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Published by Penner Publishing on January 19, 2016
Genres: Family Life, Historical Fiction, Sagas
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The year is 1992 and Victoria Hastings Harrison Greene—reviled matriarch of a sprawling family—is dying.
After surviving the Oklahoma Dust Bowl and the Great Depression, Victoria refuses to leave this earth before revealing the secrets she’s carried for decades.
Once the child of a loving family during peaceful times, a shocking death shattered her life. Victoria had to come face to face with the harshness of the world. As the warm days of childhood receded to distant memory, Victoria learns to survive.
No matter what it takes.
To keep her family alive in an Oklahoma blighted by dust storms and poverty, Victoria makes choices—harsh ones, desperate ones. Ones that eventually made her into the woman her grandchildren fear and whisper about. Ones that kept them all alive. Hers is a tale of tragedy, love, murder, and above all, the conviction to never stop fighting.
I, like most book bloggers, get a lot of review requests each month. So when an author named C.H. Armstrong sent in a review request, I didn’t really think much of it. The Edge of Nowhere seemed interesting so I signed on to read it. Then C.H. and I followed each other on Twitter and we have had some great conversations. So when it finally came time to read her book I was nervous. I liked the author as a person and I hoped I did not have to give her book a bad review. Well color me relieved, as The Edge of Nowhere is fantastic! I am not usually into historical fiction but this story swept me up and sucked me in. Young Victoria has a harsh life in rural Oklahoma. Orphaned at a young age, she relies on the kindness of others to survive. As she grows up she hardens, determined to never count on another. This tale moves through the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl with ease and grace and shows us how life can battle a person.
C.H. creates a vivid and strong world, where you can practically feel the sticky heat and taste the grit in the air. The characters were all well thought out and placed appropriately in the world. Their motivations rang true and they played their parts with finesse. The pacing was great. It is hard to span decades without losing the pace at some time, and no pacing was dropped. The plot was rich and well thought out. The writing shone. Ranging from dark to witty, each line made sense and kept the story on target. The emotional quotient was also high; with birth’s, death’s and everything in between enriching the feelings evoked.
It is always a happy surprise to have a book be better than expected. C.H. Armstrong created a strong and vibrant tale in The Edge of Nowhere. Rich, thoughtful and at times provoking, this was quite a debut. I am happy to say, that in addition to being a genuine and nice person C.H. is one hell of a writer and I look forward to her next book.
Favorite lines – I surrendered my fear and allowed him to fight my battles. He loved me. He made me forget that I needed strength to survive. When he died, I lost the one thing that stood between me and the rest of the world. And now I’m damn-near helpless and weak because of it. The only thing I know to be true now is that I gotta be strong at all costs. So if I’ve changed, well, I guess that’s the price I’m willin’ to pay. I won’t lie down and let others walk over me.
Biggest cliché – “What do you mean your 18 and not married! No man wants a spinster.”
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About the Author
C.H. Armstrong is an Oklahoma native transplanted in Minnesota. A 1992 graduate of the University of Oklahoma, she is a huge Oklahoma Sooners Football Fan and can be found most Saturdays from September through December in front of the TV or mobile device following her beloved Sooners play football.
A lifelong love of books, she is happiest when nestled within the pages of a good book.