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The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon REVIEW

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The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon REVIEW

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.

Review

This was a beautiful story of loss, acceptance and love. Moses and Georgia come from very different backgrounds. Moses is known in their small town as a troublemaker, delinquent and the baby of a crack addict. Living with his great grandmother after being pushed between family members all his life, he spends a summer trying to get away from the persistent girl who refuses to let him push her away. He is a tormented soul, and a spectacular artist; he has visions of dead people and paints what he sees. The only person who understands his gift is his great grandmother, Gigi.

Georgia is the cowgirl next door who helps her parents with their horses, assisting people through equine therapy. Moses has never let anyone in, he wants to protect Georgia from his crazy visions but in the process causes her heartbreak. I loved the banter between these two, Georgia was feisty and knew in her heart that Moses was lying when he said he didn’t want to be friends with her. They slowly become more than friends but when the visions become too much and Moses starts painting all over the towns buildings, he becomes a suspect in the disappearance of several missing girls.

Tragedy then strikes and Moses and Georgia are forced to come to terms with reality. What follows is truly heartbreaking and an unexpected turn of events. The second half of the book is about Moses coming to terms with his gift and learning to appreciate the simple greats in life. I thought it was a very thought out story.

The things I didn’t like about the book – The lack of romance was the biggest thing keeping me from rating higher, Georgia was so in love with him but I didn’t feel anything from Moses. I know he was trying to keep her from becoming involved in his problems but even with a dual POV, I didn’t really feel a great level of emotion from him. This could have been an epic love story, but for me it didn’t quite hit that mark. It was very sweet though and there were some beautiful scenes.

“if you would just love me back, we could have a beautiful life. And I would really love for you to have a beautiful life. More than anything I want that for you.

If you fancy an emotional story with a paranormal element, I highly recommend it.

About the Author

Amy Harmon

Amy Harmon 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. Amy Harmon has been a motivational speaker, a grade school teacher, a junior high teacher, a home school mom, and a member of the Grammy Award winning Saints Unified Voices Choir, directed by Gladys Knight. She released a Christian Blues CD in 2007 called “What I Know” – also available on Amazon and wherever digital music is sold. Her first two books, “Running Barefoot” and “Slow Dance in Purgatory” are rich with humor, heart, and fast paced story telling. She is currently working on the sequel in her Purgatory series. For updates on upcoming book releases, author posts and more, visit Amy’s fan page at www.authoramyharmon.com

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