Published By : Amy Harmon
Released : Available Now
Details: Kindle purchase, 405 Pages
RATING: 4.5 BAILEY & AMBROSE STARS!
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 little beauty and a little beast in all of us.
BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:
My Kindle is full to the brim with all the #oneclicking I do. I’ve had Amy Harmon books sitting there waiting patiently. When was I honestly going to get to all these books and read them? I read every night and keep on plowing my way through my purchases. I simply had to just tell myself, enough is enough and pick up Making Faces and I am so glad I did.
I knew it was going to be awesome. But, there are so many awesome books to read. I just had to make the decision to override all others lined up waiting patiently and dive in.
Making Faces is a story that can’t help make you feel and appreciate life and who you are, and what you have. We start off as babes that everybody cuddles and kisses and coos over and then we start to take shape and go through awkward stages in life. There are those of us who pop out of our teenage years like swans, and boys that become as beautiful as sunshine.
Fern felt she was an awkward, ugly duckling and Ambrose, the boy she had loved for so long was the handsome prince who couldn’t possibly return that love.
But, things can change and ugly ducklings can turn into beautiful swans and handsome princes don’t always stay that way.
This story has a little beauty and the beast, a lot of feels and a boy named Bailey who will steal your heart and the limelight for many reasons.
“I have no pride left, Ambrose!” Bailey said. “No pride. But it was my pride or my life. I had to choose. So do you. You can have your pride and sit here and make cupcakes and get old and fat and nobody will give a damn after a while. Or you can trade that pride in for a little humility and take your life back.”
“You can’t punch a man in a wheel-chair, Ambrose. And I’m kidding. I just wanted to see what you’d say. She wasn’t that bad. But she grew up thinking she was ugly. She doesn’t realize that she shed the ugly a long time ago. She’s beautiful now. And she’s just as pretty on the inside, which is a side benny of UGS. See, ugly girls actually have to work on their personalities and their brains because they can’t get by on their looks, not like you and me, you know, the beautiful people.” Bailey smiled impishly and waggled his eyebrows.
“Fern doesn’t have a clue how pretty she is. That makes her priceless. Make sure you snatch her up before she clues in to her good looks, Brosey.”
While Fern and Ambrose come of age, and become wiser to what they have in life, Bailey remains the wisest of the lot. He will grab your heart and not let go. I adored reading him. In many ways he did steal the show he was so real and so internally beautiful to read.
This book is a very clean read and it doesn’t deter from this love story in anyway.
“Yes.” His voice was raspy. “I think about your long red hair and your sweet mouth, and the way your little body feels when it’s pressed up against me, and I just want to put my hands on you. Everywhere. And forget that I am ugly and alone and confused as hell.”
I think I want to see this book made into a movie so I can hear and see these words being said on the big screen.
“Ambrose Young! I have waited my whole life for you to want me. If you don’t hold me tight I won’t believe you mean it, and that’s worse than never being held at all. You’d better make me believe you mean it, Ambrose, or you will most definitely break me.”
A beautifully told story that will resonate with you well after finishing it.
“I’ve felt like one of those snowflakes we used to make in school. The ones where you fold the paper a certain way and then keep cutting and cutting until the paper is shredded. That’s what I look like, a paper snowflake. And each hole has a name. And nobody, not you, not me, can fill the holes that someone else has left. All we can do is keep each other from falling in the holes and never coming out again.”
We can’t conquer our reading piles, but we can jump the queue for the special ones.
This book is a queue jumper.
“...and when you get tired of looking at me, I promise I’ll sing.”