Sep 14, 2020

Book Review of *The Edge of Belonging* by Amanda Cox @amandacoxwrites @revellbooks #TheEdgeofBelonging

The Edge of Belonging by Amanda Cox

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.


Before becoming a stay-at-home parent, Amanda spent her time counseling children, families, and individuals through life’s challenging moments. Now she uses those same skills to develop layered characters and stories, bringing them on a journey of hope and healing. A journey she hopes her readers experience in their own lives as they read.
A few of her favorite things are the sanctuary of the great outdoors, the feeling of pen on paper, the sound of her children’s laughter, and exploring new places with her husband of 15 years. (Oh, let’s not forget good fiction and good coffee. She’s addicted to both.)

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cox has knocked it out of the park with her debut novel The Edge of Belonging, and she has become a favorite author for me now. This story drew me in and I found it difficult to put it down. I loved this story of healing, forgiveness, and acceptance. The characters were relatable and real. The author did a wonderful job of tying the story together. The dual-time line was very easy to follow, and you do not find this very often. I very highly recommend this book.

I received an advanced reader copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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