A Fence Around Her

  • by Brigid Amos
  • Narrated by Leonor A. Woodworth
  • 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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?

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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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- Ian B

An Engaging Story

I found myself at first not liking the narrator's voice but then it dawned upon me that it is absolutely perfect for this story line that engaged me and at times had my jaw dropping. I recommend this audiobook.
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- Laura Hernandez

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-09-2017
  • Publisher: Clean Reads