“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.



*****Patty’s Review*****

*****5++++++++ TO INFINITY STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

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.



As soon as I dived into this book, I knew it was something special. This book wrecked me and then filled me up with heartwarming feelings. THE SMALLEST PART is the kind of book that will claim a piece of your heart and no matter how much time has passed, it will remain unforgettable! Unbelievably heartbreaking with the overwhelming sadness that existed within the pages and yet by the time all is said and done you will be overcome with a sense of joy. The characters are beautiful, haunting, flawed, and overall AMAZING!! This is going up there as one of my favorites by Amy Harmon and definitely on my ”Best of 2018” shelf!

We are brought from present to past throughout the story which helped to explain the dynamic between the characters. And though the past was not laid out in chronological order, it never caused a bit of confusion. An unthinkable tragedy, in the beginning, sets the tone for the remainder of the story.



At eight-years-old, Mercedes and Noah became instant best friends from the minute he and his mother moved into their apartment complex. They were two peas in a pod. And then Cora moved into the complex with her parents and two quickly evolved into the ”Three Amigos”. They were inseparable for many years until they became older and feelings started to deepen and life’s ever challenging circumstances led to secrets that had to stay hidden. Mercedes had always loved Noah. He had claimed a big piece of her heart that no one else could ever steal away. But there was one person whom she loved enough to set her feelings aside for… Cora. Once Cora confessed her feelings for Noah to Mercedes, being the true friend that she was, she kept her feelings bottled up and tucked away.

Years later, Cora is gone and has left a huge gaping hole in the lives of those who loved her most. She also had many secrets that if ever revealed could destroy the people who she loved more than anything. Mercedes, ever the constant loyal friend, is there for Noah and his daughter Mia. There isn’t anything she wouldn’t do or sacrifice to help ease Noah’s pain. Her loyalty to Cora was admirable but at the same time frustrating.



When things start to turn passionate between Noah and Mercedes, they both are overwhelmed by guilt and remorse but eventually, the truth has a way of revealing itself. These two have loved each other for a lifetime. They were always two halves of a whole, but let insecurity and fear get in their way. My heart physically ached for these two because of all the years they secretly yearned for each other but missed opportunities kept them from true happiness. Are they going to seize the opportunity this time or let it slip through their fingers once more??

Here are my overall ratings:
Heroe: 5
Heroine: 5
Plot: 5
Angst: 5
Steam: 4.5
Chemistry Between Hero & Heroine: 5

There are deep spiritual undertones in THE SMALLEST PARTwhich enhanced the plot that much more for me. A character from one of Harmon’s previous books plays a pivotal role in the plot of this story and even though I never read that book, I am convinced that it is one I need to get to and soon!

THE SMALLEST PART is currently available! Make sure you bump this up your TBRs!

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