Author: Amy Harmon
Publication: November 27, 2014
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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 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
*Purchased on Amazon*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.