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.
The Law of Moses is without a doubt one of the best books I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. I loved each and every piece that was thoughtfully put together to create this written masterpiece. Amy Harmon has definitely outdone herself with this one!
Speaking of the author, Amy Harmon is in a league of her own. She doesn’t just write novels. Her work is so much more complex than that. She creates these exquisitely magical tales that dare your imagination to keep up. It would be a dream come true to live in one of the realities she weaves because each day would be vivid and bright; packed full of surprises and surrounded by love. These glorious stories take my breath away every time I turn a page and I’ve admitted that I’m addicted to her outstanding writing.
Moses Wright gets the awards for greatest resiliency AND best performance by a novel hero. After reading the blurb I am sure you formed a general idea of what this man must overcome. I’m crazy over Moses. He’s gritty and guarded but extremely talented and capable. To spend a day or an hour in his beautiful mind would be amazing. Even though Moses wouldn’t agree, what he can see is a rare gift that should be cherished. He struggled all of his life to practically just survive and he never felt a sense of belonging, except from Gigi. The passing years bring a lot of understanding and self-ownership to what he can do. I had an overwhelming urge to reach in and hug him but Moses wouldn’t like that much either. His unbridled ability left me awestruck and the sensational way each detail was described was divine. I was extremely inspired by him and how he turned his life around. I would stay lost in a Moses haze indefinitely.
The connections to biblical Moses continue to prove the powerful impact of this journey. It’s not a simple story you’ll breeze through. What this author has provided is a treasure that I hope everyone takes the time to appreciate. You will savor each word and enjoy the underlying meanings spread throughout. I love finding hidden clues that tie ends together because it makes reading that much more interesting.
Another fantastic quality to this author’s work is the vast mix of characters that most wouldn’t put together. Georgia can’t stay away from Moses and he doesn’t seem to really mind her infatuation. Where he is deeply complicated and isolated, she is carefree and fun. Georgia is a cowgirl so I bonded with her right away. The equine presence throughout made me giddy and happy. I enjoy nothing more than being able to picture myself alongside the characters and in this case it was effortless. Georgia is extremely genuine and definitely a girl you find yourself cheering for.
Georgia and Moses manage to defy the odds. Their relationship is a wonderful example of opposites attracting because they clearly complement each other perfectly. I’ve never enjoyed having dual perspectives more because the internals battles they fight are quite amusing. Georgia is a small town girl and fairly naive when it comes to the great big world beyond the county lines. Sadly, she gets some harsh experiences over the years that dirty up her pristine outlook but I was glad they don’t totally ruin her spirit. Old Georgia and new Georgia must find a way to live in harmony. What brings Moses back is shocking and unbelievable so the second part of this journey is redeeming. Bridging the enormous gap created by seven difficult years is tough but these two need each other.
The Law of Moses is an electric combination of love, loss, second chances, thrilling mystery, discovering yourself, forgiveness, determination, family, small town charm, finding positives under all the negatives, faith, inspiration, and admitting the truth you’ve known all along. That’s just my short list and I’m sure you can find plenty more to add!
I could read nothing else but Amy Harmon’s words and be completely content. To definite what she is capable of is impossible as is the effect her magnetic stories have on me. I always find it extremely difficult to move on after finishing the final page. I am beyond thankful of her overwhelming talent and that she’s willing to share her brilliance. I cannot recommend this book enough so PLEASE just trust me. If you only read one novel this year, make sure it is The Law of Moses.
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 releases November 27, 2014.