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.
My Review... If you've been following the tour at all, my review is likely an echo of what everyone's saying. This story... here, just read my review!
Making Faces is a beautiful, heartwarming tale of pain, loss, and love, entwined with poetry, belief, and pride.
At the beginning, you meet Fern in high school. "Little funny Fern." She was a dainty girl, wore braces and thick glasses, and had wild red hair. But that's just on the outside. Inside, she was caring, loving, intelligent, and beautiful. She freely and lovingly helped take care of her best friend, her cousin, Bailey. She had a passion for writing, poetry, and romance novels. And was in love with the beautiful Ambrose Young, hero of a small town in Pennsylvania for being a star wrestler.
While in high school, 9/11 happened. Everything changed. Not just for the students, but for everyone, including Ambrose, you'll have to read to find out just how he was impacted.
It's a heart wrenching and beautiful tale of a small girl with a big heart.
I'd be lying if I said I didn't cry, I did. More than once. I felt each characters pain. I relived the events from watching the tower fall on the classroom television in my own high school. I fell in love with each of the characters.
Making Faces is now one of my favorite novels to date. Being a girl from a small town in Pennsylvania, watching as friends and classmates enlist in the military, and hearing the news that some will not be coming home. A lot of points in this story struck home for me. The healing and romance between Fern and Ambrose is like the balm to a troubled soul and as beautiful as the fall leaves in Pennsylvania.
I truly hope you all read this book, and like Bailey, I hope you all find the silver linings in life. Find reasons to live and enjoy life, instead of just going trough the motions.
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Meet Amy Harmon!
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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