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.” - 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.

The Smallest Part Details

TitleThe Smallest Part
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 13th, 2018
PublisherBarefoot Backstory
ISBN-139781979819503
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal

The Smallest Part Review

  • Amy Harmon
    January 1, 1970
    Heart breaking. Heart healing. Heart melting.The Smallest Part, a contemporary friends-to-lovers romance.Release date: February 13, 2018Pre-order available on:AMAZON KINDLE | BARNES & NOBLE | iBOOKS | KOBO and in PAPERBACKRemember Noah? "Dr. Andelin, a psychologist with a neatly groomed beard that he probably wore to make himself look older, was conducting the group session. He stroked his beard when he was thinking, and it gave him a perpetually melancholy air. He was far too young to be a Heart breaking. Heart healing. Heart melting.The Smallest Part, a contemporary friends-to-lovers romance.Release date: February 13, 2018Pre-order available on:AMAZON KINDLE | BARNES & NOBLE | iBOOKS | KOBO and in PAPERBACKRemember Noah? "Dr. Andelin, a psychologist with a neatly groomed beard that he probably wore to make himself look older, was conducting the group session. He stroked his beard when he was thinking, and it gave him a perpetually melancholy air. He was far too young to be a doctor and way too young to be so serious . . . and sad. He had the saddest eyes I’d ever seen." – The Law of Moses Meet Mercedes Lopez. "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." IMPORTANT: It is not necessary to have read The Law of Moses in order to enjoy The Smallest Part. Both stories stand completely on their own. They are only connected by small cameo appearances of different characters which in no way spoil one another's story. If you don't know who Dr. Noah Andelin is, you can meet him in THE LAW OF MOSES. "Gia and Noah spent the rest of the day—a day that ended up holding more sunshine than showers—visiting the giraffes and the elephants, the kangaroos and the koalas. They stood outside the monkey enclosure, calling and whooping and doing the monkey dance. They strolled slowly past the snakes and the lizards so Gia could growl and hiss at them, half-terrified, half-entranced. They ate corn dogs and stayed too long, and for once Noah didn’t mind. The animals had no quarrels or cares. They didn’t worry about who they were, where they came from, or what tomorrow would bring, and Noah pledged to do the same." Pre-order available on:AMAZON KINDLE | BARNES & NOBLE | iBOOKS | KOBO and in PAPERBACKCopyright © Amy Harmon WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | AMAZON | BOOKBUB | NEWSLETTER
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  • Bibi
    January 1, 1970
    *Spoilers* *Unpopular Opinion*The thing is, I like Amy Harmon and I'm not averse to messy love stories. After all, isn't real life messier? What I don't like, however, is the conflation of the varying and discordant themes within this book. Thus, I was overwhelmed. Paranormal? Second-chance love? Pseudo love triangle?Harmon further layered the main themes with issues relating to morality, loyalty, friendship, and mental illness. On the one hand, Harmon has written a narrative that is thought-pro *Spoilers* *Unpopular Opinion*The thing is, I like Amy Harmon and I'm not averse to messy love stories. After all, isn't real life messier? What I don't like, however, is the conflation of the varying and discordant themes within this book. Thus, I was overwhelmed. Paranormal? Second-chance love? Pseudo love triangle?Harmon further layered the main themes with issues relating to morality, loyalty, friendship, and mental illness. On the one hand, Harmon has written a narrative that is thought-provoking; on the other and unfortunately, she placed her characters within an impossible philosophical atmosphere. As if the enduring friendship between the three protagonists could ever negate their dishonesty.Additionally, it felt manipulative; considering that Cora's role (as the potential antagonist) was not only foreshadowed it was done without subtlety. But, we'll come back to herIn the meantime, can we talk about Mercedes? Yes, yes, I know, she's a lovely person. A lovely ostrich if you asked me and by burying her head so deep in the sand, she not only lied to Cora about her feelings for Noah, she even lied to herself. It's inconceivable that this woman did not, in fact, know that her "best friend"- Cora- was a consummate manipulator. And there it is. The numero uno reason why this didn't work for me: The Pretense.Noah pretends he loves Cora.Cora pretends she likes MercedesMercedes pretending she's Santa Maria (Otherwise, how do you explain her living her life solely as the backup wife?) The question no one is asking is this: What would have happened between Noah and Mer had Cora not died?We're friends, right? So can I tell you a secret? I disliked this book almost as much as I disliked the protagonists. I wanted Mercedes to suffer unrequited love well into old age and in her unattached Santa-Maria state.I wanted Keegan to die a painful death. (view spoiler)[which he did! (hide spoiler)]I wanted Noah to grow a pair.I needed Cora to still be alive to reap her comeuppance.I wanted. I needed. I wish this story had turned out differently.
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  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    5 stars! Amy Harmon has done it again. She’s woven together a complex, heartbreaking, and uplifting story that I couldn’t put down. The Smallest Part was on the angsty side for Harmon, it was also a bit steamier than what she usually writes, and I couldn’t get enough. This book captivated me from the first page and never let go. It’s a story of friendship, of family, of heartache, loss, and of love. This is the tale of the girl who didn’t get the guy. Mercedes and Noah have been friends sinc 5 stars! Amy Harmon has done it again. She’s woven together a complex, heartbreaking, and uplifting story that I couldn’t put down. The Smallest Part was on the angsty side for Harmon, it was also a bit steamier than what she usually writes, and I couldn’t get enough. This book captivated me from the first page and never let go. It’s a story of friendship, of family, of heartache, loss, and of love. This is the tale of the girl who didn’t get the guy. Mercedes and Noah have been friends since they were 8 years old. Their relationship has always been more than just friendship, though. They have an unbreakable bond. When they get a little older, they meet Cora and their duo becomes a trio. Cora’s home life has been one that’s been difficult, but the difference between her and the other two, is Cora doesn’t know how to cope with it. Eventually, Cora and Noah become a thing. When Cora lets Mercedes know about her feelings, Mer lies about her own. What is she to do? Mer is that kind of friend, the one who would sacrifice her own happiness for another. So from there on out, it’s Noah and Cora. There is so much that happens in the present of this book. The lives of Mercedes and Noah have forever changed. The one consistent thing, the thing that has always been true, is that through all the sorrow, the two of them have each other. Mercedes is one of the most loyal, fierce, and stand-up heroines I’ve read about. She’s tough, fiery, and everything she does, all the sacrifices she makes, she does for the ones she loves. She was the character that stole the show for me in this one. Dr. Noah Andelin is a character I remember reading from one of Harmon’s other reads (and what an incredible cameo in this book!) and he has the greatest heart. It’s so big, so full, and even with all the loss he’s experienced, he still manages to be this light for others. 

There is no better pairing than the one of Noah and Mercedes. No couple more deserving of each other. I loved their friendship and the chemistry between them. The title of this book couldn’t be more fitting. Some of the smallest parts of this book had the most life. The characters of this book were so complex, and so many different things were woven together to make for an incredible read. So many parts had me in tears, but I also couldn’t wipe the smile off my face through a lot of the story. The Smallest Part is an unforgettable read. I struggle to say this is Harmon’s best book, because, to be honest, most of her books are on this level of greatness. I can imagine it is more difficult to write many brilliant and unforgettable reads, than to just write one and never do it again. Amy thrives on writing these books. She’s consistent with her amazing story telling, and this book was no exception. This story has so much heart, it was bursting at the seams. I love how friendship is such a focus in this story. How all the small things add up and come together. I honestly loved everything about it. This will be going on my favorites shelf and I highly recommend picking it up.
