There’s nothing like a book that devastates you in the best possible way, and then leaves you seeing the world through different eyes. Amy Harmon’s words have the power to make us see what we are often too blind to notice, or to present a whole new perspective on life, her unconventional stories touching every hidden corner of our hearts, and embedding themselves so deeply in there, changing us, changing our perception of life itself, while inevitably raising the bar for every great book we read after that. Just like all her other stories, this is a book that takes the reader on an unprecedented emotional journey that is as distinctive as it is utterly beautiful in its approach and honesty. A story of true love, a love in its purest, most selfless of forms—this is a book I savoured in its entirety for as long as I could, basking in its exquisiteness and drawing comfort from its gentle bravery. Give Amy Harmon a pen and she’ll show you the kind of breathtaking beauty you never even knew existed, and with this book, she most definitely took my breath away.
“The world was a scary place for most people. For Amelie, it was downright lethal. She was completely vulnerable… And yet she didn’t hesitate at all.”
This story takes off at a very distressing moment in these characters’ lives, but we do not know the reason behind what has happened. So, as we slowly peel off the layers of a love story like no other, we are made privy to every single detail of their courtship, all leading us toward the instant when their lives change forever.
David “Tag” Taggert is a free-spirited young man who spent his youth searching for a place to belong to, a place that would ground him and give him purpose, and he has found that very place in everything he’s built under the ‘Tag Team’ label and in the people he surrounded himself with, especially his best friend, Moses. But something in Tag has snapped and he has abandoned the love of his life, leaving her with their entire story narrated on a collection of tapes.
“She was a brand new species, an intoxicating mix of girl and enigma, familiar yet completely foreign.”
Amelie “Millie” Anderson is a blind girl who entered Tag’s life like a quiet hurricane, filling his senses with her enduring courage and tenacity, kindness and generosity, until all he sees is her. She becomes his whole world, loving her and protecting her from harm becoming his first priority in life, until he becomes convinced that that power is taken away from him forever, making him unworthy of her love if he can no longer be the strong one in their relationship.
“Millie had become my favorite sight, my favorite smell, my favorite taste, my favorite sound. My favorite.”
But Millie’s strength is one of the things that made him fall in love with her in the first place and it is that very strength that brings things back into focus for him, showing him that some people are worth suffering for, regardless of how much one wishes to protect them from harm.
“I’m always going to try to protect you. That’s who I am. That’s what I do.”
A slow-burning, heart-warming romance that enchants us with its simplicity and candour—this is a book that made my heart hurt, on more than one occasion, but it never made it stop growing too, filling it with positivity and hope. Amy Harmon has this uncanny ability to make us care for every character she creates, whatever their story might be, turning us from silent observers into emotionally invested participants. Millie and Tag were no exception, their tender love story enthralling us with its gripping pace and momentous set of life lessons colouring its every page. I had no idea where this story was heading, I was crushed by it too many times to count, but I walked away with a spring in my step, knowing that life is made of as much darkness as it is of light, and that one does not need to see either to know they are there, forever intertwined and making life worth living for.
“You can’t see a song. You feel a song, you hear a song, you move to it. Just like I can’t see you, but I feel you, and I move toward you. When you’re with me, I feel like I glimpse a David nobody else knows is there. It’s the Song of David, and nobody else can hear it but me.”