In the interest of full disclosure, I have to 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 believe a lot of writers have a difficult time relaxing while they are reading than the average reader. Perhaps it is because as writers, whether we admit it or not, we are not pleasure 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 editing 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 read, 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 enjoyable. However, I never skipped a beat while I was 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 easily relate to, and she gave us just enough information at just the right time throughout her novel, which kept me wanting more. It takes a gifted author with an inborn talent to keep their reader’s attention without effort. Phyllis did a phenomenal job at not showing her hand, which kept me full of anticipation and turning the pages. 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. In writing Snow Fence Road, this is what kept the novel realistic 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 kind of Divine accident.”
I highly recommend 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.