From goodreads: Ambrose Young was beautiful. He was tall and muscular, with hair that touched his shoulders and eyes that burned right through you. The kind of beautiful that graced the covers of romance novels, and Fern Taylor would know. She’d been reading them since she was thirteen. But maybe because he was so beautiful he was never someone Fern thought she could have…until he wasn’t beautiful anymore.
Making Faces is the story of a small town where five young men go off to war, and only one comes back. It is the story of loss. Collective loss, individual loss, loss of beauty, loss of life, loss of identity. It is the tale of one girl’s love for a broken boy, and a wounded warrior’s love for an unremarkable girl. This is a story of friendship that overcomes heartache, heroism that defies the common definitions, and a modern tale of Beauty and the Beast, where we discover that there is a little beauty and a little beast in all of us.
Amy Harmon delivers another powerful and moving story about hope in Making Faces. If you are a fan of A DIFFERENT BLUE and RUNNING BAREFOOT like me (I adore those books…no, I’m obsessed), you can put your mind at ease and know that you’ll enjoy this story as well. The difference between Making Faces and the others is there are some strong faith elements throughout the book; it will either resonate loudly with you or it won’t but brace yourself for the emotional yet beautiful journey of Fern Taylor and Ambrose Young.
Fern is a beautiful character on the inside and out, she sees herself as a “plain Jane”. Her need to be unnoticed broke my heart throughout this story but she displays such strength in the way she cares for others that I took comfort in knowing she’d come out ahead. I realize that I’m talking about Fern as if she’s not a fictional character but that’s what Amy Harmon does, she creates characters that feel completely real.
Ambrose Young is the handsome, popular athlete who seems to be wandering throughout high school without purpose, at least that’s how it felt to me. His solution to the emptiness he feels is to enlist in the Gulf War and I wanted to yell, NOOOOOOOOOOO! Actually, I think I did.
Fern has always been in love with Ambrose and the slow building friendship that ensues after he returns from the war is intimate without it being overtly so. This is not your typical love story, it isn’t perfect or beautiful but it’s honest and fill with so much depth you’ll get lost in their story.
Bailey is by far my most favorite character in this book. Truthfully, I think this could have been HIS book. He’s so compelling, layered so beautifully with complexities that I wanted and needed more. I was drawn to him in ways that I’ve never been drawn to a character before but I could see why it would be difficult to write a book just about him. The way he loved Rita shattered my heart and I’m not sure that I’ve recovered from the many situations he found himself in. He’s a character that I will not soon forget, like ever.
“I’m in a wheelchair, man. You gonna tell me I can’t have my seeing-eye cat with me? Actually, it can be your seeing-eye cat, since you’re blind and all. One of the perks to being a pathetic figure is that I tend to get what I want.”
I’m not sure how to sum up this book but I will leave you with this…
What you can expect from MAKING FACES, exceptional writing that only Amy Harmon can deliver, a rich plot, heartbreaking characters and moments that will make your heart hurt and sing at the same time!
RATING: 4.5 stars
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 and coming October 20, Making Faces.
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