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  • Maddie
    January 1, 1970
    But then love makes fools of everyone, doesn’t it? 💔💔💔💔💔 🌟🌟Mercedes:mighty stone-face, the tough chick, the sassy Latina🌟🌟Cora:                                Brave, beautiful, broken, sweet temperament🌟🌟Noah:introspectiveNoah’s eyes were the saddest, wisest eyesthe 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?”So Mercedes lied. “Ha! No. Not like that. Never like that. Noah is But then love makes fools of everyone, doesn’t it? 💔💔💔💔💔 🌟🌟Mercedes:mighty stone-face, the tough chick, the sassy Latina🌟🌟Cora:                                Brave, beautiful, broken, sweet temperament🌟🌟Noah:introspectiveNoah’s eyes were the saddest, wisest eyesthe 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?”So Mercedes lied. “Ha! No. Not like that. Never like that. Noah is like my brother. No.”But when Cora was around, Noah’s eyes weren’t nearly so sad and nearly so wise. But then love makes fools of everyone, doesn’t it? Mercedes knew Noah first. She could have said that. She could have called dibs. They met when they were eight years old, two years before Cora moved into the Three Amigos apartment complex 💙💙💙💙💙the meeting between Noah and Mercedes which I think played a significant part in this storyline “Hi,” Mercedes had greeted him“Hello,” he responded softly“I’m Mercedes. You can call me Sadie. I live over there.” She pointed at the door across the hall. “Mercedes? Like the car?” “Is it a cool car?” she asked. “Expensive.” “Well then, yeah. Just like the car.” Mercedes nodded seriously. Expensive was good. “I’m Noah.” “Like the guy with the ark?” she asked.“What guy is that?” “You know. He had a big ark and put the animals on it because the world was going to be flooded. The guy who’s responsible for rainbows.” “I’ve never heard of him.” His eyes were wide. “How many animals did he save?”“He saved all kinds. Two of each. A girl and a boy.” “So only two of each?” he queried. “Yeah. Only two.”  Only two. And Cora and Noah were a pair. A beautiful pair. So Mercedes lied. And with that lie, she let him go.💙💙💙💙💙 The confrontation 💔💔💔💔💔“You have been pushing me away your whole life,” Noah whispered. “I don’t know how to read you right now, so you’re going to have to tell me how you feel.” “What are you talking about?” Mercedes gasped. “How have I pushed you away?”“You are too honest, and we’ve known each other for too long for you to pretend you don’t know what I’m talking about.” Noah’s voice was soft“I have always been there for you. Always. I’ve never let you down, Noah. I’ve tried harder with you than with anyone in my life. I’m proud of who I am with you. I’ve been a damn good friend. Don’t you dare accuse me of anything else.”“I’m not accusing you, Mercedes. I’m trying to understand you.” “Well, understand this. I am not your sister or your nanny or your maid or your . . . your one-night-stand . . . or your . . . your—” The tears were gathering again, and she wanted to scream“You’re still pushing me away,” he rasped. “Why?” She froze, realizing she’d proven his point,“When I was a kid, I always thought it would be me and you. I was sure we were soulmates,” he said. “When did you stop?” she asked, her voice low, sidestepping his confession. “What?” He tipped his head to the side, confusion playing across his features. “When did you stop thinking it would always be me and you?” she clarified. He gazed at her, thoughtful, his lips pursed, his eyes solemn. “Maybe . . . I never did,” he confessed. “I just assumed you would always be there. I’ve taken you for granted, haven’t I?” “That’s what friends are for. Taking each other for granted and not keeping score,” she said, trying not to cry all over again.“Yeah.” He nodded. “Exactly. And do you know what a gift that is? To feel so safe and so certain of a person that you are able—able—to take them for granted? Most people go their whole lives afraid to be who they are, afraid to be real and vulnerable and human, because they are sure the people they care about will walk away. And that fear becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. In an effort to be perfect, to be loved, they hold it all in. And when they finally lose control—as they inevitably will—they self-destruct. They overdose. They cut themselves. They lash out and physically hurt someone else.Their response is magnified a hundred times because they are dealing with a well of suppressed reactions.” “You sound like a psychologist,” she whispered, teasing, trying to release some of the pressure on her heart and failing miserably. “That’s because I am one. But right now, I’m not speaking as Dr. Andelin. I’m Noah, Mer’s best friend, and you need to listen to me.” 💔💔💔💔💔I found this poem on the internet, which I feel is relevant for this book!https://allpoetry.com/poem/8701417-So...Sometimes if you love someone so much, it will actually hurt more... Sometimes if you love someone so much, it will actually hurt more,It will hurt to let them go,  To say goodbye,Loving someone so much not only hurts you emotionally when you have to let go,But it hurts you phicaly because of the affect that persons love had on you.If you love someone so much, Than you should let them go when it's time,Because their happiness is all that would matter to you,Them being happy would make you happy.Love is pure, it is a comment to always be with that person,It is a feeling you get when you find that person who changes everything.Sometimes loving someone so much, can turn out to be good or bad.You can turn out marrying that person later in the future, or you can end up losing that person forever.Sometimes that love will turn into hurt and that hurt can affect no only you but the people you love and your future relationships.So if you truly love a person ad would do anything for them, If they choose to move on then let them,Let go of that line you have attached to them and let them fly,Because even if they are not your lover, They are your friend and will be apart of your like.So set them free. 💔💔💔💔💔I Will recommend this for lovers of NA books, who understand the true meaning of loving someone so much that you let them go! Not because you are afraid of losing a part of your heart, BECAUSE you will, but because at that point of time it was the correct thing to do! You might have been wrong you might have been right in letting them go, and ladies and gents thats life, you will never know the answer until you've been there, making a decision that you have to live with the rest of your life!My song for this book would be:"Billie Myers - Kiss The Rain" on YouTubehttps://youtu.be/Kq-r4ZUpels🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟To the author🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Just wow!!!I am not sure if everyone will get what you wanted to say in this book, I did and it is a piece of art!!!🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
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  • Patty Belongs To Kellan~Jesse~Lautner~Miller~Jack~Racer~Rafe~Liam~Prince Nicholas~Hayes~Simon~Gianluca & Archer
    January 1, 1970
    *****5++++++++ TO INFINITY STARS*****{ARC Generously Provided by Author}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.As soon as I dived into this book, I knew it was something special. This book wrecked me and then filled me up with heartwarming feelings. THE SMALLEST PART is the kind of book that will claim a piece of your heart and no matter how much time has passed, it will remain unforgettable! Unbel *****5++++++++ TO INFINITY STARS*****{ARC Generously Provided by Author}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.As soon as I dived into this book, I knew it was something special. This book wrecked me and then filled me up with heartwarming feelings. THE SMALLEST PART is the kind of book that will claim a piece of your heart and no matter how much time has passed, it will remain unforgettable! Unbelievably heartbreaking with the overwhelming sadness that existed within the pages and yet by the time all is said and done you will be overcome with a sense of joy. The characters are beautiful, haunting, flawed, and overall AMAZING!! This is going up there as one of my favorites by Amy Harmon and definitely on my ”Best of 2018” shelf!We are brought from present to past throughout the story which helped to explain the dynamic between the characters. And though the past was not laid out in chronological order, it never caused a bit of confusion. An unthinkable tragedy, in the beginning, sets the tone for the remainder of the story. At eight-years-old, Mercedes and Noah became instant best friends from the minute he and his mother moved into their apartment complex. They were two peas in a pod. And then Cora moved into the complex with her parents and two quickly evolved into the ”Three Amigos”. They were inseparable for many years until they became older and feelings started to deepen and life’s ever challenging circumstances led to secrets that had to stay hidden. Mercedes had always loved Noah. He had claimed a big piece of her heart that no one else could ever steal away. But there was one person whom she loved enough to set her feelings aside for… Cora. Once Cora confessed her feelings for Noah to Mercedes, being the true friend that she was, she kept her feelings bottled up and tucked away.Years later, Cora is gone and has left a huge gaping hole in the lives of those who loved her most. She also had many secrets that if ever revealed could destroy the people who she loved more than anything. Mercedes, ever the constant loyal friend, is there for Noah and his daughter Mia. There isn’t anything she wouldn’t do or sacrifice to help ease Noah’s pain. Her loyalty to Cora was admirable but at the same time frustrating. When things start to turn passionate between Noah and Mercedes, they both are overwhelmed by guilt and remorse but eventually, the truth has a way of revealing itself. These two have loved each other for a lifetime. They were always two halves of a whole, but let insecurity and fear get in their way. My heart physically ached for these two because of all the years they secretly yearned for each other but missed opportunities kept them from true happiness. Are they going to seize the opportunity this time or let it slip through their fingers once more??Here are my overall ratings: Heroe: 5 Heroine: 5 Plot: 5 Angst: 5 Steam: 4.5 Chemistry Between Hero & Heroine: 5There are deep spiritual undertones in THE SMALLEST PART which enhanced the plot that much more for me. A character from one of Harmon’s previous books plays a pivotal role in the plot of this story and even though I never read that book, I am convinced that it is one I need to get to and soon!THE SMALLEST PART releases on Feb. 13th! Make sure you bump this up your TBRs!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
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  • Karen Mc
    January 1, 1970
