Thursday, January 9, 2014

Amy Harmon-Making Faces

Adult Contemporary Romance

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.

{4 stars}

This book makes me feel many things. Sad, thoughtful, happy, introspective, angry......

It's all about looking beyond the package that someone comes in. The old adage "You can't judge a book by it's cover" is so true. Fern is the plane jane, big glasses, and braces girl that no one really looks at but everyone thinks she's sweet. Ambrose is the high school wrestling star that everyone looks at but no one really know what goes on on the inside. Add in Bailey, Fern's cousin and best friend, who has MD and is stuck in a failing body in a wheelchair. Bailey has the most positive outlook of everyone in this book, but life has a way of changing everything. Fern blossoms into a beauty and Ambrose comes back from war without his outer beauty. Makes you really think about how you judge people. Appearances can be deceiving.

Loved it, it was a really beautiful story.

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