THE EDGE OF BELONGING
by AMANDA COX
Genre: Christian Contemporary Fiction
Date of Publication: September 8, 2020
Number of Pages: 400
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When Ivy Rose returns to her hometown to oversee her late grandmother’s estate sale, she soon discovers that the woman 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-timeline 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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What a wonderful story that shows one does not have to be born into a family to belong. I was captivated from the very first when Harvey found the infant and decided he was going to do all he could to help her and make sure she didn’t have to go into a foster-care system that had let him down so horribly years ago.
Some things might be a little too coincidental, like how he gets the job at the church that is the first step toward saving Ivy, but I let my disbelief go as the story progressed and I could see the magic happening between all the characters.
I’m not one to wear my Christianity on my sleeve, but I also recognize when the power of the Spirit is working, and that power sure was working in the lives of the people in this book. The author did a terrific job of incorporating the religious aspects of the story without hitting people over the head with her beliefs. That made the reading even more pleasurable.
It’s hard to decide which character, or characters, I liked best. They were all so well-defined and relatable. I loved Harvey for all he was willing to do to save this child. I loved the Pastor for taking a chance on hiring Harvey. I loved Reese for his steadfast love. But I think I loved Grandma Pearl the most. Maybe it’s a grandma-to-grandma thing, but I also think it is an appreciation for the way she pulled her past into the present with Harvey and took him into her heart.
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.
Amanda lives in Tennessee with her husband and their three children.
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1st: Copy of The Edge of Belonging + Fern Tote Bag
+ $25 Barnes and Noble Gift Card
2nd and 3rd: Copy of The Edge of Belonging
+ $10 Barnes and Noble Gift Card
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