[644]: The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon

23252517 The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon
Series: The Law of Moses, #1
November 27th, 2014 | Self-Published
Adult Fiction | Romance
Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars


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.


Part romance, part paranormal, The Law of Moses is one of those books that had a great start but slowly and eventually disintegrated as the story progresses. I’m  a sucker for stories of people who didn’t have a very good luck in life, and Moses’ beginnings were exactly that. I like seeing them overcome all the obstacles that life threw their way, and grow into a different (better?) versions of themselves.  Unfortunately, this book got too long for my taste.

baby in a basket

He was abandoned by his mother when he was an infant –  in a basket, no less. So his upbringing pretty much consisted of being passed around to relatives and foster homes. Amidst all that, there was at least one constant figure in his life that he could call home –  Gigi’s or his grandmother. And in that same neighborhood where she lives was Georgia.

Georgia has always held a strange fascination with Moses. But I don’t even know if you would call theirs a romance. It seemed one-sided from the very start. I’ve never been a fan of characters who treat another character horribly “for their own good”. It seems like a shitty excuse for treating them like crap. Ultimately, it’s one of the reasons that I was not a fan of Moses.

chasing Moses

One of the things I don’t like in romance novels is when girls chase after boys. But in some ways, I understand why Georgia refused to give up on him. She’s got a big heart; genetically programmed to care for someone who’s had a rough life. Georgia is just inherently good. She eventually grew a spine, but only after she’s learned her lessons the hard way.

he sees dead people

Moses is an artist whose work is inspired by restless ghosts with unfinished business. He sees them, but they don’t talk to him. They send messages to their loved ones through Moses’ art. I quite liked reading this aspect of the story even though it kinda spoiled the second half of the story for me. In a way, it’s precognitive of the reason for his reappearance in Georgia’s life several years later. So, yeah.  It was spoiler-y of sorts.

in retrospect

I listened to this in audio a week or so ago. Like I said, it started out good then the plot became sluggish and muddled. I felt like the crimes that had happened throughout the book were so sporadic that it didn’t make sense when it was eventually solved. It was like an addendum instead of being a part of a seamless story. The book went on too long as well. I grew bored midway and had to resist DNF’ing. I think there’s a lot of people who would enjoy this. The romance was good in some parts, but I didn’t like the characters.

  • Georgia Sounds like a great character. Got to be a strong girl to chase a guy!

  • Gorgeous review sweetie. <3 So sorry it wasn't all that good 🙁 When you don't like the characters, there is no chance of liking the book much, lol 😀 But yay for liking the romance, sort of. I do like the cover. Maybe. But not a book for me 🙂

  • Jazmen

    Man I loved this book with every bit of me, sorry this one didn’t work for you.

  • I love the classy new look of your blog Joy! This is new to me and I have to say the surprise paranormal aspect has me intrigued, but…the mystery sounds like it might mess with me.
    Lovely and honest review 🙂

  • Melliane

    It’s complicated when it’s like that with the chacters. I heard a lot about the author but haven’t tried her yet

  • shootingstarsmag

    The paranormal aspect seems cool, but sorry it ruined the second half a bit! It seems like a really cool premise but not necessarily executed as well as it could have been.

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

  • What? Whaaaaaaaaat?! Dang it, Joy. I loved this, especially because I had no idea about the paranormal aspect when I started it. Total surprise. I didn’t see it as her being spinelessly chasing a boy. I thought the comparison of him and the horse was excellent – earning trust and whatnot. Something I totally related to.

  • I wasn’t a huge fan of this one. It brought out my inner sociopath, because I had no feeling for anyone or anything in the book. Sigh.

  • Aww. I hate when books have so much promise and then are difficult to finish at the end. It’s interesting that this one is part paranormal considering the blurb doesn’t suggest that to me in the slightest. It sounds like a interesting book but I think I’ll give it a miss. Great review, Joy 😀

  • Almost sounds like the author is trying to pack too much into the book. I do find the paranormal aspect interesting… especially since it is through his art. Might have to try it.

    Also great blog look!

  • is the blog new again`?

  • Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    The paranormal aspects of this book really sound interesting. I love that he doesn’t communicate with ghosts directly, but that they send messages through his art. The rest of it I can do without, however.
    Also, love love love the new look. Simple and stunning.

  • Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    Um, the blog is BEAUTIFUL! I love the new design! Seriously, I can’t get over this… 😀

    Anyhow, I don’t think this is one for me so I’m sorry it was disappointing. The cover of this is gorgeous and looks so promising but I need to learn to not judge a book by its cover! I really hope your next read is a lot better, Joy!

  • I can see this new form! I’m really liking the new blog design. I’ve heard a lot of positive things about this book so it was interesting to hear a book review from the opposite side of the tracks. A shame that this one started out strong and just seemed to drift off for you.

  • I am not a fan of girl chasing after boy too. Amy Harmon really knows how to write a synopsis though! I’m always pulled in by hers!!

  • kindlemom1

    Sorry you couldn’t connect to the characters at all, that makes it difficult to really enjoy it.

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    It’s always extra disappointing when a book starts strong and then fizzles, I’d much rather it start slow and then punch me the the face with its awesomeness:) I actually had no idea this had a paranormal element, that has me curious even if the crimes are a bit all over the place. Thanks for your thoughts on this one Joy!

  • Aw, bummer to hear that the beginning was so good and then disintegrated

  • Oh no! 🙁 I’m sad you didn’t like this one and that you found it to be boring. I liked The Bird and the Sword from her so I bought this soon after. What a shame! I feel you about the girls chasing the guy though. I don’t like it as much as the other way around either. I started Unseverable last week and that girl was relentless with her chasing. That and her perkiness made me DNF the book.
    Sorry this wasn’t for you, Joy!

  • This one has been around for a while, no? Because of your reasons for not liking it, I won’t bother. There’s so much to read out there… why spend time on something I probably won’t like? Also something interesting… I didn’t know you didn’t like girls chasing boys in romance novels. Is it the same in your real life? Cause I’m the same way. My sister is always trying to give me unnecessary birth control and saying “Ask him out ask him out!” and I just can’t do it. Maybe it makes me timid or a bad feminist, but by God, I cannot do it.

  • I actually really liked this one. I don’t know if it makes a difference that I read it instead of listening to the audio, but it is one of my favorites by Amy Harmon. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy this one more. Great review.

  • That’s a bummer. I hate it when a story seems too long. Not sure that this would be for me either. Great honest review, Joy! 🙂