Monday, August 17, 2015

Book Review and Giveaway: Over the Fence by Melanie Moreland

Over The Fence
by Melanie Moreland
Date of Publication: August 4, 2015



There are so many ways to fall in love in today’s world. Besides the usual bars and blind dates, you can meet someone from any part of the world via the computer. The scope is endless. Possibilities abound, if that’s what you want.
But what happens when you aren’t searching for love, and it shows up—way closer than you ever expected?
Two neighbors—strangers— with one thing in common—they share a fence.
But is that the only thing they share?
Nathan Fraser lives a solitary life, never letting anyone get too close. It’s safer that way.
Kourtney Whyte hides from the world and behind her work, too afraid to really live her life to the fullest. Rejection is what she knows best.
But one night, the sound of her soft voice and the tantalizing aroma of her evening meal, prove too enticing for Nathan to ignore.
So begins their unconventional relationship—talking, learning, texting, and gradually opening up to one another, all over the fence.
That is, until the day Nathan braves the high fence to protect Kourtney from her past, and changes everything forever.
Can they move forward together, without the buffer of the fence?
Or will their pasts prove to be too much of a barrier?


My Rating:

Favorite Quotes:

“Sylvia only visited when she wanted something.  That something was usually me.”

“Or was I simply the funny guy next door; the proverbial stray cat, the one she feels sorry for and feeds?”

“Think of me like a cell phone – you didn’t know you wanted one, but once you got used to having it around, you wondered how you ever did without one.”

“And we’re only gonna get better Chefgirl.  You know, practice makes perfect.  And I’m all for perfect.”

“I’ve never been loved before… by anyone.  I’m not giving you up because things might be difficult.  Life is difficult.”

“Now that you have shared this information with me, you and your ninja-sperm filled penis are never coming anywhere near me again.”

My Review:

Over the Fence is a sweet and moving love story that I didn’t want to end.  I adored the characters and the unique and heart-felt story line.  The main characters are solitary beings who are lonely, broken, and internally and externally scarred by their own families.  Kourtney – with a K, experienced a childhood of neglect and physical and emotional abuse, and although timid and insecure, she somehow managed to maintain a kind and thoughtful soul.  Nathan also had a painful past, and although we are to be tantalized by the knowledge that he is tortured by his regrets, we not given the full accounting of what his past actually entailed until late in the book.  Written mainly from Nathan’s POV, the narrative is smart, insightful, entertaining, well-paced, easy to follow, somewhat steamy, and full of witty banter.  I enjoyed their humorous and fun exchanges as they slowly became acquainted during their evening conversations and shared dinners, each on different sides of a tall fence, and without ever actually seeing each other face-to-face.  Their stories squeezed my heart and I reveled in the development of their relationship and the care they took in and for each other as they were both so vulnerable.  I enjoyed the book beginning to end, but my favorite part would be their witty texting.  This was my first time reading Ms. Moreland, but I have big plans to fan-girl and stalk her listings in the future. 

Empress DJ

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About the Author

Melanie Moreland lives a happy and content life in a quiet area of Ontario with her husband and four children. Nothing means more to her than her friends and family, and she cherishes every moment spent with them. Known as the quiet one with the big laugh, Melanie works for the sporting teams of a local university. Her (box) office job, while demanding, is rewarding as she cheers on her team to victory. While seriously addicted to coffee, and somewhat challenged with all things computer-related and technical, she relishes baking, cooking, and trying new recipes for people to sample. She loves to throw dinner parties and socialize, and also enjoys traveling, here and abroad, but finds coming home is always the best part of any trip. Melanie delights in writing a good romance story with some bumps along the way, but is a true believer in happily ever after. When her head isn’t buried in a book, it is bent over a keyboard, furiously typing away as her characters dictate their creative story lines to her even more inspired tales, for all to enjoy.

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