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.
New York Times Bestselling author Amy Harmon has once again woven a story that will stay with you for days after you turn the final page. Her greatest gift is her ability to craft unusual and engaging characters. She is not afraid to stray from those we commonly think of as heroes to create people that we can relate to. Through these unique perspectives, Amy delves into themes that make us ponder, think, and question.
I loved each of the heroes in this book. I could absolutely relate to Fern, the ugly duckling. I, too, felt the pain of believing myself unattractive throughout high school. Yet she never let it dim her world view. Fern’s friendship with her cousin, Bailey, is endearing, and I loved the way she reached out to Ambrose during his darkest hour, bringing him back into the light.
I think I loved Bailey even more than Ambrose. Bailey showed his heroism throughout his life as he bravely endured his illness with grace and determination to live life to its fullest. He inspired and lifted others and helped them to be better than they would have without him. His last and greatest act of bravery allowed him to sacrifice everything for the woman he loved.
Ambrose is the hero that never allowed himself to be a hero. My heart aches as I think of the many like him, those coming home from war with scars that we see and many that we don’t. I wish I could tell each and every one of them thank you – you are my hero.
Making Faces challenges us to reexamine how we look at beauty and invites us to discard Hollywood’s definition. It is only when we look past the superficial and connect on a real level that we are able to discover true beauty.
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About 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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