Friday, January 13, 2017

The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon

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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Georgia Shepard lives in Levan, Utah, where her parents use their horses for equine therapy. She is a simple girl, loves horses, and she wants to be a vet when she finishes school. Until the day she meets the boy who has moved in with his great grandmother next door.

Moses Wright was different from Georgia, people called him crazy. He was found at the local laundromat, left in a laundry basket. His mother was a crack addict. So people automatically called Moses a crack baby. The gift Moses had was more of a burden for him because most people didn't know how to understand him or the chance to show them. He painted what he saw and felt. And he believed that if he didn't love, then he wouldn't get hurt. So Moses was alone except for his great grandmother.

This is, until Georgia decided she was going to be a friend to Moses, even if he didn't want one. She pushed and pulled until finally Moses gave in a little. But it was too late. Georgia was already falling in love with him, and even though Moses wouldn't admit it, he was falling for her too.

When events happen and Moses is taken away, Georgia refuses to give up on him, but he refuses to see her. Hoping she moves on with her life and forgets about him. After months of no word from him, she finally decides it's time to move on without him.

Then after seven years, Georgia sees Moses and it feels like she can't breathe, but she doesn't let him see that she is affected. While Moses is thrown for a loop and feelings he tried to hide come rushing back.

Can Georgia and Moses move on from the past and make a future together? Will he finally admit he has always loved her? Will she tell him her secret and can Moses forgive her when he learns her secret?

When I started reading, I knew this was going to leave me in tears. I laughed, cried, held my breath, and even prayed. I won a copy of this book a few years ago and finally took the time to read it, and I wonder now why I waited so long. I can't wait to read book two in this series, The Song of David.

If you are looking for a new author, give Amy a try, you will not be disappointed.

Amy Harmon is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and New York Times Bestselling author. Amy 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. Her books are now being published in thirteen different languages, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Levan, Utah.

Amy Harmon has written ten novels – the USA Today Bestsellers, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, as well as The Law of Moses, The Song of David, Infinity + One, Slow Dance in Purgatory, Prom Night in Purgatory, and the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue. Her latest novel, The Bird and The Sword was released in May of 2016. She will release From Sand and Ash in December of 2016, via Lake Union Publishing.

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Mary reviewed her personal copy of The Law of Moses (The Law of Moses #1) by Amy Harmon for this post.

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