LSBBT BOOK REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: The Edge of Belonging by Amanda Cox (Contemporary Christian)



Amanda Cox

Genre: Christian Contemporary Fiction 
Publisher: Revell
Date of Publication: September 8, 2020
Number of Pages: 400


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.

This is apparently the year of the debut author! Wow! What an impressive story from a writer with amazing talent! I continue to think about it long after I turned the last page.

This story will grab you from the first chapter, and will not let go! As much as I couldn’t stop reading, I made myself slow down because I did not want my time with these characters to come to an end. For a story filled with so many broken people, their individual paths to love and redemption is a true testament to second chances and faith.

Alternating between past and present timelines, readers follow Harvey’s determination at caring for an abandoned baby, while Ivy struggles to learn the truth about her adoption. It’s not hard to figure out early on what is going on, but the path to learning how it all came to be was incredibly heartfelt and surprisingly unexpected. The balance between moments is absolute perfection! You spend just enough time to build suspense, but then shift to the alternate time for more understanding. It’s incredibly well done especially given the inclusion of so many difficult topics such as PTSD, suicide, domestic abuse, which could easily take the book into a much darker place. Though many tears were shed, the story always remained spellbinding, graceful, and above all hopeful. Love shines brightly even in the darkest of places, and my heart and faith are certainly fuller after finishing this tender story.

“This time I’m counting blessings instead of things that were never in my control in the first place.”

Over and over, the author beautifully explores the idea of “entertaining angels unawares.” We’ve all been dealt a bad hand, made hard decisions, suffered through the consequences of a mistake, but we just never know when a chance encounter turns into the unexpected blessing we needed or the surprise happily ever after we’ve been dreaming of. This is a story that celebrates life in all of its ups and downs. Joyfully ride the wave while it’s high, but when you’re headed for the crash, remember there’s healing in the heartbreak and splendor just beyond the struggle. 

Family dynamics and structure were another crucial message examined throughout the course of the story. Families are created in so many different ways and bound together by love that doesn’t end just because you reach a certain age. We are all God’s children, so it speaks to a higher purpose and calling when strangers can welcome and embrace each other in loving arms to “rest and be reassured.” 

Honor humanity and commemorate compassion with this stunning debut that should not be missed!

Many thanks to the author and publisher for providing me with a copy of this book. I was so excited to see a finished edition in my mailbox, I did a happy dance back to my door! This one is going to be treasured and placed on my special books shelf. I will happily return to this story again and again.

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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