Comfort of Fences

Comfort of Fences

by Stacy Overman Morrison

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ISBN-13: 9781939927569
Publisher: Stacy Overman Morrison
Publication date: 10/17/2013
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

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Comfort of Fences 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Comfort of Fences is a feel-good-in-a-sad-way type of book.  It will make you examine your own decisions and relationships after you've dissected those of the characters in the book. The story is well written and flows nicely.  The pace of the book is pretty good, although I did find Ruth's memoir dragged a bit in some of the detail that didn't add to the reason for the memoir.   The three main characters, Ruth, Denise and Georgia are very well developed.  The dialogue and character interaction seem natural and realistic.  The changing POV and moving from present to past and back were creatively used and made the read more interesting. The book is heart-wrenching and sad not only because of Ruth's cancer, but also because her parenting decisions have stifled Denise.  It is hard to balance protecting your offspring and teaching them to fly on their own.  The book is uplifting in that Georgia and Ruth have an incredible friendship that has endured for many  years--through good times and bad.  In some ways, the story is a commendation to single moms and how hard they work to take care of their family. If you are a fan of Steel Magnolias, you'll love this book.   **This review was done in conjunction with Nerd Girl Official.**
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Sometimes you come across an inspirational novel that just takes your breath away, for me, that novel is Comfort of Fences. Comfort of Fences is a poignant story that follows the intertwining relationship bond between a dying mother, a special needs adult daughter, and a best friend. Author Stacy Overman Morrison weaves an emotional tale that draws the reader into the lives of Ruth, Denise and Georgia. Ruth is dying from cancer and is trying to make arrangements to provide for her daughter Denise, she is aided by the strong anchor and bond of a longtime friendship with her best friend Georgia. As Ruth prepares for her death, she writes their life story for Denise, a loving journey of their fifty-two year mother-daughter relationship. Written in alternating perspectives, the reader is transported from the past to the present as Ruth and Denise's story unfolds. This is a heartwarming story about three strong women and their intertwining relationship bond that is born out of love, loyalty, friendship, secrets, choices, mistakes, consequences, and acceptance. This story is beautifully written with so much thoughtful emotion and compassion, the author easily draws the reader into the complex dynamic of the mother-daughter relationship and the loyal best friends relationship. Through laughter and tears, the reader can't help but embrace these three remarkable and unforgettable women, they will simply hold you captive until the conclusion. Comfort of Fences is an amazing women's fiction novel that will tug at your heartstrings, speak to your soul, and leave you with a warm fuzzy feeling long after the last word has been read.
Deal_Sharing_Aunt More than 1 year ago
This was a heart wrenching story about a special needs girl that lives with her mom, that is dying. My favorite part was Ruth writing down her story for her daughter. I was drawn to her story and wanted to tell her that husbands are stupid (sometimes), and marriage is something you have to work at. Ruth went through so much. I was glad that Georgia was there to talk to. I did not like all the drinking that Ruth did while she was pregnant, and the book never even mentioned fetal alcohol syndrome. I also disliked the take on the handicap. The expectations of Denise's future were negative, and I would have liked a more positive outcome. For example, When Denise tries to get a job she is stuck cleaning feces. There are a lot more jobs that people with her disability are capable of doing. I do understand that the book was focused on the bond of these three women, however Ruth deserved a better influence on her daughter. It also upset me when Georgia told Denise that she would have to start to take care of herself. I was upset because throughout the book she did take care of her own basic needs. Her character was really held back. With all that being said, the overall plot reminded me of "Beaches", and I did cry at the end. I am giving this book a 3/5, because I did like the story. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading Stacy's book very much. I won it in a giveaway and wasn't too sure how I'd like it. It took me a little bit of getting used to the voices that were narrating the chapters but once I did, it flowed smoothly. It was a very strong story of a mother's love for her daughter from birth to adulthood and how being protective can be a double edged sword. I don't want to give too much away so I won't go into detail. If you are or have ever been a single mother, this story will hit home with you however, that doesn't mean that any mother wouldn't appreciate what a mother does for her child.  From my own personal experiences so many years ago, it's also a story about how friends can come through when family doesn't.  All I can say is read it!! You won't be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! Looks at Motherhood and how we protect our babies, sometimes to a fault. Great story line and characters! I was entertained from page one untll the end and had a roller coaster of emotions; Highs and lows and points where I had to put the book down , cry a few tears, and pick it back up and carry on!! Loved it!