In October I was approached and asked if I would like to do a book review for a fellow author. Um, yes please.
The Edge of Nowhere is historical fiction takes place during the Great Depression in Central Oklahoma and ties in the events that took place on April 14, 1935.
Let me digress a moment to say that back in the day, when I was in elementary school we learned about the Dust Bowl of course and the tragedy that was happening in the great plains but it wasn’t until I read The Edge of Nowhere that I really got a good idea of just all that went on. The poverty. A dust cloud so thick that it engulfs everything in its path leaving a nasty layering of red dirt in its wake.
C.H. Armstrong also does a great job of tying in what life was like for the affluent population during this time as well which is something I always find interesting in not only books and general reading but in history as well. Most of the time we hear one side of the story, but not always the other. Sure there were a lot of farmers losing their land at this time-but what about the people that weren’t?
And that’s only part of it. The first 20% of the book left me gasping out loud left and right. As I read in bed (one of those instances where I told myself I would put it down after the next chapter, well past my bedtime) my husband began asking me what was wrong as I began to shake my head in disbelief.
But I think the biggest takeaway I got from this book, and now I’m upset I didn’t start with that is that Victoria, the protagonist is such a strong,independent lady. I love it. I need more of it. I don’t see it enough in books.
The book opens with taking back to 1992 Victoria as a grandmother writing to her grandchildren that they’ve misunderstood her. She’s not just the mean, crotchety old women they think she is. And then she tells us why. Insert: tragedy, tragedy, tragedy. But throughout the entire book, Victoria’s spirit is never broken and she drives on as she always had before. She doesn’t know how to go on any other way then to just go on.
It was so refreshing to read about such a strong, female character. Most of the time in books we read these characters and they falter and sometimes lose values in the shuffle, but this was not the case and I think a lot of it may have been due to this being published under an indie publishing house. I kept thinking to myself as I read, “this would never happen in traditional publishing.” Which is what makes indie publishing so great. So much more freedom and the storylines you can’t get anywhere else. Thinking back to all the indie published books I read this year, they were all so different, each one from the next and as different as those were from one another they were all completely different from anything being put out by a traditional publishing house. But I digress.
The Edge of Nowhere is a great, fun read that will keep you up all night and have you at the edge of your seat all day.