The Law of Moses

The Law of Moses

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by Amy Harmon

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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


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.

Editorial Reviews

USA Today HEA columnist - Vilma Gonzalez
"This is a story that moved me to tears, that struck me with its emotional gravity, and that is undeniably one of my favorites this year. It's simply a book that should not be missed."
Natasha is a Book Junkie Blog - Natasha Tomic
"Ms. Harmon has once again given us an inspiring tale to cherish forever, a story written so elegantly, at times even poetically, that breathes itself into our hearts."
Angie and Jessica's Dreamy Reads Book Blog - Jessica Sotelo
"As readers, we're asked often what our favorite book is. Our answer is typically that we read so much, we love so many, we can't possibly narrow it down to one. That answer changed for me when I read The Law of Moses. My favorite book is this one."
The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog - Surj Harvey
Amy Harmon has written a profound, emotional, moving story that will stay with me for a long time. I can't recommend it enough. This is definitely one to read."
Author - Shelli Proffitt Howells
"The lesson Harmon imparts isn't that love heals everything, because it doesn't, but that love can still exist somewhere among the wreckage."

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Amy Harmon is a USA Today and New York Times Bestselling author. Amy knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story. Her books are now being published in several countries, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Levan, Utah.

Amy Harmon has written seven novels - the USA Today Bestsellers, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, as well as Infinity + One, Slow Dance in Purgatory, Prom Night in Purgatory, and the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue. Her newest release, The Law of Moses, will be available on November 27th, Thanksgiving Day. For updates on upcoming book releases, author posts and more, join Amy at

