“The Fence My Father Built” by Linda S. Clare

Finding Your Way Home!

Product Description:  In The Fence My Father Built, when legally separated Muri Pond, a librarian, hauls her kids, teenage Nova and eleven year-old Truman, out to the tiny town of Murkee, Oregon, where her father, Joe Pond lived and died, she’s confronted by a neighbor’s harassment over water rights and Joe’s legacy: a fence made from old oven doors.

The fence and accompanying house trailer horrify rebellious Nova, who runs away to the drug-infested streets of Seattle. Muri searches for her daughter and for something to believe in, all the while trying to save her inheritance from the conniving neighbor who calls her dad Chief Joseph. Along with Joe’s sister, Aunt Lutie, and the Red Rock Tabernacle Ladies, Muri must rediscover the faith her alcoholic dad never abandoned in order to reclaim her own spiritual path.

Bio:  Linda S. Clare  is an award-winning coauthor of three books, including Lost Boys and the Moms Who Love Them (with Melody Carlson and Heather Kopp), Revealed: Spiritual Reality in a Makeover World, and Making Peace with a Dangerous God (with Kristen Johnson Ingram). She has also published many essays, stories, and poems in publications including The Christian Reader, The Denver Post, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Linda grew up in a part of Arizona, where the dirt is as red as it is in Central Oregon. She graduated summa cum laude in Art Education from Arizona State University and taught in public and private schools. She has taught college-level creative writing classes for seven years, and edits and mentors writers. She also is a frequent writing conference presenter and church retreat leader. She and her husband of thirty-one years have four grown children, including a set of twins. They live in Eugene, Oregon, with their five wayward cats: Oliver, Xena the Warrior Kitty, Paladine, Melchior, and Mamma Mia!

See Linda’s trailer for The Fence My Father Built here.

(Description and Bio information came from Amazon.)


“Linda has an amazing voice…her artful descriptions and clever wit will capture you into a story that you’ll remember long after you close the book.” –Melody Carlson, Bestselling Author

My Review:

Muri Pond is in the midst of a divorce from Chaz when she receives word of her father, Joseph Pond’s, death and the issues surrounding her inherited property.  The land she inherited consisted of a dilapidated trailer where her Aunt Lutie and Uncle Tiny live, where they cared for Joseph until he died, as well as a creek and the legal problems surrounding the creek (‘liquid gold’).  She arrived with all belongings and her two children, Nova, 15, and Truman (Tru), 11.  Attitudes clashed between mother and daughter the whole way out there and beyond!

Lincoln Jackson (Linc) owns everything in and around Murkee except Joseph Pond’s land and creek and Rubin Jonto’s land, which Linc is pressuring to acquire.  Everyone has acquiesced to Linc except Rubin and Joseph, and he now expects Muri to fold.  But she is her father’s daughter!

Because of his drunkenness, Joseph had lost communication with Muri shortly after she turned three, when his wife left him and remarried. Linda’s book, The Fence My Father Built, is the tender story of the struggling issues Muri has regarding her dad and finding his heart for her after so many years apart, the first through years of love for him and then eventual hatred.  You go through the throes of love, anger, loss, rejection, and loneliness that a child, now an adult, has to reconcile with, along with the legal issues about the ranch thrown in.  The story is told through the voice and heart of Muri, along with the voice and heart of her father through his journal.  Definitely touches your heart.

The struggles of  the ranchers that need the ‘liquid gold,’ the greed of one man who threatens to take that land through legal means, which appears to go beyond just the title to the creek, are aptly described for this dry, dusty country.  The tension and animosity are palpable between the characters.  However, Linda tosses in a sweet romance to take the edge off the ugly issues brewing.

I loved the story for the rich history of the land, the personal reconciliation that Muri needed to work through, the touching story of the love of a father for his daughter, and the faith and truth that binds it all together.  The ‘Fence” adds a delightful touch of character to the story.  ‘Finding your way home’ has a double meaning that everyone needs to find.

This book was provided by Linda S. Clare in exchange for my honest review.  No monetary compensation was exchanged.

You can purchase Linda’s book here and here.


4 thoughts on ““The Fence My Father Built” by Linda S. Clare

    • Thank you, Linda, for giving me the pleasure of reading your book. Opened my eyes in several areas of my life. I’ll be hoping for another of your books soon, too! Thank you!

    • I loved it. It opened my eyes to a whole different perspective in several areas of my life. Hope you like it as well.

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