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The Edge of the Earth

by Christina Schwarz

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  • Linda B. (Sheridan, WY)
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    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.
  • 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.
  • Freya H. (Phoenix, AZ)
    The Edge of the Earth
    I enjoyed this book, primarily because of the author's writing style. The story was interesting, both because of the period in time, and the setting. The characters were not predictable which always makes the story more unforgettable. Also, the pace of the book was excellent. I think it would make a good book club selection.
  • Jeanette L. (Marietta, GA)
    The Edge of Earth
    "Women in the late 1800's were expected to marry at a young age and portray herself as a delicate individual, weak and helpless. Her opinion was not to be expressed publicly, at least not in the presence of men." The protagonist, Trudy, wants more excitement in her life and instead of marrying the son of her parents closes friends she maries Oskar and enigmatic, ambitious man who takes a job at the edge of the earth, a remote lighthouse on the wild coast of California. This book is an easy read; it keeps you wanting to know what happens next. I feel that the characters could have been more developed but all in all it was an enjoyable book. The setting reminds me of another book I just read the light between oceans also about a couple that takes a job at a remote lighthouse.
  • Judy K. (Conroe, TX)
    It got better....
    I love historical fiction and the promise of a story about an isolated light house around the turn of the century held a lot of appeal for me. I did enjoy the book, eventually, but at first, I thought I'd made a mistake and had asked for a young adult book. It reminded of stories I read as a child. However, before I was done reading it, it picked up speed and I ended up enjoying it a great deal. I loved the development of the relationship between Trudy and her new husband and was only too happy at the resolution of said relationship. The book was well-crafted except for that slow start. If you enjoy historical fiction, give it a try and stick with it. You won't be disappointed.


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