About The Edge of Belonging

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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.

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My Review

“The Edge of Belonging” is a beautiful — and beautifully written — read.

I’ve had the pleasure of reading a handful of books this year where romance was only a side plot — if it made it into the book at all. That’s a somewhat new experience for me, and I must confess I enjoy it thoroughly! (Romance does come into play here, but it’s not the normal “meet-cute” seen in many novels. I felt the main plot centered more on Ivy as a person, herself, rather than who she was as part of a romantic relationship.)

Amanda Cox writes so very poetically, in a style similar to Amanda Dykes (maybe it’s an “Amanda” thing? :D) or nonfiction writer Christie Purifoy. I often caught myself lingering on a paragraph or even a sentence, just taking in its beauty, before moving on.

So often with timeslip novels, I find myself preferring one story line over another — not so here. I felt a little jilted every time the plot slipped between present day and the 1990s! “No — wait — I wasn’t done with that one yet!” Jaime Jo Wright did this very successfully with her upcoming release, “The Haunting at Bonaventure Circus,” as well.

I am, frankly, astounded that this is Cox’s debut novel; I would have expected writing of this caliber to be indicative of many more novels already published. Excited to see more from Cox hit the shelves!

I received a copy of the book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

Amanda Cox¬†is a blogger and a curriculum developer for a national nonprofit youth leadership organization, but her first love is communicating through story. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Bible and theology and a master’s degree in professional counseling. Her studies and her interactions with hurting families over a decade have allowed her to create multidimensional characters that connect emotionally with readers. She lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee, with her husband and their three children.

Visit Amanda online at her website.