I won my first fight when I was eleven years old, and I’ve been throwing punches ever since. Fighting is the purest, truest, most elemental thing there is. Some people describe heaven as a sea of unending white. Where choirs sing and loved ones await. But for me, heaven was something else. It sounded like the bell at the beginning of a round, it tasted like adrenaline, it burned like sweat in my eyes and fire in my belly. It looked like the blur of screaming crowds and an opponent who wanted my blood.
For me, heaven was the octagon.
Until I met Millie, and heaven became something different. I became something different. I knew I loved her when I watched her stand perfectly still in the middle of a crowded room, people swarming, buzzing, slipping around her, her straight dancer’s posture unyielding, her chin high, her hands loose at her sides. No one seemed to see her at all, except for the few who squeezed past her, tossing exasperated looks at her unsmiling face. When they realized she wasn’t normal, they hurried away. Why was it that no one saw her, yet she was the first thing I saw?
If heaven was the octagon, then she was my angel at the center of it all, the girl with the power to take me down and lift me up again. The girl I wanted to fight for, the girl I wanted to claim. The girl who taught me that sometimes the biggest heroes go unsung and the most important battles are the ones we don’t think we can win.
**This is David ‘Tag’ Taggert’s book, a supporting character introduced in The Law of Moses. This is a stand-alone story.
The Law of Moses was one of my top 5 books of 2014. To say I was excited when Amy Harmon announced a follow up book would be an understatement. Tag played a pivotal role in Moses’ book and I could not wait to fall in love with his story. Even though it can be read as a stand alone, I don’t believe you can fully appreciate the book until reading The Law of Moses. I always prepare for heart wrenching with Amy Harmon, I was completely unprepared by how moving this book was for me personally. Please don’t read my review expecting details of the book, because you are will find very little here. It would be an injustice to the story of David and Millie to divulge their journey.
Falling would feel like flying if you never hit the ground.
As with most favorite authors, I went into this story knowing little, avoiding the synopsis and teasers. The way Amy chooses to deliver the story is quite unique. In the beginning, I was a little hesitant and uncomfortable. However, by the end I thought it was a beautiful and moving way to tell the story. It would have diminished the power had it been told any other way. Millie is hands down my favorite heroine from any Amy Harmon book. Since I have read and loved the overwhelming majority of her heroines, it speaks volumes about her character. The way she embraces life and her loved ones is to admired. She and Tag seem such an unlikely match, but in the end, they are exactly what the other needs. I have always adored Tag, but he shines through on a whole new level. This is not only a love story but a life story.
The most intimate thing we can do is allow the people we love most to see us at our worst.
After finishing this book I cried, and then I cried some more. Then I cried in the shower for 20 minutes because I could not let go of the feelings this story evoked in me. I messaged Amy Harmon to share with her how moving this story was. I haven’t been affected by a book like this since reading Me Before You over two years ago. I can’t recommend this book enough.
No one fights alone.
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Amy Harmon is a 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 several countries, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Levan, Utah.
Amy Harmon has written seven novels – the USA Today Bestsellers, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, as well as Slow Dance in Purgatory, Prom Night in Purgatory, Infinity + One and the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue. Her newest release, The Law of Moses, is now available. For updates on upcoming book releases, author posts and more, join Amy at www.authoramyharmon.com