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The Law of Moses 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Cupcakegirly More than 1 year ago
OMG, that was so good! This was not the story I was expecting, IT WAS BETTER. Not knowing exactly what was going on inside Moses' head was equal parts intrigue and heartache. Like Georgia, I wanted to hug all of his hurt away. Hers as well. And watching their relationship unfold, fall apart and come back together again was heart-wrenching, but I LOVED IT. Moses had a crap start to life, a difficult time adjusting and an even harder time believing there was any good inside of him at all. Georgia was the first person not related to him to see him for who he really was. And she also helped Moses understand good can be found no matter how bad life seems. You just have to focus on it. It's silly to say this is a "religious" book simply because the story of Moses, one just about everyone has heard at least once in their life, was used as the backdrop. There is no preaching at, converting or alter calls here. Only a story about love, forgiveness, healing and acceptance. It's also a little ridiculous to be upset about there being a paranormal aspect. It's a work of fiction--a good one---that reminds us the world we live in is full of color and life, both of which should be celebrated and enjoyed.
Jo2JL More than 1 year ago
This story was absolutely phenomenal.  Truly in a class of it's own.  The writing was not only exceptional but the story is beyond anything I've ever read.  It is a beautiful, non-traditional and spiritual love story.  It will touch you down deep and never leave you.
ThreeLittleBirdsBookBlog More than 1 year ago
A divinely beautiful, sublimely moving, and awe-inspiring story of love, truth, faith, and life. Seraph: a celestial or heavenly being belonging to the highest rank of the angelic hierarchy. They represent light, ardor and purity. Amy Harmon is a seraph. The Law of Moses is the fire with which she burned my heart, and mind, her words provided an illuminating light. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: she’s extraordinary. The Law of Moses is her 7th novel, which is wholly appropriate, because like the number symbolizes perfection and completeness, this book is her best work yet. This novel is about a broken boy, a cracked boy. He had a rough beginning and it split him down the middle. Living in a small town, his ripped seams are something that is looked upon with disdain and distrust. He’s different so he’s feared. By everyone but Georgia. She loves his frayed edges, but she doesn’t realize that by pulling at his emotions, she unravels Moses. Moses and Georgia’s journey begins when they’re young, but their connection is old as time.  They are drawn to each other even though everyone around them would have the separate. Georgia doesn’t heed everyone’s warnings to stay away from Moses. And Moses can’t seem to stay away from Georgia, even though he knows, because of how the world works, he won’t be able to have her. You see, Moses is different and Georgia knows this. He sees the world differently than those around him, he paints from his soul, he feels in his bones, and he loves from his gut, but he refuses to surrender to his feelings. Moses paints in vivid color and possesses an artistry and gift that sets him apart, but Moses fights against it. He tries to control it and when events happen that set their world into a mess of death and chaos, their connection is tested by distance, loss, and fear. This love story was a journey filled with pain, growth, sadness, and joy. Moses and Georgia’s tale was heartbreaking and I felt the deepest, most potent emotions while reading this book. It’s hard for me to even describe this as a book, because a book is a tangible thing; it’s made up of ink and paper, bound together and contained in a small space. That’s not how I felt while reading The Law of Moses. This story was a swell of feelings that expanded well outside the boundaries of the page and I experienced it. I lived it. I became it, and I learned from it. Don’t expect to take this all in one sitting. At least, I didn’t. There were numerous times when I had to just stop. I couldn’t go on anymore, because I’d feel a shift inside me. Something changed, and I needed time to adjust, to catch my breath. The prose was poetic, the message was lyrical, and what I experienced was magical. Amy Harmon and Moses are the same. Their gift cannot be explained, nor fully understood, but it must be appreciated. It mustn’t be fitted, contained, labeled or forced in boxes. This is art in color, and truth in bright light. I marvel at those things, I aspire to be those things; I absorb those things because I know that I’m lucky to witness those things. I’m better because of those things. I’m blessed to have read this book and you should read this book. Live this story. My favorite of 2014.
Anonymous 10 months ago
This book was so special to me that it had me crying at certain parts from the sheer sweetness. It was a clean story with a very interesting paranormal twist. If you have ever loved and lost or lost a love one this book will give you hope.o
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You need to read this book amd song of David. Love these two books.
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notyourmama More than 1 year ago
I don't often say a book has become my favorite. It takes a lot for that to occur. The book has to have an unusual and gripping story. I have to feel the writing is beautiful and emotional and solid. It must leave me with the feeling I have grown in some way. This book touches all of those points. The language is descriptive and enticing without being overbearing or overly flowery. The hook in the story will almost make you feel you cannot bear to go on, to finish reading it. Warning, this is an "ugly cry" book, but completely worth the emotional gut-wrenching that will occur. You don't have to be spiritual or religious, but you will need to approach this book with an open mind. It has been added to my top 10 of all time favorite books and I cannot imagine it being knocked off the list anytime soon. I tell everyone this is a must read. It is truly a beautiful story of love and life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put this book down. Definitely a reread.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unbelievably amazing. Oh what a story. A great story. Will stay with me for a long time,and that is the hallmark of a great writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down! Must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This weave sweet love story
