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David "Tag" Taggert was the suicidal alcoholic Texan that Moses Wright found himself inexplicably bound to in The Law of Moses. In a mental facility, a brotherhood was forged, an understanding. Moses had no one who believed in him, Tag had no one who was strong enough to help him fight his demons. The two agreed to stick together, to hold on to each other when there was no one else. The Song of David opens with Moses discovering his friend is gone. Tag has disappeared without a trace and Moses is determined to hold up his end of their bargain and bring him back.
The Song of David moved me. This story is told in a way I've never seen before. The entire book is written through the alternating perspectives of Tag through his cassette tape recordings, and Moses as he listens to them. It's such an unexpected, refreshingly fantastic way to read a story and it was utterly brilliant. I loved being inside Tag's head, hearing and seeing his thoughts as he relays them to Millie through his recorded memories. He's a magnetic character, Tag, one I didn't entirely appreciate in The Law of Moses. But getting to know him here in The Song of David, I felt wholly captivated by him. His strength, his kindness, his honesty, the way he looks at the world, the way he longs to save and protect the people he loves. But more so, I love the way he is loved. The way Millie describes their interactions, the way he is with Henry and his Tag Team, seeing him through the eyes of Moses Wright, my heart bursts with happiness and sadness for David Taggert. The way Amelie Anderson sees David Taggert, a way the rest of the world can't, and the way Tag sees her when everyone else won't, is devastatingly beautiful. Hearing Tag's recordings, the trail of breadcrumbs he left down memory lane for her. All the ways these two characters grew to know and see and love each other in the only ways they can. It's magical. It made my heart dance to a song I can't quite adequately describe in words. Just open this book and listen to the song.
From very early on in this book, I felt this gnawing emotion that I couldn't place. I'm not sure if it was sadness or joy, to be completely honest. I just felt overwhelmed, like I was fighting the urge to cry for pages and pages. It may have been desolation over not knowing where Tag had gone, knowing he was out of reach to these characters that loved him so dearly. Maybe it was this misplaced sense of awe and pride I felt for Millie, for her strength, for how brave she is to chase a dream when the world tells her she can't. Maybe it was just the lightness that surrounds me every time I open a story written by this author. I don't know, but for so much of this book I was gripped by a heaviness in my chest and I came away wondering how Amy Harmon does this to me repeatedly when no one else ever has.
I've never been so afraid to finish a book in my life. Honestly. I was at war with myself more than once, a part of me so eager to go on, another part of me insisting I stop to take deep breaths in between the tears that I couldn't even decide where they were coming from. Hope battled resignation battled fear the entire time I read, as it did for Moses and Georgia and Millie as they listened to Tag's story. There's this devastating sense of foreboding on every single page. I believed I knew what was coming, and I was terrified of it. But peppered through the sadness is humor and joy and love and friendship and a deep sense of hope that demanded I push on.
This story, The Song of David, is such a stark contrast to The Law of Moses in a lot of ways. But if there's one poignant commonality running through both stories, it's the loss and recovery of hope. Like Moses, Tag was a runner. Both wanted desperately to escape their existences as they knew it, to quiet their pain in the only way that made sense at the time. Their respective stories took them through their own heartbreaking journey from wanting to die to praying to live. This story is powerful and poignant and, like every Harmon story, it changes the way you look at life. To watch this larger than life character go from seeking death so desperately to craving life so ardently, is humbling. Tag is both David and Goliath in this story, both the giant and the giant slayer, both the savior and the one who needs saving. He's the embodiment of power and strength and vulnerability and surrender. He's a warrior and his song is about a man who fights no matter what he's up against. Whether he believes he'll win or lose, he never taps out.
This book came as a surprise in so many ways. I was surprised by how immediately I became consumed by it. By how much I loved David Taggert and Millie Anderson. By how angsty and unexpectedly sexy it was. By how much this story felt very-Amy-Harmon-esque, and yet not... it felt different. There's so many things I could praise Amy Harmon for with regard to her brilliant story telling and stunning writing style... the masterful way she weaves a story together, the voice she gives to her characters, the flawless manner in which she delivers a story that stays with the reader forever. I can say with certainty that I know I loved this book because of how it devastated me. That's a truth that seems so obvious yet it never occurred to me until I was gut-punched with it in this story. A book, a song, whatever it may be is truly brilliant when it's powerful and profound and poignant enough to utterly devastate you. The Song of David is devastating and beautiful and perfect.
