Title: The Song Of David
Author: Amy Harmon
**ARC provided in exchange for honest review**
“Life isn’t perfect, people aren’t perfect, but there are moments that are.”
If that doesn’t sum up life, I don’t know what does.
Well, what can I say about Amy Harmon’s book, other than it was fantastic? She knows exactly how to tell a story, how to make you fall in love with it and not just that, but live it. I enjoyed every page of this book. I smiled a lot, and teared up a little. If there’s someone who knows how to give a story a twist is Amy Harmon.
I truly believe that, even though this book is meant to be a standalone, anyone who’s going to read it, should read The Law Of Moses first. It’s true that the book has its own story and everything and it explains everything very well, but even still… I think it wouldn’t have the same effect to someone who doesn’t know Moses story first. Part of Tag comes from Moses, so I believe you guys should meet him first and then jump to get to know Tag.
The Song Of David is as special as any other of Amy Harmon’s books. You can’t go wrong with this book. Here we have the chance to meet David “Tag” Taggert in a deeper level. He’s always loved to fight and he’s damn good at it. After spending a few years traveling with Moses Wright, doing what both of them did best, they’ve finally settled down. Tag started his own business. Moses started his own family. Life is good. Everything’s settling in its place. They’re no longer lost to themselves. Until one day there’s no more Tag. This is the moment everything starts falling apart.
“Emptiness is terrifying.”
Life is not always fair. It not always goes the way we planned it. And it sucks. Tag’s story is one that will captivate you from the start. It will pull you in and you’ll find yourself smiling at his kindness; crying at his downfalls; and falling for the pureness of his heart. He’s the kind of guy who’s all about the badass attitude, but if you look closer, you’ll find a sweet, and kind, and sincere heart. He’s a knight in shining armor. Sometimes, we forget how important it is to actually ask for help. And sometimes, it’s harder to do so, to those who’re always trying to help others. They’re the ones people rely on, but what happens when you’re the one who needs to rely on someone? When your burden is so heavy, you can’t carry it any longer by yourself? Sometimes people forget to ask for help. Sometimes other people forget to offer it. And this book can help us realize the importance to accept help, and offer it too. Problems are not meant to be carried by just one person. Life is not meant to be lived alone.
“The most intimate thing we can do is to allow the people we love most to see us at our worst. At our lowest. At our weakest. True intimacy happens when nothing is perfect.”
If you didn’t love Tag before, for everything that he did to help Moses, you’ll love him after you’ve read this. Trust me. David “Tag” Taggert is one of the kindest book-hearts I’ve met. He’s been through a lot in his life, and yes, he was lost for quite some time, but life will always throw us something or someone that will help us get over whatever it is that is drowning us. Life is full of ups and downs. It’s up to us to enjoy the ups and make sure to survive the downs. Life is whatever we make out of it.
“You can’t ever be completely happy walking on someone else’s road. Someone else’s path. The way to true happiness is to forge your own, even if your road isn’t straight. Even if there are bridges to build and mountains to tunnel through. Nothing feels as good as paving your own way.”
Amelie Anderson. Well, what can I say other than she’s an amazing heroine? The girl is strong, and kind, and pure. Even though her life hasn’t been easy, she still sees it and embraces it the best way she can. She’s not the kind of girl who lets life or anyone else for that matter to take her down. She will fight until she has no more energy, and even then you might find her still fighting. She’s devoted to live and to love. On the other hand, we have Henry, Millie’s brother. If there’s someone you’ll fan completely in love with in this story, that’s him. I just couldn’t get enough of his way to communicate and to approach his life.
And Moses. He’s still the reserved guy I met in TLOM, but here, I find him more real, because I get to see a desperate side of him, a desperate need to find and help. I just love him. He is just as important as Tag in this story. Actually, every single character in this book is as important as Tag. They give the story the reality that makes it so good. They’re all characters you’ll fall in love immediately because each has a way to express themselves. They’re all fighters in their own way.
Everything in this book was just encouraging, even the parts where my heart broke. Even when I thought everything was going down, there was this feeling about the light at the end of the tunnel. This is a story that reminds us we should always embrace life, fight for it and never give up.
Again, I highly recommend you guys read The Law Of Moses before you read this book, because it will make it easier to understand the story behind some characters.
Title: The Song of David
Author: Amy Harmon
“I’ve never believed hardship or suffering was meant to be. I’ve never believed relationships were meant to be. We choose. In large part, we choose. We create, we make mistakes, we burn bridges, we build new ones.”
The Song of David is another beautiful story written by Amy Harmon. Whenever she releases a new book, it feels like Christmas. It feels like greeting an old friend. She has such a way of storytelling that leaves you spellbound and whole. Each book is different, but they all have one thing in common- the strength of the human condition. Her characters are always flawed, for lack of a better term. They all have their own hardships and obstacles to get through each day and what Amy does best is make these “flaws” beautiful. Her characters shine with this intense light that no matter what kind of difficulties they face, they are always better people for it.
In this book, it is narrated from Moses’ and Tag’s POV. We met them in Law of Moses, but I didn’t truly understand the depth of their friendship until this book. They are brothers, not by blood, but by heart. They have been beside each other for the worst and for the best. In the previous book, they were both kind of a wreck, and now Tag is faced with a new obstacle, one that even I could not have prepared for. But that’s not what I want to discuss. I want to talk about the characters because that’s the real strength of this book.
Tag is doing really well for himself. He owns a business, a clothing line, and he’s a talented fighter. Plus he’s got women falling over him. What more could a guy need? Well, when he meets Amelie, or Millie as he affectionately calls her, his whole life is thrown for a loop and it’s a ride he’s all too willing to take on.
“I watched Millie because she fascinated me. She was brand new species, an intoxicating mix of girl and enigma, familiar yet completely foreign. I’d never met anyone like her, yet I felt like I’d known her forever.”
It’s true that Millie is not like most girls but Tag doesn’t care. He looks past this “flaw” and only sees this amazing spitfire of a girl and he can’t get enough of her. She is hesitant, of course, considering who Tag is but he breaks past her defenses and into her life. She’s not used to anyone wanting to help her. She’s been dependent for so long, taking care of her younger brother and herself for years, but Tag insists. And eventually she caves. They form a hesitant friendship but there’s a strength behind it that even they can see. Everyone can see. Everything is perfect, but if you’ve read an Amy Harmon book before, then you know that perfection never lasts. Real life doesn’t work that way and that’s why I love her writing so much. She takes the raw aspects of life and inserts it into her stories to wreak havoc on her readers. And it’s painful, but also breathtaking.
“Millie told me that the ability to devastate is what makes a song beautiful. Maybe that’s what makes life beautiful too. The ability to devastate. Maybe that’s how we know we’ve lived. How we know we’ve truly loved.”
And with devastation comes healing. I’ll admit, I was scared. I was scared for Tag, Millie, and Moses. But Amy took my hand and led me through the chaos and into the light. This book might not leave an emotional toll like “Making Faces” or “A Different Blue”, but I took away some very valuable lessons in this book.- No matter what we face, we are never alone and that even the strongest people have their weaknesses, but it does not make them less of a person. It just makes them human.