The Law of Moses

Posted December 3, 2014 by The Book & Alcohol Girls in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

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The Law of Moses Book Cover The Law of Moses
Amy Harmon

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.

“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 is coming and it will hurt. But you will be able to prepare.”

I finished this book today, in tears. Tears not only because it was sad, but also because of how beautiful this story is. It is not a traditional romance, and furthermore there is not any particular genre that this book can be placed in. The only category it needs to be placed in is at the top of your TBR pile. This was my first Amy Harmon book and certainly will not be my last.

I loved Georgia from the very beginning. She is strong and strong willed. Her determination and work ethic are unparalleled. Moses on the other hand is much harder to like, though I don’t feel that this is entirely his fault. Having been abandoned by his crack addicted mother at birth, he had a rough start in life and things never really got any easier for him. For this, I overlooked some of his behavior. He is not an easy character to like at first, but I quickly found a way to love him. Their relationship is very one sided in the beginning. Moses resists having anything to do with Georgia for her own sake, as well as his own.   I cannot give any more details without giving away some crucial elements and I feel that this story is best read if you go in blind.

There are so many great elements in this book. This is a story of redemption, of forgiveness, of second chances, of love and of loss. So many things in this book come full circle, and small things in the beginning become really big important things in the end. I must warn that this book is intense and will have you up all night trying to finish it once you start. When I was done reading I had to take a step back and say ’Wow! Did all of that just happen in 300 pages.’ Not one sentence of this story is wasted or used as filler.  The author’s descriptive writing for everything from the landscape to the colors that Moses sees are just fantastic.                                                               

This story is unlike anything I have read and that is big part of what made it great. I like reading things that are different, and thought provoking. That makes you see things from a different perspective and make you feel real emotions. Books that break your heart but put it back together in so many ways. This book does all of this and so much more.

5 Stars and a bottle of Cabernet! Enjoy!

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