REVIEW: THE LAW OF MOSES by Amy Harmon

Posted December 10, 2014 by MeliMel in Blog Tours, Book Love, Guest Posts & Reviews, Home, Meli Mel Review / 3 Comments

Law of Moses Review

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Synopsis: 

If I tell you right up front, right in the beginning that I lost him, it will be easier for you to bear. You will know it’s coming, and it will hurt. But you’ll be able to prepare.

Someone found him in a laundry basket at the Quick Wash, wrapped in a towel, a few hours old and close to death. They called him Baby Moses when they shared his story on the ten o’clock news – the little baby left in a basket at a dingy Laundromat, born to a crack addict and expected to have all sorts of problems. I imagined the crack baby, Moses, having a giant crack that ran down his body, like he’d been broken at birth. I knew that wasn’t what the term meant, but the image stuck in my mind. Maybe the fact that he was broken drew me to him from the start.

It all happened before I was born, and by the time I met Moses and my mom told me all about him, the story was old news and nobody wanted anything to do with him. People love babies, even sick babies. Even crack babies. But babies grow up to be kids, and kids grow up to be teenagers. Nobody wants a messed up teenager.

And Moses was messed up. Moses was a law unto himself. But he was also strange and exotic and beautiful. To be with him would change my life in ways I could never have imagined. Maybe I should have stayed away. Maybe I should have listened. My mother warned me. Even Moses warned me. But I didn’t stay away.

And so begins a story of pain and promise, of heartache and healing, of life and death. A story of before and after, of new beginnings and never-endings. But most of all…a love story.

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♥♥♥ 4.25 Emotionally Haunting Stars ♥♥♥

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“There are laws. There are rules. And when you break them, there are consequences. Laws of nature and laws of life. Laws of love and laws of death.”

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Wow…I’m don’t know how to start this review. This book was unique and amazing. I very much enjoyed it.

I really don’t want to give much of the story away. It’s one of those books that is best that you read with not knowing too much about what happens after it begins. The story was about Moses and Georgia. Moses was a crack baby that was abandoned at a laundromat. He then made it to his grandmother who ended up raising him. This is where Moses and Georgia meet, when they were little kids. They don’t really have a relationship with each other, they just know about each other and see each other in passing. But Georgia was intrigued by him from the start. She wanted to be his friend, however, Moses liked to keep himself isolated.

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“If you don’t love, then nobody gets hurt. It’s easy to leave. It’s easy to lose. It’s easy to let go.”

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The story and characters were so original. After that prologue I knew I would be in for a world of hurt, and boy did it hurt. It did take me a bit to get into, but that was just because I was frustrated with how rude Moses could be towards Georgia. I just didn’t like that after she would try to be nice to him, he would keep pushing her away. I loved Georgia’s perseverance and was rooting for her to be able to break down his walls. I loved Georgia’s strength and her ability to train horses. I loved Moses’ artistic and other worldly abilities. It was so very hauntingly beautiful. The story was definitely an emotional one, but it did also contain a few heartwarming scenes.

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“I hope you can forgive me. Because this is happening. Me and Georgia. This is happening.”

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As the prologue forewarned, this was a heartbreaking tale. It did break me down into tears while reading it, but it was so beautiful as well. The writing was done so brilliantly. I loved the paranormal element that was added to this story, as well as that bit of suspense. I am glad to say that this story was able to surprise and shock me, just when I thought I had everything figured out. The last half of the book was probably the best for me, just because so much happens that it hooked me. However, I would have liked to see a bit more of Georgia and Moses falling in love and how it developed and to have known more about how they were feeling. I guess, I just needed more romance and steam. But other than that, I really enjoyed this book. I loved many of the secondary characters. The ending was absolutely stunning. It was a wonderful story and one you ought to experience for yourself. Just go read it.

And here are my 5 greats:

1. Family
2. My dog
3. Friends
4. My laptop
5. Books

~ARC gifted to Kris & Vik Book Therapy Cafe in exchange for an honest review.~

EXCERPT

The look on his face had me dropping my hands and stepping away, recognizing the fury stamped all over his features for exactly what it was. I was in trouble. Georgia’s back was to her father, and when my hands dropped she stumbled a little, grabbing at me. I gently set her aside but I let her father come without protest or warning.

I didn’t even lift my hands. I could have. I could have easily dodged the clumsy fist that connected with my jaw, but I took it. Because I deserved it.

“Dad!” Georgia shoved herself up between us. “Dad! Don’t!”

He ignored her and stared into my eyes, his chest heaving, his mouth hard, his hand shaking as he pointed at me.

“Not again, Moses. We let you in. You ransacked the house. And worse, there were casualties. This isn’t happening again.”

He looked at Georgia then, and the look of disappointment he leveled at her was far worse than the anger he’d directed at me. “You’re a woman, Georgia. Not a child. You can’t act like this anymore.”

She deflated right before my eyes.

“You hit me all you want, Mr. Shepherd. I had that coming. But don’t talk to Georgia that way. Or I’ll kick your ass.”

“Moses!” Georgia’s eyes flashed, and her spine was straight again. Good. She could be angry at me. Anger was better than defeat.

“You think you can come in here and get away with murder again? You think you can just get away with it?” Martin Shepherd said, outrage making his voice hoarse.

“None of us are the same people we used to be, Mr. Shepherd. I was one of those casualties, too. And I didn’t get away with anything. Neither Georgia nor I got away with a damn thing. We’ve paid. And we’ll keep on paying.”

He turned in disgust, but I saw his lips tremble, and I felt bad for the man. I wouldn’t like me if I were him. But it was better that we air it out.

“Mr. Shepherd?” I said softly. He didn’t stop. I thought about what Georgia had given me. I thought about the five greats. About forgiveness. And I passed it along.

“I’m sorry, Mr. Shepherd. I am. And I hope someday you can forgive me.”

Georgia’s dad missed a step, stumbled, and stopped. There was something powerful about that word.

“I hope you can forgive me. Because this is happening. Me and Georgia. This is happening.”

About The Author 

Amy Harmon knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story.

Amy Harmon has been a motivational speaker, a grade school teacher, a junior high teacher, a home school mom, and a member of the Grammy Award winning Saints Unified Voices Choir, directed by Gladys Knight. She released a Christian Blues CD in 2007 called “What I Know” – also available on Amazon and wherever digital music is sold. She has written five novels, Running Barefoot, Slow Dance in Purgatory, Prom Night in Purgatory, the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue, Making Faces and most recently, Infinity + One.

Her newest book, The Law of Moses releases     November 27, 2014.

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