THE SMALLEST PART by AMY HARMON
Heart breaking. Heart healing. Heart melting. The Smallest Part, a contemporary friends-to-lovers romance is now available on all platforms.
“In the end, only three things matter. How much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.” – Unknown
It was a big lie. The biggest lie she’d ever told. It reverberated through her head as she said it, ringing eerily, and the girl behind her eyes—the girl who knew the truth—screamed, and her scream echoed along with the lie.
“Are you in love with Noah, Mercedes?” Cora asked. “I mean . . . I know you love him. You’ve been friends forever. We all have. But are you in love with him?”
If it had been anyone else—anyone—Mercedes would have stuck out her chest, folded her skinny arms, and let her feelings be known. She would have claimed him. But it was Cora. Brave, beautiful, broken Cora, and Cora loved Noah too.
So Mercedes lied.
And with that lie, she lost him. With that lie, she sealed her fate.
She was the best friend, the bridesmaid, the godmother, the glue. She was there for the good times and the bad, the ups and downs, the biggest moments and the smallest parts. And she was there when it all came crashing down.
This is the tale of the girl who didn’t get the guy.
For my review, see below.
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About the author:
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 eighteen different languages, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Levan, Utah.
Amy Harmon has written thirteen novels – the USA Today Bestsellers The Bird and The Sword, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, as well as the #1 Amazon bestselling historical From Sand and Ash, The Queen and The Cure, 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 novels The Bird and the Sword and From Sand and Ash were Goodreads Best Books of 2016 and 2017 finalists.
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The Smallest Part by Amy Harmon
Thus far, I haven’t seen any hints that people who are sensitive to mental health issues would be aware that these kinds of serious issues are addressed in this book. Since I think it’s important to know in advance, this book includes serious thematic issues particularly around mental health.
Overall Rating: 3.5 (xoxo)
Quick & Dirty summary: Mercedes, Noah and Cora have been friends since they were 9 years old. They are the 3 amigos, who eventually became the love birds plus a third wheel. Not that Mercedes minds. Noah is still her best friend. She would still do anything for Cora. In fact, she does do everything for Cora, backing away from Noah so that the 3 amigos stay the 3 amigos. But after a terrible accident, Noah and Mercedes must figure out how to navigate their relationship in the midst of sorrow and heartbreak.
There is a lot to like about this book. If you haven’t read an Amy Harmon book before, you’ll enjoy this one. Mercedes and Noah are vividly painted. Their interactions are honest and heartfelt. And the emotion pouring from the book, especially at the end, is overwhelming in the best possible way.
That being said, I do not think this is Harmon’s best work. I found at least one part of the storyline unconvincing. It felt like I had seen that on tv somewhere and it didn’t add dimension to any of the characters. I was also disappointed with how lightly the secondary characters were described. I love Heather and Alma and yet they weren’t fully developed. And my biggest sadness is in how Cora is described. After years of them being together, the memories Noah and Mercedes share give little insight into this woman. She is alternately described as suffering from depression and bipolar disorder but with little coherency. At the very least, she needed intensive therapy due to her childhood, and yet Noah, who has a doctorate in psychology, doesn’t talk about any of it. She feels like a phantom limb, but without knowing which limb is missing.
So, there was a lot I didn’t like. Full disclosure here, I do not like love triangles, so perhaps I was never going to love this book as much as her other stories. The thing, though, about Amy Harmon, is she is a wonderful writer. Even though I thought a few areas could have been better, this book is still amazing. I love the portrayal of Cuddy and Abuela. And of course I was happy to see Moses and David make an appearance in the book. More generally the dialogue is smooth. The characters are sympathetic. And at the end of the day, I’m happy I read the book.
Is it worth buying? (Kindle $3.99)
If you are a fan of Amy Harmon, especially the Law of Moses series, then you probably want to read this. But, if you are a fan of Amy Harmon and have not read Law of Moses, then I’d say remember this is a contemporary romance. If you are expecting that going in, then I think you’ll really enjoy this book and see the value in it. If you are new to Harmon’s writing, start with Law of Moses.
Something else you might enjoy:
You have to read the Law of Moses. You just have to.