- Paperback: 325 pages
- Publisher: Barefoot Backstory; 1st edition (February 13, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781979819503
- ISBN-13: 978-1979819503
- ASIN: 1979819505
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 398 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Amy Harmon is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and New York Times Bestselling author. Her books have been published in eighteen languages, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Utah. Amy Harmon has written thirteen novels, including the USA Today Bestsellers, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, and the bestselling historical, From Sand and Ash. Her novel, A Different Blue, is a New York Times Bestseller. Her novels The Bird and the Sword and From Sand and Ash were Goodreads Best Books of 2016 and 2017 finalists.
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Like The Law of Moses and The Song of David, The Smallest Part seems to defy labels. The unforgettable story of best friends Noah Andelin, Mercedes Lopez and Cora McKinney is so many things. It's a friends to lovers romance surrounding a single dad and his best friend. It's a tragic story of loss. It's a testament to friendship and it's a slow burning love story that spans decades. It's a spiritual story of hope and forgiveness, an otherworldly account of what might exist beyond what we know for sure. And it's another unputdownable gem of a storyline to add to the lengthy list of my Amy Harmon favorites.
I was pleasantly stunned more than once by Amy Harmon's choices in this book. Everything from the edgy dialogue, the angsty dynamic between these characters, and the unexpectedly sexy scenes came as a complete surprise to me. And I ABSOLUTELY LOVED EVERY BIT OF IT. Harmon consistently delivers stories that are richly layered, that pack so much depth, that never lack romantic complexity or sensuality even if they're subdued. And while that all remains 100% true in The Smallest Part, this book definitely has a decidedly different vibe than previous Amy Harmon novels, one that's refreshingly edgy, emotionally intense and so. damn. good.
This trio of friends make for one of the most angsty dynamics Harmon has written. Dr. Noah Andelin just about killed me. I never expected to fall in love with the good doctor, but I'm gone. Totally and completely gone. His heartache and his loneliness gutted me; his devotion and loyalty to his friends and his daughter had me ENAMORED. I can't lie, Cora infuriated me in this book. But her character also resonated with me in a profound way. She adds a layer of desperation and desolation to this story. She's the wind, a character that changes and moves, never knowing who she is or where she belongs. Mercedes Lopez might be the most refreshingly colorful character I've read in recent memory. She's fiery. She's sweet and sassy and she's a rock for a man that's otherwise been left to flow aimlessly through his life. Their story is messy and it certainly tugs at the heart strings, but it still manages to feel light and sensual and so perfectly right in the end.
The more I think back on this book, the more brilliant I think it is. It's the kind of story that sneaks up on you. It's a slow fall, a subtle shift, a natural progression that kind of knocks you on your ass by the time it's all said and done. It's beautifully romantic, this story of a woman stepping in to help her recently widowed best friend take care of his daughter when all her life she's remained his constant, dependable, easily taken for granted, friend-zoned confidant. Of course this isn't just a romance. It's a solid story of friendship and family but it's knotted with unpredictable twists and turns, with bombshell revelations, with mesmerizing characters, with soul shattering emotional uncertainty. There are moments in this book that make me want to weep as I think back on them. There are words exchanged that literally take my breath away. With every book she publishes, I'm reminded of why Amy Harmon is one of my favorite authors. With The Smallest Part, I'm not only reminded of why The Law of Moses remains my favorite book EVER but I'm brought to joyful tears over being able to revisit this world again with Noah and Mercedes. This book was simply magnificent. It turns out the smallest part often steals the show and that's what just happened here with this story. Noah was a relatively obscure character in The Law of Moses, a character I didn't think much of if I'm being honest. But here with his own storyline, with his best friends and his heartache and his little girl, Dr Noah Andelin came out of nowhere and blew me away.
This was only the second book I had read from Amy Harmon, but having since read several more, I am not shocked that this book is completely at home with her other masterpieces. This book moved me in ways I didn’t want to fully admit while reading it. Amy has a way of digging in deep to your soul, with even the simplest phrase, taking you apart and then putting you back together again. Her works are deeply relatable and you won’t leave unchanged. This book is no exception.
The Smallest Part is a tale of true friendship, faithful love, and grace...even when we are most undeserving. This book made me laugh, made me cry and truly challenged me to be a better person. It reminded me that we are all worthy of fierce, faithful love, no matter what you’re battling or what choices you’ve made. It’s a call to love those that are broken or struggling and to fight fiercely for them. It is witty, poetic, raw, and downright moving. I loved watching the lives of Mercedes, Noah & Cora unfold and the layers upon layers of meaning through their relationships.
As in all of Amy’s books, you feel like family with all the characters (especially Noah from The Law of Moses). Her characters are real, believable people. I grieved for Cora (and related to her more than I wanted to at times). By the end I was moved to great compassion for her. I loved fiesty, passionate Mercedes who loves deeply and faithfully (“She’s a forever kind of girl. Once she’s claimed you, you’re hers.”)...even when faced with harsh realities about the people she loves. And Noah, oh Noah, how I loved him. He was so kind, so steady, such an anchor. He gave and received love so freely, and given the experiences he had had in his life, that was truly a miracle and a testament to his strength. I loved these characters. I loved this story. And I HIGHLY recommend this book!