romancenovelsincolor1 More than 1 year ago
  The Law of Moses was an unusual read. The Law of Moses was an unusual read. This is going to be a challenging review to write because I don’t wish to give away too much information to the reader. If you’ve read the synopsis, you’re not exactly sure what to expect. I was intrigued, but I was uncertain as to what kind of ride I’d be in for. I knew it would be a heavy read but not much else. The story centers around Georgia Shepherd and Moses Wright. Georgia is your typical teen in small town Utah with dreams of being a badass on the rodeo circuit. She loves horses and assists her parents with their equine therapy business. She lives next door to Moses Wright and his great-grandmother, Kathleen, also referred to as Gi or GG. Moses is an outcast in their small Utah town. His life has always been fodder for local gossip. He was an abandoned crack baby and that fact has always overshadowed his existence. Because his mother was on drugs, people in the town had preconceived notions about Moses’ mother, which caused him to keep to himself. Outside of his great-grandmother, his relatives want nothing to do with him. Kathleen is his rock and she is the only person that Moses cares about and loves. Georgia is drawn to Moses because he’s an outcast. She finds him fascinating and she wants to know more about the loner. He keeps her at arms-length, but that doesn’t stop Georgia from pursuing Moses. Most of the talk surrounding Moses focuses on his uncanny ability to have insight into things involving dead people. He and Georgia bond over a tribute he offers in reference to one of her deceased relatives. From then on, Georgia wants to know any and everything about Moses. The story starts off a bit slow but steadily gains momentum. I started reading it in late January, and I had to put it aside for a bit. I knew it was going to be a heavy read based on the talk I’d witnessed in various book forums but, I came back to it, and I’m so very glad I did. Ms. Harmon has come up with a unique tale that surpasses anything I’ve read in any genre as of late. I chuckled, and I cried heartily. There’s so much that I’m leaving out, but I highly recommend this story to any and everyone. The prose is magical, and the relationship that Georgia and Moses endure is certainly one I think many readers will relate to. We’ve all been in a predicament where you try and spare the one you love by walking away because you don’t want to see them hurting. Moses walks away from Georgia due to a tragedy, but he also reunites with her years later due to a tragedy. Tragedy separates and unites the lovers. Ms. Harmon has done a spectacular job with this tale. My suggestion to those who decide to take the journey, stock up on your Kleenex. An ugly cry will happen at some point. -Reviewed by Natalie
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I honestly do not think I will ever read another book again without comparing it to The Law of Moses. Oh my gosh, I am at a loss for words. I put off reading this book for a while because I wasn't quiet sure if it was my type, but it was my type and so much more. It isn't just a story about young love, but a story about real, true love, love and loss, and a little suspense. This may just be my new all time favorite book. I am in love. I am in awe. I am now hungover. I will never get over this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the synopsis of this book and I was drawn in, I could not wait to read it. I could not put the book down. There were so many emotions in this book that I was in tears. It was a wonderful book; I just wish that it had not ended when and where it did. I defiantly say take a chance on this book and you won't regret it.
sugarpine721 More than 1 year ago
"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." What another amazing story by Amy Harmon. You will be totally caught up in Moses' story from the very first line. It was a phenomenal, unique story written by a truly gifted author. Your heart will be so wrapped up in the story that it will keep you on the edge of your seat. It is a journey through heartache, romance, mystery, and forgiveness. An emotional ride that will stay with you long after you read the final words. "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." A MUST READ!
UpAllNightBookAddict More than 1 year ago
I am at a loss of words with this story.  While it was a good book, I didn't find it to be a great book.  People have been gushing over this story for some time now.  I finally got around to having the time to read it, and I was a bit disappointed... Not in the book but in the hype that surrounded it.  Maybe it's just me.  Maybe I have been reading such intense and darker reads lately that this book fell a little flat for me.   I absolutely adored Moses.  He was such an intense character with so many layers.  He was simple, yet complex.  He was sweet, yet went out of his way to be a jerk.  He was real and raw.  He truly made the book.  He was the book.  Moses.  Moses.  Moses. Moses could see dead people.  Yes, you read that.  Dead people.  It plagued him daily.  He never understood it.  It created a rage and need within in him that he could not control nor understand.  His actions were always a result of the inner turmoil he went through.  They weren't always welcomed, therefore he was highly misunderstood.  He didn't have a chance in a real life from the day he was born.  And his life truly was anything but ordinary.  Falling for such a small town girl was not in the cards for him.  It was against the "law", but he did.  Then he hurt her like no other could... I wasn't a Georgia fan.  She was so immature and needy.  I just couldn't identify with her.  Although I felt for her.  She truly tried to get Moses to open up to her.  To be her friend.  To see what she saw in him.  She was just too much of a child pretending to be mature.  I can't say that I wanted Moses to embrace her, because at times I didn't.  I wanted him to turn, walk away and never look back.  But we all know that is not how the story ever goes. The coming together of these two characters is a low and torturous road.  It is painful and real.  I can see where many say how gripping the story is.  As a whole, it really is.  But going from chapter to chapter, I expected to feel more emotion.  Be more connected to the book.  I felt a twinge of disconnect in many places.  I guess that is why I found it to be just a good book.   Then when I finally got to the end, I was a little disappointed.  It's one of those endings where the entire book builds up to it, but yet it doesn't flow with the rest of the story.  It's just there.  It happens.  It's over.  Just like that.  I felt a little cheated.  The rest of the book was written with so much passion and then the ending was just there.
