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At the Edge of the Sea by [Cox, Karen M.]
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"Readers will be entertained and inspired by this winning tale." - Publisher's Weekly
"At the Edge of the Sea is a poignant and expressive love story that should not be missed!" - Austenesque Reviews

Product Details

  • File Size: 1059 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Meryton Press (September 29, 2013)
  • Publication Date: September 29, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FJIPFCQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #830,795 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I cannot say enough wonderful things about "At the Edge of the Sea" by Karen Cox. Billy Ray is such a gentlemen, I'm in awe and loved that the author selected him as the first person narrative. I found myself looking forward to his personal growth and how his kindness reached out to many of the misguided along his path.

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!
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As told by Billy Ray, this story about his lifelong love story with Lizzy is truly heartwarming. Billy Ray comes to town as a young man and meets Lizzy, a young lady whose reputation is ruined back when a reputation meant something. He puts that all aside and really tries to live up to his Christian values by trying to see past what all the town thinks of her to form his own opinion. The story follows Billy Ray's life as he finds, loses and again finds Lizzy. He also has to work within his religious teachings to reconcile Lizzy with his father and himself although I did not find it overbearing. He grows up and Lizzy does as well. She finds self respect again and when he meets up with her later, she has grown up as well. I found the story believable and really wanted Billy Ray and Lizzy to make it work. I laughed and cried with Billy Ray and Lizzy and really liked this story.
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Billy Ray and Lizzys story is very compelling. It brought me back to a time that in so many ways is gone, yet somehow still lives on in some areas and ways.. I typically read books that are told from the woman's perspective, it was definitely a nice change of pace for the story came from Billys point of view. I'm not going to give you a synopsis since that appears above, but I will say read it. I did not put it down until I was done. Billy Ray andLizzy are warm likeable people whose faith and calling shine through.
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"At the Edge of the Sea" has been on my TBR list for a while. Honestly, I kept putting it off because it looked like generic chick lit.

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.
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Note: I know this book isn't marketed or labeled an Austenesque novel, but I found it to be one. It isn't a retelling or adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, but readers can clearly see that this story was inspired and influenced by Pride and Prejudice and it's characters. Similar to Find Wonder in All Things, At the Edge of the Sea definitely felt Austen-Inspired.

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.
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