The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon

From goodreads:

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.


Man. This may be one of the hardest book I’ve ever reviewed. I didn’t hate it but.. I didn’t like it that much either. I HONESTLY DON’T KNOW WHAT MY EMOTIONS ARE DOING. Amy Harmon’s writing is still lovely, that is one thing I’ll forever say when you say Amy Harmon. Lovely, lyrical and seep-through-your-bones kind of writing. That’s Amy Harmon for you.

Okay, confession. When an author I love releases a new book, I can’t help but compare it to his/her previous work. AM I THE ONLY ONE WHO DOES THAT? AM I BAD PERSON for doing that???

Because that’s totally what I did and maybe that’s one of the reasons I didn’t love the book that much.  The love of Moses and Georgia isn’t that believable to me. The whole time I am trying to control my temper towards Georgia because I’m sorry but I’m not a fan of martyr and girls-who-wants-to-save-the-guy kind of heroine. She’s so.. so… so naïve. And I can’t take that she’s so smart but totally goes brainless when it comes to Moses.

The guy has issues. He’s pushing people away. OH MY GOD WHERE DID I MEET THIS GUY??? Oh yeah, in every new adult book.

But you know what, despite of that, I did my best to ignore the cliché-ness of this character. I wanna love Moses. I really do. But this guy is a robot. Emotionless. And what’s worse is.. he didn’t even developed as a character through out the book. You know what this proves? That Georgia IS kind of dumb. Because, you see, Moses did something to her in the past and FAST FORWARD TO 7 YEARS, the guy still hasn’t changed.


Then Moses looks at her.

I think we all know what happened next.

This is the reason I did not buy the love story.. because I did not like the characters AT ALL. No connection or anything like that. Such a shame.

And lastly.. It is unfair and kind of wrong to sell a book without telling the readers what the book is actually about, right? I mean, it wasn’t even mentioned in the blurb. I love surprises and plot twist just as much as the next book nerd does but, if it’s a MAJOR part of the plot.. I WANNA KNOW.

You’ll understand this once you read the book, it’s not exactly a spoiler, but I don’t want to risk anything. If you really want to know, ASK ME :D




  1. says

    Bummer…sorry this book didn’t work out. There’s nothing worse than the usual and predictable tropes in NA, especially with any element of romance. At least the writing was good but that doesn’t always make up for everything else. *shrugs* I hope the next book BLOWS YOU AWAY! ;)

  2. says

    “OH MY GOD WHERE DID I MEET THIS GUY??? Oh yeah, in every new adult book.”


    Nice review! I probably won’t check this one out since you didn’t give it too high of a rating. But the synopsis sounds interesting, for what it’s worth!

    And the author’s name — Amy Harmon — is pretty lyrical. Fitting since she writes lyrical prose!
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  3. Tricia says

    Aww sorry this one was so frustrating! But I know what you mean, there’s soooo many similar type books out there — it’s getting ridiculous! I also compare books of the same author. I can’t help it, if I loved one book, I want the others to be just like it or better! Anyway, great review! I haven’t read anything of Amy Harmon’s yet, but I’ll probably pass on this one! Hope your next read is awesome!!

  4. says

    I totally get what you’re saying. By about 35% I was thinking, “Crap! This is the same old stuff.” Lucky for me, I did turn the corner and I thought the characters had some growth and I ended up liking them enough to bump it up a star. I really didn’t enjoy Infinity + One at all so I was happy to enjoy this more. I was going to give it a 3.5 but felt generous enough at the time for a 4. I thought it teetered to much into NA cheesiness at the end though.
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