Edge of Belonging by Amanda Cox

September 25, 2020

Author: Amanda Cox
Genre: Contemporary Christian Fiction
Publisher: Revell
Release Date: September 8, 2020

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.

My Thoughts

Wow, wow, wow!! I cannot believe this is Amanda Cox's debut book! This author truly tugs at ALL of your emotions.  It was excellent. I absolutely have become a time-slip junkie so this book was right up my alley and she does both timeline so incredibly well. I didn't know which timeline I wanted to stay in more because they were equally captivating. 

In this story we meet some amazing main characters but four really stood out to me. Ivy is really the main one and whom the story is about centers on. She is an orphan who was adopted and is trying to find answers about how her adoption came about. She feels like something has been missing her whole life. She is a social worker and in abusive relationship. We meet Harvey who is also a broken soul and finds Ivy and his heart opens up in a way he never thought possible. He pours his unconditional love upon her without hesitation.

 I can't forget about Pearl because she truly was my favorite. She is the glue that holds all these people together. She is the person that you strive to be like in your Christian walk. She is not perfect by any means because after all she is a human but she has those godly characters that you seek after. She knows what its like to grieve and feel alone so she puts all those gifts at play when it comes to these people in her life. 

I have to mention Reese because he is swoon-worthy!! And I am not going to ruin it for you because I promise you, you will swoon at his character traits. 

Amanda Cox truly penned a beautiful story about acceptance, redemption, unconditional love, healing, hope and connections that come full circle. It really was an amazing story that I highly recommend. If you like dual time lines you will definitely love this story and you need to go pick it up ASAP!!

My Rating: 5 Stars/Absolutely LOVED it!!

Favorite Quotes: 

"Love is love. Nurturing is nurturing. It doesn't take a blood relative. We're all adopted into God's family through Jesus."

"You are braver than you know and more loved than you realize."

(I received a copy of this book from Revell. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

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About the Author

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. To know more about her and upcoming books visit :

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