As a genealogist, I learned long ago that there is the family into which one is born, and there is the family that one chooses. The novel, The Edge of Belonging, written by Amanda Cox, is all about the family that is chosen.
This debut novel opens with heartache. The protagonist, Ivy Rose, has lost her beloved grandmother, and her high-profile engagement has ended. Grief-stricken and licking her wounds, Ivy heads back to her hometown to settle her grandmother’s estate and heal her heart.
As Ivy begins to inventory her grandmother’s belongings, she discovers her own sense of belonging, uncovering the circumstances behind her adoption and the secrets kept by her family.
Like a time traveler nimbly skipping through the years, The Edge of Belonging jumps back and forth between the present and the past, taking the reader on a journey between disillusionment and hope, despair and redemption.
Key themes of this novel are faith and truth, both the search for and the acceptance of. Ivy soon learns that although each person has his or her own truth, it is faith that melds those stances together into the one “true” truth: love.
And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love. ~1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV)