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Review: THE SMALLEST PART by Amy Harmon

The Smallest Part

by Amy Harmon

305 pages
Genre: women’s fiction; romance
5 / 5

My Review:

How many times have you taken something apart, then put it back together, only to discover that you left out a small part or two? “It will work fine,” you tell yourself.

Only it doesn’t work fine. Those small parts you deemed so easily disposable turned out to be integral. WIthout it, function ceases. Everything falls apart.

This is the core idea behind Amy Harmon’s exquisitely beautiful The Smallest Part. The titular piece in this tale is Mercedes, “the girl who didn’t get the guy,” as the blurb describes her. Shorter than her best friends Noah and Cora, Mercedes is the small part who isn’t so much discarded as she is set aside. When Cora asks Mercedes if she loves Noah, Mercedes denies that she does, effectively setting herself off to the side. Through Noah’s and Mercedes’s points of view, you come to see how this happened — why Noah and Cora wound up together. Yet there will be no happy, fulfilling relaitonship without its smallest part. Both Norah and Cora need Mercedes.

Harmon plays on a riff of a song that Mercedes sings, “A La Puerta del Cielo,” in which “little angels” come shoeless to heaven. Mercedes has a thing about shoes. At five-two, she wears sky-high heels in an attempt to give herself some height. Knowing her love of shoes, Noah gifts them to her on more than one occasion. Harmon draws a distinct line between “little angels” and Mercedes, whose care and devotion to her best friends is nothing short of angelic.

But who takes care of Mercedes? Harmon infuses her story with a sense of spirituality, that those “little angels” look out for us in ways we can’t understand. You are never alone, Harmon wants you to know, not even when you feel abandoned. Trust that not even your smallest parts are forgotten or unprotected.

Noah and Cora also need watching over, too, albeit in different ways. Fortunately for them, their smallest part is steadfast. Mercedes is there for them, even in their darkest hours. But as she learns so painfully, you can only help those who let you help them.

This is a stand alone novel, although if you have read The Law of Moses and/or The Story of David, you have previously met some of the characters in this book. I have not read either of those books, but I want to – I need to – because I can’t get enough of Amy Harmon’s storytelling.

Blurb:

“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 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.

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

Amy Harmon has written ten novels – including the USA Today Bestsellers, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, as well as The Law of Moses, Infinity + One and the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue. Her recent release, The Bird and the Sword, is a Goodreads Choice finalist in Fantasy. FROM SAND AND ASH, her historical romance, will be released via Lake Union Publishing on December 1st. For updates on upcoming book releases, author posts and more, join Amy at www.authoramyharmon.com.

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Release Blitz: THE SMALLEST PART by Amy Harmon

RELEASE BLITZ
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.

Blurb:

“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.

Purchase links:

➜ Paperback: http://amzn.to/2Eibfh6
➜ Kindle 🇺🇸: http://amzn.to/2jrXE06
➜ Kindle 🇬🇧: http://amzn.to/2FGauOg
➜ Kindle 🇦🇺: amazon.com.au/dp/B077GMCKXF
➜ Kindle 🇨🇦: amazon.ca/dp/B077GMCKXF
➜ Kobo: http://bit.ly/2z90iip
➜ Nook: http://bit.ly/2yNSaQp
➜ iBooks: http://apple.co/2yNKNbn

Cover design: By Hang Le – http://www.byhangle.com/

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

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.

Find Amy online:

Website: www.authoramyharmon.com
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Cover & Blurb Reveal: THE SMALLEST PART by Amy Harmon

The Smallest Part

by Amy Harmon

Pre-order links:

Special pre-order price of $3.99. Price will go up to $5.95 upon release.
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Release date: February 13, 2018
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Blurb:

“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.

Cover design: By Hang Le – http://www.byhangle.com/

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

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 eleven novels — the USA Today Bestsellers, The Bird and The Sword, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, as well as The Queen and The Cure, From Sand and Ash, 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 next novel, The Smallest Part, will be released February 13, 2018.

