The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon

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Book Description:

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.

Giselle’s Review:

Speechless. Amy Harmon has rendered me utterly and completely speechless with this novel.

Where to even begin?

The Law of Moses is inspiring, heart-wrenching, all-consuming, romantic, poetic, and it will leave you feeling like your brain and heart have been struck by lighting and turned into mush.

Amy Harmon. Your writing. Your. Writing. Is simply incredible. No – it is phenomenal. It is currently one of my greats. Your words have touched a part of my heart and soul. I fell in love with your writing after reading A Different Blue and then again after Infinity + One, and now you have stolen my heart with The Law of Moses.

This book is not a fast-paced, surreal, “panty-dropping” romance, not that there is anything wrong with that, but this book is not the one you read if you’re in the mood for a book like that. The Law of Moses is raw, gritty, and real, but also romantic and heart-warming all at once. It is devastating and beautiful. It’s a slow building volcano that you feel is about to explode but you can’t look away because it is just a magnificent and beautiful sight.

Do I recommend this novel to everyone even though many people may not like it? Yes. Why? Because it is the type of novel I feel like everyone should experience or at least try to experience. So for some it might take you out of your normal comfort zone when it comes to reading, but since when should that be considered a bad thing? Answer: it shouldn’t.

So pick up this beautiful novel with the beautiful cover written by the beautiful author Amy Harmon who I will never forget, because of her writing (DUH) and because she gave me back my credit card at Book Bash 2014 after I left it on her table and was embarrassingly called over the intercom to pick it up. #success 🙂

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