    ”We’re more than just the sum of our parts.” Have you ever read a book that has MOVED YOU SO MUCH that your heart and soul are still stuck in the story? Here I sit with tears still inked in my eyes as I try to recover from the explosion of Amy Harmon’s heartfelt words. From the moment I began THE SMALLEST PART, my heart was stripped bare—both shattering and soaring—as this story held my heart in its hands. The Smallest Part is an UNFORGETTABLE and EMOTIONALLY-WOVEN love story that makes you w ”We’re more than just the sum of our parts.” Have you ever read a book that has MOVED YOU SO MUCH that your heart and soul are still stuck in the story? Here I sit with tears still inked in my eyes as I try to recover from the explosion of Amy Harmon’s heartfelt words. From the moment I began THE SMALLEST PART, my heart was stripped bare—both shattering and soaring—as this story held my heart in its hands. The Smallest Part is an UNFORGETTABLE and EMOTIONALLY-WOVEN love story that makes you want to grab onto every opportunity, take risks, open your heart to love, and live life to the fullest. It won’t always hurt like this, will it? The connection between this hero and heroine is powerful and passionate, as if they were fated together to claim each other’s hearts. Beautiful inside out and beautiful together. Just MAGICAL. Soul mates whose story touched me so deeply that I felt their connection in my soul. ”I would do just about anything for you. Haven’t you figured that out yet?” Sometimes within the rubble is resilience. Sometimes within the broken is the biggest gift. Only in the darkness can you see the light, stars that beckon from above, beacons of hope and healing after heartbreak. I’m not going to let you go. I’m going to follow you over the edge. The Smallest Part is an emotionally complex and HEART-POUNDING JOURNEY of the love both lost and found in forever friends. This tale tackles tough issues. The Smallest Part is not simply a story—it’s a journey of shining after shattering. It’s healing after heartbreak. It’s bits of ugly woven with bits of beauty and all the angst. It’s one of those WOW stories that slices you to shreds, baring you open, as the story bares itself to you. It’s a THRILLING and TOUCHING tale of heartbreak and healing that’s wrapped in a warm blanket of lifetime love. Words are like souls. Soundless, even shapeless. But full of substance. Evocative, raw, and at times breathlessly heartbreaking. . . Amy Harmon leaves us pondering second chances at life and love. It doesn’t take long to discover that Amy Harmon’s stories are MEANINGFUL. This incredibly gifted author’s words MATTER. This author pours all of her heart and soul into her words. It’s as if Amy Harmon’s words are stamped with a spirit—perhaps something supernatural—that imprints on your soul.This book pulled me into the dark while I basked in the most beautiful light. This book made me BREATHLESS and BROKEN yet breathed life into me. This book blasted through every part of my heart where pieces are permanently left in this devastatingly beautiful journey in words. This book is a HEARTBREAKER in the best of ways! As bits of The Smallest Part unraveled to reveal pieces of this poignant puzzle, I UNRAVELED too. I was WONDERFULLY WRECKED!I KNEW that this broken and beautiful book would BREAK ME, and that it did. The Smallest Part cut me open and I’m still BLEEDING. This book is so HAUNTINGLY AND HEARTBREAKINGLY BEAUTIFUL!!! The Smallest Part is a SOUL-SHATTERING story that carries the largest feels, a tale that tore at every part of my heart and one that will remain etched to me forever. It’s an EMOTIONAL HIGH. The Smallest Part is so SPIRITUAL ... so SOULFUL... so SPECIAL. The Smallest Part is EVERYTHING!!! I still FEEL EVERYTHING in this LIFETIME READ. My heart is still stuck in The Smallest Part where it will likely remain. ”In the end, only three things matter: Hoe much you loved, how gently you loved, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.” This story is so special that I’m not giving it stars. I’m giving The Smallest Part ALL THE HEARTS because it has so much heart and still holds mine.♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ hauntingly and heartbreakingly beautiful hearts A TOP 2018 and LIFETIME READ!!! ➡️ http://amzn.to/2GTQnO2Website: http://www.bookaliciousbabes.comFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/bookaliciousb...Readers Group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/BBBBoo... Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/bookaliciousbbInstagram: http://www.instagram.com/bookaliciousbb
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  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    January 1, 1970
    LIVE AMAZON https://www.amazon.com/Smallest-Part-... 5 BRILLIANT STARS <3What an incredible story, I'm sad it's over!!I loved this characters with all my heart! I will never get over this book!!Unique,intense,emotional and heartbreaking!This story is beautiful in so many ways, it's a story about true friendship,love and loss!The Smallest Part made me feel so much on every word, each words are meaningful !The romance was perfect, it is slow burn with angst and the chemistry between Mer and Noa LIVE AMAZON https://www.amazon.com/Smallest-Part-... 5 BRILLIANT STARS <3What an incredible story, I'm sad it's over!!I loved this characters with all my heart! I will never get over this book!!Unique,intense,emotional and heartbreaking!This story is beautiful in so many ways, it's a story about true friendship,love and loss!The Smallest Part made me feel so much on every word, each words are meaningful !The romance was perfect, it is slow burn with angst and the chemistry between Mer and Noah is intense!Mer is one of my all time favorite heroines!She is strong,sassy,funny and she loves her friends!Noah sigh my heart was aching for him all the time!He is kind,sweet and adorable!!Everything about this story felt realistic and I felt like I was a part of it! It took me two days to write a proper review for this one because it was so good that I didn't know what to say, this is always happening with Amy's books, her stories are beautiful and original!This is a must read!If you are looking for a heartwarming story that will stay forever with you this is the perfect book!!     
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  • Ida
    January 1, 1970
    “Sometimes it’s the smallest part that steals the show.” This isn't just a story about the girl who didn't get the boy. It's a story about family, friendship, love and loss. “Our friends shape the course of our lives. You have to choose them very carefully.” “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, folde “Sometimes it’s the smallest part that steals the show.” This isn't just a story about the girl who didn't get the boy. It's a story about family, friendship, love and loss. “Our friends shape the course of our lives. You have to choose them very carefully.” “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.Each chapter starts with a childhood memory, and even the smallest parts, the parts we might not notice in the moment, will have a big impact on the future. Just because something is meant to be, doesn’t mean it’s meant to be right now. The author deals with so many important and relevant topics in her book like suicide, mental illness, postpartum depression and drug problems. And the way she writes it into her storyline, the way she describes everything gives you a new perspective on topics you hopefully never have to experienced. We’re supposed to be all-loving and all-compassionate all the time. But sometimes the things we aren’t supposed to say are the truths that keep us sane, that tether us to reality, that help us move the hell on! I would recommend this book to anyone who likes emotional books! “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.”
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  • Jennifer Kyle
    January 1, 1970
    *ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review *
  • TheCrazyWorldOfABookLover
    January 1, 1970
    “Just because it’s meant to be, doesn’t mean it’s meant to be right now.” The Smallest part was such a unique and emotional read that tells the angst filled story of 3 best friends Noah, Mercedes, and Cora. It’s a book about loving and losing and loving again.I don’t want to say much on the plot, because it feels like one small detail can spoil the entire book. But I’ve been asked multiple times if this story is a love triangle. And to that I will answer no – it is not. But it does involve 3 “Just because it’s meant to be, doesn’t mean it’s meant to be right now.” The Smallest part was such a unique and emotional read that tells the angst filled story of 3 best friends Noah, Mercedes, and Cora. It’s a book about loving and losing and loving again.I don’t want to say much on the plot, because it feels like one small detail can spoil the entire book. But I’ve been asked multiple times if this story is a love triangle. And to that I will answer no – it is not. But it does involve 3 people whose relationships and lives are so intertwined and that’s written in such a graceful way you can’t help but feel the love and devastation they all go through. His lips were soft, his breath sweet, and the tips of his fingers were light on her cheeks. But it wasn’t a kiss between friends. It wasn’t a kiss goodbye. It was a desperate hello. Filled with some angst, emotion, shocking revelations, and some of the sweetest yet flawed characters, this friends to lovers story will no doubt be devoured by new and old fans of Amy Harmon. The reason I am not giving this 5 stars: (view spoiler)[ 1. Was what a manipulative / lying person Cora was going to be acknowledged? Mercedes and Noah kind of just accept that she did some pretty awful things and I found that sort of odd. 2. I wish we got some more angst or moments from Noah and Mercedes in the past, and def more moments with them as a couple in the present. (hide spoiler)]The Smallest Part is out today!! | http://amzn.to/2Bq88Eq Find Me On:Instagram ❤ FB Page ❤ FB Blog ❤ Blog ❤ Twitter
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  • Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
    January 1, 1970
    6 “There is Nothing Better Than This” Stars! “Life wasn’t about getting what you deserved. It was about enduring what you didn’t and not letting it destroy you.” I’ve been sitting on this review for a couple days because I don’t know what to say. This book was an experience that I’m still trying to process and recover from. It was so intense, so gut-wrenching, so heart stopping that I don’t know how to get over it. Amy Harmon outdid herself, not only with the exquisite writing but with a story t 6 “There is Nothing Better Than This” Stars! “Life wasn’t about getting what you deserved. It was about enduring what you didn’t and not letting it destroy you.” I’ve been sitting on this review for a couple days because I don’t know what to say. This book was an experience that I’m still trying to process and recover from. It was so intense, so gut-wrenching, so heart stopping that I don’t know how to get over it. Amy Harmon outdid herself, not only with the exquisite writing but with a story that felt like it transcended romance. This one sits on it’s own TOP shelf and reigns queen. I was so moved by it, so wholly devastated by the depth of the characters that now I’m in a state of “WOW. WHAT NOW?” and “I. JUST. READ. THAT.” I will never forget this story. I will recommend it as an ULTIMATE FAV forever. It is breathtaking, an EVERYTHING novel. One so powerful you look back and think, “If you want real life and romance, you want The Smallest Part. It breaks your heart but makes it whole. It shows unconditional love in a gritty way, gives hope, shows life when it’s tragic and ugly and haunting, at the same time teaching forgiveness, love, loss, kindness, and hope. Simply put, it’s magnificent.” “Sometimes it’s the smallest part that steals the show.” The Smallest Part follows three friends–Cora, Mercedes, and Noah as they grow from kids into adults. It flips from past and present, building the characters, setting up their world, giving them depth. There is no angst for the sake of angst in this book. Every word has a purpose, is an integral part of this story. Mercedes and Noah’s bond is formed first, at just eight years old, and it instantly endears you to them. They are completely lovable, and have a fierce love and loyalty to one another that is awe inspiring. Cora comes along a bit after, bringing together three very different personalities and home lives, cementing a friendship between the trio that spans a lifetime. “He’d only wanted to kiss her.” Now, I’m sure after reading the blurb you’re thinking LOVE TRIANGLE! At least some are! And yes, there is definitely some sort of thing happening between these three. That said, IT’S NOT WHAT YOU’RE THINKING. This story isn’t illicit. It doesn’t cross boundaries. Not like that. It’s different. It doesn’t fit any love triangle mold. It’s complex, there are so many facets that I can’t get into without spoiling. I would urge you to NOT let this hold you back. It’s a beautiful love story. A friends to lovers that will literally steal the air from your lungs. All those feels from brokenness to friendship to healing to yearning to loving, is what makes this story MAGIC. You’ll LIVE IT, and be happy and fulfilled when it’s all said and done. I guarantee it. “Here I am, her thoughts screamed. Here you are. Here we are. This is us.” I really think you should go into this with as little detail as possible. Don’t let anyone spoil it for you. Know you’re getting angst. It’s going to hurt so damn good. And man, that pain is what makes this book unforgettable. It means you’re getting it. The message is coming through. You’re in the characters head, you’re feeling her heart, or his heart, and that’s the entire point of reading. We open books so we can experience different lives, see different perspectives, and come out feeling like we’ve learnt something. And Amy Harmon gives us just that. She gives us a “life story” and a “love story” that stands the test of time. One that’s not always pretty, but is real and spiritual and so much MORE!Overall, I can’t say enough good things. I truly want to push this book on everybody. It’s the best I’ve read this year by leaps and bounds. A 6 STAR fav that gave me all the feels! It’s a DEEP story that also deals with mental illness. Again, so complex. So overwhelming. So powerful. So incredibly good. An absolute must read!*** Thanks to the author for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Amy (Foxy)
