The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon
Overall Rating: 4.5 (sXe)
Quick & Dirty summary: Moses was named because he was found in a laundry mat. The news was filled of his abandonment by his drug-addicted mother, especially since she was found dead three days later of an overdose. It haunted Moses, especially because he was born addicted to crack. Georgia meets Moses when he’s 18 and has one year left of high school. As neighbors, they spend the summer together—Georgia chasing after Moses, Moses pushing Georgia away. But they fall in love that year, only to have a traumatic experience tear them apart. Seven years later Moses returns to town and discovers secrets he didn’t know he had.
This is a heartbreaking novel. (Slight spoiler alert) In fact, if you read the synopsis of the novel on Amazon, you think the loss is about Moses, but after you finish the novel, you realize it’s about someone completely different. I cried my eyes out, and the only reason I didn’t give it a 5 star rating is because I don’t know if I can read this book again, I was that devastated. This was one of those books where I stayed up late to finish it because I couldn’t handle not knowing.
One of the best parts of this book is the paranormal aspect of it. It makes the heartbreak all the more intense, but also hopeful. This isn’t the kind of novel that breaks you, but rather it helps to give you a perspective on loss that can carry you through tough times. This is also a very mature romance. While reading about Moses and Georgia when they are teenagers is sweet, there is something beautiful about the way they handle life’s heartaches. It’s so real. Life is never easy, but love can always carry you through.
There is an excellent quote about faith that I find so insightful. Moses thinks: “People like religion but they didn’t want to have to exercise any faith. Religion was comforting with all its structure and its rules. It made people feel safe. But faith wasn’t safe. Faith was hard and uncomfortable and forced people to step out on a limb.” And isn’t that the truth, not just of faith, but of love also? This, to me, is the crux of the story. Who doesn’t want to read a story where this is the major theme?
Is it worth buying? (Kindle $4.95)
Yes, I have never been so glad I paid for a kindle book until now (okay, that’s a bit of hyperbole, but you get what I mean). It’s well worth five dollars, and I may have to buy the paperbacks in hopes to meet the author. She is amazing!
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Nothing comes to mind. I’m still in awe. I am looking forward to reading the second book in the series The Song of David.