Release Blitz (Book Review): The Smallest Part by Amy Harmon

Title: The Smallest Part
Author: Amy Harmon @aharmon_author
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Release Date: February 13, 2018


“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.

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Grace Review
This is a story of true friendship, personal sacrifice, and leaning on loved ones during the most difficult of times.

I’ll have to admit straight out that this synopsis threw me for a loop. I was fully expecting an angst fest, but instead got a story that had more than one powerful message. Given the author, I shouldn’t be surprised. (To note, there is still angst, just not on the level or theme I expected). While this book had some more contemporary romance tropes than the author’s previous releases, it remains true to the author’s style with relatable and sensitive themes delivered with a skill that consumes the reader’s thoughts beyond the actual words. This book, like her other work, stayed with me, invading my daily thoughts, making me introspective.

The story is told in the present, as the main characters navigate heartbreak, and through flashbacks, as we learn about the deep friendship formed between the characters. This story also connects to another book from the author, but to avoid spoilers, I won’t reveal which book. I also don’t want to give away major plot twists, it is best for the reader to experience those on their own. Instead, I’ll focus on the key characters that make up this poignant story.

Here I am, her thoughts screamed. Here you are. Here we are. This is us.

***Mercedes – BFF, babysitter, problem solver, maid, chef, and all around awesome person. She’s the heart of this story, going above and beyond for those she cares about. She is one of those characters it is impossible not to love.

***Noah – father and loyal friend, he struggles the most in this book coping with loss and the dramatic revelations that impact his life. He leans on Mercedes or Mer, as he calls her, throughout and takes advantage of that friendship at times. But through the flashbacks, you can see how deep his love is for his BFF, and his loss exposes some of those feelings that have buried away.

***Cora – perfect on the outside, flawed on the inside. There are so many hints about her outlook on life and her own worth. I would have liked to understand why she seemed to copy everything Mercedes cared about. My guess is she struggled to find her identity and just emulated the one person she felt had it all together.

“She wasn’t acting. She was escaping.”

***Gia – I absolutely loved this little girl. From her calling Mercedes “Meh” instead of “Mer”, to her dislike for shoes. She provides a ray of sunshine for the characters drowning in sorrow.

“I don’t know what happened. But . . . you are a miracle, Noah.”

Together, these characters come together to deliver an impactful story involving a sensitive topic. The author skillful highlights the importance of friendship and love to heal wounds and move on from tragedy. As always with this author, this is a MUST READ!

– Grace

*An ARC was received for an honest review.

Amy Harmon is a Wall Street JournalUSA 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.


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