Series: The Law of Moses #1
Published by Amy Harmon on November 27th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Narrator: Tavia Gilbert, J.D. Jackson
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.
February’s Ultimate Reading Challenge 2018: Tear Jerkers
Welp. I was looking for a good tear jerker and The Law of Moses has a ton of 5-star reviews. Many have mentioned how heartbreaking it is. This is clearly a case of it-must-be-just-me. I’m probably emotionally stunted or my tear ducts may be extremely clogged because I didn’t come close to shedding a tear. There are parts that are quite sad, but I felt detached from the story for the most part. I think the fact that I listened to the audio book may be to blame, but I’ll get to that in a minute.
Moses pissed me off through at least the first half of the book. He is such a complete prick toward Georgia, and all the while she’s like, “You just insulted me and repeatedly told me to leave you alone, but I know deep down you love me.” I have no patience for heroines who act like doormats, but I wound up admiring Georgia’s resilience and big heart. I enjoyed the second half more than the first.
The story seems really s-l-o-w. It’s possible my opinion of the book may be distorted by the disappointing quality of the audio book. Tavia Gilbert’s vocal performance is phenomenal. She tells the story in an extremely authentic and effective way, which makes JD Jackson’s narration even more lacking in comparison. It just falls flat, and he takes such long pauses between sentences that I kept checking to make sure my app hadn’t quit. I finally decided that it’s just his style. In the end, I looked forward to Georgia’s chapters and tolerated Moses’s.
My recommendation for potential readers is to read the book rather than listening to the audio.
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