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Publisher's Note:

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.…

The Edge of Belonging

by Amanda Cox

Overall Book Review:

The Edge of Belonging is the debut novel of Amanda Cox, but one would never know it just from reading the story.  The book draws the reader in with its almost poetic introduction to Harvey James.  The description is so real the reader can picture exactly how things looked and felt through his eyes.

Don’t worry though, the author doesn’t leave you with just one set of eyes to see through.  You soon get to meet many other characters in both the past and the present.  Cox switches off between the two in a way that brings the reader much closer to the characters.  The ending may be rather obvious, because the book has a dual timeline, but it is a heart-wrenching pleasure to read about how the ending came about.

It is clear from reading this story that the author has much experience with people who are broken and hurting.  There are so many positive and uplifting messages wrapped up into a non-preachy novel that allows readers to glean the lessons from the experiences of the characters.  If reading well written emotional stories about heartache and redemption cause you to be weepy, you might want to be prepared with a box of Kleenex.  Can’t wait to read the next story Cox writes!

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Revell

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  It is implied that a character suffering from PTSD committed suicide; a man grabs a woman and during a struggle, she strikes her head and it bleeds; several references are made to domestic violence and human trafficking; a character recalls emotional abuse and a threat to kill someone; a character has a cut that bleeds; a man grabs another roughly to detain her. 

Sex/Nudity:  Non-married characters kiss and embrace.

Mature Subject Matter:

Death of close family members, adoption, infertility, suicide, emotional abuse.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

A character wonders if another is a drug addict; a character is reported to be drunk often.

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I primarily read fiction from all genres. I have six children and many happy hours have been spent reading together. I also love quilting, hiking, and camping.