Tuesday, August 25, 2020

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.


This book was terrific! I couldn’t put the book down because I needed to see what happens between Reese and Ivy. I did laugh at some of their antics in the book because that’s what friends do.

There were also some places that my heart broke for the characters too. I found myself wanting to pray for them, as well. Have y’all ever done that? Ivy’s story spoke to my heart so much because you see, I’ve been adopted too, and my parents were vague about it, just like Ivy’s parents.

I love this quote that Ivy’s mom said, “You and Reese will change one way or another, whether you like it or not. You can’t hang on to what once was forever.”

So many times, I wish I could hang on to the past, but then we couldn’t enjoy what God has in store for us now, could we? Friends like Reese and Ivy are a rarity indeed.  For once you find one, you’d better hang on to them. For they will always be there for you no matter what.

This is a new to me author who I will be adding to my long, long list of favorites! This story will pull you in from the beginning and not let you go. It will leave you thinking about it long after it’s over. I didn’t want it to end. It was so good! I highly recommend this book.

I received this book courtesy of Baker Publishing Group/Revell through Interviews & Reviews. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions are my own.


Amanda  Cox

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.


  1. I love that Amanda is a debut author! One thing I definitely enjoy doing, is discovering new-to-me writers, especially with their very first book. :-) I am going to be picking this up myself to read soon, I really like dual-time stories.

    Thanks for your review, Lori! It sounds like one that touched you in a special way, stories like that are very meaningful.

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