Ms. Harmon takes her gorgeous writing and LEAPS through the confines of the New Adult genre with this one!
There are three things of which I’m certain will happen when I crack open an Amy Harmon novel: I will be granted phenomenal writing, a unique, substantial plot, and a cast of characters I can’t help but want to embrace.
The Law of Moses offers all that and more as it kicks off with a hauntingly unforgettable prologue, and follows through with a bold, one of kind love story that DELIVERS!
As much as I’d like to divulge certain plot “details”, I will not steal that surprise from you. But I will say that there is something incorporated that Amy has never done before—an element I LOVE—and she worked it out wonderfully.
If I tell you right up front, right in the beginning that I lost him, it will be easier to bear.
A Spoiler-Free Gist: Moses is an incredibly original, complex hero. Graced with the gift of art, he applies his skills on the most unconventional of canvases: public property. Moses is the town bad-boy—broken almost beyond repair—but he carries a secret that just might be able to save him.
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. – Georgia
Georgia is a kind and generous heroine whose unfaltering love for Moses inspired me. But she is not without backbone. And even though her love seems unrequited, she fights hard for the lost boy who stole her heart. But there is only so much devastation one person can take—and these two certainly have their share of unfortunate circumstances.
She was a small town girl with a simple way of speaking and thinking, a frank way of being that turned me on and turned me off at the same time. I wanted to run from her. But at the same time, I spent all my time thinking about her. – Moses
What I love about this author is the fact that she knows how to handle dramatics. I think we romance readers long for a certain degree of intensity in our stories. But there is a point where the drama can overtake the plot, leaving the substance lost in its aftermath.
Not with Ms. Harmon. She keeps things exciting without ever crossing that line. Her books always offer powerful themes and messages. This read in particular showcases the importance of gratitude, and emphasizes how crucial it is to face ourselves head on. We cannot run from who we are, because wherever we go … there we will be. And it was lovely to see that fact play out in a such a beautifully touching manner.
As the fateful prologue suggests—prepare for heartache, because some parts will break you. Don’t worry about the destination … trust in the story and let the journey guide you. You will not be disappointed.
In keeping with this book’s lovely theme of gratitude, I thought I’d finish this review with a list of my personal “5 Greats” for today. (I truly LOVE what this author has started!) So, at this very moment, 5 things I am thankful for are:
1. My daughter—Always my daughter
2. A warm home after a cold day
3. Homemade chicken soup
4. Family and friends who never quit us despite our flaws
5. Books with heart
The Law of Moses has nothing BUT heart. It’s written with heart. It breaks the heart. And it will warm the heart. But I think the best thing it did was open my heart.
So I recommend you also leave your heart open for this one … because there is so, SO much to let in.
*ARC generously provided by author*
▪ Genre/Category: Romance/NA
▪ Steam Caliber: Mild
▪ Romance: Intense, second-chance love story
▪ Characters: Broken hero who is an artist. Sweet but willful heroine
▪ Plot: A love story centering on gratitude and overcoming
▪ Writing: BEAUTIFUL
▪ POV: 1st Person: Alternates between hero and heroine
▪ Cliffhanger: None/Standalone