The Smallest Part

The Smallest Part

by Amy Harmon

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The Smallest Part by Amy Harmon

It was a big lie. The biggest lie she'd ever told. It reverberated through her head as she said it, ringing eerily, and the girl behind her eyes-the girl who knew the truth-screamed, and her scream echoed along with the lie.
"Are you in love with Noah, Mercedes?" Cora asked. "I mean . . . I know you love him. You've been friends forever. We all have. But are you in love with him?"
If it had been anyone else-anyone-Mercedes would have stuck out her chest, folded her skinny arms, and let her feelings be known. She would have claimed him. But it was Cora. Brave, beautiful, broken Cora, and Cora loved Noah too.
So Mercedes lied.
And with that lie, she lost him. With that lie, she sealed her fate.
She was the best friend, the bridesmaid, the godmother, the glue. She was there for the good times and the bad, the ups and the downs, the biggest moments and the smallest parts. And she was there when it all came crashing down.
This is the tale of the girl who didn't get the guy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781979819503
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/04/2018
Pages: 298
Sales rank: 135,995
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Amy Harmon is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and New York Times Bestselling author. Her books have been published in eighteen languages, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Utah. Amy Harmon has written thirteen novels, including the USA Today Bestsellers, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, and the bestselling historical, From Sand and Ash. Her novel, A Different Blue, is a New York Times Bestseller. Her novels The Bird and the Sword and From Sand and Ash were Goodreads Best Books of 2016 and 2017 finalists.

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The Smallest Part 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down. Amy Harmon writes some great book.
JxxxPinkLady More than 1 year ago
The Smallest Part is a standalone friend to lovers’ romance with a dash of the forbidden and lots of love. It toggles between the past and present time frame with a third person penmanship that slowly and certainly builds the layers of the narrative and drew me into a story that illustrates the perspective of both the male and female protagonist. It’s about friendship, family, loving, holding on and letting go. It delves into the unknown and explores the ties of love. Every single element of the story is beautiful, a word I'll try not to overuse in my passion for this novel but it's a word that is so apt in explaining the nature, story and characters of, 'The Smallest Part.' Noah and Mercedes have been best friends forever. She’s the, ‘..girl who didn’t get the guy,’ and I feel this story first and foremost, belongs to her. Having said that, each and every character within the writing canvas are important to the telling, including the sweetest little girl and the dashing, sexy, charming and downright beautiful human being that is Noah, the hero at the heart of the story arc. The motivation for the character’s reasoning and behaviours is eloquently weaved into the plot showcasing both the past and the present happenings of friendship, a friendship that entails more than Noah and Mercedes. The Smallest Part has a cast of characters who all leave their mark and have a solid relevance to the development of this gorgeous story. Although this is most definitely a standalone novel, Moses, a well-loved character from a previous Harmon novel makes several appearances. I very much appreciated his significance and the way the author weaved his character into the narrative. It really is very clever and super special. Any readers who have read, 'A Law of Moses,' will know that Noah made his debut appearance in this book and left an intriguing mark, one that I’m so happy Amy Harmon decided to explore and express in the form of a contemporary romance novel whilst maintaining her unique and beautiful style. The Smallest Part showcases this authors talent for portraying a compelling story packed full of emotion and engaging characters. Heartfelt and heart-warming. There's sadness and hope, second chances and most of all there's love. It completely captured my heart and took me along on the most romantic journey. This advanced copy was provided in exchange for an unbiased opinion. No type of compensation was made. There is no relationship/affiliation between the reviewer and the author/publisher.
