Monday, June 15

Review: The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon

Title: The Law of Moses
By: Amy Harmon
My Copy: Ebook from Amazon
BookWhisperer Rating:

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.
My own Moses Laws: 
1) Must not live another day without reading this incredible book!
2) Must fall in love with Moses and Georgia with all of their imperfections and splendor!
3) Commit to having your heart ripped out of your chest, so it can be slowing repaired!
4) Must submit to love Amy Harmon with all the fervor that I have after experiencing this amazing story!~

This story will literally tear you apart, and piece you back together at a pain painstakingly slow pace. Not to say that I am criticizing the pace, because it was absolutely perfect and fitting for creating a story so addictive and consuming. Georgia character is so wonderfully strong and independent. I find her character to be quite comparable to myself with her continual desire to save the world. She is definitely a ball of fire that I find quite suitable for a Moses counterpart. Moses, on the other hand, is a very troubled young man. It is depressing to watch this young man struggle to discover the meaning of his abilities, and create a way to control the uncontrollable. He is desperate for peace, and it always seems just out of his reach. From the start their romance is like gasoline on a wild fire, and everyone is baffled as to what to make out of this unlikely companionship. I feel the two are perfect for one another, and find myself furious with the narrow mindedness of this town not only for the prejudice, but their gossiping superior personalities. Regardless, I was supportive of the years of absence. This young love really needed time to the let the children grow. The reunion while long and drawn out was quite bittersweet. There are so many unresolved issues here, and sadly they are all due to the mysteries unknown. There is not one single vindictive or malicious act from either part, but without all the information each and every character of the story is overwhelmed with grief and betrayal that is purely due to the lack of understanding. I found myself riding high on the hope of when these two would come together. Georgia and Moses seem prone to drawing the short stick at every turn, and I just couldn't wait to see them blessed with even a little bit of happiness. Nothing could change their loss and heartache, but I had hopes that they would miraculously find themselves on the way to peaceful future. 

~BookWhisperer Reviewer Jax~

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