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“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 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.
What do you say when your girlfriend asks if you’re in love with your best friend?
Noah, Mercedes, and Cora grew up together. They knew each other’s darkest secrets, gave support when needed, and promised to stay friends forever. So, when Cora decided she was going after Noah, Mercedes smiled and wished her well, even though her heart was breaking.
Because Noah was supposed to be hers.
Noah couldn’t remember a time when Mercedes wasn’t there to pick him up when he was down. When Cora joined their little group she was welcomed in with open arms and the three of them became a unit.
But Noah always considered Mercedes his.
Years later, Cora catches Noah at a rough time in his life, when his defences are down, and he asks her to marry him. With the arrival of their baby Cora’s insecurities come to the fore. She commits suicide, leaving Noah grasping for answers while juggling a distraught child.
Kissing is a thousand times more intimate than sex. He knew some people would disagree, but the first thing that goes when a marriage is coming apart is not the sex. It’s the kissing.The Smallest Part- Amy Harmon
Mercedes is filled with guilt over her friend’s death. She knew when Cora asked her to watch the baby something was wrong, but had put it down to Cora’s flighty personality. If only she’d said something sooner…
Noah and Mercedes band together to care for the baby, and soon old feelings bubble to the surface. But there are forces at work determined to create trouble and more secrets to be kept. Can two people with so much emotional baggage find a way to love?
This is the tale of three friends. Of mistakes made, forgiveness sought, love found. Amy Harmon has an uncanny knack for delving deep into messy, beautiful, damaged emotions and dragging them kicking and screaming into the open for her readers to immerse themselves in.
Loosely connected to one of my top reads of 2020, The Law of Moses (check out my review here ), a few recurring characters make appearances between the stories and greatly add to the reader’s enjoyment. I’m hooked on this series and have already dived straight into The Song of David, review coming soon!