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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It was when I sat up, shaking straw from my hair, that I saw Moses, just sitting in the far corner on a low stool my dad used for shoeing the horses. He was as far away from the horses as he could get, and thankfully, none of them seemed especially alarmed by his presence. But I was, just for a moment, and I let out a startled squawk.
He didn’t apologize or laugh or even make small talk at all. He just eyed me warily, as if watching me sleep was what I had summoned him for. “What time is it?” I whispered, my voice scratchy and my heart heavy. He just made me feel so damn heavy.
“You just got home?”
“No. I went home. Showered. Went to bed.”
“You’re sleep walking, then?” I kept my voice light, soft.
“What do you want, Georgia? I kind of thought you were done with me.” Ah. There it was. A flash of anger. Quiet, brief. But there. And I reveled in it. My mom always said negative attention is better than no attention at all. She was usually talking about foster kids who acted out. But apparently it also applied to seventeen-year-old girls who were in love with boys who didn’t love them back. That thought made me angry.
“Do you love me, Moses?
The Law of Moses is a prime example of why it is I love to read! Why I get itching to write a review after reading an awesome book and why I have a blog dedicated to reading romance books.
The Law of Moses was Astonishingly Brilliant, Addictively Written and Creatively Unique. I welcomed every word in this book as if it were my last breath. My soul Thanks You Amy Harmon!
Every time I read a book written by Amy Harmon, I feel as if she's offering me a life lesson. Or a deep reminder maybe. I think that when a reader (or at the very least, Me) walks away from one of her books... they've (or me) either learnt something life altering or we walk away looking at life through different eyes. It almost feels like having faith restored. Faith in love, faith in human kind and faith in the term "Life's what you make of it".
I don't know where Ms Harmon get's her concepts from. I'd love to know... but regardless of where the inspiration comes from for her next book... this author proves that she only selects the most exquisite ideas. There's no 'second best' when it comes to any of her books. Amy Harmon is no cookie cutter author. She doesn't just pump them out to make a buck. There is unmistakable proof that the concepts for the characters, plot, dialogues and endings are always thought out in fine (and time consuming) detail.
Amy Harmon's writing style and her ability to bring her creativity to light is so rare. I can rave about a number of good books when someone asks, it's not hard... There are some really good books out there. But honestly, I can't remember the last time I read something that touched me so deeply, I had to take a time out just to reflect and let it all sink in.
I can not make the claim that half of the books I read (and enjoy) are in any way unique or one-of-a-kind. With the boom of self publishing where it is today, it's become even harder to find a book that stands out brighter than the rest. Maybe it's because romance is romance and if you have a sexy couple who fall in love but not without an obstacle in their way first... you are halfway through your hurdle of getting a book published... I don't know... I'm not an author. But I've been complaining for some time, to anyone who would listen, that reading a romance book today is just not the same as it was when you read a romance book 3 years ago. It's become incredibly easy to label yourself as an author nowadays. But I strongly believe there's a huge difference between being an author and being a writer. A writer is anyone who can string a sentence together. I can write down a grocery list, my christmas to-do list... an email... so writing isn't hard. But being an author is something else. It's finding inspiration, manipulating over-used words in a way that when the receiver of those words read them, it feels like the first time. It's about providing those who love to read something new. Something fresh. And that's what Amy Harmon is. She's a true author, a genius at drawing out feelings from even the toughest readers....
Okay so I've girl crushed enough on Amy - anymore and you'll think I'm crazy obsessed :)
Coming back to the matter at hand, The Law of Moses....
The blurb is pretty much enough to give you an idea that this is an emotional book. And I'm here to tell you it is. The main theme of where it's all going is pretty evident from about 9% through. I was able to grasp right from that moment what was going on. Although you aren't bluntly told what Moses's ability is at first, it's not overly complicated to figure it out for yourself. It is strange yes. It would be to anyone who doesn't possess the same 'ability' as he does... but I didn't find it far-fetched or anything. It's not as if it's unheard of. There are a number of people who claim to have exactly the same abilities that Moses has. So because of that, I don't find this a paranormal read at all. I see paranormal as more of a fantasy theme that's made up and since the world we live in accept people who claim to be exactly what Moses is... I don't think it's at all make-believe enough to be paranormal. But honestly I couldn't care less... I love paranormal books as well. so even if you feel differently about the true genre of this book... It's all the same to me and I think it's a matter of opinion and belief.
I fell in love with Georgia immediately. I loved her sassy mouth. I loved that she tested Moses every chance she got. I love that although she came across as tough, she was pure girl deep down. I especially love that she wasn't a winy female character. If she had a problem, she briefly makes mention of it and then moves right along with the progression of the book. I love that this book is split into Part 1 and Part 2. It gave me a sense of 'closing the book on her young life and starting with her adult life'. I adore that Amy Harmon proved to me that even new adult / adult books can be sexy and romantic without the need to be crude. There's not a single 'dirty' word in this book... but even so, there is no lack any of the usual components that make up a romance book. It's just done with in a creative way so that you know what happened, but you don't need to read all about the act in fine detail to get where it's all going.
I loved that this book incorporated aspects of life and growing up. It's not just Moses and Georgia and their love and lust. They change. Their characters grow and develop. The Law of Moses is about capturing the entity of their lives and not just a moment. I usually throw a tantrum when good books end... but with this one, I'm so content. I'm at peace with it all and my experience throughout was enough to let go when the end arrived.
What I also loved was that this book is a decent length. Not at all rushed. Time was spent on every chapter and all you need to do is enjoy and live it.
I'm not a huge fan of suspense, but I really found myself wondering and contemplating the outcome. I never ever saw it lead to where it all went and that's refreshing as well.
If you haven't figured it out yet I'll tell you straight out that I loved, loved this book! It was beautiful from start to finish. It was funny and quirky and I often found myself smiling or laughing at the dialogue between Georgia and Moses. I didn't cry reading this book but that's just my nature. I only cry over pathetic everyday, stupid things and when I'm aggressively frustrated... so I'm not concerned that others said they cried but I didn't. But make no mistake, this book does tug on your heart-strings. So overly emotional ladies beware - but most of all ENJOY! :)
Rating: 5 Stars! & 2014 FAVORITE!