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?
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?
“I kept thinking about Kourtney and how skittish she became every time I suggested some sort of face-to-face meeting, however casual. What could she possibly have to hide that would make her not want to meet me? We were already friends; at least I thought we were.”
Nathan Fraser is used to being alone. His routine consisted of eat, drink, sleep, work, repeat; no substance, no meaning. Until one day he smelled something divine coming from the other side of the fence.
Kourtney Whyte made it a point to stay isolated. With massive insecurities, she shut herself out from the world. Until one evening a voice drifted over the fence, completely changing her life…one meal at a time.
“You like her.” “What’s not to like? She’s funny, cooks like a dream, and I enjoy her company.” “Through the barrier of a fence.”
As time goes on, Nathan and Kourtney forge a relationship surrounded by good food, laughter, and the security of a fence between them…only Nathan wants more.
One day, he gets his chance…Kourtney needs him more than she would’ve ever admitted and once their eyes meet, it’s all a matter of time. Time spent face to face, and learning the real reasons behind each of their isolated lives.
“But would she allow it to change? Girlfriend rather than fence friend? Or was I simply the funny guy next door; the proverbial stray cat, the one she feels sorry for and feeds? Would she let me be more?”
This story. I fell in love from the very beginning…20% in and I was hooked. I loved the author’s use of words, how she made me feel her story, not just read it. That. That takes talent, so color me impressed. What else I loved about this story: the banter. The conversation; be it text, IM, or conversation through the fence…and when they came face to face, *swoon*. Nathan is exactly the perfect gentleman, despite his past and his alpha tendencies. Kourtney, the shy and meek bookworm. When brought out of her shell, she was witty, and funny, and the socks—I LOVE the socks!
With this story, the one thing I had a hard time with…while I understand the meaning behind the storyline, I had difficulty with the constant need to reassure the characters. I felt that it chewed up a lot of the pages, when I really wanted to move forward onto what was really happening or going to happen.
This was a book that had no real conflict, it was just a love story about a boy and a girl…falling in love over food, through a fence. It was a real-life kind of story that was sweet and enjoyable, but not one that ripped my heart out or made it sit in my throat. While I felt everything they did, I would still classify this as a “PG Love Story” because it is just that. It has all the emotion, all the love, but tastefully done to where you know it’s happening but it doesn’t have to be explicitly spelled out. It fit the characters and storyline perfectly, and I liked the change of pace.
**4 Your Fence or Mine, Stars**
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About the AuthorMelanie 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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