The Smallest Part
By Amy Harmon
“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.”
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.
Amy Harmon is one of my favorite authors. I know when I pick up one of her books I am in for more than a great romance. I know I am going to get so much more. I am going to get to experience the very best of the human spirit as well as all of it’s glorious flaws. I know that within every character I will see a bit of myself and of others I have come to know in my lifetime. I will get to experience emotional situations from different perspectives and walk away with different insights. Amy’s stories are not self help guides or depictions of emotional situations needing to be analyzed. They are not judgmental of individual reactions or emotions. Her stories are quite the opposite. Her stories are entertaining, emotionally charged that showcase ordinary characters dealing with ordinary situations in life with a sense of dignity and respect. This is what keeps the readers glued to the pages. There’s a magical quality in every paragraph that is realistic and feels valid. And in the end it’s what’s between the lines that makes her books special.
The Smallest Part takes readers back to The Law of Moses world. The young doctor who helped Moses deal with his unusual gift is also helped by that said gift. Dr. Noah Andelin has suffered a loss and finds himself not only a widower but a single father. Everything he thought he knew about his life is in question. When a young patient has a vision of his wife it once again changes his perspectives. Everything he thought he knew and understood was different when looked at through different eyes and different emotions. The only thing he can do is go back to the beginning but not dwell on the past. In order to take the steps necessary to move forward in life, he has to step back and allow the pain to take it’s course. The one thing that has stayed consistent and will always be a foundation in his life is his best friend Mercedes.
The Smallest Part takes the readers on an emotional journey from childhood to present day grief. Life is messy but it’s also a beautiful masterpiece once all the pieces of the puzzle are falling into place.
I was mesmerized by this story and was happy to see the good doctor find his peace. Amy once again brought me to tears with devastating grief, heart- wrenching heartbreak, and complete joy when Noah finally completed his full circle. The power of love is an amazing thing in all it’s ugly and beautiful glory.
Amy Harmon is a Wall Street Journal, 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 twelve countries, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Levan, Utah.
Amy Harmon has written ten novels – the USA Today Bestsellers, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, as well as The Law of Moses, The Song of David, Infinity + One, Slow Dance in Purgatory, Prom Night in Purgatory, and the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue. Her newest release, The Bird and The Sword will be released in the spring of 2016. She will release From Sand and Ash in October of 2016, via Lake Union Publishing.