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The Edge of Belonging by Amanda Cox: Book Review

The Edge of Belonging by Amanda Cox: Book Review with RevellReads

About the book:

Title: The Edge of Belonging

Author: Amanda Cox

Genre: Contemporary Women Fiction

Release Date: September 8, 2020

When Ivy Rose returns to her hometown to oversee an estate sale, she soon discovers that her grandmother left behind more than trinkets and photo frames–she provided a path to the truth behind Ivy’s adoption. Shocked, Ivy seeks clues to her past, but a key piece to the mystery is missing.

Twenty-four years earlier, Harvey James finds an abandoned newborn who gives him a sense of human connection for the first time in his life. His desire to care for the baby runs up against the stark fact that he is homeless. When he becomes entwined with two people seeking to help him find his way, Harvey knows he must keep the baby a secret or risk losing the only person he’s ever loved.

In this dual-time story from debut novelist Amanda Cox, the truth–both the search for it and the desire to keep it from others–takes center stage as Ivy and Harvey grapple with love, loss, and letting go.

Book Review:

The characters in this book endeared themselves to me so quickly I couldn’t quite believe it. I didn’t want the story to end, yet I could not stop reading. The split timeline between baby Ivy and adult Ivy pulled me in from the beginning. I HAD to know how everything would come together.

Every now and then, I would have to stop, just to look up and think, Wow! This author has an amazing gift.

The writing was so fluid and poetic, I wanted to reread the book as soon as I reached the end. Ivy, Harvey, Pearl, Reese, they each had their own past hurts and heartaches to overcome, and I found relevance for myself in the challenges they each faced.

I can’t wait to see what this author comes up with next. Amanda Cox is now on my auto-buy list and The Edge of Belonging has a permanent place on the keeper shelf.

Sometimes, the place where you belong isn’t where you think. I needed this book in my life. I needed its message of faith and finding where you belong.

Probably the best debut novel I’ve ever read.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through RevellReads. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.


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