Book Review: The Law of Moses

The 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.

Teri Lyn's thoughts: The Law of Moses is my second book penned by Amy Harmon. I've had this book on my Kindle since it's release and with the recent release of The Song of David and the rave reviews it's getting I had to start. Now I'm sorry I waited so long. I devoured The Law of Moses and all it's subtle nuances. There were times I read certain passages and paragraphs two or three times to savor the text of this beautifully poignant story.

This is one review I'm completely at a loss for writing. The plot of this story was completely unexpected and I wasn't prepared for the heavy dose of emotion I received. I had no idea what the book was about in terms of the plot or who the characters would be. It didn't matter because what I read blew me away. I believed, I lingered on text and beautiful words. I wanted to live inside the pages. Having read and loved Making Faces by this author I expected excellent writing, angst, and an honest connection between two souls - I got these elements in spades.

The tale of the love between Moses and Georgia devastated me over and over again. It was sad and poetic and overwhelming emotional. The force of their story creeps up on you in a way Amy Harmon perfectly executes making you feel the blunt force of loss and yearning and love and friendship running so deep it hurts. This love is complicated and messy but it's so great. It's monumental, rocking both Georgia and Moses at their very cores right along with the reader. The story inspires, making you think twice about the greats in your own life reminding you to hold onto those we love as life is a very slippery slope.

I can't tell you anything else about The Law of Moses you have to read it and truly experience this story for yourself, savor it, believe in it and the message it sends. It's totally worth it, told from both the points of views of Moses and Georgia. If you like emotionally heavy, poignant, beautiful love stories - don't miss this one. The Law of Moses is a love story unlike any I've read before. I can't wait to see what Amy Harmon has in store next with the The Song of David.

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