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I enjoy reading a book about a character making great efforts to be more compassionate. So refreshing! Now this is my kind of hero, one that is working on becoming a better person and not just to save a damsel in distress or, I should say, a tight fitting dress. The amount of reveal of the Billy Ray and Lizzy Quinlan's personal tragedies just brought me to tears. These characters had real, solid reasons to be hurt, distant, and skittish towards one another and at the same time to see the efforts made by both parties, despite such hurts. I fell in love with them both!
Ms. Cox ability to introduce multiple characters without confusion, giving each such distinctive personalities and allowing us to relate to each one whether it be the midwife wise woman, Mrs. Gardener, with her concoctions, Mrs. Long the "Cat Lady" as I lovingly nicknamed her, or poor Mrs. Miller, mother of the missing backbone when it comes to her venomous snake of a daughter, Marlene. I cannot stop telling anyone and everyone I know about this story. This story had a depth and richness that is missing from many authors' narratives but Ms. Cox has brought it back. When it comes to romance novels, I am looking forward to reading more of Ms. Karen Cox's work!
Generic chick lit? It is anything but! It's not obvious by the cover or the book information above but I recognized about 25% in that it might have been inspired by "Pride & Prejudice." Though not blatant--different names and scenarios--the male & female protagonists, Lizzy & Billy Ray, do seem to have a little too much pride as well as prejudice...and through out the novel, there are little nods to that timeless masterpiece. Everyone knows Lizzy’s bad reputation and won’t let her forget it. But in the summer of 1959, when Billy Ray Davenport, son of preacher arrives in her small Southern town, they become friends--better than friends--before he heads off to medical school. Told from Billy Ray's POV, with the primary story from 1959-1961, we see how each recognizes the value of the person--and not what society demands. I'm just sorry I waited so long to read this Smart, Poignant, Timeless, and Heart-pounding love story.
In Pride and Prejudice,Darcy and Elizabeth are separated by social standing, upbringing, and wealth - in At the Edge of the Sea, Karen Cox creates an even bigger chasm between her principal characters by making Billy Ray the son of an evangelist preacher and Lizzy Quinlan the town's "sadder but wiser girl" with a reputation for being "fast and loose." Taking us back to the summer 1959, Karen Cox tells the story of a young man and how his decision to show compassion to another person changes him, changes her, and changes the course of their lives.
Oh my! There was so much I adored and admired about this novel! I loved that this coming-of-age story is about a young man's transformation into adulthood, and that we see the whole novel from his perspective. What a refreshing change! I deeply enjoyed the characters in this novel, especially Lizzy and Billy Ray, whom I felt a lot a strong sense of connect and empathy towards. They are both such strong, admirable characters, and I loved witnessing their inner battles, discovery of self, healing, and personal growth. In addition, I greatly enjoyed the time period and setting; I thought Karen Cox did marvelous job of capturing the tone and social climate of this revolutionary era.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was such a blast from the past in our nation's history, as we meet young Lizzy and Billie Rae, two young people trying to figure out their lives and each other, in a story set... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Claudine A Pepe (Just Jane 1813)
To be honest, I didn't read this when it was first released for a few reasons:
1. the cover looks kitschy, as if it was only meant for a summer read;
2. Read more
I bought this book back in April 2015 and read up to 21% on my kindle...but life got in the way (2 new grandchildren born the month before and the month after) and I didn't get... Read morePublished 11 months ago by S. L. Majczan
I recently read this story and just loved it. Billy Ray and LIzzy are unforgettable characters. The truth of this story lies in the ability of Billy Ray to recognize that a love... Read morePublished on January 13, 2014 by barblibrarian
I finally found the time to read this story. I think it is wonderful and inspiring. With whisperings of a bygone era, the way life was then, this book took me on an enchanting... Read morePublished on December 6, 2013 by T. Garcia Ruy Sanchez
Being so used to novels written from the female perspective, I was captivated by this story being told by Billy Ray. Ms. Read morePublished on October 3, 2013 by Kathy A