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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.
Amy Harmon is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and New York Times Bestselling author. Her books have been published in eighteen languages, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Utah.
Amy Harmon has written thirteen novels, including the USA Today Bestsellers, The Smallest Part, Making Faces, and Running Barefoot, and the #1 Amazon bestselling historical, From Sand and Ash. Her novel, A Different Blue, is a New York Times Bestseller. Her USA Today bestselling fantasy, The Bird and the Sword, was a Goodreads Best Book of 2016 finalist. For updates on upcoming book releases, author posts and more, join Amy at http://www.authoramyharmon.com.
Moses grew up knowing he was different. It started when he was a baby left in a laundry basket by his troubled mother, and continued through his teenage years shifted from home to home.
Because, you see, Moses has a gift.
Georgia is fascinated by the strange boy who shows up in her classes. He sticks to himself, but with his exotic good looks and golden eyes, he’s impossible to ignore. He’s staying with his great-grandmother, GiGi, next door to Georgia’s house since no one else in his family seems to know what to do with him. The two become close when GiGi asks her neighbors to give Moses jobs to do, so that his restless mind can escape the pictures in his head.
Because, you see, Moses is haunted by dead people.
Moses has had visions for years. They drive him crazy. He has to paint what he sees in an effort to exorcise his ghosts. The paintings are stunning works of art, but it scares those left behind and gets him in trouble. No one believes him when he says ‘they‘ show him what to paint, as though they have a message to share. All he wants now is to be left alone, but Georgia insists on bringing him kicking and screaming out of his shell.
He could have told her he wasn’t worth it.
She would have told him he was impossible to forget.
This story broke my heart in so many ways. It’s told in two timelines, from Georgia’s first meeting with the boy next door and their innocent first love, to years later when they meet again under horrible circumstances.
I don’t want to give too much away, but Eli is unforgettable.
The author teaches beautiful underlying lessons on diversity and acceptance of our differences. If we just open our hearts, there’s so much beauty to be found.
One of my best reads of 2020- Amy Harmon made me a believer!