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.
As I closed the pages on this book, and laid it down, I sat stunned, amazed, in awe, with tears slowly trickling down. This book is a real treasure. I find it incredibly hard to believe it is a debut novel. It absolutely gripped me, and I just couldn’t put it down. I know it will be one of my very favorite reads for this year.
The story goes between two time periods. Telling Harvey’s story, and telling Ivy’s story. I really loved both of them, and loved how they were intertwined, how it all came together.
Harvey was a character I felt a real connection with. He’d had such a hard life. Never really known love. Was afraid to trust anyone. And yet, he took in the little bitty baby he found beside the road, and wasn’t afraid to love her with all the love he had inside. What a story!
And then there’s Ivy. She knew she was adopted, but she never knew just how or why it all happened. She’s facing some difficult things in her present life, and she really wanted answers, answers to her past.
This is a story of belonging (no duh, the title kinda gives that away…), family, love, trust, and lots more. Amanda Cox takes a lovely tale, one that feels so real, so believable, as if it really happened, or rather is happening right in front of your very eyes as you read. She puts your heart on the line, squeezes a bit, and leaves you desperately seeking for answers of your own as you empathize with her characters.
Amanda Cox has definitely joined the ranks of those authors on my ‘must-read-their-new-books-as-soon-as-possible list’. I eagerly look forward to reading her next.
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