WendyLeGrand More than 1 year ago
Here lies a little package of perfect! Amy Harmon writes the types of stories that I absolutely love to read. Each one tells a very specific and unique tale. I always walk away from them having absorbed a profound life lesson. Sometimes that lesson comes with a religious undertone, and sometimes it's just a highly philosophical mantra that resonates deep inside. In the end, only three things matter: How much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you. Mercedes, Noah and Cora have been best friends since they were 10 years old. They've grown up together, been each other's strength and held each other up through the tough times. Whenever I read these kinds of stories, I always brace for when the inevitable happens: two fall in love and one gets left out. Except in this case, it isn't as cut and dry as that. Amy weaves such a heartfelt story of love, loss and friendship, and the sacrifices people make to ensure the peace and happiness of the ones they love the most. Amy is absolutely brilliant in the execution of this story. The way she lays out chapters from the past that show us these three kids growing up and specific events that occur, only to be lead into present day and how intricately entwined the past is with the present in ways I could have never imagined or prepared for. Mercedes was just the most selfless, giving person I have ever seen. Noah was strong and steadfast and safe. And Cora, my heart broke for her one minute, and raged against her the next. So many times I wiped tears from my face, both in sadness and in happiness. I was just completely emotionally invested in this story from the first page to the very last. I absolutely marveled at how complex and multilayered this story is. I grinned foolishly many times at all of the 80's references, my heart hurt quite often for the amount of sacrifice Mercedes endured, my gut churned from the angst of it all. This book was just everything. I started this review out with saying that Amy writes the types of stories that I love to read. I don't know where she finds her inspiration or how it is that she so magically and seamlessly puts her thoughts down on paper and creates these prolific, thought provoking tales. I am just glad that she does, and I hope and pray that she continues to do so for a very long time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this story and the characters. It is easy to root for all the characters. I loved the friendship and faults in the characters. The plot is solid and addresses some big issues. Great read. This author reminds me of a similar author Tracey Broemer.
mjlovestoread More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for the perfect book that feeds your heart and soul completely, then stop what you are doing and read The Smallest Part. This incredibly emotional story is the tale of 3 friends, the Three Amigos, and the ripple effect each of them causes with the decisions that they make both in haste and in desperation. Noah, Cora and Mercedes. All 3 couldn't be more different but they somehow bond at the tender age of 10 and see the next twenty years together and all that life brings them. But it's the glue, the woman who is one of the most selfless characters created, that is the true core of this story. One Mercedes Lopez. The Smallest Part with the biggest heart. You can't help but love her. She's curvy and short and full of Mexican vibrancy. Singing when her friends are down, loving her beloved Utah Jazz and always and I mean always, making sure those around her never feel alone. I was in awe of her devotion to her mad fashion and hair-cutting skills and her non-stop energy never wasting a minute to make sure life treated her loved ones the best way possible. And giving up her best friend to her other best friend just because she could. Amy Harmon has once again masterfully crafted a journey that is full of detours and sadness (you know, that little thing called life) but I take away from this reading experience all the joy, laughter and the true love that is overflowing between these wonderful characters. The author does her homework and uses some her own life lessons in portraying some of the more intense bumps in the road that Mercedes, Noah and Cora have to contend with. And there is such a gorgeous spirituality that is a subtle thread in this book, finding the good when things go oh so bad that kept these 3 amigos going. With the particular addition of a man from one of the author's previous books, making a very important appearance along with a mysterious homeless man, this is one very multi-layered book. It's not what it seems more often than not and I thoroughly enjoyed watching the surprises unfold. In the end, this is a beautiful love story filled with the right balance of loyalty, perseverance and hope. Finding what was always meant to be and discovering the courage to hold on tight. A reading experience I won't soon forget, I can add The Smallest Part to the best of 2018. 5 HUGE stars!
