Tuesday 13 February 2018

Release Day Review ~ The Smallest Part by Amy Harmon


Heart breaking. Heart healing. Heart melting. The Smallest Part, a contemporary friends-to-lovers romance is now available on all platforms.

Book Description:

“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.” - Unknown 

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 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.

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Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

“Sometimes it’s the smallest part that steals the show.”

Damn Amy Harmon and her heart breaking, heart healing, stunning, thought provoking words. Damn the nights sleep I just lost as I couldn’t put this book down and damn these characters that have just stolen my heart and soul. Amy Harmon never ceases to amaze me and while she has not graced us with a contemporary romance in quite a while, she definitely hasn’t lost her touch. My husband was fast asleep beside me as I devoured this book, the silent tears streamed down my face, the smiles went un-noticed and while I was completely knackered by the end, my emotions had exhausted me and I got an hour’s sleep. Did these characters leave me…hell no.

“But sometimes the things we aren’t supposed to say are the truths that keep us sane.”

We briefly met Dr Noah Andelin in The Law of Moses and I for one was intrigued with his story. While Amy Harmon had promised this a while ago, I had forgotten as she graced us with unputdownable fantasy and historical reads. I was clueless going into this book. If I am reading a book by an author I love, I go in blind, like totally blind. I knew nothing about this book apart from the unusual cover that brought back childhood memories and that was exactly a fair representation, those paper chains represent so much. A great cover, truly inspired. So, I didn’t know this was Noah Andelin, but when I found out, I was all in.

“…and with that lie, she let him go.”

Childhood friends and more than that, best friends. Noah and Mercedes came from tough backgrounds, but they made the world their own. They made the best out of a tough hand and the one thing they always had was each other.

“I missed you, Mer. Thanks for being mean to me. It makes me feel almost normal.”

Mercedes had a heart the size of Texas, she wore her heart on her sleeve and only wanted the best for everyone, even if that meant sacrifices for herself. There wasn’t a bad bone in her body and she was one of the strongest heroines I have ever had the pleasure to read about. Despite her full of the joys of spring persona there was another side to Mercedes, the vulnerable side and Amy Harmon portrayed this perfectly as the true depth of her character was explored. Mercedes had that outgoing, funny side, but she radiated honesty and friendship and if I could pick a new friend, she would definitely be top of the list.

“But then love makes fools of everyone, doesn’t it?”

Dr Noah Andelin…he was as good as Amy Harmon led us to believe with the little snippets about him that we already knew. In some respects, he was similar to Mercedes, hence why these two were inseparable from the time they met. Noah was incredibly sweet, lovable, yet melancholy. Life had thrown him through several loops and it seems the world still wasn’t finished with him, but he had one rock, one confidante and that was his best friend, Mercedes.

“You may not be where you want to be in your life, Mer. But I’m so glad you’re in my life. Your birthday is one of my favorite days, because it means you exist, and I’m so grateful for that.”

These two together were heart-warming, both as kids and adults. I loved the flashbacks to their time as children with the gentle nods to the eighties and the troubles that they often found themselves in. The family unit they had, albeit dysfunctional, was beautiful and the strength between all of these characters only buoyed my emotions. Amy Harmon gave this book heart and this is where this book triumphed. You couldn’t help but be sucked in to this emotional, friends to lover’s romance.

“Blood’s important. But to a kid, blood means nothing.”

I have to mention Cora, while I couldn’t stand this particular character and in fact, at one point hated her guts, Amy Harmon wrote her part in such a way that you could not help but be empathetic to her plight. So, while that hate soon morphed its way into pity, I admired the way that Amy Harmon brings the reader around. While I still don’t like her, I suppose I could understand her by the end.

“Words are like souls. Soundless, even shapeless. But full of substance. You are getting all substance and none of the distraction in a letter.”

Once again, Amy Harmon delivers a truly unputdownable read. I am continually blown away by this author and I cannot recommend this book enough. Go in blind like I did. Experience the book as the author intended. You won’t be disappointed.

“…I knew that if I gave up all claim on your body, I could keep your heart. That was the part that mattered most to me.”

About the Author:

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 eighteen different languages, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Levan, Utah.

Amy Harmon has written thirteen novels - the USA Today Bestsellers The Bird and The Sword, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, as well as the #1 Amazon bestselling historical From Sand and Ash, The Queen and The Cure, 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 novels The Bird and the Sword and From Sand and Ash were Goodreads Best Books of 2016 and 2017 finalists. 

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