- File Size: 2048 KB
- Print Length: 139 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Clean Reads (September 7, 2016)
- Publication Date: September 7, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01LTGV40I
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,068,454 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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What I especially enjoyed about this book was the details the author put into certain areas of the narrative such as how the mining worked in the town and the stamp mill in the turn of the century. I also appreciated how real the author kept the situation Ruthie found herself in with her mother's past affecting her own life.
The introduction of Catholicism about halfway through the book seemed to come out of nowhere, in my opinion. Personally, I would have liked to see more conversations between the characters but as it is, this is a fun story to spend an afternoon with.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes turn of the century novels set in the west.
This is an enjoyable book with lots of authentic turn-of-the-century detail, which brought the historical attributes of Bodie and its people to life. Young historians in the making will find lots to love in this story!
Ruthie finally had a new friend Suzanna. She and her family were very good Catholics and they accepted Ruthie and treated her like she was a member of their family. They were instrumental in Ruthie becoming a practicing Catholic. Due to Ruthie’s example of attending Sunday Mass her father returned to the faith and they attended Mass together.
The descriptions of the early 1900's, the mining industry, and what it feels like to be ostracized were spot on. The book ended all too quick for me. I think Ruthie was going to be okay and happy, but I needed a few more chapters to lift my spirits in the end.
The town of Bodie, California was once filled with dreams of gold and other fortunes, but for every man that came seeking his fortune in the late 1880s, ten or more were leaving or already gone by 1900—the year Tobias Mortlock arrived. Life changed for Ruthie that day, but she did not know it right away.
Ruthie is a dutiful daughter, bound by the loyalties of family, and at fourteen, she is brave enough to walk into a saloon demanding the right to see her father. Her mother has made a mess of things again and he seems to be the only person who is able to talk some sense into her.
The historical accuracy of this story is impressive. The story line itself is a bit reminiscent of another favorite novel of mine, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman. This historical novel, A Fence Around Her, has all the makings of a wonderful Hallmark movie, but in lieu of that, it is a story that can take you away to another place and time. You will recognize times when Ruthie has made a bad decision, but as a reader, you are always on her side. I was able to justify every decision she made, even though I cringed at some of them. And the relationship and circumstances that Ruthie endured with her mother could very well be an issue in 2016 as well as it was in 1900.
I would have enjoyed a more in-depth story as I felt this one skimmed the surface of the feelings and emotions of the characters. I am a die-hard fan of true historical fiction and will give my all to a story, but it must give something back to me. This story was satisfying and enjoyable, but I am not sure that I will remember it next month, or next year. It’s not a story that after closing the book I wondered what happened to the characters afterwards, but in all fairness, I am so glad I met them.
If you love American historical fiction, this is a book that should definitely be on your reading list!
originally posted at long and short ya reviews