I won my first fight when I was eleven years old, and I’ve been throwing punches ever since. Fighting is the purest, truest, most elemental thing there is. Some people describe heaven as a sea of unending white. Where choirs sing and loved ones await. But for me, heaven was something else. It sounded like the bell at the beginning of a round, it tasted like adrenaline, it burned like sweat in my eyes and fire in my belly. It looked like the blur of screaming crowds and an opponent who wanted my blood.
For me, heaven was the octagon.
Until I met Millie, and heaven became something different. I became something different. I knew I loved her when I watched her stand perfectly still in the middle of a crowded room, people swarming, buzzing, slipping around her, her straight dancer’s posture unyielding, her chin high, her hands loose at her sides. No one seemed to see her at all, except for the few who squeezed past her, tossing exasperated looks at her unsmiling face. When they realized she wasn’t normal, they hurried away. Why was it that no one saw her, yet she was the first thing I saw?
If heaven was the octagon, then she was my angel at the center of it all, the girl with the power to take me down and lift me up again. The girl I wanted to fight for, the girl I wanted to claim. The girl who taught me that sometimes the biggest heroes go unsung and the most important battles are the ones we don’t think we can win.
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If you’re an Amy Harmon fan, you think you know what to expect when you begin a new book. Except, you never really can know what to expect. Her books are different. Unique. Surprising. And in that respect, The Song of David is no exception.
Harmon excels at creating intriguing and unusual characters. In this book, she gives us David “Tag” Taggert, a rising MMA star, and Amelie “Millie” Anderson, a blind stripper. It sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, but remember — this is Amy Harmon. She saves her characters from becoming caricatures by adding depth and realism, strength and weakness, by stepping aside and letting Tag and Millie simply be themselves. It is that unapologetic, “I am what I am” kind of attitude that made me care so much about these two, right from the beginning of the book.
Neither does Harmon give her secondary characters short shrift. Millie’s younger brother, Henry, has a form of autism. He isn’t, however, “the kid with autism;” he is just a kid who also has autism. Henry is endearing and has some of the most funny, tender, and heart-rending moments in the book.
Harmon knows how to do sexy without the ick factor of so many romance novels these days. From the first kiss, it’s more than just sharing body parts, it’s about sharing souls and discovery of the most intimate kind. She makes our toes curl and our hearts beat faster. She makes us yearn to find our own soul-mate, or to be grateful for the one we have.
As the book approaches the ending, Harmon could have taken the easy route, manipulating emotions through tired, tried but true cliche, but she doesn’t. Tag and Millie don’t need your pity, so take it somewhere else. Through their strength, Harmon reminds us that life is unfair to all of us, some perhaps more than others, yet life also gives us miracles that make it all worth it. Ultimately, Harmon’s story is a celebration of love, hope, family, and fighting back. That’s what makes life beautiful.
The Song of David is a tie-in to Harmon’s previous book, which is a mixed blessing. On the one hand, those who have just finished The Law of Moses and want more Moses are going to be thrilled. On the other hand, those who want to jump right into Tag’s story may be a little annoyed at the intrusion. However, his contribution is essential, and I don’t think the story would work any other way. The epilogue, in particular, told in the way that only Moses could, is beautifully devastating.
The Song of David is a brilliantly written and deeply satisfying story. It lingers. I highly recommend this book.
About the Author:
Amy Harmon is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and New York Times Bestselling author. Amy knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story. Her books are now being published in several countries, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Levan, Utah.
Amy Harmon has written nine novels – including the USA Today Bestsellers, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, as well as The Law of Moses, Infinity + One and the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue. Her newest release, The Song of David, will be released on June 13, 2015. For updates on upcoming book releases, author posts and more, join Amy at www.authoramyharmon.com.