    January 1, 1970
    WOW! I loved this book. Brilliant, extraordinary, heart touching … those are just a few words to describe The Smallest Part and yet there are still so much more that I could use to describe this magnificence story and still not do it justice. Ms. Harmon reached through the pages and grabbed my heart and kept it long after the story was done. "In the end, only three things matter: Who He is. Who you are, who your friends are." As I sat down and reflected on the story I noticed something - my very WOW! I loved this book. Brilliant, extraordinary, heart touching … those are just a few words to describe The Smallest Part and yet there are still so much more that I could use to describe this magnificence story and still not do it justice. Ms. Harmon reached through the pages and grabbed my heart and kept it long after the story was done. "In the end, only three things matter: Who He is. Who you are, who your friends are." As I sat down and reflected on the story I noticed something - my very favorite book by Ms. Harmon dealt with three too. It had three characters and the one with the smallest part (secondary character) stole the show for me in Making Faces. In The Smallest Part there are three characters too, yes, there are more characters than three but three that are the main focus of the story. What’s so special about the number three, you might wonder? Three has lots of significance because it can represent time (past, present, future/birth, life, death/beginning, middle, end). We use it to say, “The third time's the charm.” And then, of course, there’s the biblical reference about how 3 strands are stronger than 1. In the end, I love how number three played a role throughout this story.Each chapter began with a little piece of their childhood and the reader gets a glimpse into how the past played a role in the present. It tied everything in the story and gave us more insight into the situation. The Smallest Part was an emotional experience for me. Reading the acknowledgment at the end of the book made me shed tears. That experience has touched my life so knowing Ms. Harmon felt that too - hit me in the heart. The whole story reflects a deeper meaning of what family and friendship have in bonding to one another.”Sometimes it’s the smallest part that steals the show.”Life is messy.✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦RELEASE DATE: February 13, 2018 Pre-order | order: http://amzn.to/2BLzAgSSTANDALONE**Complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.** Follow Foxy Blogs at: Blog ♥ Twitter ♥ Instagram ♥ Facebook
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  • KAT ♕ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books ♕
    January 1, 1970
    THE SMALLEST PART: Is a full-length contemporary romance novel by Amy Harmon. This transgressions between 'Past' and 'Present' but it's done effortlessly and just adds more depth to the characters. In the end only three things matter; how much you lovedHow gently you lived.And how gracefully you let go of things not mean’t for you. - Unknown “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 w THE SMALLEST PART: Is a full-length contemporary romance novel by Amy Harmon. This transgressions between 'Past' and 'Present' but it's done effortlessly and just adds more depth to the characters. In the end only three things matter; how much you lovedHow gently you lived.And how gracefully you let go of things not mean’t for you. - Unknown “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?” Getting asked that difficult question by her bestie and then turning around and lying when she should’ve admitted the truth ‘Yes I love him.’ But sometimes you just have to do what you think is right. And Mercedes always thought Noah was best suited for Cora and hid her feelings for him for a decade. And with that lie she let him go. Even though she loved him from the very bottom of her soul. So in letting him go she became the best friend, the bridesmaid, the godmother and the glue that kept them all together. "Didn't you ever notice that whatever you wanted or whatever you set out to do. Cora wanted to do it too?" Noah asked But maybe just maybe the timing wasn't right for them. Mercedes and Noah have been best friends since they were 8 years old living in the same apartment complex then Cora is introduced to this duo and they became a trio, Cora from the outset seemed a little unhinged a little bit broken, wanting everything that Mercedes had, nothing was out of bounds, not even the guy. This was such a complex story, so beautifully executed and it's no secret that I love stories like this one, a close knit friendship between three unlikely characters reeled me in as soon as I started reading and I found myself completely captivated by the storyline, pulled into the heartbreak, the angst, the suspense, the slow burn love that always simmered away in the background between Noah and Mercedes which stood the test of time and made me believe that love can conquer all.
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  • Corina☞BookTwinsReviews
    January 1, 1970
    After many books by Amy Harmon, one thing is crystal clear, she has a way with words. Her words enchant, thrill and evoke feelings that refuse to be ignored. She digs deep, emotionally and personally. The Smallest Part was thought provoking, emotionally heart-wrenching and beautiful.After reading the blurb I was immediately fascinated and intrigued. “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.” - Unkno After many books by Amy Harmon, one thing is crystal clear, she has a way with words. Her words enchant, thrill and evoke feelings that refuse to be ignored. She digs deep, emotionally and personally. The Smallest Part was thought provoking, emotionally heart-wrenching and beautiful.After reading the blurb I was immediately fascinated and intrigued. “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. I felt emotionally charged just from reading what it was about.I’m happy to report that Amy Harmon is an author that delivers again and again. Her stories make you believe in more. In possibilities, fate, and relationships that are meant to be. The Smallest Part is an amazing example of that fact. From the very beginning I was enthralled and emotionally invested. Not only by the characters, but also their backstories, their lives, and their decisions. With each chapter the author added another layer to the story. Complexity has always been one of Amy Harmon’s specialities. Her signature style of writing emotional and heartfelt beautiful stories, as well as three dimensional characters, that are relatable. They’re human and often deeply flawed. It’s what makes me pick up her books again and again. It’s incredibly easy to fall in love with her characters. Every single cast member is relatable, real, and flawed. These characters dig deep, and make the reader feel every nuance of what they are going through.Noah and Mercedes had the most wonderful friendship. Lots of teasing and good natured flirting happened between those two. The back and forth was evidence of how well they knew each other. And their chemistry was undeniable. The level of commitment, and willingness to take care of each other was heartwarming. Amy Harmon’s stories have such an amazing impact on me. There aren't many authors who write such beautiful stories that make me feel good but also make me want to cry. The Smallest Part was a beautiful message, wrapped in an engaging and thoroughly captivating tale. It touched my heart and I shed few tears along the way. Mercedes and Noah’s story, and Cora’s as well, made my heart break.This book was a love story between two people that were meant to be together. Noah and Mercedes had the most touching relationship. From children to adults, their friendship endured, grew, and was a thing of beauty. Both loved unconditionally, completely and selflessly. Their story was epic, heart achingly real, and touching.If you love second chance romances, a story that draws you in from the very beginning, writing that is excellent and characters that are genuine and authentic. This book should be on your MUST READ list. Amy Harmon excels in writing stories that grip and don’t let go until hearts are squeezed and nothing but feelings are left. Her stories are highly recommended, and should be on anyone's tbr. '✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵ If you want to chat with me about books, find me on Instagram For more of my reviews:My Blog: Book Twins ReviewsFacebook Blog PageTwitterSubscribe to Blog
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  • Dri ✰
    January 1, 1970
    ★ 5 stars!!! ★ “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.” É tão gratificante quando encontro um livro com história e personagens que roubam o meu coração... É impressionante quando uma autora tem a capacidade de despertar em mim emoções diversas e profundas. É difícil expor em palavras o quanto fico feliz quando isso acontece.Amy Harmon teve esse efeito sobre mim quando li “The Law of Moses” – que ★ 5 stars!!! ★ “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.” É tão gratificante quando encontro um livro com história e personagens que roubam o meu coração... É impressionante quando uma autora tem a capacidade de despertar em mim emoções diversas e profundas. É difícil expor em palavras o quanto fico feliz quando isso acontece.Amy Harmon teve esse efeito sobre mim quando li “The Law of Moses” – que a propósito é o meu livro preferido da autora – e novamente ela conseguiu me deixar sem fôlego, encantada, despedaçada e transbordando. “Sometimes it’s the smallest part that steals the show.” A história é narrada em terceira pessoa, contando fatos do passado e presente. Eu me apaxonei pelo Noah e pela Mercedes. Adorei ver a amizade entre os dois, a química e o amor. A trajetória deles é regada de angústia, perdas, dores e sofrimentos... e eu segui juntinho cada passo, torcendo muito para que encontrassem a felicidade. “Here I am, her thoughts screamed. Here you are. Here we are. This is us.” Não consegui sentir simpatia pela Cora. Mesmo tendo conhecimento de tudo que essa personagem passou não concordei com nenhuma das atitudes que vi... porém reconheço que determinada situação causou impacto e será motivo de reflexão por um bom tempo. “We always save each other, remember? It’s what we do.” Eu terminei a leitura há algumas horas e minha mente, coração e alma ainda estão dentro dessa história. Brilhante, tocante, emocionante e dolorosamente linda... eu só tenho elogios a autora e a esse livro, de verdade! “The Smallest Part” é mais um querido na minha lista de favoritos!!! 💖Bem escrito, com personagens bem construídos, tem todos os elementos que amo ler em um romance e eu altamente recomendo!!!! 💝💝 “Life wasn’t about getting what you deserved. It was about enduring what you didn’t and not letting it destroy you.”