cest More than 1 year ago
“In the end, only three things matter. Who He is. Who you are, and who your friends are.” Christine: I am BLOWN AWAY!!! Denise: I am going to start by saying please do not let the cover lead you to believe The Smallest Part is a love triangle… it is so far from that… the paper dolls on the cover do play a pivotal role in the story and once you read the book they will make so much more sense... so yes READ THIS BOOK. Christine: This is a beautiful story of an everlasting friendship and love between three friends growing up together through childhood, adulthood—from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows.  Denise: I wish I could simple say read this book and scores of readers would open up the brilliance that is The Smallest Part but alas I know I need to TRY to find the words to compel readers to pick this one up so here goes…. Denise: This book reminded me why Amy Harmon is rare talent. This book is truly masterful storytelling, weaving the past, present, and future into a story that will leave your heart broken at times, your mind racing as these characters take up residence in your soul and in the end your heart so full it might burst. Christine: There were so many things to love about this story... the love and devotion between good friends, their ability to always be there for each other no matter what, the unwavering love through good times and bad. Denise: The Smallest Part was a tough read for me, tough in a powerful, emotional and very close to home way. Ms. Harmon captures, the pain, the struggle and the ripple effect of mental health with grace and poise. Mental illness is not black and white, you often don’t get answers but you do get to decide if and how you will move forward. Christine: Amy knows how to pull emotions from readers and trust me, they will run the gamut with this one. I laughed, I cried, I suffered pain and I felt complete joy. This book truly touched my heart. Denise: I really really do not want to relay anything about this beautifully woven plot or the how the two characters find their way to each other in what I know in my soul is forever love but I will say Bravo, Ms. Harmon. You took a very tough subject matter, crafted a world filled of flawed characters and created a story that now sits on my top read list, my forever list, not just this year. Christine: I loved all the characters... but Mer is my favorite. A strong, independent woman who had the heart of gold, always put everyone first, was always there for her friends to lift their spirits... she was the rock, the core of this friendship. My heart broke for Cora... never really knowing who she was... such an accurate portrayal of mental health...  And Noah... always strong and there for his girls... unsuspecting but when put in a tough situation, really shines through. Denise: As an aside I want to thank Amy for being so open about her family’s struggle with mental health, I truly believe she has helped more people that she will ever know. Denise: If you read the Law of Moses, the use of Moses in this book is so well done. If you have not, no worries. Moses is well explained and used to really move this story forward. Just don’t be surprised when you 1-click The Law of Moses after reading this because I really think you will to learn more about Moses and the happy he finds (there are NO spoilers to Moses' happy in The Smallest Part—the reader sees Moses working to put his life on track). Christine: A definite top fave of 2018
shobeteener More than 1 year ago
Mercedes (Mer), Noah and Cora have been friends since childhood. I love how this book was written. We're in the present and then re-visit the past and back and forth until the past meets the present. We get to travel along with them through all the twists and turns that their lives take. I think with the story written this way we get more of an insight of how they came to become the adults that they are. Mer always puts everyone else's wants/needs before herself. She's even put her dreams on the back burner so she can protect those she loves. Noah went into the military serving our country. During that time period through correspondence he fell in love with Cora. He is now a doctor and has a beautiful little girl, Gia. I really struggled with Cora's character. Sometimes she comes across as self centered. Not really seeing or caring how her actions affect others. Through out their lives it seems like she has to go after everything that Mer wants. Then I got thinking about her childhood and the tragedy she has faced and realized she's broken. She doesn't know how to be happy as herself as she doesn't know who she is. I couldn't help but feel sad for her. These characters are very well developed. When they faced challenges, tragedy, loss in their lives my emotions when along with them. Many times I had tears streaming down my face. I was actually a little jealous of the deep friendship that Noah and Mer have. Childhood friendship that is developing into something deeper and more meaningful. They always seem to connect on such a deeper level, soulmates. The wonderful secondary characters I felt added an extra layer of depth to the story. In the famous words of Abuela "In the end, only three things matter “Who He is. (meaning God)” “Who you are, and who your friends are.” I'm applying this to my own life.
SpiderEffect More than 1 year ago
Can you remember a time in your life that you didn’t rely on your best friend? Mercedes, Noah, and Cora are just that…..three amigos!! The trio met during their youth and have always been the foundation in each other’s life. Through the good, the bad and everything in between, this triad held a solid grip on what true friendship is all about. As they grew older, their dynamic changed. Certainly one would expect that with any type of bond. While Mercedes and Cora had their own friendship that comes from being a best friend to another female, they both had their own unique bond with Noah. Time would bring about so much change for the three amigos. Definitely a lot of beautiful moments, but time also trails the ends of heartache. Something that will shake the very core of the foundation that formed their friendship. Secrets will unfold that lingered from their youth. How those secrets go about revealing themselves are what leads the path for the future. A tale riddled with potholes, flowers, and blooms!! What can I tell you about The Smallest Part that doesn’t spoil the entire plot??? Hmmmm….well…this is definitely one Amy Harmon book you cannot miss!! Noah, Mercedes, and Cora all lead their own personal journeys in this novel. It’s a tale that will lead you to discover how life gives you little nuggets at the most simple of times. Listening is the key that so many of us miss when going through the motions, and the three amigos are no exception. The Smallest Part was absolutely a soul gripping novel. Just like my love for The Law of Moses, this book took readers on a tale of having faith in humanity. A simple notion when you think about it, but one that will grab you by the heart while reading this haunting story. The way this story resonates is as simple as one of my favorite lines in the book….. “In the end, only three things matter. Who he is. Who you are, and who your friends are.” A line so simple I had to make certain I read it correctly!! A few sentences that not only set a precedence in this story, but extend to our lives as well. A profound but simple way to express how the bonds of friendship can mean more to someone that anything else in the world. For Mercedes, Noah, and Cora – their bond will lead you on a journey that will stick with you long after closing the final chapter. Resonating in such a way that you wonder how Amy Harmon can create such depth and emotion with such simple words and phrases. I’m telling you….do not miss this new release!!! While you are at it…if by some chance you haven’t read the Law of Moses, make sure you grab that book as well. The way those two books tied in to the plot of The Smallest Part was absolutely epic!! I love Moses’ tale so much, and to see the journey with the three amigos cross a character with the depth that Moses had….well…just trust me on this one and read this book!!
