Law of Moses by 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.
Dawns Review 5 stars
It’s going to be very hard to write a review for an indescribable book! How can I possibly describe what I just read? Especially when I am completely and utterly speechless. It was both tragic and beautiful. It read like a spiritual journey… I very slowly read every single word. I did not want to miss a thing. Since finishing the only word that comes to mind is WOW!!!
I would love to get into the mind of Amy Harmon. Her mind is a fascinating wondrous thing! She is a natural born story teller and literary genius. Her books transport you to magical places, somewhere between heaven and hell…. Where you feel like you are no longer on Earth. You will feel everything from the top of your head to the tips of your toes. Chills, goosebumps, hair standing up on the back of your neck…. Each of her characters have an all encompassing presents of their own. You will need to remind your self that they are not real …. or are they?? Maybe they live in that space between heaven and hell. They are so vivid and alive… That you can actually hear them. You will find yourself desperately wanting to reach out and touch them. Pages and pages filled with a poetry of love, hope, joy, anguish and faith…. Her stories break you, only to make you whole again.
The Laws of Moses is like nothing I have ever read… It is like the most magnificent painting you have ever seen…. Bright, bold, deep with swirls and swirls of animated color….. What can I say about Moses and Georgia? They are both peculiar for different reasons. Moses is cracked and flawed. Yet, extraordinary and brilliant. He is a walking contradiction. He has a rare gift …or is it a curse??? I wish I could see what he sees, if only for a moment… Georgia is radiant, resolute and wonderful. Her strength and passion are transcendent. This is their lives and their love story. It may not have been easy, normal or fair but it is beautiful and inevitable. Step inside their world and you will be forever changed…..
For my own personal reasons this book brought me to tears and filled my heart with hope and peace. I find myself constantly looking over my shoulder and smiling…. maybe just maybe they are there with me!
Amy Harmon has written six novels – the USA Today Bestsellers, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, as well as Slow Dance in Purgatory, Prom Night in Purgatory, and the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue. Her newest release, INFINITY + ONE, is now available. For updates on upcoming book releases, author posts and more, join Amy at www.authoramyharmon.com