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  • Ashley (5171MilesBooks)
    January 1, 1970
    Read this review and many more at: 5171 Miles Book Blog.Many thanks to Amy Harmon for my very first ARC copy of one of her novels!Authors like Amy Harmon are the reason I read. Her beautiful heart bleeds onto the pages of every book she writes. After I finish reading each book I'm left in awe of her writing, the soul of her books, and just how deeply my heart was captured by her stories. The Smallest Part was no exception. It quickly made it to the top of my "favorite books" list, like the major Read this review and many more at: 5171 Miles Book Blog.Many thanks to Amy Harmon for my very first ARC copy of one of her novels!Authors like Amy Harmon are the reason I read. Her beautiful heart bleeds onto the pages of every book she writes. After I finish reading each book I'm left in awe of her writing, the soul of her books, and just how deeply my heart was captured by her stories. The Smallest Part was no exception. It quickly made it to the top of my "favorite books" list, like the majority of Amy's books. At this point, I can't even choose a favorite from Amy's collection of works. All of her books speak to me in different ways, but the common denominator is how much each one made me feel.The Smallest Part is the story of Dr. Noah Andelin from The Law of Moses and The Song of David, two of Amy's previous books. I'm so happy we were given his story, because like everyone else, I was completely captivated by his gentle heart and eager to know more about how he became a widower at such a young age. Though this book picks up with a character from previous novels, it reads perfectly as a standalone. I can guarantee it will make you want to read The Law of Moses if you haven't had the chance to pick it up already.I'm still sitting here with the sticky remnants of dried tears on my face after finishing this beautiful novel. I cried periodically throughout this entire story, which to me, means it is simply incredible and unputdownable. Though one of the main themes of this novel is death, including suicide, making the bulk of the story feel melancholy, it didn't in any way detract from how much I loved it. If anything, the sad parts of the story made it all the more alluring in the end. As always, my heart was broken and sewed up bigger and more hardy than it was to begin with. If you're afraid to feel the heaviness, take comfort in knowing the characters' witty banter had me laughing too. There's a fine balance of hard and soft that was perfectly achieved, making this an all-around masterpiece.I loved the tie-ins with Amy's previous books, allowing readers to get a fuller description and feel for the characters in all three stories. I also couldn't help but love nearly all of the new characters in this book. Mercedes was stellar - strong and vulnerable, steady and patient, and a true friend in every sense of the word. I don't know if I've ever loved one of Amy's heroines as much as her. I can't help but root for the altruistic characters, those who always love others more than themselves. The real world needs more of these characters!"She's good at loving, but she's not very good at being loved."My heart broke for Cora and the hand she was dealt. Life was hard from the get-go for her and she simply couldn't seem to rise above her circumstances, despite the love she was given. It was truly heartbreaking to read, but such an important element to this story, especially after reading the author's note at the conclusion. My hands were literally trembling as I read about Amy's experiences with the subject matter, and my heart goes out to her and her family. Without giving too much away, I will say she has personally dealt with my biggest fear as a mother. I'm so thankful she used her terrible experiences for the benefit of others who may be struggling.Noah was everything. Gosh. I can't even form a coherent thought about how much I loved him. He was good and kind and everything a man should be."And do you know what a gift that is? To feel so safe and so certain of a person that you are able - able - to take them for granted? Most people go their whole lives afraid to be who they are, afraid to be real and vulnerable and human, because they are sure the people they care about will walk away."There are so many important themes in this story, so much good on every page. As usual, my words cannot convey the depth of love I have for yet another book from Amy. I just hope that my inadequate thoughts encourage you to pick up this book. It is without a doubt a 5-star MUST-READ. Please pick up The Smallest Part TODAY and binge on this beauty for Valentine's. It is SO GOOD, guys, in every way possible. My heart soars with the privilege of having been able to read it.
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  • Sophie
    January 1, 1970
    This may be an ARC given by the author it has no influence whatsoever in my always honest opinion. 4,5 stars Once again Amy portrayed ordinary persons that could be your neighbors in an extraordinary light.She does not write about superheroes saving the world in epic ways. She writes about small people being quietly extraordinary. In a lifelong silent, constant and discreet support.   It's a daunting review to write as this book had another "feel" to it than other books written by Amy. Not any This may be an ARC given by the author it has no influence whatsoever in my always honest opinion. 4,5 stars Once again Amy portrayed ordinary persons that could be your neighbors in an extraordinary light.She does not write about superheroes saving the world in epic ways. She writes about small people being quietly extraordinary. In a lifelong silent, constant and discreet support.   It's a daunting review to write as this book had another "feel" to it than other books written by Amy. Not any less good but the writing is different. It's concrete. It's real and beautiful. I would say it does not fly so high you seem to be in Heaven but rather it walks right alongside you holding your hand like an old constant friend. The heart of the book is about the power of true friendship. Friendship which is a variation of love. It is perfect and powerful in this story. Mercedes knew Noah first. They have been best friends since she was eight years old.Mercedes loves Noah, always have. But she did not claim him before their other friend Cora did. “Mercedes knew Noah first. She could have said that. She could have called dibs.” And I wanted to owl with the wolves because it felt so wrong!Why did she let him go?Why didn’t she fight for him?For the boy who was so obviously perfect for her?Why did she have to be so..so…selfless??? When Cora gets the prize what do you think Mercedes tells her? Is she petty? Resentful?No Mercedes just tell Cora: “Take care of him. Love him. He hasn’t had a lot of love, Cora. You know that. He might be the easiest man in the universe to love, because he expects so little. He expects nothing and is grateful for everything. With a man like that, how could you worry about being enough?” Because Noah is the one you’d want by your side. He is an extraordinary next-door man. Humble. A miracle. He gave so much and expected so little. When tragedy will hit Mercedes will be the backbone, the strength.Noah and Mercedes have been each other’s pillar of strength for years and years. These are two selfless characters and I thought that Cora was a very selfish girl. I have very ambivalent feelings toward Cora. Maybe Amy will be saddened by this but I did not love Cora. I know she had reasons to be selfish. To trump Mercedes. She had bad cards dealt in life. But not everyone with problems is turning selfish like she did! She was jealous and insecure. “Didn’t you ever notice that whatever you wanted or whatever you set out to do, Cora wanted to do it too?” I should pity her and I do but when you are rooting for someone it's like basketball. Mercedes is MY underdog and she should never have been one to begin with. She should have been the main character of this love story. I was angry with Mercedes even if I loved her to pieces at the same time. That was until she explained her reason about the most important part by the end. Then I grasped the endless extent of Mercedes wisdom. “I never wanted anyone else, Noah. But you loved me because I was strong. I was steady. And having your love and your affection was too important to ruin it with sex and jealousy and childish love triangles. I knew that if I gave up all claim on your body, I could keep your heart. That was the part that mattered most to me.” Amy just wrote one of the best enduring friendship stories ever written. Parting notes: first I love how this story is intricately linked to Moses story another favorite of mine. Second read her acknowledgement. I was surprised reading it and never would have guessed… Recommend it? Oh yes!  Have you read any Amy Harmon's books? Do you plan to? Thanks for reading and Happy Sunday! Sophie Find me on:Wordpress: Beware Of The ReaderFacebook: Beware Of The Reader Instagram: @bewareofthereader Twitter: @BewareOffReader
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  • NMmomof4
    January 1, 1970
