Title: The Law of Moses
Author: Amy Harmon
“When Moses came to Levan, he was like water- cold, deep, unpredictable, and, like the pond up the canyon, dangerous, because you could never see what was beneath the surface. And just like I’d done all my life, I jumped in head first, even though I’d been forbidden. But this time, I drowned.”
I went into this book knowing very little about it. I had read some quotes, but stayed away from reviews. I like going into books blind, especially books by my favorite authors. Amy Harmon is my go-to author. Whatever she writes, I will read. I will devour. And The Law of Moses was no different.
In the beginning, the reader is given a warning- a character loses someone at some point in this book. We are given this warning in order to be prepared for what lies ahead. I expected one thing, but got something completely different. I won’t go into detail about the plot, because there are many twists, turns, and surprises that it would be unfair to spoil it for someone else.
So, I’ll focus on the characters instead.
I’ll start with Georgia. She’s young, only seventeen when we are introduced to her. Her family owns a horse farm and her parents run an equine therapy program. She plans to eventually follow in their footsteps, but she’s more interested in barrel racing.
She’s a simple girl, but very driven and passionate. When Moses comes to her farm, asking for work, she is immediately intrigued by him. She’s always been curious about him, but now she gets an opportunity to know him and he’s definitely not like anyone she’s known before. He resists her advances, but she is nothing but persistent. The more he pushed her away, the more she fought to break him. She behaved like many teenaged girls- naively and irrationally. She threw herself at him, despite his blatant attempts to keep her away. She lacked self-respect, and so I lost a bit of respect for her. Thankfully she grew up, and got smarter.
“I’m a very ordinary girl, Moses. I know that I am. And I always will be… But if you think ordinary can be beautiful, that gives me hope. And maybe sometime you’ll think about me when you need to escape from the hurt in your head.”
Moses is unlike any character I’ve ever met. His drug addict mother abandoned him as a baby, so he was tossed from family member to family member growing up. No one could handle him, except for his grandma, a.k.a Gi. They couldn’t handle his eccentric need to paint, which he did on any available surface- walls, sides of barns, overpasses, you name it. However, he didn’t just paint any random thing. Moses has a special gift, one that no one believes except for Gi… and Georgia.
“You’re afraid of the truth, Georgia. And people who are afraid of the truth never find it.”
Amy Harmon has crafted another brilliant story. Her gift for storytelling is truly inspiring and her unique writing style sets her apart from other authors. In all of her books, there are lessons to be learned, and in The Law of Moses, she teaches us to fight for what we love, and fight to stay true to ourselves, even when society may look down on us for being different. This book is about celebrating our differences, instead of being afraid of them.
“Everyone always talks about being color blind. And I get that. I do. But maybe instead of being color blind, we should celebrate color, in all its shades. It kind of bugs me that we’re supposed to ignore our differences like we don’t see them, when seeing them doesn’t have to be a negative.”
“Any time you start feeling sorry for yourself or you go into a rant about how bad life sucks, you immediately have to name five greats.”
Let me start with my 5 greats for today:
- Amy Harmon’s brilliance.
- Georgia’s persistence.
- Moses’ cracks.
I’ve only read two books by Amy Harmon, but they both have consumed my every waking moment while I was reading them. First, it was Making Faces, now, The Law Of Moses and all I’m left with is… wow.
You know how hard it is to read when your eyes are full with tears? I’m sure most of you must be familiar with this. The tears fall and keep falling and all you can do is keep reading and reading, until the very last page because, what can you do when a book has so many feels? You keep going, wishing it was infinite. I wished this book was infinite. Amy Harmon, you are incredible.
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.
The Law of Moses is the kind of book you want to go in completely blind. This is the kind of book that will make you smile and will make you cry and will keep you guessing. When I first read the blurb, I thought it sounded very interesting. It wasn’t that revealing and it certainly didn’t prepared me enough for what was coming. There’s a damaged boy and a girl who wants nothing else but to fix him, but this is not all there is to it. Once you’ve started, it’s what’s in the cracks of each character what pulls you in. From the very start you get a warning. Amy gives us something to prepare ourselves for what’s coming, but in my case… I wasn’t prepared enough.
So, there’s Georgia Shepherd, a girl from Levan, Utah. All her life she’s heard of Moses Wright, the crack baby. The weird kid. The one everyone wants to stay away from. But she never saw him like that. All Georgia saw was this strange and interesting boy. She never stopped at the cracks, she wanted to know more about him, his life, what made him who he was. She’s a very stubborn character and I loved her for it. If it wasn’t for her determined mind, her life would be completely different. I loved her from the start. I laughed with her and I definitely cried with her.
Georgia is curious, determined, passionate, stubborn. She may come across as a little kid with a huge crush, but to me, it was more than that. Yeah, she may have needed to think a couple of things and put her foot down at times, but I always had on my mind she was a teenager trying to fix what didn’t want to be fix. She’s good. She tries to do what’s right. She’s genuinely good and I saw how much she grew with the story.
“I’m a very ordinary girl, Moses. I know that I am. And I always will be. I can’t paint. I don’t know who Vermeer is, or Manet for that matter. But if you think ordinary can be beautiful, that gives me hope. And maybe sometime you’ll think about me when you need an escape from the hurt in your head.”
Moses. Wow, if someone is stubborn, that’s him. He’s very cold one second and the next, he’s completely hot. Sometimes it gets hard to know what he really wants but at the end of the day, the guy wins your heart. There’s no other way around that. You either love Moses or you loooooooove him. He’s a genius. He sees and understands life in a different way and he’s only trying to survive. It’s sad that he’s only known how to do that by himself, except when Gigi’s with him. God I loved that woman.
“If I were to paint you, I would use every color.”
I wish I could say more. There’s so much more tell you about this story, but I don’t want to spoil anything. Just let me tell you this: The Law Of Moses is one AMAZING book. You will get hooked from the very start. You will learn to love the characters and you will feel what they feel. You will get to know and understand how the feel, think and act. There’s no way you won’t love this book, unless you don’t like PERFECT books.
“A story of before and after, of new beginnings and never-endings. A story flawed and fractured, crazy and cracked, and most of all, a love story.”