dms2115 More than 1 year ago
I am going to start by saying please do not let the cover lead you to believe The Smallest Part is a love triangle…. it is so far from that… the paper dolls on the cover do play a pivotal role in the story and once you read the book they will make so much more sense ..and yes READ THIS BOOK. I wish I could simple say Read This Book and scores of readers would open up the brilliance that is The Smallest Part but alas I know I need to TRY to find the words to compel readers to pick this one up so here goes…. This book reminded me why Amy Harmon is rare talent, this book is truly masterful storytelling, weaving the past, present and future into a story that will leave your heart broken at times, your mind racing as these characters take up residence in your soul and in the end your heart so full it might burst. The Smallest Part was tough read for me, tough in a powerful, emotional and very close to home way. Ms Harmon captures, the pain, the struggle and the ripple effect of mental health with grace and poise. Mental illness is not black and white, you often don’t get answers but you do get to decide if and how you will move forward. I really really do not want to relay anything about this beautifully woven plot or the how the two characters find there way to each other in what I know in my soul is forever love but I will say Bravo, Ms Harmon. You took very tough subject matter, crafted a world filled of flawed characters and created a story that now sits on my top read list, my forever list, not just this year. As an aside I want to thank Amy for being so open about her family’s struggle with mental health, I truly believe she has helped more people that she will even know. ps if you read the Law of Moses, the use of Moses in this book is so well done. If you have not no worries, Moses’ is well explained and used to really move this story forward. Just don’t be surprised when you 1-click The Law of Moses after reading this because I really think you will to learn more about Moses and the happy he finds (there are NO spoilers to Moses' happy in The Smallest Part - the reader sees Moses as single working to put his life on track)
stephNEReads More than 1 year ago
There are authors you read, authors you like, and authors you love . Books that are good, many that are great, and some that just...hit you in the feels. Every single book Harmon has written has pegged a different part of my heart, The Smallest Part being no exception. And I love that, while I've lost sleep over each and every one of her books, finishing each and every one with the same sort of emotional hangover, Harmon writes with such diversity that you can review her library of accomplishments and see there is no set style, no set type, her stories are not formulaic, and nothing is predictable. That alone keeps me reading. Keeps me guessing. Keeps me pre-ordering books the minute they're announced because I can't seem to get enough Amy Harmon--storylines that tug on the heartstrings. Noah's character was first introduced in the book Law of Moses. Do you need to read Law of Moses first? Nope. You totally should, though. And then follow that one up with Song of David and thank me later. But I digress. Everything you need to know from Law of Moses is recapped in the Smallest Part. If you decide to read this one first--you're good. The Smallest Part tells the story of three friends--One I loved (Noah). One I adored (Mercedes). One I...felt for, but couldn't really settle on a like or dislike (Cora). Not sure if that was by design, but for me, it made the story all the more dramatic. And interesting. I liked her, I didn't. I felt bad for her, then mad at her. I imagine the other two felt a lot of those same up-and-down emotions regarding their friend, so maybe I'm not that far off in how I felt about her. I was drawn into the story and felt as much a part of it as the rest of them. The story goes back and forth between past and present, with enough romantic tension and heat (at a slow burn) to keep you flipping the pages, one right after the other. Just one more page. One more section. One more chapter. Then Harmon throws a little action/suspense in for good measure and by that point, you're committed to finishing the book before you resume life lest you explode with this really, really strong desire for Noah and Mer to finally admit what they are to each other and get on with it! Their romance never outshines their 22 years of friendship, and I think I loved that most of all. The wait was worth it. "Life wasn't about getting what you deserved. It was about enduring what you didn't and not letting it destroy you." Read the back cover if you must. Give the prologue a pre-read (it's posted on her website and Facebook page.) But nothing will prepare you for the words on these pages. So, just like you would with any other Harmon book, grab a box of tissues or a chocolate bar--whatever you need to balance your emotions--and buckle up to enjoy the ride.
