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Bonnie Rae Shelby is a superstar. She’s rich. She’s beautiful. She’s impossibly famous. And Bonnie Rae Shelby wants to die.
Finn Clyde is a nobody. He’s broken. He’s brilliant. He’s impossibly cynical. And all he wants is a chance at life.
One girl. One boy. An act of compassion. A bizarre set of circumstances. And a choice – turn your head and walk away, or reach out your hand and risk it all?
With that choice, the clock starts ticking on a man with a past and a girl who can’t face the future, counting down the seconds in an adventure riddled with heartbreak and humor, misunderstanding and revelation. With the world against them, two very different people take a journey that will not only change their lives, but may cost them their lives as well.
Infinity + One is a tale of shooting stars and fame and fortune, of gilded cages and iron bars, of finding a friend behind a stranger’s face, and discovering love in the oddest of places.
Christine: We love Amy Harmon and couldn’t wait to read this one together!
Denise: Infinity + One is the story of Bonnie Rae Shelby and Finn Clyde. Bonnie is a superstar who is theory should be happy and enjoying life having fulfilled her dreams. Finn is a broken and brilliant, like math genius brilliant. But Finn has nothing but the contents of his truck as he is determined to start anew.
Christine: Bonnie is running from her fame, fortune, her past and an overbearing manager that is her grandmother.
Denise: The way these two meet pulled at my heart of so many levels and should serve to remind readers that happy is not about what you have but what you feel in your heart.
Christine: Oh Denise…I so agree! I love how these two met, almost like fate was on their side from the get go. And how fitting with their names right??
Denise: This books use of the Bonnie and Clydie story was very cute and woven well into the story on so many levels.
Denise: Watching Bonnie and Finn bond as they spend time together, open up together, as they frustrate each other and in the end how they find they truly need each other warmed me heart. This book gives new meaning to finding your other half, it was a wonderful twist on what is often said about a couple, the other side of the coin or two peas in a pod and no I will not tell you what the twist is on this common saying, you will need to read the book to find out.
Christine: I adored the relationship that slowly built between this couple, the trust that was formed, the many similarities they had. Bonnie and Finn were so good for each other – he grounds her while she makes him really live and enjoy life.
Denise: I truly loved the meaning behind the title of the book, really a great add to the story and it is used throughout to connect Bonnie and Finn and to make the reader smile. Nope not telling you one of the many ways Infinity is used in this story you need to read the book to find out.
Christine: For me, the story was so intricately woven with meaning – full of signs and meanings of God, the bible and most importantly caring for people in need.
Denise: I wanted to say I love Bear; this character is used to allow the reader to see Bonnie was lost, she was on the edge but sadly most of those around her chose to ignore it. Only Bear seems to want Baby Rae as he called to be find her true happy.
Denise: This book truly has the reader thinking; Finn’s comments about making decisions out of desperation will hit home with many; I know it truly had me thinking.
Christine: I so agree, Denise. This story was so beautiful, addictive and filled with so many moments that will continuously make you think.
Denise: As did the some of Finn’s ink; because some symbols will forever impact the way people look at someone again I am not telling what it is as experiencing this while you read it much more powerful. As is Bonnie and then Bear’s reaction to it. The use of the symbol is layered into the unraveling of the story. As Bonnie learns who Finn is and is used in a few places that remind Finn the impact of his ink is very powerful and has them judging him for their presence.
Denise: Bonnie and Finn’s play to make things right was a wonderful one but we all know what they say about the best laid plans. The events that unfold after this had me gripping my kindle and hoping these two would remember what it felt like to be together and that they would fight for that once in a lifetime feeling. I will not tell you how things resolve but I will say the end of this book is well done, it layered the use of a minor character to an end that felt like fate and destiny all rolled into one.
Christine: I so agree Denise! The ending was amazing. I love how Amy incorporates her religious beliefs into her stories and this was no different. The journey, the belief all combined to make a beautiful story of fate, forever and love. I had a big smile on my face at the ending and it couldn’t have ended more perfectly for two deserving people.
“Infinity plus one does equal two, see? Me and you.”
“Let me see it – please?” Bonnie pleaded.
Finn felt suddenly shy and stupid, questioning the design he’d instructed the tattoo artist to ink across his chest. It had taken hours, and he’d wanted to go alone. He’d been pleased with the results. But it had been more emotional than he’d anticipated, and the emotion was still tightening his gut and making him feel raw and jittery.
“I thought about having it removed – but that didn’t seem right either.” Finn shrugged. “I like the idea of starting over. I like the idea of changing.”
“Yeah. Me too,” Bonnie whispered, and she leaned in to kiss his neck, making him lose his train of thought in the sweep of fragrant dark hair that brushed his cheek. She’d started growing it out, and it hung in a straight, swinging line around her jaw – the jawline she’d discovered looked a little too much like her brother Hank’s for her comfort. She said she wasn’t going blonde again, but she was going to keep growing her hair until it was as long as Finn’s. He still had her beat.
“Are you going to show me?” Bonnie said, pulling away enough to meet his eyes.
He grabbed the edges of his T-shirt and pulled it up over his shoulders and off his head so she could see the swirling numbers across his chest that curled and twisted around the double eights and the ugly black swastika, completely obscuring them. He thought he would never be free of them. And he wouldn’t be. Not entirely. No one would be able to see them anymore. They were camouflaged and changed by the numbers and the brush of red that twisted like a ribbon through the equation he’d had inked over his heart. No one would know the story of why Finn, in desperation, had clung to the only safety the prison walls could afford him. No one would know how he’d wept in shame. And no one would know how he’d survived and come out on the other side. And that’s why he didn’t remove it. He needed to remember. But he didn’t want to promote ugliness or hate. So he covered it, he changed it. He transformed it into something hopeful.
“What does it mean?” Bonnie asked, fingering the numbers gently.
“It’s a proof in transcendence.” Finn replied, and shrugged because he knew he was a nerd.
“I could explain what it means in math – but I’d rather explain what it means in life.”
“And what does it mean in life?” Bonnie said, a smile playing about her lips. When she looked at him like that, her eyes heavy with emotion, love apparent in the way her eyes drank him in, he believed in transcendence, in all its wonder.
“It means surpassing our usual limits,” Finn said seriously.
Her smile grew wider and her eyes grew bright, but he continued.
“It means ‘beyond comprehension.’” Finn felt a lump form in his throat as Bonnie leaned forward once more and brushed her lips across his.
“It’s beautiful, Finn. You are beautiful.”
She sighed against his mouth and for several moments their kiss communicated the things that were more easily expressed in action than in word.
“And Finn?” she whispered
“You’ve always been beyond comprehension.”
Amy Harmon 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.
Amy Harmon has been a motivational speaker, a grade school teacher, a junior high teacher, a home school mom, and a member of the Grammy Award winning Saints Unified Voices Choir, directed by Gladys Knight. She released a Christian Blues CD in 2007 called “What I Know” – also available on Amazon and wherever digital music is sold. She has written five novels, Running Barefoot, Slow Dance in Purgatory, Prom Night in Purgatory, the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue, Making Faces, and coming in June, Infinity + One.