“In the end, only three things matter. How much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.” – Unknown
It was a big lie. The biggest lie she’d ever told. It reverberated through her head as she said it, ringing eerily, and the girl behind her eyes—the girl who knew the truth—screamed, and her scream echoed along with the lie.
“Are you in love with Noah, Mercedes?” Cora asked. “I mean . . . I know you love him. You’ve been friends forever. We all have. But are you in love with him?”
If it had been anyone else—anyone—Mercedes would have stuck out her chest, folded her skinny arms, and let her feelings be known. She would have claimed him. But it was Cora. Brave, beautiful, broken Cora, and Cora loved Noah too.
So Mercedes lied.
And with that lie, she lost him. With that lie, she sealed her fate.
She was the best friend, the bridesmaid, the godmother, the glue. She was there for the good times and the bad, the ups and downs, the biggest moments and the smallest parts. And she was there when it all came crashing down.
This is the tale of the girl who didn’t get the guy.
The Smallest Part is a complex, character-driven memoir about three childhood friends. Harmon eloquently captures their bonds, built from before double digits, and expands them expertly between current and past viewpoints. The expected love triangle is completely non-existent–this is not that kind of story–instead wonderfully displaying the sacrifices, the heartaches, and the true bounds of this kind of selfless love.
This story is a true journey, each moment offered up as a means to understand these characters more deeply. With the aspect of the point-of-view written in what I consider third person objective (wherein not all feelings are known to the reader), it only managed to further guide that point home. Not having every feeling and thought given to the reader made it an adventurous tale to dig into, to discover the characters through their actions and responses–and this was beautifully done. With sensitive subjects and a delicate romance to handle, Harmon’s well-plotted story traversed the gamut of emotions while telling a beautifully inspiring and heartbreaking story.
In order to give you the best chance of experiencing what this story has to offer, I cannot say anything more. The Smallest Part has so many cogs in its machine, ones that build on top of each other to create something even more beautiful with each new scene. I adored its subtlety and quiet allure, and how artistically different it is from any other story out there.
♦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 fifteen different languages, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Levan, Utah.
Amy Harmon has written eleven novels — the USA Today Bestsellers, The Bird and The Sword, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, as well as From Sand and Ash, The Law of Moses, The Song of David, Infinity + One, and the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue. Her recent release, The Bird and the Sword, is a Goodreads Best Fantasy of 2016 finalist.