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review 2016-11-30 18:13
The Law of Moses
The Law of Moses - Amy Harmon

I tried to figure out why it took me days to read this novel and the only reason I can think of, was the holidays. I tried to read it over Thanksgiving but there was so much going on. The characters were never far from my mind as I kept thinking of Moses and how his ability to paint was controlling his life. I haven’t read a novel by Amy Harmon in a while so I grabbed this one at the library and after reading the first couple pages I know why I enjoy her writing. Amy pulls you in immediately into her world with her pace and characters that have captivating pasts and intriguing stories. There are always twists in her novels; things that I never see coming and her storylines to me are different. I never know upon reading the synopsis how the story is going to play out, for they are vague but I know Amy’s writings so I realize that I will stumble upon distinct characters and a special and unusual storyline that I will not forget.

He was left in a basket at a Laundromat only moments after his birth for she preferred drugs over being a mother. She was found dead just a few days later. They named this child Moses and he’s passed around to all his remaining living relatives as he is just too much for one person to handle. His great grandmother, a good woman who seems to know how to handle him, usually has him over the summer but she is up in years so the other relatives pass him around during the rest of the year. This goes on for all of Moses childhood. It is Moses’ senior year and his great grandmother is allowed to keep him for the year. There is some religion in this novel as great grandma is a religious woman who I adored very much. She finds work for Moses as a farmhand on a nearby horse ranch where their horses work with individuals who are troubled. Individuals in the town know of Moses’ rough past and there are people who have already formed their own opinion of him. On the ranch, Georgia also knows of Moses and her father has told her to keep away from him. With her future planned out, Georgia tries to keep her distance from Moses but circumstances have them together more often than not. Moses has a talent, a talent that seems to be getting him in trouble but the need is too great inside him to stop. Moses is a painter, what he paints is not typical but he has no control over it over what he must express. An artist must reveal what he feels and sees, so Moses paints. I loved the depth that his painting revealed, the mystery and the emotion that followed his art. The relationships with the individuals that Moses had in his life, what a moving experience they were. I enjoyed the richness of this novel, the romance and each character that moved throughout the pages. I’m glad that I picked up another one of Amy’s novels at the library; I can’t wait to see where that one leads me.

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review 2016-11-23 16:02
The Law of Moses
The Law of Moses - Amy Harmon

I tried to figure out why it took me days to read this novel and the only reason I can think of, was the holidays. I tried to read it over Thanksgiving but there was so much going on. The characters were never far from my mind as I kept thinking of Moses and how his ability to paint was controlling his life.  I haven’t read a novel by Amy Harmon in a while so I grabbed this one at the library and after reading the first couple pages I know why I enjoy her writing. Amy pulls you in immediately into her world with her pace and characters that have captivating pasts and intriguing stories. There are always twists in her novels; things that I never see coming and her storylines to me are different. I never know upon reading the synopsis how the story is going to play out, for they are vague but I know Amy’s writings so I realize that I will stumble upon distinct characters and a special and unusual storyline that I will not forget.  

 

He was left in a basket at a Laundromat only moments after his birth for she preferred drugs over being a mother. She was found dead just a few days later. They named this child Moses and he’s passed around to all his remaining living relatives as he is just too much for one person to handle. His great grandmother, a good woman who seems to know how to handle him, usually has him over the summer but she is up in years so the other relatives pass him around during the rest of the year. This goes on for all of Moses childhood. It is Moses’ senior year and his great grandmother is allowed to keep him for the year.   There is some religion in this novel as great grandma is a religious woman who I adored very much. She finds work for Moses as a farmhand on a nearby horse ranch where their horses work with individuals who are troubled. Individuals in the town know of Moses’ rough past and there are people who have already formed their own opinion of him. On the ranch, Georgia also knows of Moses and her father has told her to keep away from him. With her future planned out, Georgia tries to keep her distance from Moses but circumstances have them together more often than not. Moses has a talent, a talent that seems to be getting him in trouble but the need is too great inside him to stop. Moses is a painter, what he paints is not typical but he has no control over it over what he must express.  An artist must reveal what he feels and sees, so Moses paints. I loved the depth that his painting revealed, the mystery and the emotion that followed his art.   The relationships with the individuals that Moses had in his life, what a moving experience they were. I enjoyed the richness of this novel, the romance and each character that moved throughout the pages. I’m glad that I picked up another one of Amy’s novels at the library; I can’t wait to see where that one leads me.

