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At the Edge of the Sea by [Cox, Karen M.]
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Length: 242 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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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

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  • 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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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #643,366 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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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 back to it. Then Christina Boyd recommended it to me so, as she always has good recommendations, I went back and started at the beginning.

As related in other reviews this story is told from Billy Ray Davenport's POV. And as expected, he knows his scripture, he has listened and taken to heart many of his itinerate preacher father's sermons and words to live by...especially, "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone." Billy Ray has to use that verse to correct his own social blunder in repeating small town gossip AND (like Darcy in P&P) being overheard by the person the gossip concerns. Please do not think this tale is a Bible heavy sermon, it does use scripture, but it is in terms of Billy Ray applying correction and insight and guidance in his life and then to help Lizzy make some changes, with a heavy emphasis on knowing herself and accepting/forgiving herself and growing from there. Wisely, he allows her the time to do so.

I, like Meredith, had tears more than once, but had to keep reading through blurry eyes as I was totally drawn in and read this in one day. This has a lot of angst in the relationship. Billy Ray's father, with whom he is very close (the mother died by drowning years ago) has made a judgment about this fallen girl (Tsk! Tsk!) and expresses his disappointment when coming upon Billy with his arm around Lizzy’s shoulders. Billy is a college grad, interning with a small town Dr. before going off to medical school. Any attachments might derail this plan. Lizzy is a girl who will act just as you judge her to be – to throw your opinion in your face.
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