The Smallest Part
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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.
A Stunning, Unforgettable Love Story!
Compelling, passionate and heart-wrenching, Amy Harmon crafted a provocative, thought-provoking tale about first loves, second chances, and pure, unconditional love.
❝Loving Mercedes wasn’t like falling off a cliff. It wasn’t even the heart-clenching of a missed step. It wasn’t a jerk or a jostle. It wasn’t tripping or tumbling at all. It was the slow climb of a lifetime of moments, the line upon line, day after day kind of love. And it was deeper and more durable for it.❞
Did you read ‘The Law of Moses’? Do you remember the Dr. that worked with Moses in the hospital? This is his story, Dr. Noah (and it has a similar feel to that of ‘The Law of Moses’). Amy Harmon takes us on his journey. Along the way, we meet Mercedes and Cora. They would become his closest friends. We experience their tragedies, happiness, failures, and successes. I laughed and cried so many tears for them.
Where Mercedes was strong, independent and fierce, Cora was timid, shy and lacked self-worth. Two opposites who became the best of friends. Holding them together was Noah. He loved unconditionally, was unbelievably kind and giving, he loved with his whole heart, even though he’d never been shown true love at home. They become The Three Amigos.
The Smallest Part had stellar secondary characters that supported the plot like stone pillars. From the small child to the homeless person, they were beautifully and brilliantly written.
One thing worth highlighting, even though Harmon spoke about this many times, is there is a great deal more steam in this book than in her previous books. I can’t imagine this story would be the same without having had those scenes because they were necessary for conveying the feelings her characters were experiencing.
Harmon’s writing is flawless. There are no holes, there are no gaps, just pure, fresh story-telling. If you love angst (I cried a bucket load of tears) and a gripping love story (I couldn’t help but swoon), pick up Harmon’s, The Smallest Part!
❝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.❞
I wish I could simple say Read This Book and scores of readers would open up the brilliance that is
I am going to start by saying please do not let the cover lead you to believe The Smallest Part is a love triangle…. it is so far from that… the paper dolls on the cover do play a pivotal role in the story and once you read the book they will make so much more sense ..and yes READ THIS BOOK.
I wish I could simple say Read This Book and scores of readers would open up the brilliance that is The Smallest Part but alas I know I need to TRY to find the words to compel readers to pick this one up so here goes….
This book reminded me why Amy Harmon is rare talent, this book is truly masterful storytelling, weaving the past, present and future into a story that will leave your heart broken at times, your mind racing as these characters take up residence in your soul and in the end your heart so full it might burst.
The Smallest Part was tough read for me, tough in a powerful, emotional and very close to home way. Ms Harmon captures, the pain, the struggle and the ripple effect of mental health with grace and poise. Mental illness is not black and white, you often don’t get answers but you do get to decide if and how you will move forward.
I really really do not want to relay anything about this beautifully woven plot or the how the two characters find there way to each other in what I know in my soul is forever love but I will say Bravo, Ms Harmon.
You took very tough subject matter, crafted a world filled of flawed characters and created a story that now sits on my top read list, my forever list, not just this year.
As an aside I want to thank Amy for being so open about her family’s struggle with mental health, I truly believe she has helped more people that she will even know.
ps if you read the Law of Moses, the use of Moses in this book is so well done. If you have not no worries, Moses’ is well explained and used to really move this story forward.
Just don’t be surprised when you 1-click The Law of Moses after reading this because I really think you will to learn more about Moses and the happy he finds (there are NO spoilers to Moses' happy in The Smallest Part - the reader sees Moses as single working to put his life on track)
The Smallest Part was about three friends who loved each other even when there dynamics were quite different. It didn’t matter what culture, heritage, religion, or nationality they were, all that mattered was the friendship. This friendship shaped the course of their lives. They had an unbreakable bond.
Mercedes character was an invaluable friend to both Cora and Noah. She was vulnerable, honest, and real. Her talent was making people feel beautiful on the outside. Mercedes was an unselfish character who accommodated the needs of her family and friends.
Noah’s character was raised by a single mother who was once homeless. Noah’s talent was helping people talk through their problems.
Cora’s character was affectionate, emotional, and complex. Cora wanted to be anybody but herself.
This was a different style book by Amy. According to her it had scenes that were more suitable for adults which suited me just fine. The minimal amount of intimate scenes were appropriate for the direction of these characters growth.
Amy produced many moving parts between Cora, Mercedes, and Noah. The minor characters played an intricate part in these small parts building a very complex storyline. With elements of spirits, ghosts, suicide, homeless veterans, and post-pardon depression. These small parts elements contributed to the whole. Each chapter began with a backstory that led into the present.
My favorite small part of the story was the cameo performances by Moses. Moses was an inspirational character in The Law of Moses and having him present in this story added growth and understanding to this book.