BOOK CLUB: The Boundary Fence

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Author: Allisa Callen
ISBN: 9781489269775
Copy courtesy of Harper Collins

In the small town of Woodlea the local Vet, Ella is on the radar of Edna who loves to matchmake.  Ella has it set in stone that she has no interest at all in giving her heart to another man and firmly makes Edna aware of this, but even so, Edna can’t help but tamper just a little.

The wonderfully handsome Saul Armstrong, who lives in the adjoining property to Ella, is someone that Edna feels would make the perfect partner for the Vet.  Ella and Saul come with their scars, both emotional and physical.

Saul has to call on Ella’s Veterinary expertise when one of his prized bison has a medical emergency.  As time goes by they end up spending more and more time together, as they both help the elderly owner of the sandstone cottage that Ella is living in.  Violet, the owner of the cottage, has lived with great sadness for many years.

Ella and Saul try to help her solve the mystery of what happened to her teenage daughter, who disappeared and was never heard from again.  As Ella and Saul spend more and more time together, emotions for both of them are stirred and fight as they might to ignore these feelings, the feelings take over. They each share slowly with each other the cause for their scars. Their bond grows but deep fears remain.

If Allisa Callen is a writer who you have read before you might recognize various characters in this book from others she has written.  Her town of Woodlea has been the center of other books, each book is linked through the various characters.

It’s interesting to read her stories and stumble across a character that you already know from a previous book.  As you read more of her books, you start to know the town of Woodlea and those that live there, and that makes you feel as if you are somehow a part of the town and its people.

Allisa’s books are very easy to read with characters that are fun to get to know.

A selection of our Beauty and Lace Club members are reading The Boundary Fence. You can read their reviews in the comments section below – or add your own!

14 thoughts on “BOOK CLUB: The Boundary Fence

  1. Alissa has definitely done it again! I absolutely love The Boundary Fence and could not put it down!

    I love all the familiar characters that are from previous books and getting to know Woodlea. Although if you haven’t read any of her books before you can read this one as a stand alone. If you’re anything like me though you won’t, you will just crave more by Alissa!

    Thank you for another amazing read!

    Thank you to Beauty and Lace and Harper Collins for the oppurtunity to read The Boundary Fence by Alissa Callen.

    1. This is just another one of Alissa Callens books that she writes. I love her books and this one didn’t disappoint.

  2. This is the first time that I have read an Alissa Callen book and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    I loved immersing myself in Ella and Saul’s journey towards love and also the story of Violet and her 2 daughters. I am now keen to revisit Woodlea and read more tales from Alissa.

    Thank you Beauty and Lace and Harper Collins for this opportunity.

  3. The Boundary Fence is the first of Alissa Cullen’s novels I have read, and also the first romance. For someone who typically wouldn’t read this type of book it was a pleasant surprise that I couldn’t put it down. Cullen builds the characters of Woodlea in such a way to really imagine life in a small, rural town with its own share of drama and history.

    Thank you to Beauty and Lace, and Harper Collins for the opportunity to read and review this book. I was interested to learn that Cullen uses some of the same characters in Woodlea in other novels and am intrigued to see what stories she shares for them.

  4. Thank you Beauty and Lace and Harper Collins for the opportunity to read The Boundary Fence by Alissa Callen.

    This is the first book I have read by Alissa and from some of the references in the book, is a part of a series of books on the people in the town of Woodlea in NSW. That said not having read those books, I was still able to follow the story with no problems.

    Woodlea is suffering from the effects of the drought and recent bushfires which adds a touch of recent realism to the story. The characters are well described and believable right down to the town busy body, Edna.

    The book centres on Ella and Saul and their developing attraction and love story. But most importantly this is a story about two people overcoming their own personal demons individually and together. But lets just say, you know where this is going the end up…. Ella, a Vet is unbelievably beautiful (mesmerising men as treats their animals) and Saul, a rugged former Rodeo dude in the US (although an Australian) has bison and is incredibly handsome. Enough said.

    Worth a read if you love a rural romance. This is a lovely escapist story. Perfect for these times!

    Thanks again B&L.

  5. The Boundary Fence presents current topics of country towns, trials and tribulations with pets and livestock, various fund raising and community get togethers to enhance the lifestyle and a complicated love story from day one with a twist to the tale about Violet’s missing daughter.
    Including the bison in the story is a bit of an education for people who know nothing about campdrafting and stock handling.
    An easy read which kept your interest for the whole story

  6. The Boundary Fence by Alissa Callen is a moving story of love and community set in a beautiful Australian country town.

