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Stories for His Glory

The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery by Amanda Cox September 10, 2021

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Present Day. Sarah Ashby returns to her childhood home, determined to finally follow her dream of running the family business alongside her mother and grandmother. So when her mother, Rosemary, announces to her that Old Depot Grocery is closing, Sarah and her grandmother, Glory Ann, make a plan to save the store. But Rosemary has worked her entire life to make sure her daughter never follows in her footsteps. She has her reasons–but she’ll certainly never reveal the real one.

1965. Glory Ann confesses to her family that she’s pregnant with her deceased fiancĂ©’s baby. Pressured into a marriage of convenience with a shopkeeper to preserve her family’s reputation, Glory Ann vows never to love again. But some promises are not as easily kept as she imagined.

This dual-time story from Amanda Cox deftly explores the complexity of the mother-daughter relationship, the way the secrets we keep shape our lives and the lives of others, and the healing power of telling the truth.

My thoughts:

Amanda Cox has a very unique voice. I love her writing style and have enjoyed the books I have read by her. This one was no exception. The twists and turns and unexpected secrets that come to light throughout this book will have you turning pages.

The things that hold these women together can also tare them apart. I just wanted to tell them to spill it, be honest with each other.

If you like a deeper storyline that is bit different I am sure you will enjoy this book.

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A copy of this book was given to me through the publisher. All opinions are my own.

 

The Edge of Belonging by Amada Cox September 22, 2020

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When Ivy Rose returns to her hometown to oversee her late grandmother’s estate sale, she soon discovers that the woman 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-timeline 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.

My thoughts:

There are books that open and begin reading and somehow you know. It’s like meeting that person you will marry. You know this book is going to be a good one. You know you will love the characters, you know your heart will probably ache and you might cry.

This was one of those books. Within five pages I knew I had devour this book.

What a unique storyline and so many questions. The set up is unique as well. As Ivy is trying to learn about her past the readers is reading about it and we know more then she does.

I really can’t recommend this book enough. I can’t wait to pass it on. I’m not sure if this is Amada’s debut novel, but I will definitely be picking up whatever she puts out next.

Visit Amanda here.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own.