ReviewsbytheMrs More than 1 year ago
This story is not your typical romance novel! It follows three childhood friends as they grow, face tragedy and challenges, and struggle with loving someone who has mental health issues. The characters are masterfully developed and felt incredibly real and relatable. The plot hit a real tender spot with me and was simply sincere in it's telling.
Betul90 More than 1 year ago
4.75 stars "Sometimes it's the smallest part that steals the show." First of all the cover is one of my favorites and it fits the story perfectly. I am a huge fan of Amy Harmon's books. She has spoiled me with her phenomenal writing in the past, so my expectations were very high for this book as well. Amy always finds a way to elevate a regular romance story into so much more. She tells the life stories of characters, and there are twists and turns that keep readers on the edge of their seats. Everything comes together at the end but she will break your heart in the meanwhile and you'll have to be patient for the HEA. The writing like always is amazing and the balance between flashbacks and present time was great. The flashbacks were necessary to really understand the bond between the three main characters Noah, Cora, and Mercedes. "He might be the easiest man in the universe to love, because he expects so little. He expects nothing and is grateful for everything. With a man like that, how could you worry about being enough?" I was hooked on this book, and the characters were amazing. Everyone of them had their own struggles and heartbreaks. But together they were so strong. Especially the friendship between Noah and Mercedes was beautiful. They would sacrifice anything for one another. Mercedes was a ride or die, she put everyone first and sometimes forgot to take care of herself. This book takes you on a breathtaking and heartbreaking trip into the past to give you a great insight into their friendship, but also shows you how the characters are trying to move on in the present after all the horrible things they go through. I loved all the plot twists and how everything played out. I was hooked and didn't want the story to end. The only reason I didn't rate it a full 5 star, is because I wanted more scenes of the characters as a couple. I think with an extra chapter or two it would've been perfect. The Smallest Part is another phenomenal contemporary romance by Amy Harmon. It being a single-parent and childhood friends-to-lovers made it even better. READ THIS BOOK!!
teachlz More than 1 year ago
My Review of “The Smallest Part” by Amy Harmon I was captivated and intrigued by “The Smallest Part” by Amy Harmon, In the beginning of the book, it says “In the end, only tree things matter. How much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you” The Genres for this book are Fiction, Women’s Fiction and Contemporary Fiction, with an essence of Psychic Ability and Magical Realism. The timing of the story is in the past when the characters were children , in the present, and for a hopeful and better future. The author describes her characters as complex, complicated, mostly likable, and quirky. Noah and Mercedes were always good childhood friends. Cora moved into the development, and the three became great friends. Noah and Cora came from dysfunctional homes. As the years pass the three friends are very close. Noah decides to enter the military. Mercedes tells the biggest lie of her life when Cora asks her if she loves Noah. Mercedes tells Cora, she loves Noah as a brother. Cora and Noah get married, and have a little girl. Mercedes proves to be the most loyal wonderful friend and godmother to Noah, Cora and Gia. When tragedy occurs, Mercedes proves to be a strong, loyal friend and advocate.Will Mercedes ever have happiness ? I appreciate the way Amy Harmon, discusses important and significant contemporary issues in society: PSTD, suicide, metal illness, homeless people, and drugs. The author also writes about the importance of friendship, family, friends, loyalty, faith and hope. I would highly recommend this story for readers of Contemporary Fiction. I received An Advanced Reading Copy for my honest review.