The Smallest Part

Narrated by: Almarie Guerra
Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (401 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

“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.

©2018 Amy Harmon (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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I started this book and wasn't really feeling it so I stopped it, then a friend told me I had to listen to it and explained a little about the connection to Laws of Moses. I decided to re-listen to Moses first for a refresher and then listen to this one and I am so glad I did! Starting this one the second time I was pulled in from chapter one! So if your on the fence about giving this a shot, I suggest listening to Moses first (its amazing so its totally worth a re-listen). This book was surprising to me because I expect Young Adult from this author and this book was about 3 adult friends who've know each other since childhood. This book hits a lot of emotions and the biggest in my opinion is grief and guilt. Hearing these characters find there was though loss felt so real, it wasn't fluffy and sweet all the time, it was raw and real. I loved that! I also loved the couple chapters with Moses in them, it was like getting a phone call from an old friend! The ending was perfect and left me with a smile on my face. The narration was perfect! I don't think they could have cast a better narrator for this book!

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The Smallest Part steals the show....

"Just because something is meant to be, doesn't mean it has to be right now." I have said it before and I will say it again: If Amy Harmon writes it, I will read it. While it is not necessary, I would recommend reading The Law of Moses prior to this because you will recognize a few familiar faces. I can't tell you how many times I wanted to reach through the pages and smack some sense into each of the 3 BFF's: Noah, Mercedes and Cora. Regardless, this story was more about true friendship and second chances than romance.

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Story Line and Characters are Enchanting

Each time I read an Amy Harmon book I think that I can’t love a character as much as the characters I would’ve just been introduced to. Then I read another and am proven wrong.

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  • DD
  • 06-29-18

The Smallest Part

At first, I did not know how I felt about this book. Some of it was predictable, but to me it did not take anything away from how good I thought the story was. I did not like Cora, even after the author tries to explain that she was broken due to a tragedy. Cora did not realize that our choices, whether good or bad, affect not only us but those around us. Our choices interconnect us in some strange way. And Cora's choice affected Noah and Mercedes, but their choices also created situations that could not be undone. Once my emotions settled down, I could see the subtle and not so subtle messages with the story. Some people are broken. They can be healed, but you must be careful when connecting or yoking yourself to a broken person. Be prepared to face battles and trials that you may never have wished to come to your doorstep when you are connected to them. Some people are like Mercedes, willing to accept the smallest part, just so others won't be hurt. They are willing to accept the crumbs from the table, not realizing or too afraid to realize that they deserve more. And then there are the Kee gans of the world, who are parasites and leeches. They only need you to fulfill their purposes. They have no genuine love for you or themselves.

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Enjoyable but Not Amy Harmon's Best

This was an enjoyable book and I liked the way the author pulled in the characters from The Book of Moses, but this wasn't one of my favorites of hers. The narrator in particular really didn't work for me. She was a bit monotone and struggled with articulation on some words (din't instead of didn't). That just bugs me. If you've read The Book of Moses, you'll like this and it's worth reading, just not one I'm raving about after finishing it.

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The Smallest Part

Amy does it again, this book has it all, from the emotions to the connections I couldn’t stop listening. I was hooked from the very beginning and this book didn’t let me go until it was over and even then I am still in a fog. This is something Amy does to me a lot and I LOVE IT. This book wasn’t really about YA like most of her other books and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised and wish she would write more books like this because it was nice to read about adults. I don’t want to give too much away but let’s just say if you read The Law of Moses and loved it then you’re going to enjoy this one. We have a little bit of Moses in this book and it was nice to see the books connect like that. I very much liked the narration I feel like Almarie Guerra did a fantastic job bringing all these characters to life in so many ways.

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I was excited to finally read Noah's story. His bittersweet role in The Law of Moses was a memorable one. I really enjoyed how Harmon shaped Noah's characterization within this book. He was wonderful hero and it was a beautiful read. I did struggle with Cora's character. I didn't mind the story arc or her role in the lives of Noah and Sadie, but I found that there were a couple of facts that felt too convenient and written only to find sense in Noah's relationship with her. SPOILER***[example: Noah was obviously in love with Sadie and easily recognized when Cora undermined Sadie. Yet, Noah mentioned that Cora's letters were what made him fall in love with her while he was deployed. I felt like the letters were conveniently thrown in so that the reader would accept Noah's reason for falling in love with and marrying her. Otherwise, there weren't any redeeming qualities in Cora besides her sad backstory and commitment to the friendship triad. ***END SPOILER While I enjoyed Sadie, as well, I loved reading Noah's POV and craved more from his perspective. Overall, I truly enjoyed the story and even understand the author's plot choices. I just would have preferred for Cora to be a bit more likable.

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Loved this!

Everything about this book was amazing. I could FEEL the characters and felt a strong connection to even the minor characters.

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Sweet Romance

OK this is a sweet muliti-detailed story that kept me interested enough to finish. The characters real & likable tho I Really Can Not the lack of True Real Meaningful Conversation....The simple question " What Are you Thinking or What Are you FEELING?" Is just So Absent...I'm just ready for real people having REAL Meaningful conversations. Good time filler, fun/interesting detail tie-ins. Sweet Ending

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Good but not great

I love Amy Harmon and have been almost exclusively reading her lately. This one was good, but just not great. It was a bit slow and there was a bit too much back and forth from characters I felt. Overall good story though.

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  • V_Nerdbooks
  • 07-13-18

5 Beautiful Friendship Stars

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Beautiful Friendship Stars Get ready to buckle yourseves in for this one guys it's a feeler! Gahhh it's beautiful, Beautiful, BEAUTIFUL!!! If you've ever read a book by Amy Harmon you will already know how her books affect you, however, if you haven't, then you are in for a treat, and I guarantee that you will want to binge read everything she's ever written. This story follows three friends from childhood to adulthood, two of these friends got married to each other, the other friend was always in love with one of them, she was the loser! Mercedes is the best friend anyone can ever have, she's staunchly protective, brave, kind, beautiful and has a wonderful personality, she's also in love with her best friend Noah. Noah wants be a doctor when he grows up and loves spending time with his two best friends Mercedes and Cora. Cora loves her two best friends, she doesn't really know who she wants to be, so when Mercedes wants a kitten Cora gets a cat, when Mercedes says that she wants to be a beautician when she grows up, Cora wants to be one too, when Mercedes takes an interest in Noah, Cora decides to step in. Mercedes being the kind of girl she is steps aside and lets her best friend marry the man of her dreams. She's the bridesmaid at the wedding and the godmother of their child and she's also there when their two worlds come crashing down. With a small cameo from one of Amy's previous books which you do not have to have read, this book keeps you enthralled and wanting to be part of The Three Musketeers. 🎧🎧 Narrated by Almarie Guerra, a new narrator for me did an outstanding job all of the characters had their own voices and I believed every word she said. I will certainly be looking out for other titles that she has narrated. Pick up this beautiful story as soon as you can you won't be disappointed!

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  • 07-05-18

So much potential - characters ruin it

I love Amy Harmon books so was excited to see a new one was released. It had so much potential to be a 5 star with the quality of writing, but the characters were intolerable to me by the end ..which is obviously a pretty major problem. Without giving away spoilers, a cowardly martyr, mentally unwell woman and a passive man become best friends and a story ensues. They all need a slap upside the head. This isn’t a love triangle type book by the way - the synopsis made me think there might be pining or affairs between the main characters, but it’s not like that. The bulk of the story takes place when the opportunity for a relationship is now open, with flashbacks to childhood memories. I’ll definitely carry on buying all the author’s books, I just hope she gives some serious thought to her characters.