    3 StarsOverall Opinion: I'm not quite sure what I expecting with this one, but that wasn't it! Not to say that it was a big disappointment or anything -- just different from what I was expecting. I completely wasn't expecting the PNR aspects it has in it! This book has one of the mcs in The Law of Moses in it as one of Noah's patients. While I haven't read that book, I caught on right away with what the author was doing. I'm slowly easing myself out of my box every once in a while...but PNR is 3 StarsOverall Opinion: I'm not quite sure what I expecting with this one, but that wasn't it! Not to say that it was a big disappointment or anything -- just different from what I was expecting. I completely wasn't expecting the PNR aspects it has in it! This book has one of the mcs in The Law of Moses in it as one of Noah's patients. While I haven't read that book, I caught on right away with what the author was doing. I'm slowly easing myself out of my box every once in a while...but PNR is just not my personal favorite genre. I think I was also wanting more explanation (or grovel) about why Noah ended up with Cora (instead of fighting for Mercedes) from his side of the situation. We understand Mercedes and Cora's reasoning, but Noah not so much. I felt like Mercedes deserved to know that from him! Some of the other things that happened just seemed a little too far fetched and a little eye-roll inducing for me (but, again, it might just be that it was the PNR aspects that threw me off). While I don't necessarily dislike this author, I am always a little bummed that I don't love her works like many of my GR friends seem to. The way she is lyrical in her wording definitely sets her apart -- so I do understand that, but I always seem to have issues with her stories and the overall execution of them 🤷🏻‍♀️Brief Summary of the Storyline: This is Mercedes and Noah's story. The story begins when tragedy has stuck the pair when their best friend and wife has died. They both grieve the girl who had been with them since they were young children while trying to carry on living for the sake of each other and Noah's daughter. With this big new life change there are some secrets revealed, and they struggle to navigate their new reality along with the strong attraction and connection that they've always denied. There are some sad moments, some cute moments, and some suspenseful moments...and they get a HEA ending.POV: This alternated between focusing on Mercedes and Noah in 3rd person narrative.Overall Pace of Story: Good until the rushed ending (see below closure section). I never skimmed and I thought it flowed well otherwise. It does include a good bit of flashback scenes, but I thought the author did well in incorporating them.Instalove: No, they've known each other since they were kids.H rating: 4 stars. Noah. I liked him. I did, however, want him to be a little more alpha (especially when it came to Mercedes).h rating: 3.5 stars. Mercedes. I liked her, but her martyrdom got a little old at times (even though I understood where she was coming from).Sadness level: Low, no tissues neededPush/Pull: Yes (view spoiler)[ The h pushes away until the end. The H is the main pursuer of the relationship. (hide spoiler)]Heat level: Low. They have some scenes that are pretty low heat and come later in the story -- and not so many scenes that it takes away from the story at all.Descriptive sex: Kind of. I would say that it is more about the emotional connection rather than the physical act, and it's not all that descriptive (but not fade to black either).OW/OM drama: Yes (view spoiler)[The best-friend/wife causes some big drama for the couple even when she is dead. (hide spoiler)]Sex scene with OW or OM: NoCheating: Not with mcs (view spoiler)[The H's wife cheated on him. I guess it is emotional cheating with the h and H while the H was married to their friend, but I didn't feel like they ever crossed the line into that (and the OW was completely aware of their feelings all along). (hide spoiler)]Separation: No. They are never technically "together" to where I would classify it as a separation.Possible Triggers: Yes **BIG SPOILERS**(view spoiler)[Loss of a spouse/best-friend (on page), mental illness (side characters - on and off page), homelessness (side characters - on page), pnr in that there are side characters that are able to communicate with the dead (on page), the H has a daughter with his wife that died (on page), cheating/paternity issues (off page/on page), suicide (side characters), and violence/murder/drugs (on page) (hide spoiler)]Closure: This had kind of an abrupt ending, but it also had what I would call a HEA. I did want more of their future though with maybe more of a glimpse into their future than the rushed and jammed packed feeling epilogue we got.Safety: This one is probably Safe with exception for most safety gang readers(view spoiler)[- Does Not have cheating- Does Not have a descriptive sex scene with OW/OM- Does have the h pushing the H away- Does Not have a separation between the h and H- Does Not have abuse - Does Not have OTT sad parts imo- Does have a HEA ending (hide spoiler)]
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  • Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦
    January 1, 1970
    ➦If you are looking for an inspirational, spiritual kind of read, then look no further - you will find that and much more in this novel by Amy Harmon. I love Amy Harmon's poetic writing, especially her fantasy books. This read was no different for me - I was living inside this book for while and found myself waking up during the night just so I could read it. :D➦It's a story of three friends, one man and two women. I know what you're thinking, a love triangle? Not quite. Without giving much away ➦If you are looking for an inspirational, spiritual kind of read, then look no further - you will find that and much more in this novel by Amy Harmon. I love Amy Harmon's poetic writing, especially her fantasy books. This read was no different for me - I was living inside this book for while and found myself waking up during the night just so I could read it. :D➦It's a story of three friends, one man and two women. I know what you're thinking, a love triangle? Not quite. Without giving much away I will say that their situation is very complicated. The heroine of this novel has to step aside when her best friend stakes a claim on a guy she loves. She loves them both, in fact, and thus she wants nothing but for them to be happy. ➦One thing I absolutely love about Amy Harmon's characters is that they are not just good or bad. They are very human and they are flawed. You can't help but sympathize with those characters who've messed up and done questionable things. This book speaks of suicide awareness and it was very interesting but at the same time haunting to read these stories. ➦I guess may be I'm not a very spiritual person (*hangs head*) but some parts of the book, those paranormal parts, kept taking me out of the story a bit. But that's totally on me, I know a lot of people love those parts dearly. But I'm always this way with my romances, either pnr all the way or nothing. :D But anywhatever, I loved loved loved this story and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for an inspirational read. Be prepared for an angsty ride!!! SEALED!
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  • Terrie's Just Another Book B*tch
    January 1, 1970
    Just Another Book Bitch's ALWAYS SPOILER FREE REVIEW “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 If you're a fan of Amy Harmon, be excited...be very very excited because she has done it again. She's created such a beautiful breathtaking story with such amazing characters that will forever live in your heart. If you are new to Amy Harmon....grab some coffee/tea, a snack, and come sit next Just Another Book Bitch's ALWAYS SPOILER FREE REVIEW “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 If you're a fan of Amy Harmon, be excited...be very very excited because she has done it again. She's created such a beautiful breathtaking story with such amazing characters that will forever live in your heart. If you are new to Amy Harmon....grab some coffee/tea, a snack, and come sit next to me. WE NEED TO TALK You are about to embark on a novel that will keep you captivated from start to finish. Amy Harmon writes novels that make us believe in a better world. Novels that give us hope in humanity, and reminds us that kindness, love, and friendship matter. "They had all been inseparable once. Shared fear. Shared uncertainty. Shared childhood. Whatever it was, it had cemented them." The Smallest Part begins when the trio, Cora, Mercedes, and Noah meet. Three children that become fast best friends. Forced to mature quickly because of their trials and tribulations, our trio form a solid bond that carries them long into their adulthood. We get glimpses into that past while watching the present unfold. Which keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. When the unimaginable happens we have to sit back and watch with broken hearts, as the characters we instantly fell in love with, struggle to put their lives back together as best they can. This trio will be engraved in your heart. The way they love and protect each other. The funny banter they have. They are everything you look for in real life and in our favorite novels we read again and again. A warning to the reader... You don't know what's going to happen. Of course, the author is going to deliver a perfectly beautiful romance (I mean come on! It's Amy Harmon!) But at 20% I gasped (LIKE FO REALZ!!) There are twists you won't see coming and hurdles to overcome before you can get to that perfect blissfull exhale that comes with the happily ever after. This book does deal with a very serious issue. An issue that plagues so many people all over the world. Without spoiling anything the only thing I will say is that the author delivers a powerful message about depression and how it affects the ones you love. It's tragic, gripping and eye-opening. Once again the author has taken my breath away with her amazing characters and original breathtaking story. Her books always have a beautiful romance. But this story also had so much PASSION that isn’t typical of an Amy Harmon novel. (Like omg I think steam was coming off my kindle!! It was epic and so unexpected!!) Not that her other books are ever missing anything at all. But the raw passion she delivers in this story so perfectly placed to really grasp the beauty and power of love these two people have. I think Amy pulled it off flawlessly. It was beautifully romantic and I felt their all-consuming love for each other gripping my heart right from the pages.This book is beautiful, it’s real, it’s heartbreaking, and it’s an absolute must-read. This book only serves to confirm why she is not only a favorite author of mine but also an instant click!! PURCHASE LINKS PaperbackAmazon USAmazon UKAmazon CAFind/follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & My Blog Page
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  • Ishmeen
    January 1, 1970
    GUYSI LOVED THIS SO MUCH THIS WAS BEAUTIFUL AND TRAGIC AND IMPORTANT AND PASSIONATE AND JUST SO DAMN GOOD!!!!! Amy Harmon you’re literally a queen of words 👏🏻I haven’t read a book that touched my heart like this one did in so long it feels so good y’all 😭🎉These characters go through so much shit and come out exceptionally strong I loved it so much ❤Such deep meaning combined with hot romance and a plot which brings everything into a full circle?? The Smallest Part has 5/5 stars written all ove GUYSI LOVED THIS SO MUCH THIS WAS BEAUTIFUL AND TRAGIC AND IMPORTANT AND PASSIONATE AND JUST SO DAMN GOOD!!!!! Amy Harmon you’re literally a queen of words 👏🏻I haven’t read a book that touched my heart like this one did in so long it feels so good y’all 😭🎉These characters go through so much shit and come out exceptionally strong I loved it so much ❤️Such deep meaning combined with hot romance and a plot which brings everything into a full circle?? The Smallest Part has 5/5 stars written all over it 🌟
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  • Wil Loves Books!