    Ella is determined to keep her past secrets private and is not willing to find love again. Her neighbour Saul also has demons from his past and tries hard to keep away from his growing feelings towards Ella.

    Will these two succeed in staying apart?

    Overall, with interesting characters and rural Australia in the background, I enjoyed reading this novel. The characters were brought to life and I really felt like part of the Woodlea community, even with a busybody named Edna who likes to make it her business to be part of everybody else’s business!

    Thank you Beauty and Lace, Harper Collins and Alissa Callen for this touching and heart-warming novel.

  7. Amazing read, could not put it down.
    Tugged in many heart strings and you really develop a heartfelt relationship with Ella and Saul. Everyone can feel the pain they both have, which unfolds to be even greater than we first thought.
    Rural bush setting with beautiful descriptions makes you want to pack and and drive west and see what town/pub you land at. You might find an Edna to show you around.

    Easy read and I’ve looked up what books Alissa has also written and they are on the to read pile next.

  8. I enjoyed the slowly developing relationship between Ella and Saul. Two shattered souls who were reluctant to give love a second chance but were pulled together, by circumstance, time and time again.

    There are so many wonderful characters in this book. There is Edna, the town matchmaker and gossip, she knows exactly what everyone in town is doing which adds an element of humour into the story as no-one can figure out how Edna can know everyone’s business. And Violet, the lovely old lady who previously owned Ella’s house. Violet’s daughter had gone missing two decades ago but Violet has never given up on her return and asks Ella to leave the light on every night. The mystery of Violet’s daughter plays a big part in the story and shows how the town comes together for a common cause.

    As you would expect in a rural setting the animals are as large a part of the story as the human characters. There are Ella’s goats cinnamon and Nutmeg, an escaping pet sheep, a pet bull and Saul’s best mate and work dog, Duke, all making an appearance throughout the book.

    Alissa Callen deftly describes the Australian outback with vivid pictures of the landscape and the wildlife. We also get an insight into the life of a country vet and the variety of call outs they would encounter.

    The Boundary Fence is a moving story with a touching romance weaving its way around and through the many issues facing a rural community.

  9. Thank you to Beauty and Lace and Harper Collins for the opportunity to read The Boundary Fence by Alissa Callen.

    Thoroughly enjoyed the book. The characters are very likeable, it is a story of a small country town community, complete with the town busy body knowing everyone’s business. There is romance, loss and mystery.

    The book is set in Woodlea, a country town in NSW.
    Ella Quinlivan is the Vet. She has purchased a sandstone cottage from a friend Violet whose daughter Libby disappeared 20 years ago.
    Ella’s neighbour is Saul Armstrong, he has started an American bison stud business.
    Their properties are separated by the boundary fence!
    Both Ella and Saul have baggage from previous relationships and are in no way interested in romance.
    There paths cross when Saul’s bison need veterinary attention. They also both want to help their mutual friend Violet solve the mystery of her missing daughter.
    Will Ella and Saul find the confidence to pursue the attraction that is between them ? Will the Libby’s disappearance be solved ?

    . This is book 7 in the Woodlea Series. It is a great read.

  10. Another great Woodlea story by Alissa Callen!
    I have enjoyed getting to know two more characters in the charming town of Woodlea. And it was great to read more about the lives of previous characters.

    In The Boundary Fence we get the story of Ella and Saul. Both have been hurt in the past and have decided not to take chances again in their futures. But sometimes life has other plans!
    Some lovely surprises throughout the book and a lovely resolution to a decades old mystery.

    I hope we’ll read more from Woodlea in the future!

  11. Thank you to the Beauty and Lace Book club for sending me this book to review.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, its the first Alissa Callen novel I have read and it wont be the last.

    I would recommend it as a good read gor anybody who enjoys a good romance.

  12. I have read a few books by Alissa Callen and I absolutely adored this one. It picks up with characters that are familiar – but the content still feels fresh and relevant.

    I love that romance is a part of this book but it is more than just “chic-lit”

    It makes me want to move to the country! Would absolutely recommend.

  13. This is the first book I’ve read by Alissa Callen and I’ve been reading through other people’s reviews and I’m glad to see I’m not the only one who loves her books I love the romance in the book but it wasn’t the whole book I can’t wait to get my hands on more of her novels
    Thank you for such a great book to review

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