REVIEW: Making Faces by Amy Harmon

Blurb:  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.

 

Review:  FIVE STARS*****

‘Everybody is a main character to someone’..

Very rarely do you come across a book that is a genuine five star read. Making Faces is all that and more. I found it hard to believe that i fell in love with not one but all of the main three characters. Fern, Bailey and Ambrose were written to perfection and i felt like i really wanted to be friends with them. Making Faces made me laugh, cringe, gasp and ugly cry. (seriously ugly cry).

This book was a sweet and epic novel dedicated to the purest of hearts and beauty in the soul of a person regardless of their outer faults. It really struck a chord with me and i have been thinking about it all day since i read it. Fern was a magnificent voice to the book, as was Ambrose but i have to say that my favourite character was Bailey. His passion and strength were fantastic to read and you will definitely understand why i sobbed like a baby in this book. I really wanted to be as strong as Fern.

‘He felt a strange falling sensation in his chest and lifted his hand to rub the spot just above his heart, as if he could soothe the feeling and send it away. It was happening more and more often when he was around her

I loved that the main focus was not on the love story between two characters (and also the fact that the love story was not rushed and felt real) but on the genuine love resulting from friendship also. I think it will be a long time before i read another book that i loved as much as i did this.

‘But how does someone like me, live on? When it’s all said and done, did i matter? “I’ll add you to my list”, Ambrose promised suddenly, his eyes holding Bailey’s in the mirror. “When the time comes, i’ll write your name across my heart with the others”. Bailey’s eyes swam and he blinked rapidly and for several minutes he didn’t speak. Fern looked at Ambrose with such love and devotion in her face that he would have offered to write an entire epitaph across his back.’ – one of my favourite parts of the book.


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