“Fear and love are very much the same.
They both make your heart race and
your body shake.
They make you tremble and anticipate.
They make you frantic with thoughts
Embracing fear is the same as
All is lost.
All can be found again.”
The Outskirts is part one of the new duet from T M. Frazier, and when I really enjoy a book, I thank the writing Gods for making it a duet because I know for sure that there is more greatness to come. T.M. Frazier is a new author to me and after reading the synopsis, I knew deep down this was going to be a story I was going to really enjoy. I convinced myself very early on that I was going to love her work and I’m so glad the high expectations I had for this story were fulfilled.
As soon as I started The Outskirts I was transported to the dark world Sawyer lived in day to day. She is the daughter of a religious, alcoholic and abusive father, and a mother who was unable to stand up for either of them. Sawyer constantly lived in a world clouded by fear, rules and helplessness.
An opportunity arises for Sawyer to make her big escape and she takes it, because let’s face it, if she continues to stay she may not make it out alive. The courage it took for Sawyer to plan and leave the only home and family she has ever known was truly inspiring. It is no easy feat though, knowing your every move is being watched by your controlling father. I know I’m really invested in a book when a key nail biting scene occurs and I have to remind myself to breathe.
With not much more than a rusty old truck, a tiny campervan and a deed to land her mother has left her, she sets off to find her freedom; freedom from abuse and from her father’s tyrannical rule.
Finn is now a shell of the man he once was; when you lose someone close to you it’s hard to see the light shining through the darkness and despair. He is now a recluse living in a run-down shack in the middle of a swamp and drowning his sorrows at the bottom of a bottle. He is alone and wants to keep it that way. Beware anyone who enters his space and disrupts his wallowing.
“Looking past his blue eyes I spoke directly to the hurt in them…
“I was thinking that I didn’t know a naked man could be so beautiful.”
The last thing he wants is for a feisty girl who dresses like a nun taking up residence as his neighbour in a campervan. To say Finn was angry about this intrusion would be a massive understatement, but the sweet, innocent Sawyer in her search for independence and freedom, is determined not to go anywhere. She makes her mark not just on Finn, but on the town of Outskirts, Florida.
I absolutely loved everything about both characters; Sawyers, naivety, innocence and her bravery. Rather than running from her past, she is running towards her freedom. Finn is broken and he is the way he is because he feels deep pain and regret due to what he has had to endure. This couple, even though on a rocky road, are perfect for each other. They have both been through so much, but together they can start to heal. I also loved the third character in this story, the town of Outskirts, Florida. The town has been through its fair share of betrayal and the writing was so vivid and real that I felt for what this town had endured.
After reading The Outskirts, I know one thing for sure, I want to visit the bar in the sleepy town of Outskirts, Florida and write some Tings. If you want to know what that is, then you have to read this captivating story to find out. I wait with baited breath for part two of The Outskirts duet, The Outliers, because I cannot wait to find out how T.M Frazier will conclude The Outskirts journey.
About the Author:
T.M.Frazier is a USA TODAY bestselling author. She resides in sunny Southwest Florida with her husband and her young daughter.
When she’s not writing she loves talking to her readers, country music, reading and traveling. Her debut novel, The Dark Light of Day was published in September of 2013 and when she started writing it she intended for it to be a light beachy romance.
Well…it has a beach in it!