    January 1, 1970
    “Sometimes it’s the smallest part that steals the show.” It doesn’t fail, every time I read an Amy Harmon book, I’m rendered speechless. I don’t know what to think, I don’t know what to do, I don’t know what to say… Her writing is simply magnificent. Her ability to tell stories is like no other. And this book, this book, man, is just amazing.   “They moved silently in each other’s orbits, solitary planets in a lonely galaxy.” I was lucky enough to read this one early. Yet, after I was done I “Sometimes it’s the smallest part that steals the show.” It doesn’t fail, every time I read an Amy Harmon book, I’m rendered speechless. I don’t know what to think, I don’t know what to do, I don’t know what to say… Her writing is simply magnificent. Her ability to tell stories is like no other. And this book, this book, man, is just amazing.   “They moved silently in each other’s orbits, solitary planets in a lonely galaxy.” I was lucky enough to read this one early. Yet, after I was done I was hit with so many feelings I didn’t know what to do with them. If you are familiar with Amy’s writing, you know that one her books she’ll bring fantastic storytelling, she’ll bring love, she’ll bring friendship, she’ll bring family, but she’ll also bring heartbreak and devastation. She writes real stories, stories that make you feel, stories that make you think, and both things I sure did. I read this one with an ache in my heart, this was a slow burn, a book that can’t be devoured, but savored. And that’s just what I did. “They clung to each other, her arms wrapped around his shoulders, his arms wrapped around her waist. His hands didn’t roam, and they didn’t sink to the floor. They stood in the darkened alcove, kissing like they would never get another chance, like kissing was life itself, and the moment they stopped, the world would stop too.” I guess I should talk about the book, lol. But I’m not sure I could make this one justice with words. If you read The Law of Moses (if you haven’t, why the heck not, it’s perfection!) you might remember Dr. Noah Andelin. He’s Moses doctor at Montlake. I won’t go into details because I don’t want to spoil Moses. But anyway, Dr. Noah has a small, intriguing but important part on The Law of Moses. Ever since Moses, I was totally intrigued, so I was definitely looking forward to this. “She’s a forever kind of girl. Once she’s claimed you, you’re hers. You’re hers, Bug. We’ve just got to convince her that she’s ours.” This book is about friendship above all. A friendship that spans over 20 years and even transcend death. A friendship between two girls and a boy, about choices and fate and the consequences of your decisions. It also dabbles into some difficult themes like death, suicide, depression, war and mental illness. It’s also on the same wavelength of some of the themes of The Law of Moses. “’Don’t talk ill of the dead,’ people say. But if we aren’t truthful about who our loved ones were, then we aren’t really remembering them. We’re creating someone who didn’t exist.” I really don’t want to go into details. I definitely think this is one you should experience for yourself without spoilers. I will say that I loved Mercedes and I loved Noah dearly, together and separately. I have huge qualms when it comes to what I call “second best” stories. You know, stories where there’s a strong presence of another S/O, often a dead one, and I feel like one of the main MCs is still hung up on that person which compromises their feelings for the other MC. Had this or that not happened, would they have stayed with the other S/O or with the H/h?  I’m telling you, I dread such books. But in this story, I didn’t really feel like that, I felt like Amy navigated all those topics like a pro and came up on top. I also want to say, that this is not a love triangle and can totally be read as standalone.  So, do I recommend this? Absolutely! This is a must read as with all of Amy’s books. I can’t wait for what she’ll bring us next! “There was no past or future, no consideration or deliberation. There was now. Here I am, her thoughts screamed. Here you are. Here we are. This is us.”   **An ARC was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**  Paperback / Amazon US / Amazon UK / Amazon AU / Amazon CA / Kobo / Nook / iBooks  
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  • ♥ Jx PinkLady Reviews ♥
    January 1, 1970
    The Smallest Part is a standalone friend to lovers’ romance with a dash of the forbidden and lots of love. It toggles between the past and present time frame with a third person penmanship that slowly and certainly builds the layers of the narrative and drew me into a story that illustrates the perspective of both the male and female protagonist. It’s about friendship, family, loving, holding on and letting go. It delves into the unknown and explores the ties of love. Every single element of the The Smallest Part is a standalone friend to lovers’ romance with a dash of the forbidden and lots of love. It toggles between the past and present time frame with a third person penmanship that slowly and certainly builds the layers of the narrative and drew me into a story that illustrates the perspective of both the male and female protagonist. It’s about friendship, family, loving, holding on and letting go. It delves into the unknown and explores the ties of love. Every single element of the story is beautiful, a word I'll try not to overuse in my passion for this novel but it's a word that is so apt in explaining the nature, story and characters of, 'The Smallest Part.'Noah and Mercedes have been best friends forever. She’s the, ‘..girl who didn’t get the guy,’ and I feel this story first and foremost, belongs to her. Having said that, each and every character within the writing canvas are important to the telling, including the sweetest little girl and the dashing, sexy, charming and downright beautiful human being that is Noah, the hero at the heart of the story arc. The motivation for the character’s reasoning and behaviours is eloquently weaved into the plot showcasing both the past and the present happenings of friendship, a friendship that entails more than Noah and Mercedes. The Smallest Part has a cast of characters who all leave their mark and have a solid relevance to the development of this gorgeous story. Although this is most definitely a standalone novel, Moses, a well-loved character from a previous Harmon novel makes several appearances. I very much appreciated his significance and the way the author weaved his character into the narrative. It really is very clever and super special. Any readers who have read, 'A Law of Moses,' will know that Noah made his debut appearance in this book and left an intriguing mark, one that I’m so happy Amy Harmon decided to explore and express in the form of a contemporary romance novel whilst maintaining her unique and beautiful style.The Smallest Part showcases this authors talent for portraying a compelling story packed full of emotion and engaging characters. Heartfelt and heart-warming. There's sadness and hope, second chances and most of all there's love. It completely captured my heart and took me along on the most romantic journey. Advance copy provided for my honest review thoughts*★ Teaser pictures created by me with purchased stock photos from deposit photos ★
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  • Christie«SHBBblogger»
    January 1, 1970
    Title: The Smallest Part Series: Standalone (characters connected to The Law of Moses series) Author: Amy HarmonRelease date: February 13, 2018Cliffhanger: NoHEA(view spoiler)[Yes (hide spoiler)]"We’re more than just a collection of bones, cobbled together by God or eons of evolution. We have souls. We have purpose. We’re more.”I must admit, when I first saw the announcement for this book, I was wary. The love triangle trope is one that I stay far, far away from, and this one promised to be the Title: The Smallest Part Series: Standalone (characters connected to The Law of Moses series) Author: Amy HarmonRelease date: February 13, 2018Cliffhanger: NoHEA(view spoiler)[Yes (hide spoiler)]"We’re more than just a collection of bones, cobbled together by God or eons of evolution. We have souls. We have purpose. We’re more.”I must admit, when I first saw the announcement for this book, I was wary. The love triangle trope is one that I stay far, far away from, and this one promised to be the mother of all love triangles. It's not that I shy away from angst in general, but triangles have just never been a favorite of mine. It wasn't until I found out that this story was about Dr. Noah Andelin, the psychologist from The Law of Moses that I immediately rushed to sign up. That was one of the few books that made me ugly cry (It hurt so good), and there was no doubt in my mind that I needed to read Noah's own journey to happiness. The Smallest Part is about the strength and power of friendship first and foremost. It's about a love that you sacrifice for, an unselfish love that withstands time and tribulations. It has the feel of a second chance romance with a slow, unhurried burn between Noah and Mercedes. These two were straddling the friendship line when they were younger, but she quietly took a step back. Her heart was bruised ever since. They never got the chance to explore what could have been, but the years they spent together as children built a core of loyalty and love that could never be broken. We learn about the relationship between Cora, Noah, and Mer through short flashbacks. When they were the Three Amigos. Three kids who didn't have much at all, except for each other. Mercedes is the tiny friend, but don't let her size fool you. When she loved you, it was freely and fiercely. There were no half measures with her. "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."Noah was lacking a true family, and a sense of belonging. His mother was indifferent and neglectful, and his father could have been any face in a crowd. When he found Mer, and then Cora, the affection he found with them was an oasis for a boy who was desperately thirsty for love. He had no parental guidance to speak of. Yet there was a wisdom and substance to him from the beginning that ripened so sweetly as he matured into a man. Cora was the fragile one. When she was a child, she witnessed something horribly traumatic and something broke inside of her. To be completely honest, I can't say that I really understood Cora. The more the book wore on, I felt like the less I knew her. Her behavior, motivations and thought processes were a mystery to me, and I could have really used some chapters or segments from her POV. I understood that she was always protected by the other two, and that's understandable considering the type of love they had for her. But her actions were not those of a true friend, I just could not accept many of the selfish things she had done. If Cora was wind, Mer was rock. Noah didn’t know what that made him, but he’d been changed by both.In the present time, Noah and Mercedes' relationship faces its most difficult test yet. Like everything else in their life, they do it side by side. Together. Until secrets start to become unearthed and their choices in dealing with them have alarming consequences. Personally, I was pretty angry at Mercedes for a little while, more so than Noah. I don't feel as if their failure to communicate canceled each other out, because what she was concealing had a direct and monumental effect on him. It was something that he needed to know. He wasn't right either, but it wasn't as much of a betrayal for him to keep quiet in my opinion. I'm attempting to stay nonspecific here to avoid spoilers, so my apologies on my vagueness. At times, I was frustrated with Mercedes for resembling a martyr. I wanted her to stand up, demand the things in life that she deserved unapologetically. She was such a giving person, with a beautiful loving soul, but she didn't know how to ask for love and respect in return. She was so good at keeping everyone else together, and keeping them happy, that she lost some of herself along the way. The feelings that Noah and Mer had for each other were electric. They were two live wires that dance around each other until they finally made that explosive spark. Amy was definitely more descriptive in this book when it came to the physical side of the relationship, however it was done in order for the reader to understand the emotions they were struggling with as they transitioned past friendship. The focus was emotional rather than the physical release, and I think she handled it exquisitely. For a moment their eyes clashed and clung, and an inaudible series of clicks—left, right, left, unlock—echoed in her head and reverberated in her chest. It was a lethal combination, and they were opening the safe.The Smallest Part explored so many topics, and in such an eloquent way. Amy has a way of describing things that makes you examine them like you never have before. If you're a fan of the connected series, this is a must read. But even if you're not familiar with them, you'll probably want to after meeting Moses here. The bonus scenes we get with him here made my heart sing. If you're looking for an emotional and heartwarming story, grab this one now! FOLLOW SMOKIN HOT BOOK BLOG ON:
