I want to start this off by saying I am not targeting anyone in particular with this post. Everyone is entitled their own opinion, and I fully respect that fact. The following is simply mine. 🙂
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If you’re an avid NA Romance reader, it’s no secret that Amy Harmon is a phenomenal writer; one of the best I’ve seen in the genre. Her books seem to be well-received by fans, but there are a couple that readers have really resonated with — such as Making Faces and A Different Blue.
I’ve been a fan of Amy Harmon since I fell in love with A Different blue. There was an honesty in that book that I rarely find in others. So few books have the ability to change us, and that one was it for me.
And so began my appreciation for this author and her eloquent writing. Her stories always have significant messages of love, life, and spirit — qualities I search for most in books.
However, there seems to be some surprising controversy over her newest novel, The Law of Moses.
For me, this was a beautiful love story that I believe showcased this author’s ability to not only write her butt off, but compose an original story that broke our hearts all while offering up some unique twists and turns.
One “twist” in particular seems to be stirring up the most debate. The cat’s out of the bag now, so I may as well just say it: There is a supernatural element woven into this plot—very creatively, I might add.
You may say that the genre of a book should not be kept hidden, right? And I’d agree. However, while an aspect of the supernatural plays a vital role in this story, the majority of the read is realistic and certainly doesn’t read like paranormal romance. In fact, to throw it in the paranormal/fantasy genre would seem like a major misrepresentation of this book.
Not every story can be placed neatly into a genre or category. Some stories have elements of other genres—such as paranormal—but to fully classify it as one would be inaccurate. In this case, the author uses this spiritual-like element as a device to enhance the plot and offer one of the best gifts an author can give to readers: surprise.
Every reader has the right to like or dislike a story, and then express their opinions freely. It’s what I love most about reviewing and reading reviews: having the ability to express our feelings. But, I find it somewhat disheartening that such a classy writer, as well as person, has been suspected of trying to deceive and manipulate her readers when she was simply trying to surprise them with something unique.
As far as the religious element is concerned, yes—there are a few biblical references throughout this book, but I felt it complimented the plot and did not become preachy. Again, this is simply my own opinion, but I feel these references are so few and far between that they can easily be shrugged off if not your cup of tea.
The story offers MUCH more…
It offers pain and beauty; heart and soul. There are moments that will break you, and then ones lovely enough to make you whole again. As with any book, not everyone will enjoy this read. But I do feel it deserves a fair shot…it has earned it.
Have you read The Law of Moses?
How did the book affect you?
You can find my full review of The Law of Moses HERE
Also, there is a lovely interview of Amy Harmon HERE, where she discusses a bit of her personal life and her inspiration for her books, namely, The Law of Moses.