In the interest of full disclosure, I must acknowledge that as genres go, I am not a Contemporary Romance writer, or reader. My disclosure aside, I will say that had I not read Snow Fence Road by Author Phyllis Edgerly Ring, it would have been my loss, on many levels. I would venture to say that most writers have a more difficult time reading than the average reader, and this is perhaps as writers, whether we admit it or not, are not just reading – we are critiquing, comparing styles, looking for all the requisite elements that make a novel stand out from other like novels. Right or wrong, it’s much like grading a paper, and in the case of Snow Fence Road, Phyllis exceeded the grade.
I often, without intent, pick things apart and revise novels in my head as I am reading, which is a distraction in and of itself, and this takes the enjoyment out of reading for me. There have been times that I have put a book down and never returned to finish it because it was more distracting than time allowed. However, I didn’t skip a beat while reading Snow Fence Road. I enjoyed page after page and chapter after chapter.
The story flowed as a story should from start to finish. Phyllis introduced us to her characters and their problems, which many of us can so easily relate to, but she gave us just enough information at just the right time throughout her novel. This kept me wanting more, which is a natural talent that a gifted author is able to pull off without effort. Phyllis did a terrific job at not showing her hand, which kept me turning the pages and full of anticipation. She built the story up through her characters’ pain, loss and suffering; however, she resolved the pain, loss and suffering of her characters before masterfully concluding her story that ended in healing, hope and love. This is what makes Snow Fence Road so real and relatable.
Sir Hugh Walpole, an English novelist, once wrote, “The most wonderful of all things in life, I believe, is the discovery of another human being with whom one’s relationship has a glowing depth, beauty, and joy as the years increase. This inner progressiveness of love between two human beings is a most marvelous thing, it cannot be found by looking for it or by passionately wishing for it. It is a sort of Divine accident.”
My favorite part of this quote is, “This inner progressiveness of love between two human beings is a most marvelous thing, it cannot be found by looking for it or by passionately wishing for it. It is a sort of Divine accident.” To me, this is what Snow Fence Road personifies, “…a sort of Divine accident.”
I highly recommend reading Snow Fence Road by Phyllis Edgerly Ring, regardless of your preferred genre. If I were teaching writing, I would use this book to teach my students the elements of writing a successful novel.