Title: The Edge of Nowhere
Author: C.H. Armstrong
Length: 400 pages
Publisher: Penny Publishing
This book is historical fiction, it’s set in the south, it’s a book I’d usually love. So when I read the description I had to request it from Netgalley.
The year is 1992 and Victoria Hastings Harrison Greene – reviled matriarch of a sprawling family – is dying. After surviving the Oklahoma Dust Bow 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 came 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 her choices – harsh ones, desperate ones. Ones that eventually made her into the women her grandchildren fear and whisper about. Ones that keep them all alive. Her is a tale of tragedy, love, murder, and above all, the conviction to never to stop fighting.
Throughout this book, you follow the life of Victoria and what a life she has. When I started this book I was immediately drawn to Victoria, when she was a little girl, watching both her parents kill themselves in different ways, was genuinely heartbreaking to read. My heart really went out to her.
Then, as she grows up, I really enjoyed reading her falling in love with her husband, Will. It was sweet, romantic and I totally believed it. I could feel the chemistry between the two characters. It was the highlight of the book for me.
However, this was the last good thing to that happened in the book. The last 3/4 was just one disaster after another. I enjoy a sad book from time to time, life can be sad, and books should reflect life. But this was too much. It became unbelievable. It felt like C.H. Armstrong was just throwing events in, to make the beginning make sense.
It turned Victoria into an unlikeable character. I found myself not particularly caring what happened to her. Also at the end, although I was glad what Victoria did, it also didn’t fit her character. Maybe it’s just me that feels this way. It was such a shame, this book had such promise when I started it.
Also, I like my historical fiction to have a few more details in it. This is obviously a preference of mine, but I just feel you could’ve put this story in any time. I just wanted more. The writing wasn’t anything special, it didn’t particularly capture my attention. I wanted more detailed descriptions.
Did I enjoy this book? Yes. Was it as good as some of the historical fiction I’ve read recently? No. Maybe that’s the problem. It had such promise, but just missed the mark for me.
This book was given to via Netgalley and Penny Publishing in return for an honest, unbiased review.
Until the next review