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The Law of Moses Paperback – November 18, 2014
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- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 18, 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 364 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1502830825
- ISBN-13 : 978-1502830821
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.82 x 9 inches
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I was so glad that a few of my friend's reviews mentioned that this story had a paranormal aspect, b/c I would have been really surprised otherwise. Not that I don't love a paranormal touch, but I hadn't expected it from this story when I bought it so long ago. But it was really intriguing, and I loved the way it was woven into the story, and the way it was described. And how it changed and molded Moses, and how it affected his relationship with Georgia.
So why did Part 1 not compel me? It was Moses. He was kind of a dick. I mean, I could sort of understand why he was the way he was, and I sort of understood how he became that way and why he acted the way he did towards Georgia...but at the same time I needed something to pull me in, and I don't feel like I got enough from his perspective to really have me give him enough benefit of the doubt.
And Georgia was definitely more interesting of a character, but I couldn't always understand who she was all the time either. But I think that's my failing, not the failing of the book. I enjoyed how different she was, how spunky and straightforward and how she saw something special in Moses.
I didn't expect all the different aspects to the story...not just the paranormal aspect, but the mystery as well. And while I could see that the mystery was going to come into play, I can say that I didn't predict the outcome to that at all. And while I knew this book was going to slay me, I don't think I knew in quite what way and so it still really got me. I'm definitely glad I packed my pockets full of kleenexes for the end of this story, b/c I used them all.
So in the end it was part 2 that really made this book for me. It was full of heartache and beauty and growth and just sucked me in and made me feel and gave me exactly what I was looking for. And now I'm definitely going to have to read Running Barefoot. Super intrigued. And that's my distracted review.
Moses pissed me off through at least the first half of the book. He is such a complete prick toward Georgia, and all the while she’s like, “You just insulted me and repeatedly told me to leave you alone, but I know deep down you love me.” I have no patience for heroines who act like doormats, but I wound up admiring Georgia’s resilience and big heart. I enjoyed the second half more than the first.
The story seems really s-l-o-w. It’s possible my opinion of the book may be distorted by the disappointing quality of the audio book. Tavia Gilbert’s vocal performance is phenomenal. She tells the story in an extremely authentic and effective way, which makes JD Jackson’s narration even more lacking in comparison. It just falls flat, and he takes such long pauses between sentences that I kept checking to make sure my app hadn’t quit. I finally decided that it’s just his style. In the end, I looked forward to Georgia’s chapters and tolerated Moses’s.
My recommendation for potential readers is to read the book rather than listening to the audio.
This book is marvelous in its scope and attention to detail. The plot has many layers, each flawlessly woven together. There's exploration of love and the human condition, mystery, star-crossed lovers, small-town dynamics and throughout, an element of the supernatural.
The characters jump off the page as they tell their stories that come together to shape this unique and unforgettable tale. There's real heart, demonstrating what it is to truly love and the value of forgiveness, family and practicing gratitude, come what may. There's no place that drags, the story unfolds beautifully.
The ending is perfect. I am 100 percent satisfied and recommend to any who love a great book, a thriller/mystery that is told with subtle deftness and a work of great heart and art. Brava!
Top reviews from other countries
Amy has such a gift with words, her characters come alive between the pages. It’s although I was them and they were me. I not only saw them, I heard them too.
This story is moving and beautiful in every definition imaginable. Amy builds a world so vivid you can’t help but become part of it.
“Time softens memories, sanding down the rough edges of death.”
I never read any reviews, only through word of mouth did I one click and have this waiting for me on my kindle on my to be read shelf.
This is only the third book of Amy’s I have read, but I will no doubt bump the rest of her books to the top of my pile.
Don’t wait as long as I did to get lost in the Law of Moses, so beautifully scripted, like me you won’t want to put it down.
I've read a few of Amy Harmon's books, and whilst I haven't loved them, I've still enjoyed them. The Law of Moses, however, was brilliant. I really loved every minute of it.
“This is a story of love with no end… though it took me a while to get there.”
I'm not normally a fan of paranormal or 'ghosty' books, I didn't even know this book fell in to that category when I started, but this one wasn't over the top or too absurd, so don't let that put you off. It's really not mentioned in the blurb at all, but I do think it's important to go in to a book knowing that, so I don't feel like this is a spoiler. Sorry if you think otherwise.
Moses, one of the main characters, is a special kind of person. He's had a rough life in start, but that isn't what makes him any different or more special than anybody else, no, what makes him special is his unique ability. He can see the dead. Literally. Dead people come to him and show him things they need him to communicate with the rest of the world in some way or another. Only it takes him a while to realise what exactly it is they are trying to tell him. He can't find the key that links them all, until he does.. And it all makes sense in a way I couldn't have imagined.
Georgia, the other main character, wasn't really special in any way to me. I could take or leave reading about her. Of course she was vital to the story, and the part she played in Moses' life was vital, but I just didn't find her that interesting. Their relationship, however, I was interested in. Everybody that Moses has ever got close to has always left him in some way, so when Georgia started to get too close, he was immediately wary. He didn't want to lose her, so put her at a distance. A distance that lasted years.
“No one had ever wanted me, starting from the day I was born. But Georgia had wanted me. And because she had wanted me when no one else did, I had immediately been suspicious. I had immediately distrusted her. And I had always held it against her.”
The book is told in dual POV and in two parts. Before and after. I preferred the after section way more. Everything came together in the second half and finally began to make sense. Plus, we had a lot more of Georgia and Moses how I wanted to see them.. together. Amy Harmon's writing is flawless. I literally couldn't fault it. I loved the chapters written in Georgia's POV and I equally loved the chapters written in Moses'. They were easy to tell apart, each character definitely achieved their own voice in the book. And for the first time in a long while, in my reading, this story stayed with me a) whilst I wasn't reading, and b) once I had finished. I'll even admit to convincing myself there were ghosts in my room as I was trying to sleep, after reading!
Overall, I can't rate this book highly enough. I loved it. And I would definitely recommend it to everyone.
“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.”
You know the old school type who draw us in, and make reading a pleasure.
I knew from the start that Amy Harmon was one of those authors who put blood, sweat and tears into making it easy for us to read her books.
Then bam, she hits us with loveable characters, real life angst and drama worth reading, and plot twists that even I never seen coming (and I look for the predictability in everything I read)
The Law of Moses (followed by Song of David) were recommendations that were made to me a long time ago and I only read them now.
My advice...stop what your reading and pick up an Amy Harmon Book
The Law of Moses was never meant to rewrite itself. It was never meant to transform under the beauty of an innocent first love. It was never meant to cause a man to believe, to hope or to be free. But the law of Georgia was a force to be reckoned with & with that it brought a future filled with hurt, loss & pain. A future of forgiveness, acceptance & hope.
The writing from beginning to end was just masterful. The way in which Harmon developed these characters & characters lives became some integral to each other, yet equally destructive at times stole my by heart fight along with my soul.
This is a book that will stay with for a lifetime.