Advance reader reviews of The Edge of the Earth by Christina Schwarz.

The Edge of the Earth

By Christina Schwarz

The Edge of the Earth
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  • Published in USA  Apr 2013,
    288 pages.

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  • Linda B. (Sheridan, WY)


    The Edge of the Earth
    The Edge of the Earth by Christina Schwarz is a book that I did enjoy. The characters are fleshed out very well with good descriptions that let us meet them but don't let us in on their secrets. We may suspect some secrets as the story progresses, but we won't really know what they are until they begin making themselves known in the last third of the book.

    I think that women who enjoy Oprah books will like this book, especially since one of the author's books was an Oprah book. I also feel that this would be a good book club choice due to the many themes that could be discussed, like coming of age or not, families, coping with lonely places, escaping from a preordained life, and learning the true character of a new husband. Some men may enjoy the story due to the various kinds of male characters that inhabit it. The suspense gradually builds until in the last third I could hardly put the book down.

    It did take me about ten pages to figure out who was speaking. However, once I had that figured out, I was off and running and enjoying every minute. Thanks for the opportunity to read this book.
  • Alyce T. (San Antonio, TX)


    The Edge of the Earth
    This is my first Christina Schwarz book to read so I can't compare it to her other book. I really enjoyed reading this book. It is a historical novel and the arthor gives a lot of insight into both the period-the late 1898 of the US west coast and the every day existence of a remote place. It is mostly set at the lighthouse which gets virtually no visitors. The days are filled beyond your imagination with the activities of the family that has been living there and the newly weds who are sent to their first lighthouse. Schwarz carefully draws you into their lives and the mysteries of the sea and marine life. There is an added twist of a mystery involving the families. The book will keep you page turning while increasing your knowledge of the era and of a working lighthouse.
  • Mary S. (Pinson, AL)


    The Edge of the Earth
    This was another excellent book by Christina Schwarz. I loved the imagery, I could almost hear the waves crashing against the rocks and feel the cold wind blowing off the ocean. This story is filled with secrets and surprises that will keep you reading late into the night.
  • Maribeth K. (Highland Mills, NY)


    The Edge of the Earth
    A wonderful walk back in time on a deserted, harsh coastline with twists and turns that concludes with a delightful ending. Jane begins the story of Trudy Swan, an adventurous young woman, who marries a kindred spirit and embarks on a lifetime of wonder and discovery in ways that will surprise and warm the reader's heart.
  • Julie H. (Pine Grove, PA)


    The Edge of the Earth
    A well-written historical fiction novel with an interesting physical setting, "The Edge of the Earth", was an interesting read. The strong female characters and setting drew me into the book. I appreciated the character development of the protagonist, yet was slightly disappointed in the lack of description of some of the other characters. This book kept my attention throughout, and I found the resolution satisfying. This would make a great book club selection, with many topics for discussion.
  • Sandra S. (Charlotte, NC)


    Enjoyable read!
    I loved the characters.They were well developed and I felt they really made the book. I also loved the gothic feel of this story. The pacing was wonderful as was the suspense. I definitely recommend this book.
  • Dianne S. (Green Valley, AZ)


    Wow factor
    I read this book in nearly one sitting. I admit though, that it took me awhile to get into it and I had to go back and figure out who was narrating in the first part. At the end of the book it was very clear.

    The story was a real snapshot into that era. Trudy's defiance in marrying who she wanted and ultimate resolve in living with that decision was inspiring.

    Once the action started rolling in regards to the "mermaid", that is when the wow factor really kicked in. The fact that all the characters were living in such close quarters and yet there were so many secrets was just spine tingling. The end was almost like just rewards or just punishment.

    I would definitely recommend this book to other readers & book clubs. There would be a lot to discuss. I am going to go back and re read "Drowning Ruth" again. I remember being "wowed" by that too.
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