Sunday, December 28, 2014

Book Review: The Law of Moses

Title The Law of Moses

Author Amy Harmon

Release Date November 27, 2014

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.

I preordered The Law of Moses a few days before it was published. Without any reviews and without noticing it was by Amy Harmon (this is the second book of hers that I've read and enjoyed). I simply found the blurb intriguing and decided to take a risk. However, a couple of days after the book was published I read a review that mentioned it was a paranormal book. Wait, huh? That's not what I signed up for. However, I didn't really know *how* the book was a paranormal story (I wanted some surprise when I read the book), so I decided to go ahead and read it. And I'm so glad I did.

Yes, The Law of Moses can easily be classified as paranormal. It can also be classified as romance. You might even be able to throw mystery in there, too, if you wanted. Genres are important to some people (and there's nothing wrong with that), but they don't matter very much to me. A good book can be a good book no matter what genre it falls into. The reason I bring any of this up is because I don't want people to miss out on an amazing story just because it might not fall into their normal genre. In my eyes, it's so much more a romance than it is a paranormal story (even though the paranormal aspect plays a tremendous part in the book).

Overall, I loved this book. It's a beautiful standalone (I'm loving those more and more) about love and loss, but also about healing and finding happiness. The Law of Moses will be a huge hit for those that enjoy romance, especially second chance romances.


5 out of 5 stars

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