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  • Jessica (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
    January 1, 1970
    "You three are all tangled up like . . . like a ball of string, or some shit. I can’t say I understand it. But I felt it.” Like The Law of Moses and The Song of David, The Smallest Part seems to defy labels. The unforgettable story of best friends Noah Andelin, Mercedes Lopez and Cora McKinney is so many things. It's a friends to lovers romance surrounding a single dad and his best friend. It's a tragic story of loss. It's a testament to friendship and it's a slow burning love story that spans "You three are all tangled up like . . . like a ball of string, or some shit. I can’t say I understand it. But I felt it.” Like The Law of Moses and The Song of David, The Smallest Part seems to defy labels. The unforgettable story of best friends Noah Andelin, Mercedes Lopez and Cora McKinney is so many things. It's a friends to lovers romance surrounding a single dad and his best friend. It's a tragic story of loss. It's a testament to friendship and it's a slow burning love story that spans decades. It's a spiritual story of hope and forgiveness, an otherworldly account of what might exist beyond what we know for sure. And it's another unputdownable gem of a storyline to add to the lengthy list of my Amy Harmon favorites. I was pleasantly stunned more than once by Amy Harmon's choices in this book. Everything from the edgy dialogue, the angsty dynamic between these characters, and the unexpectedly sexy scenes came as a complete surprise to me. And I ABSOLUTELY LOVED EVERY BIT OF IT. Harmon consistently delivers stories that are richly layered, that pack so much depth, that never lack romantic complexity or sensuality even if they're subdued. And while that all remains 100% true in The Smallest Part, this book definitely has a decidedly different vibe than previous Amy Harmon novels, one that's refreshingly edgy, emotionally intense and so. damn. good. This trio of friends make for one of the most angsty dynamics Harmon has written. Dr. Noah Andelin just about killed me. I never expected to fall in love with the good doctor, but I'm gone. Totally and completely gone. His heartache and his loneliness gutted me; his devotion and loyalty to his friends and his daughter had me ENAMORED. I can't lie, Cora infuriated me in this book. But her character also resonated with me in a profound way. She adds a layer of desperation and desolation to this story. She's the wind, a character that changes and moves, never knowing who she is or where she belongs. Mercedes Lopez might be the most refreshingly colorful character I've read in recent memory. She's fiery. She's sweet and sassy and she's a rock for a man that's otherwise been left to flow aimlessly through his life. Their story is messy and it certainly tugs at the heart strings, but it still manages to feel light and sensual and so perfectly right in the end.The more I think back on this book, the more brilliant I think it is. It's the kind of story that sneaks up on you. It's a slow fall, a subtle shift, a natural progression that kind of knocks you on your ass by the time it's all said and done. It's beautifully romantic, this story of a woman stepping in to help her recently widowed best friend take care of his daughter when all her life she's remained his constant, dependable, easily taken for granted, friend-zoned confidant. Of course this isn't just a romance. It's a solid story of friendship and family but it's knotted with unpredictable twists and turns, with bombshell revelations, with mesmerizing characters, with soul shattering emotional uncertainty. There are moments in this book that make me want to weep as I think back on them. There are words exchanged that literally take my breath away. With every book she publishes, I'm reminded of why Amy Harmon is one of my favorite authors. With The Smallest Part, I'm not only reminded of why The Law of Moses remains my favorite book EVER but I'm brought to joyful tears over being able to revisit this world again with Noah and Mercedes. This book was simply magnificent. It turns out the smallest part often steals the show and that's what just happened here with this story. Noah was a relatively obscure character in The Law of Moses, a character I didn't think much of if I'm being honest. But here with his own storyline, with his best friends and his heartache and his little girl, Dr Noah Andelin came out of nowhere and blew me away.
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  • warhawke
    January 1, 1970
    Genre: Contemporary Romance Type: StandalonePOV: Third PersonRating: Mercedes Lopez, Cora and Noah Andelin had been best friends since they were kids. But as they grew up, their relationship dynamic changed until the unthinkable happened and they were forced to reassess their lives for any possible future. “We’re supposed to be all-loving and all-compassionate all the time. But sometimes the things we aren’t supposed to say are the truths that keep us sane, that tether us to reality, that help Genre: Contemporary Romance Type: StandalonePOV: Third PersonRating: Mercedes Lopez, Cora and Noah Andelin had been best friends since they were kids. But as they grew up, their relationship dynamic changed until the unthinkable happened and they were forced to reassess their lives for any possible future. “We’re supposed to be all-loving and all-compassionate all the time. But sometimes the things we aren’t supposed to say are the truths that keep us sane, that tether us to reality, that help us move the hell on!” Noah was a lovable hero. He was kind and gentle not only to his loved ones but also others he came across with. Being with him wasn’t fun. It hurt. All of it. And it was way too soon. Mercedes always put others before herself. While I admired her kindness and selflessness, I also wish for her to fight for what she deserved. Life wasn’t about getting what you deserved. It was about enduring what you didn’t and not letting it destroy you. I've always been drawn to stories of broken people. I love seeing them suffer but eventually rise up to the challenge. This book has plenty of characters that were broken one way or another to keep me entertained. I also enjoy having Moses from The Law of Moses (which is my favorite book of the author) in the book as secondary character with an important role in the storyline.The Smallest Part is a story of love and sacrifices. It would appeal to fans of friends to lovers romance.👠 👞 👠 . . . (F)BR With Twinsie CC & Loyda . . . 👠 👞 👠For more reviews/reveals/giveaways visit:
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  • Jo - *✽*•.★Reading Is My Bliss★.•*✽*
    January 1, 1970
    * * Spoiler free review * *Noah, Mercedes and Cora were childhood friends. As they grew from kids through to adolescence, Mercedes developed a huge crush on Noah and unbeknownst to her, he felt the same way. However, when they were teenagers Cora made it known to Mercedes that she liked Noah, despite knowing her friend had feelings for him first. Being the good friend that she is, Mercedes put aside her feelings for him, paving the way for Cora to pursue a life with him.It has always been this w * * Spoiler free review * *Noah, Mercedes and Cora were childhood friends. As they grew from kids through to adolescence, Mercedes developed a huge crush on Noah and unbeknownst to her, he felt the same way. However, when they were teenagers Cora made it known to Mercedes that she liked Noah, despite knowing her friend had feelings for him first. Being the good friend that she is, Mercedes put aside her feelings for him, paving the way for Cora to pursue a life with him.It has always been this way with Cora and Mercedes. Cora is like that jealous friend who always wants what she doesn’t have, it felt like she was competing with Mercedes and had to win at everything, especially if it was something Mercedes wanted. Mercedes is a person who loves her friends like they are family and always considers other people’s feelings, even if that means putting aside her own happiness at times. ‘When most men called her sweetheart, it was dismissive. When Noah called her sweetheart, she felt his affection.’ Mercedes life could have been completely different, in fact she probably would have married Noah, had a family with him and realised her dream to own her own beauty salon. She has always been in love with Noah but his happiness with Cora was enough for her, if her friends were happy and in love, that was all that mattered. She was just the girl who didn’t get the guy but was lucky enough to still have him in her life every day. She would rather love him from afar than not have him in her life at all.Cora has always struggled with life, her childhood was not easy and this shaped her into the adult she now was. She is now married to Noah and they have a gorgeous daughter. On the outside, she has everything she always wanted. Like a spoilt child though, it never seems to be enough. She has everything that Mercedes wanted but is it what Cora really wants? ‘He might be the easiest man in the universe to love, because he expects so little. He expects nothing and is grateful for everything. With a man like that, how could you worry about being enough?’ Cora never put anyone but herself first. She has always had Mercedes at her at her side, whenever she needs her she knows she can count on her to be there. Would she do the same for Mercedes though? Mercedes has never met anyone special, fallen in love or been able to do the things she dreamed of. She still lives in the same town, in the same house and she is working towards owning her own salon. Knowingly settling for less can be very soul destroying. It felt like Mercedes put her life and happiness on hold the day Cora told her she wanted Noah and although I felt really sad for her I was equal parts frustrated that she let herself be treated that way. There’s a big difference between settling and being truly happy, Mercedes has lived this her whole life. Settling for less than she deserves. Until the day that changes everything.This is a story so emotionally charged that any spoilers will ruin the experience of reading this so that is all I am going to say about this book. ‘Most people go their whole lives afraid to be who they are, afraid to be real and vulnerable and human, because they are sure the people they care about will walk away. And that fear becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. In an effort to be perfect, to be loved, they hold it all in.’
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  • Arabella ~♡AB♡~
    January 1, 1970
    Hard for me to rate this one!I'm going to go with a 3.5 - because although I absolutely loved it, I was unhappy about the way certain things panned out. I hated certain characters and the way they were so revered by the others.Still, I couldn't put it down and I adored Mer & Noah together ♥ Hard for me to rate this one!I'm going to go with a 3.5 - because although I absolutely loved it, I was unhappy about the way certain things panned out. I hated certain characters and the way they were so revered by the others.Still, I couldn't put it down and I adored Mer & Noah together ♥️
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  • FMABookReviews
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 was provided a review copy by the author. This did not influence my opinion of the book nor my review.**
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  • Bev
    January 1, 1970
    When I first saw this listed on GR me reaction was "I CAN'T WAIT"16/2 Started the book and at 8% - on hold for now, I'm just not feeling it.Tried again 18/2 and nope, I can't do it. I've already got issues with her martyrdom, one trope I detest so I'm out.
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