The Smallest Part by Amy Harmon ~ 6 Haunting Stars!!!
HOLY HELL!!!!! I cannot begin to tell you how much this story touched my heart and soul. Amy Harmon is one of my favorite authors of all time regardless of the genre – it’s the impeccable writing and the heart and soul that she puts into it. It’s what has drawn me to every single book she’s ever written. I don’t think anyone can summarize this book in a couple of paragraphs… I certainly can’t without spoiling the whole thing. The theme is multilayered, complex and the subject matter is thought-provoking and not to be taken lightly. This story is about friendship, second chances, sacrifice, broken families, mental illness, shattered hearts, redemption, forgiveness, spirituality, unconditional love, and more. Think the movie Ghost :). I had massive goose bumps, my heart ached and I was sobbing throughout the entire book. It did not help to read the author’s own experience and how this story came about at the end. I cannot pretend to know what the author went through in her own personal life. I love you Amy.
“Only three things matter. Who He is. Who you are. And who your friends are.”
The blurb gave you a tiny glimpse of what this story is about: three friends who met when they were 8 years old, grew up together through ups and downs, and became best friends. Mercedes and Noah met each other first. They befriended a gentle little girl Cora. The three amigos were inseparable until they were not. Noah went off to boot camp. Before he left he confessed his feelings for Mercedes. Cora was in love with Noah and she wants to know if Mercedes is in love with him too. Despite her true feelings for Noah, Mercedes lied. So, she lost Noah and she lost Cora. What did she gain? Over two decades of friendship, past and present collided. The lives of Cora, Mercedes and Noah were forever changed.
“Our friends shape the course of our lives. You have to choose them very carefully. But if you know who He is, then He will help you know who you are. And if you know who you are, you will know who your true friends are.”
The characters in this book are deeply complex, flawed but beautiful in their own way. Noah is a remarkable man – he is sweet, caring, gentle, wise, and protective of the women in his life. Cora – she doesn’t know who she is. She wants what she wants without the consequences of hurting the people she loves most. My heart hurt for her though – Cora’s life has never been easy. She made mistakes but I can never be mad at her. Everyone makes mistakes, unfortunately some you can never take back. I love Mercedes – she is funny and fierce. She is not afraid of anything or anyone. She is loyal and just beautiful inside and out. She is always the glue to all three. She is smart, driven and hard working. But does she know her worth and what she deserves? The story alternates between the past and present time. I love all the wisdom imparted by Abuela, Mami, and Papi and the how and why the three characters became the people they are today.
“Sometimes it’s the smallest part that steals the show.”
Quite honestly, I have never read anything like this one – The Smallest Part is haunting, magnificent, and simply unforgettable. This story will break you and heal your soul in the end. This is not just a book, it’s an experience. EPIC!!!!
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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