Thursday, June 11, 2015

Book Review: THE LAW OF MOSES by Amy Harmon

Genre: New Adult, Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: 27 November 2014

SYNOPSIS

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

6 I'M-SPEECHLESS STARS!

It was 1:45 in the morning when I finished reading this book and the tears were pouring down nonstop. I was just so overwhelmed with emotions that I couldn't contain them so I cried because that's how good this book was to me. So GOOD that I cried freely and it felt great, like a therapy for my agitated heart. That experience happened a couple of days ago and I'm still reminiscing over this remarkable book and how it left me completely speechless and just feeling. Feeling the intense and unique love that transcended through the story, the acute heartbreak that kept reminding me of the many blessings and whys of life, and the strong hope that never died and always commanded the story. With all that this author reminded me once again that as long as there's love and faith in one's heart, everything somehow works out at the end, specially with her stories. And I came to realize that at the end of this beautiful book, my tears of joy being the clear proof of it. :')

“It was a great story, after all.A story of before and after, of new beginnings and never-endings. A story flawed and fractured, crazy and cracked, and most of all, a love story. Our story.”

The Law of Moses was like no other story I have ever read before. No, this story has such uniqueness and such candor to it you won't find anywhere else, only in the books by this very gifted author. Being this my second book of hers, I'm still in awe of her writing and how with it she evokes so many emotions with simple words. Words that when she combines together didn't feel simple at all because they not only told me a story; they transported me to some of the most beautiful sceneries, they enamored me with their lyrical and poetic ways of describing every detail and every emotion, and they kept surprising me with the many turns they took the story. But most of all, the words in this book OWNED me completely with all the hope, heartache, and healing that transpired with every page and experiencing that as a reader was really something else.

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.

This love story, this epic romance stars two unforgettable characters, Georgia Shepherd and Moses Wright. At seventeen years old, Georgia gets very curious about this new boy that has moved into town, a boy everybody thinks is crazy yet that idea alone only makes Georgia that much more curious about him. So she starts to hang out around Moses even when he doesn't want to but she's this lively, stubborn, and completely enchanting girl that really captivates him as much as he tries to deny it. She's fascinated by Moses too, his painting abilities and his enigmatic yet sometimes rude personality keep calling to her so she can't stay away. Sadly, that's exactly where the conflict lies for Moses, he can't allow Georgia to keep getting closer and closer, he knows he must push her away.

“If you don’t love, then nobody gets hurt. It’s easy to leave. It’s easy to lose. It’s easy to let go.”

Moses had a very difficult upbringing, the whole town knew it. What they didn't know was his secret and the real reason behind his oddities and paintings. Yeah, no one knows and specially Georgia couldn't find out or she would too think that he was crazy. But protecting the truth was easier said than done for Moses because Georgia kept coming back and melting his resistance with her sweetness, her gifted passion for horses, and her captivating self. He almost felt like she was too special, too beautiful, and too good to be true. To good for her to want him.

“I didn’t know what to do with her. She was a wild card. 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.”

But even before Moses's heart is able to decide on what to do about this girl, tragedy decides for him and forces him completely away from Georgia and that's when the story gets ten times more intense and consuming. So much so that I lost myself in it that when things progressed and eventually things were revealed I was left stunned, speechless, and mesmerized and I loved every minute of it.

There are so many things I adored about this book but my very favorite thing has to be Georgia. Omg, this girl took my breath away time after time with her strong and full of life personality. Her audacity of just following her heart was incredible to see because nothing about Moses came easy to her but she never gave up. She was just the perfect example of unconditional love from beginning to end and I absolutely loved her character for that.

“I’m a very ordinary girl, Moses. I know that I am. And I always will be. I can’t paint. I don’t know who Vermeer is, or Manet for that matter. But if you think ordinary can be beautiful, that gives me hope. And maybe sometime you’ll think about me when you need an escape from the hurt in your head.”

This book was epic, mesmerizing, and truly unforgettable in every possible way and I'm so happy to have read it. If there's anybody out there who hasn't read The Law of Moses yet, I cannot recommend this story enough. This is with no doubt an absolute MUST-READ for anybody who loves getting swept away by a powerful and meaningful love story that totally speaks to the heart. ♥ My 5 Greats for this book: Georgia, Moses, unconditional love, relentless hope, and the meaningfulness of this beautiful story.

Now I'm counting the minutes to read The Song of David which releases in just a few days! That's a spin-off standalone from The Law of Moses and it will tell the story of David who was introduced in this book. Note: it's recommended to have read The Law of Moses first before reading David's book to avoid spoilers so get ready to fall in love with Moses and Georgia first if you haven't already! Omg, I cannot wait to experience yet another Amy Harmon book! :'D


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THE LAW OF MOSES
Amazon US * Amazon UK

THE SONG OF DAVID 
(Standalone spin-off, 13 June)
Amazon US * Amazon UK

 

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