KDH_Reviews More than 1 year ago
I preordered The Law of Moses a few days before it was published. Without any reviews and without noticing it was by Amy Harmon (this is the second book of hers that I've read and enjoyed). I simply found the blurb intriguing and decided to take a risk. However, a couple of days after the book was published I read a review that mentioned it was a paranormal book. Wait, huh? That's not what I signed up for. However, I didn't really know *how* the book was a paranormal story (I wanted some surprise when I read the book), so I decided to go ahead and read it. And I'm so glad I did. Yes, The Law of Moses can easily be classified as paranormal. It can also be classified as romance. You might even be able to throw mystery in there, too, if you wanted. Genres are important to some people (and there's nothing wrong with that), but they don't matter very much to me. A good book can be a good book no matter what genre it falls into. The reason I bring any of this up is because I don't want people to miss out on an amazing story just because it might not fall into their normal genre. In my eyes, it's so much more a romance than it is a paranormal story (even though the paranormal aspect plays a tremendous part in the book). Overall, I loved this book. It's a beautiful standalone (I'm loving those more and more) about love and loss, but also about healing and finding happiness. The Law of Moses will be a huge hit for those that enjoy romance, especially second chance romances. You can read all of my reviews on my blog, KDH Reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful!!!! A must read! Slowly builds into a wonderful tale and captures your heart! You'll love it! Read! You won't be dussapointed! Still love Making Faces most, but this is second away!
Livlovesbooks More than 1 year ago
The opposite of sad, even humorous at times! Minor spoilers alert!!! Originally, I hadn’t planned on reading this one until my online book discussion group picked it for one of our December reads. I read and really liked Making Faces , who wouldn’t? But the synopsis for The Law of Moses warned me off initially because I will not knowingly read a sad book. I was so glad to be wrong though! I found the story of Georgia and Moses to be the opposite of sad, even humorous at times, especially uplifting and beautiful, their connection unable to be destroyed by the vagaries of fate.  The humor:  “Screw you, Moses.” “That’s the first thing you’ve said that appeals to me.” I gasped and he laughed. Again. I knew he was just trying to irritate me and make me run away crying. But I wasn’t the crying kind. He was right about one thing. I got kicked and thrown, and I came back for more. The sweet:  And when I tried to take charge he bit down on my lip. “Stop it,” he hissed. “Let me lead.” So I did. And he led me round and round, up and down, until my legs turned to jelly and my eyes rolled back in my head, until I was leaning against him because I was too turned on to stand. The philosophical:  “Moses?” Tag pulled me from my thoughts. “Yeah?” “Don’t take this the wrong way…but, if, you know, there’s more, and it’s not bad. It’s not scary. It’s not the zombie apocalypse. It’s not fire and brimstone…at least, not as far you can tell, then why do you stay?” His voice was so quiet and filled with emotion, I wasn’t sure if anything I said would help him. And prophet or not, I wasn’t sure I knew the answer. […] “We can’t escape ourselves, Tag. Here, there, half-way across the world, or in a psych ward in Salt Lake City. I’m still Moses and you’re Tag. And that part never changes. So either we figure it out here or we figure it out there. But we still gotta deal. And death won’t change that.” The poignant:  “His favorite things. He’s telling me his greats,” he repeated, almost to himself. “I thought he was trying to communicate something. Maybe teach me something.” Then Moses started to laugh. “What?” What’s so funny?” His baffled amusement was hard to resist, and I found myself smiling even as I wiped my eyes. “That’s what they’re all trying to tell me. I never understood it before. The random items. The everyday stuff. It’s always driven me crazy.” He choked on the words, trying to speak around the mirth. And it really wasn’t that funny. In fact, maybe it wasn’t funny at all. The future: “This is happening, Moses,” I whispered, reminding him of what he’d said. “You and me? It’s happening.” […] The kiss wasn’t hard or fast. It didn’t involve wandering hands or practiced seduction. But it was promise-laden. Heartfelt. And I didn’t move to make it more. I could have.  It shimmered there between us, the memory of how it had felt to fall headlong into the heat. But I didn’t want more memories. I wanted a future, so I let the soft hue of hope wrap itself around us. I reveled in the sensation of mouths moving, lips touching, tongues tangling, the feel of Georgia’s hands curled against my chest, the glide of color against my eyelids as the kiss deepened from lavender to purple, to midnight blue. And when it did, I lifted my head so that I wouldn’t forget completely. This story had it all really. Georgia and her parent’s equine therapy program fascinated me. Moses’ talent for painting the dead was strange yet amazing. There is even a little mystery in the story and learning how the dead that Moses painted died was definitely interesting. And I seriously loved the “thou shall not paint” scene between Georgia and Moses near the end that helped to bring their story to a lovely conclusion. *A special thank you goes out to Sarah Shingle Sherry who e-gifted me a copy of this wonderful story the minute that she finished reading it.*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't miss out on this beautiful story! Incredible imagery and storytelling. A must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. I didn't know what I was getting myself into but after only reading the first couple of pages I was stuck in; way in too deep.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book blew me away!!!!! 5 STARS!!!!!!!