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lady anselSterling, VAAge: Over 65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Best Debut 2020February 2, 2021lady anselSterling, VAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5There are not enough stars in the universe to rate Amanda Coxs debut The Edge of Belonging.
Amanda Cox created six equally extraordinary strong characters, who each in their own way were broken, for her readers to fall in love with, which I did over and over again. In 1994 we are introduced to Pearl (Grandma), who tries to be the healer of this family of misfits, Harvey James (a 30 year old homeless orphan), who just wants to be loved, Ivy Rose (an abandoned newborn), the glue who is loved by all, Pastor Thomas Lashley (the new minister at Triune First) and his wife Miriam. In Present day (24 years later) Amanda Cox continues the ties that bind the original 5 characters plus adds a new character Reese Dylan Wright (Ivys childhood friend). These six individuals come together forming a family for a little girl named Ivy Rose. Amanda Coxs prose is so engrossing capturing this readers attention from the first word to the last. She guides us through the lives of her characters as they deal with physical and emotional abuse, foster care, homelessness, suicide, and PTSD with dignity, compassion, and forgiveness.
Usually at this point in my review I let my fellow readers know which timeline I preferred and who my favorite character is, and why. However for the first time I find this impossible. Throughout the entire book I was equally drawn to both timelines and each individual characters story, so much so that I still cannot stop thinking about them. Emotionally this is the best roller coaster ride I have been on in a very, very long time. Being a Christian fiction reader, I have read many, many time split books, and this is the best debut I have ever read by far. I highly recommend The Edge of Belonging to everyone who wants to read an awe inspiring heartfelt story of a group of strangers who come together to become a family built on faith and love.
I received this book courtesy of Baker Publishing Group, Revell via NetGalley through Interviews & Reviews. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions are my own.
sally895 Stars Out Of 5Six-star bookDecember 20, 2020sally89Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I really, really enjoyed this book. It was good. It held my interest. Was thought-provoking. I would definitely recommend it to a friend.
Jypsy4 Stars Out Of 5The Framework of LifeNovember 2, 2020JypsyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Thank you Revell for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
The Edge Of Belonging
By: Amanda Cox
The Edge of Belonging is a heartwarming tale of pieces and edges that form the framework of belonging and outline the origins of family. I have always been interested in stories involving people on the fringes of society, the invisible people. In 1994, Harvey is such a person, skirting the edges but not included, until an abandoned baby changes his life. In present time, twenty four year old Ivy Rose is grieving, lost and seeking origins. Her search reveals the circumstances that connected five people, making a family out of seemingly nothing. With healing, faith, a touch of romance and acceptance, The Edge Of Belonging is an inspirational masterpiece.
Stardust FiddleAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Longing Fulfilled is a Tree of LifeOctober 24, 2020Stardust FiddleAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"If the story of my life could say one thing, I'd hope it would show the importance of venturing into the highways and the hedges to let invisible people know they're seen and loved. To invite them in."
A breathtaking tour de force, Amanda Cox's "The Edge of Belonging" tugs at the heartstrings and reminds readers that belonging goes beyond having a place to live to encompass the people who love us and, by so doing, help us to truly belong. Cox employs a split-time structure to tell Ivy and Harvey's story, and what I love about this format is the short time lapse; the two main storylines take place in 1994 and the present day, creating a small generational gap that allows readers to follow the same characters from one period of time to another. For a debut novel, "The Edge of Belonging" hits the perfect notes, drawing all of the characters together in a symphony both heartwarming and bittersweet.
With this intricately nuanced cast of characters, Cox demonstrates her keen understanding of and insight into the human psyche. In the present: a broken 24-year-old young woman who does not know who she is anymore and wonders if she ever did. Twenty-four years prior: a homeless man with a sorrowful past who finally has solitude and routine until he finds a newborn baby. An older woman heartbroken from recent losses but with much love still to give. A couple aggrieved by their inability to have children. And the thread of hope and faith that binds them all together.
My favorite aspect of the characters is how they exemplify Jesus amidst their mistakes and brokenness and humanness. Pearl is a prime example of this, and she is my favorite character, despite my incorrect characterization of her when she is first introduced. As a result of this and of several scenarios in the narrative, I find "The Edge of Belonging" to be convicting. How often do we judge someone based on their behavior or appearance without making any effort to reach out to them or know them on a personal level? Pearl is one of the foremost characters who demonstrates openhearted compassion, which she sums up in a simple and beautiful way: "Nurturing is nurturing. It doesn't take a blood relative. We're all adopted into God's family through Jesus. And I decided long ago that if it was good enough for God, it was good enough for me. So I set in my heart that I would love and mother anyone who crossed my path who needed that kind of love."
By far one of the best debut novels I've had the pleasure of reading, "The Edge of Belonging" gently speaks to many current issues, including PTSD, fostering and adoption, domestic violence, abuse, grief, and both platonic and romantic love. Most of all, it guides us toward the unconditional love of the One Who gave His life for us, and in Whose arms we will always find our place of belonging.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All opinions are my own.
JR5 Stars Out Of 5Don't miss this one!October 21, 2020JRQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a great, great contemporary Christian story, and I look forward to reading more from this author. The characters are well-developed, the multiple storylines intertwine nicely, and the plot is realistic. I especially liked Pearl- the mother hen figure- who ministers to those around her despite her own troubles. You won't be disappointed with this book.