sees as safe and what she thinks of as inappropriate THEN SHE ACTS! I think books with one young woman on the cover can look "romance novel" by default. I don't enjoy those where women, even lead characters, sit around and wait for things to happen to them. That isn't Ruthie and the author did a great job of letting her character act...but not stupidly. Making just any decision would jump the shark and I was pleased that her character was consistently logical and clever as well as emotional.
Also, the author wove mining into the story with great detail but I never felt we were being told as padding, or filler. It worked.

Which scene was your favorite?

Ruthie helps her mom with a bath and and you can just HEAR how she wants to be a good daughter and comforting, but her more adult sensibilities are wondering if her mom is being overly dramatic about "dying in this town." It was a good, pioneer-spirit sort of feeling when a teen version Ruthie would have told her 2017 mom to quit being a drama llama.

I would like to say here that I thought the narration and pacing were good throughout the book, but I felt the reader didn't find the right tone for the mother's voice. It was an odd pitch, drawn out, and more of a caricature than other people. I did like the stuff she did in the more masculine vocals.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?


How deep would you go to find the truth about your family?

Any additional comments?

I was asked to review this work honestly and received a promotional copy for that purpose. My statements here reflect my honest critique of this audiobook.

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