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review 2015-06-11 03:42
The Law of Moses - Amy Harmon

I feel like I've kind of reached the point with this entire genre that it truly has to be nothing short of amazing for me to be happy. More often than not lately, I feel like I'm missing the train when I don't fully understand the massive hype around a book. But, anyway.

 

There was so much in this book that I wanted to love, but there was just so much in this book. Too much. Too many story-lines competing with each other for dominance. Did everything come together at the end? Yes, there was a reason for every single aspect. That is one of the things that I liked about this. Amy Harmon was able to weave a thoroughly in-depth story line and not leave any loose ends having. I also loved Moses and Georgia, but especially Georgia. She was a great character the entire time, one that you can actually like and respect. Moses was intriguing, cracks and all. Even Tag was a good side character and was intriguing enough that I look forward to his book.

So, what was the problem? Despite liking so much, when I finished the book I didn't get any more out of it than "oh that was pretty good". No major feelings, good or bad. It was just a good read. I'm not sure there is anything specifically that I didn't like. The biblical stuff, the paranormal stuff, the sad twist...I was cool with it all. I guess that's the problem, I was just cool with it all. Nothing struck a nerve or a cord. It filled my time without feeling like I was wasting it, but it wasn't anything that I'm going to be thinking about for days or weeks to come.

 

To put a little bow on this neat little package, most people will probably love this book. It has a 4+ star average rating. It's a good book. For the right people (i.e. a not completely cynical bitch who can still be moved by the 5 greats and believes in the power of forgiveness. I'm pretty sure I missed that boat), it is probably a great book. Even despite not being overly excited about it, I'd still probably recommend this book to someone who wanted something in the uplifting category.

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review 2015-06-08 00:00
The Law of Moses
The Law of Moses - Amy Harmon "The troublemaker, the delinquent, the crack baby. He was now my hero."

What an amazing character Moses is! He broke my heart over and over.

"I loved you then. I just didn't know how to show you.

This story was different, amazingly different. I have been holding on to this one for a while. Sometimes I could kick myself! This was one of those I should have read right away! There was a few moments that had me bawling like a baby. I highly recommend this!
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review 2015-06-04 22:47
The Law Of Moses
The Law of Moses - Amy Harmon

Quote: “There are laws. There are rules. And when you break them, there are consequences. Laws of nature and laws of life. Laws of love and laws of death.” 

 

 

I try not to go into a book by reading the back description. If anything I love just picking it up and getting surprised by putting the story together as I read. But I think with this one I should have read the description. I do want to say that it was a cute sweet book, and the cover alone is AMAZING!!,...but I think this one was not for me at all. As a matter of fact I think im going to be part of that 1% that did not enjoy it.  So let me give you a little of the description: Its about a baby/Boy that is left in a basket at a dingy Laundromat, born to a crack addict and He grows up to have all kinds of problems as a teenager. That's how much the description gives you. As to what the story might be about. Because everything else added in the description is very I guess you can say shadowy. Its like the author wanted the reader to go into it kind of blind. So I did, But as it turned out its more of a paranormal read than anything. I was kind of taken back when I started figuring out what the book was really about. Because as I said the description does not give an idea of what kind of read this will be. Also the Connection and romance between the two main characters is totally not existent, at all. Which made the book even harder to believe and read. Overall Its a cute sweet book written gorgeously, but I do feel that this book is written for more of a younger reader than anything. So if you like a fast read and paranormal is your kind of book. This one is surely for you...Happy reading!!!

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