My Review: The Smallest Part by Amy Harmon

My Review:  The Smallest Part by Amy HarmonThe Smallest Part by Amy Harmon
Publication Date: February 13, 2018
Genres: Inspirational, Romance
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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.

My Review

The Smallest Part by Author Amy Harmon is a contemporary romance, friends-to-lovers novel. It is a standalone.

“…Cora and Noah were a pair. A beautiful pair. So Mercedes lied. And with that lie, she let him go.”

Creatively written from third person point of view, The Smallest Part was a window to the souls of three friends, Mercedes, Noah, and Cora. We saw dawn break and dusk fall through their windows. Tears of pain and joy. Hearts broken and hearts fused.

“I’m numb because it’s easier to be numb than to feel. Numb keeps me moving forward. Numb keeps me going to work and taking care of my daughter. Numb is functional. So I’m numb.”

Marrying the past and present probably wasn’t the dream wedding that these characters thought it would be. I waded with them through the thick and murky water as the connection between Cora, Mercedes, and Noah became clearer. The more I knew, the more conflicted I became. At times, emotions were so overwhelming, I tried not to feel; but it was impossible. Exasperation, shock, sadness, and disappointment were all jumbled together with happiness and joy, shock and elation.

“Sometimes it’s the smallest part that steals the show.”

There were bonuses added into the story that were reminiscent of some of my favorite things in Author Amy Harmon’s writing. These added components made my heart warm and tears come to my eyes. They were so special, like finding a childhood treasure and inspecting it with new and different eyes, but still holding it as if it were the most precious gift.

“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.”

The thing I admired most in this novel was that we could see Amy Harmon through and through. Her heart. Her love. Her calling. Her passion. She always teaches us a lesson as we read. The words aren’t just mindless or meaningless ones that tell a romance story. They make us dig deep, inspect our heart, and find out who we are. Always cathartic. Always life-changing.

“In the end, only three things matter,” Abuela said. “Who He is.” She pointed at the sky. “Who you are, and who your friends are.”

The Smallest Part was a fictional story with an arrow of intention directed straight at my heart. A life lesson, a life-changer, and a challenge to love and live life to its fullest for its intended purpose. Simply beautiful.

“Here lies a little package of perfect.”

5 Stars

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