|Print List Price:||$10.95|
Save $7.96 (73%)
At the Edge of the Sea Kindle Edition
|New from||Used from|
|Length: 242 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled|
Kindle e-ReadersFire TabletsFire Phones
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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. And lastly, I loved that this book made me feel like I was on an emotional journey with the characters - experiencing their joyful highs and despairing lows, engaging me in such a way that I would frequently laugh, sigh, and feel tears well up in my eyes.
As you might guess, I most definitely enjoyed finding all the subtle connecting links to Pride and Prejudice peppered throughout this story. Billy Ray's got Darcy written all over him with his reserved manner, fastidious nature, and responsible demeanor. And although Lizzy Quinlan's got a bad reputation and prickly temperament, she puts one in mind of Elizabeth Bennet with her spiritedness, independent attitude, and penchant for teasing. Other recognizable personalities include Miss Bingley, Lydia Bennet, Mr. Bennet, and Mrs. Gardiner - all who I greatly enjoyed. I also loved spotting the clever inclusions of familiar Pride and Prejudice events like the overheard insult, refused proposal, sister in need of rescue, and truth-bearing letter.
I was utterly charmed and enthralled by this novel! Having read the other two superb Austenesque novels by Karen Cox, I knew I could expect a high-caliber story rich with dynamic characters, intelligent insights, and evocative prose. At the Edge of the Sea is a poignant and expressive love story that should not be missed! I highly recommend!
*Because of the inclusion of a few intimate scenes, I'd recommend this book for Mature Audiences only.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
1. the cover looks kitschy, as if it was only meant for a summer read;