Find Amy online:

Website: www.authoramyharmon.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authoramyharmon
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/aharmon_author
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Blog Tour & Review: MAKING FACES by Amy Harmon

My Review:

You know how there are some writers whom you hear about and think, “I really need to read her books”? And maybe you buy a book or two by that author (From Sand and Ash and The Bird and the Sword, I’m looking at you), and you tell yourself you’ll read them when you finish the book you just started? And before you know it, months have gone by and you still need to read those books?

That’s my history with Amy Harmon.

And now here comes Making Faces, which, thanks to a blog tour for which I signed up, I actually read. The good news? I LOVED THIS BOOK SO HARD (even though it made me ugly cry more than once). The bad news? I think I’m addicted to the way Amy Harmon writes.

Harmon tells this story from the perspectives of Fern, a minister’s daughter whose awkward years last longer than ought to be the case for any human being, and Ambrose, a man whose outer beauty is the opposite of Fern’s. She’s tiny, red-haired, and freckled-faced, whereas he is tall, brooding, and breathtakingly handsome. The two grew up together when Ambrose moved to Fern’s small Pennsylvania town, but they grew apart as Ambrose’s beauty and wrestling prowess eclipsed any childhood affections he held for Fern.

If you think this is some predictable, maudlin YA romance, you could not be more wrong. Harmon takes a sharp turn when she sends Ambrose and his four best friends to fight in post-9/11 Afghanistan and brings only Ambrose back. She also adds further heft and emotional poignancy with Bailey, Fern’s cousin who suffers from a debilitating and life-threatening muscle disorder.

There is the obvious message about outer looks belying the inner beauty that should count more, but Harmon doesn’t beat this to death. She focuses instead on what makes you beautiful inside and how that inner beauty intimidates far stronger than any outward physical perfection. Fern’s ability to love scares the mess out of people who encounter her. She resolutely supports her loved ones, all the while recognizing that she is, in fact, unattractive when you first look at her. She retreats to romance novels, both those that she reads and those that she writes. Don’t let Fern fool you: she is a good person, but she also enjoys a fantasy.

One thing Ambrose is not, however, is a fantasy. He is very, very real, and the Ambrose who returns after the war is far removed from the Ambrose who left. He needs to heal, both physically and emotionally, and Fern recognizes that. She approaches him tenderly and gently, not with the reverence of a teenage girl but rather with the warmth and kindness of a young woman who knows what people think when they see what you look like. You will cheer for these two until you are hoarse.

Amy Harmon’s heroine is a preacher’s daughter, and, as such, God plays a part in this book. I loved how Harmon approached the spiritual side of her story. She does not proselytize. Much like Fern, she leads by example, and she makes you think as she makes you feel.

I can’t wait to start more of Amy Harmon’s books. Making Faces made me a huge, HUGE fan of hers.

Title: Making Faces

Author: Amy Harmon

Release Date: February 21, 2017

Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

Synopsis: The Spencer Hill Press release will have Bonus Content never before available.

Ambrose Young was beautiful. The kind of beautiful that graced the covers of romance novels, and Fern Taylor would know. She’d been reading them since she was thirteen. But maybe because he was so beautiful he was never someone Fern thought she could have . . . until he wasn’t beautiful anymore.

Making Faces is the story of a small town where five young men go off to war, and only one comes back. It is the story of loss. Collective loss, individual loss, loss of beauty, loss of life, loss of identity. It is the tale of one girl’s love for a broken boy, and a wounded warrior’s love for an unremarkable girl. This is a story of friendship that overcomes heartache, heroism that defies the common definitions, and a modern tale of Beauty and the Beast, where we discover that there is a little beauty and a little beast in all of us.

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30027407-making-faces

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About the Author:

Amy Harmon is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of ten novels. Her books are now being published in 13 languages around the globe.

She knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and 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.

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