First Line Friday (week 356): The Edge of Belonging

Posted August 24, 2023 by meezcarrie in Amanda Cox, Christian, contemporary, First Line Fridays, historical, women's fiction / 14 Comments

Happy Friday & welcome to the First Line Friday link-up! It’s time to grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. Today I’m featuring the first line of The Edge of Belonging by Amanda Cox! This book won Book of the Year at the Christy Awards in 2021 (and the author won Book of the Year in 2022 too!), so I’m thrilled that Amanda is one of the participating authors at the inaugural JustRead Rendezvous reader event in November (more details below)!

The Edge of Belonging by Amanda Cox

and the first line is…

People considered him homeless because he didn’t have an address of his own, but Harvey James would’ve been homeless even if he owned the turreted mansion off State Route 460.

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.

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14 responses to “First Line Friday (week 356): The Edge of Belonging

  1. Gloria A

    The Edge of Belonging is a wonderful book! I really enjoyed it. I finished He Should Have Told the Bees by Amanda Cox earlier this week. It is another winner. The first line Is:
    Callie’s ears filled with the sound of windshield wipers slapping and Momma’s incessant muttering.

  2. In the brisk November wind, the helium balloons pulled and twisted against her grasp like rebellious toddlers.
    The Case of Mistaken Identity by Deborah Sprinkle

  3. Kay Garrett

    Thump. Bump.
    Addison Bruce stilled at the sound coming from downstairs.

  4. Carol Wilson

    Faith Byrne’s carefully laid plans took advantage of unplanned distractions and skipped town, never to be seen again. – What Happens Next, Christina Suzann Nelson

  5. I was in my dad’s room when I read this post so the closest book was his ISV New Testament Bible.
    “This is a record of the life of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham.”

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