Thursday, 11 December 2014

Blog Tour: Amy Harmon's "The Law of Moses."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be a part of the Blog Tour for Amy Harmon's "The Law of Moses."


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. 

Review: Surj Harvey

Ever read a synopsis that makes your breath hitch and your heart skip a beat? That brings your skin out in goosebumps and quite literally leaves you desperate to get your hands on the book? Well, the minute I laid eyes on the blurb for "The Law of Moses," I just knew I had to read Georgia and Moses' if's, no but's, no and's. And by the time I'd read the last word on the last page, I knew my gut instinct had been right. I was blown away by what can only be described as an epic love story... one to rival the best of them. Think "The Notebook," Titanic," "The Curious case of Benjamin Button." Yes I know what you're thinking... these are all films. Well for me, this book played out just like those classics... particularly in the tone, the way it was narrated and the visual imagery which put me slap bang in the middle of Levan, Utah. I easily melted into Georgia and Moses' world and completely got lost in the tale they had to tell. When people say, it was outstanding, breath taking, heart wrenchingly beautiful... believe them because it was all of those things and so much more. 

A story of before and after, of new beginnings and never-endings. A story flawed and 
fractured, crazy and cracked, and most of all...a love story. Our story. 

When you start reading "The Law of Moses," you'll definitely see some resemblance's to a couple of films and even a TV drama from years gone by. However, please don't let this put you off picking up this book. Trust me when I say, the story will wrap itself around your soul. It will crack your heart wide open and it will leave your emotions exposed. There's no hiding how you feel when you read this one. I smiled and I cheesy grinned as I witnessed young, innocent love blossom. I became frustrated when the storyline took a direction I prayed it wouldn't (yup, all that frowning left my head hurting) and I felt that soul searing pain when tragedy struck. 

Moses and Georgia were two characters who couldn't have been more different but I found myself connecting with each of them on such a deep, visceral level as I read chapters from each of their POV. Moses was the 'crack' baby and was labelled as such from birth. Trouble was the word most associated with him and as such, most folk had washed their hands of him. He was temperamental explosive, irritable and moody.... that's what they said. Some went so far as saying he was crazy, a looney, a basket case but they couldn't have been farther from the truth. Yes he was complicated but most of all, he was misunderstood. You see Moses had a gift.. one he hadn't learned how to harness yet and so instead of seeing it as a blessing, it was more often than not, a curse so to speak. No one bothered to try and understand, no one had the patience to try and peel back the layers and see what lay beneath... no one except Gi, his great grandmother and Georgia who took no notice of what others said. In fact this girl made it her mission to get under the skin of young Moses Wright, to explore all those cracks and see all the wonders that lay beneath. 

And if I was her boyfriend, she would want me to be normal. 
She would want me to be normal because she was normal. 
And normal was so lost to me that I didn't even know where to look for it. 

Georgia's character was awe inspiring. She was bold and brash, definitely opinionated and always threw herself in head first without thinking of the consequences. She was selfless when it came to Moses and even when he pushed her back, she just kept on charging forward. Moses needed a friend (he might not know it but Georgia did) and very quickly, she decided she would be just that. 

Theirs was a love story the likes you rarely witness, even in romance novels. It was beautiful yet complex, marred with prejudice, heart break and tragedy. This is definitely one you need to read for yourself in order to truly understand the depth of this couple's feelings for one another... hope, fear, confusion and pain all playing huge parts in how their story would unravel. Be prepared to have your heart shattered, put back together and shattered again because what they shared was never going to be easy and when tragedy struck, lives would be changed forever. 

A lifetime. Or two. Or three. His life. my life. Our life. 
All three had been altered beyond recognition.

"The Law of Moses" was a story that seeped into my bones, touching my very soul. It wasn't just a tale, it was so much more with take home messages weaved into every page. It was about embracing life, being thankful for all that you have and ultimately finding happiness in all that you do. I will always look for five greats when life gets me down and I'm having a bad day because I know I'm lucky to have people that love me, that would walk to the ends of the earth for me. 

Amy harmon has written a profound, emotional, moving story that will stay with me for a long time. I can't recommend it enough. This is definitely one to read. I rated "The Law of Moses" ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️


The look on his face had me dropping my hands and stepping away, recognizing the fury stamped all over his features for exactly what it was. I was in trouble. Georgia’s back was to her father, and when my hands dropped she stumbled a little, grabbing at me. I gently set her aside but I let her father come without protest or warning.

I didn’t even lift my hands. I could have. I could have easily dodged the clumsy fist that connected with my jaw, but I took it. Because I deserved it. 

“Dad!” Georgia shoved herself up between us. “Dad! Don’t!”

He ignored her and stared into my eyes, his chest heaving, his mouth hard, his hand shaking as he pointed at me.

“Not again, Moses. We let you in. You ransacked the house. And worse, there were casualties. This isn’t happening again.”

He looked at Georgia then, and the look of disappointment he leveled at her was far worse than the anger he’d directed at me. “You’re a woman, Georgia. Not a child. You can’t act like this anymore.”

She deflated right before my eyes. 

“You hit me all you want, Mr. Shepherd. I had that coming. But don’t talk to Georgia that way. Or I’ll kick your ass.”

“Moses!” Georgia’s eyes flashed, and her spine was straight again. Good. She could be angry at me. Anger was better than defeat.

“You think you can come in here and get away with murder again? You think you can just get away with it?” Martin Shepherd said, outrage making his voice hoarse.

“None of us are the same people we used to be, Mr. Shepherd. I was one of those casualties, too. And I didn’t get away with anything. Neither Georgia nor I got away with a damn thing. We’ve paid. And we’ll keep on paying.”

He turned in disgust, but I saw his lips tremble, and I felt bad for the man. I wouldn’t like me if I were him. But it was better that we air it out.

“Mr. Shepherd?” I said softly. He didn’t stop. I thought about what Georgia had given me. I thought about the five greats. About forgiveness. And I passed it along.

“I’m sorry, Mr. Shepherd. I am. And I hope someday you can forgive me.”

Georgia’s dad missed a step, stumbled, and stopped. There was something powerful about that word.

“I hope you can forgive me. Because this is happening. Me and Georgia. This is happening.”

About The Author:

Amy Harmon 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. 

Amy Harmon has been a motivational speaker, a grade school teacher, a junior high teacher, a home school mom, and a member of the Grammy Award winning Saints Unified Voices Choir, directed by Gladys Knight. She released a Christian Blues CD in 2007 called “What I Know” – also available on Amazon and wherever digital music is sold. She has written five novels, Running Barefoot, Slow Dance in Purgatory, Prom Night in Purgatory, the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue, Making Faces and most recently, Infinity + One. 

Her newest book, The Law of Moses is out now.

1 comment:

  1. Great review! Thank you for participating in the Tour of Gratitude and for supporting the release of The Law of Moses.