From its gorgeous cover to the final page, The Edge of Belonging took me through the entire range of emotions before it was done with me. This beautifully crafted split time tale takes the reader on an incredible journey of what a family can be, even one not formed in the usual way.

Precious characters were a delight to get to know, especially Harvey with his tender heart and determination to take care of the abandoned baby despite his own lack of finances.

This story filled with love and compassion illustrates the difference that can be made in another person’s life if one can look past the outer appearances and get to know the true soul within.

Amanda Cox is a new author to me but I was so impressed by The Edge of Belonging that I will most certainly be on the lookout for her next book. I would definitely recommend it to all.

I voluntarily reviewed a digital copy of this book provided by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.


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.

Read an excerpt HERE.

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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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