Comfort Of Fences
Comfort of Fences explores the unconditional love between a trio of women: Ruth, the matriarch and builder of boundaries; Denise, her special-needs adult daughter with powerful secrets of her own; and Georgia, Ruth’s best friend and source of strength and practicality. The dynamics of their relationships expose the ironies that the people we love the most can also be the people we most underestimate and that the strongest of loves has nothing to do with romance.
Praise for Comfort of Fences:
“I enjoyed reading Stacy’s book very much. 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!”-Barbara, This and That, As I Bounce Thru Life
“The dynamics of mother and daughter, the ties that bind together family and friends, the way we try to protect ourselves and the ones we love from pain suffering only to realize that we’ve isolated ourselves… These themes and so much more resonate through this very powerful book that stands as a wonderful and unique pillar in the women’s fiction genre. Ruth is an unforgettable character and as you follow her on the long and trying journey of her life, watching the difficult and often infuriating choices she makes (which of course are always for the right reasons, at least to her), you get the sense that she is a very real person. The same goes for the other characters in the book, Georgia and Denise. You laugh and cry with them. You don’t want it to end. I appreciate the vibrancy and the wisdom with which Morrison writes, and the way she weaves together a tapestry of textures that imprint themselves on your mind and stay there for the long haul. I guarantee five years down the road, you’ll still remember Ruth and Denise.”-Allison Dickson, Author
“I am always searching for a book that I can fall into; one that wraps itself around me like a warm, comfy blanket that doesn’t let me escape so easily from its soothing fibers. Stacy Overman Morrison’s novel, Comfort of Fences, pulled me in from the very first paragraph and kept me intrigued into the wee morning hours. This is a story about the intensity of relationships that weather life’s most difficult battles. In today’s literature, there are so many weak female characters that it was refreshing to find three female protagonists that exemplified strength, yet conveyed a myriad of emotions that made them as familiar to you as your own mother, daughter, or best friend. If you are looking for an honest tale that makes your heart sing and cry at the same time, this is the novel for you. Comfort of Fences is a smart novel that will leave you examining your own female relationships.”-Piper Punches, Author
“In writing her novel, “Comfort of Fences,” Midland author Stacy Overman Morrison has reached a higher level of literary expertise. She moves the reader emotionally as nuanced feelings either suppressed or forgotten rise from what the characters say, feel or experience. Morrison’s writing style is such that when Ruth speaks the reader feels a two-way conversation with her. When she is speaking to a third person, the reader is included as a witness to what’s being said. Denise is an absolute delight with not only wit but simple logic and wisdom. Then, there is Georgia, the outside anchor of unwavering friendship, who is practical and there to help when stress peaks or emergency arises. Even as these players may be so characterized, there is an irony that underlies the unconditional love between this trio of women. The people we love the most can also be the people we most underestimate. You will recognize this underlying current when you read the book, and read it you must. “Comfort of Fences” will touch your deepest emotions, yet comfort you with real-life understanding.”-Glen Aaron, My West Texas
Stacy Overman Morrison was born and raised in Texas. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Arts degrees in English from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. Upon completion of her Master’s, she taught secondary English and adjuncted at the University. She took time off from her teaching career after the birth of her second daughter and has pursued her writing since. She continues to live in Texas with her husband, two daughters, two dogs, and two horses. This is her first novel and she is hard at work listening to the voices of her characters in her second.
Buy Comfort of Fences:
When I first started this book, I was not completely in love, but as I got to know the characters a little bit better, I was sucked in. This novel has its sad moments, happy moments, and just those moments that make you want to scream out “Why?!”. The author has a writing style unlike any other that I have read before and maybe that’s why it took me a minute to really get into it. I knew that it was going to be about a woman that had cancer, and so I was prepared to be sad and to go through all the trials that she was going to experience with her. I had not idea that the bond with the three women that are the main characters would have me feeling so warm inside from a situation that is normally a breaker of most spirits. This is not Ruth’s first bout with cancer, so her perspective of how best to be handling everything is a little different this time around. The characters interactions together were something that made you feel as if you could be right there with them. I wanted to be best friends with Georgia and Ruth just because of their openness and honesty with one another.
You get all the background information that you need to understand the relationship between Ruth and Georgia and why they are the way they act towards one another today. I love knowing that Georgia was always hard on the love towards Ruth. She was not sappy and did not play pity party towards her situations that she found herself in. She was a strong force to be reckoned with and maybe this was just what Ruth needed to deal with something as serious as cancer in her life. I also really enjoyed Denise, Ruth’s special needs daughter. The book took turns in telling the story from each of their point of views and more times than not she had me laughing out loud. You will end up falling in love with these three women just as much as I did if you give the book a chance to get started. I was not sure I was going to like it a the beginning but am glad that I stuck it out. The author did a great job in making a life situation such as cancer into something that was more than just sap.
Disclosure: I received this book as part of Virtual Author Book Tours in exchange for my review. All thoughts are my own and honest.