If I tell you right up front, right in the beginning that I lost him, it will be easier for you to bear. You will know it’s coming, and it will hurt. But you’ll be able to prepare.
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.
"If you don't love, then nobody gets hurt. It's easy to leave. It's easy to lose. It's easy to let go."
But there are laws.There are rules. Laws of nature and laws of life. Laws of love and laws of death. And when you break them, there are consequences. And Moses and I, like a stream of fateful lovers who had before us and who would come after us, were subject to those laws, whether we kept them or not.
I am not going to say much about the book because I think it is better to go in blind. Better to let Georgia and Moses tell you their story. There has been talk about this book being somewhat paranormal, and while it may seem that way to some, it didn't to me. I understand why people may think that though. But I have to say, even if you aren't a fan of anything paranormal, I still think you should read this book and give it a chance. This was a hauntingly beautiful story and heartbreaking. My chest still aches when I think about certain parts of it. I wish I would have read this book as soon as I bought it, but maybe I wasn't ready for it then. I believe this is my first Amy Harmon book and I know it won't be the last. But I am afraid I may have to give my heart some time before I can read another. This one is still so fresh, so beautiful, and so painful. I highly recommend this one but be warned you will need tissues.
This is without a doubt a 5 star read for me.
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