There’s nothing like a book that devastates you in the best possible way, and then leaves you seeing the world through different eyes. Amy Harmon’s words have the power to make us see what we are often too blind to notice, or to present a whole new perspective on life, her unconventional stories touching every hidden corner of our hearts, and embedding themselves so deeply in there, changing us, changing our perception of life itself, while inevitably raising the bar for every great book we read after that. Just like all her other stories, this is a book that takes the reader on an unprecedented emotional journey that is as distinctive as it is utterly beautiful in its approach and honesty. A story of true love, a love in its purest, most selfless of forms—this is a book I savoured in its entirety for as long as I could, basking in its exquisiteness and drawing comfort from its gentle bravery. Give Amy Harmon a pen and she’ll show you the kind of breathtaking beauty you never even knew existed, and with this book, she most definitely took my breath away.
“The world was a scary place for most people. For Amelie, it was downright lethal. She was completely vulnerable… And yet she didn’t hesitate at all.”
This story takes off at a very distressing moment in these characters’ lives, but we do not know the reason behind what has happened. So, as we slowly peel off the layers of a love story like no other, we are made privy to every single detail of their courtship, all leading us toward the instant when their lives change forever.
David “Tag” Taggert is a free-spirited young man who spent his youth searching for a place to belong to, a place that would ground him and give him purpose, and he has found that very place in everything he’s built under the ‘Tag Team’ label and in the people he surrounded himself with, especially his best friend, Moses. But something in Tag has snapped and he has abandoned the love of his life, leaving her with their entire story narrated on a collection of tapes.
“She was a brand new species, an intoxicating mix of girl and enigma, familiar yet completely foreign.”
Amelie “Millie” Anderson is a blind girl who entered Tag’s life like a quiet hurricane, filling his senses with her enduring courage and tenacity, kindness and generosity, until all he sees is her. She becomes his whole world, loving her and protecting her from harm becoming his first priority in life, until he becomes convinced that that power is taken away from him forever, making him unworthy of her love if he can no longer be the strong one in their relationship.
“Millie had become my favorite sight, my favorite smell, my favorite taste, my favorite sound. My favorite.”
But Millie’s strength is one of the things that made him fall in love with her in the first place and it is that very strength that brings things back into focus for him, showing him that some people are worth suffering for, regardless of how much one wishes to protect them from harm.
“I’m always going to try to protect you. That’s who I am. That’s what I do.”
A slow-burning, heart-warming romance that enchants us with its simplicity and candour—this is a book that made my heart hurt, on more than one occasion, but it never made it stop growing too, filling it with positivity and hope. Amy Harmon has this uncanny ability to make us care for every character she creates, whatever their story might be, turning us from silent observers into emotionally invested participants. Millie and Tag were no exception, their tender love story enthralling us with its gripping pace and momentous set of life lessons colouring its every page. I had no idea where this story was heading, I was crushed by it too many times to count, but I walked away with a spring in my step, knowing that life is made of as much darkness as it is of light, and that one does not need to see either to know they are there, forever intertwined and making life worth living for.
“You can’t see a song. You feel a song, you hear a song, you move to it. Just like I can’t see you, but I feel you, and I move toward you. When you’re with me, I feel like I glimpse a David nobody else knows is there. It’s the Song of David, and nobody else can hear it but me.”
This book. So, so unbelievably good. (Well, it’s Amy Harmon so it’s pretty believable). I absolutely loved Tag and Millie. I loved how they fought for each other. I loved Millie’s strength and confidence. I loved getting to see Moses and Georgia again. And I absolutely loved Millie’s brother, Henry.
The Song of David finds David “Tag” Taggert missing, the only trace of him being some cassette tapes and an old cassette player. It seems Tag has recoded his story on those tapes, and we get to see the beautiful love between him and Millie unfold. It is poetic, deeply romantic, heartfelt, and so beautiful.
This book captivated me from the beginning, as Harmon weaves together the lives of characters so real, that you can’t help but worry with them. Laugh with them. Cry with them. Love them. This book is a call to strength and to fight with all you have for life, for love. Harmon reminds us, in the most poignant way, that love is ALWAYS worth fighting for. Like all of Harmon’s books, The Song of David challenged me to be better, to fight harder, and to love always. The beautiful tale of Tag and Millie is not one that you’ll want to miss. I HIGHLY recommend this book!