Making Faces-Amy Harmon

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.

This is one of those books that will stay in your head long after the last page has been read, this is one truly amazing piece of writing.
At times It hurt to read it so very bad, my poor heart ached, my eyes stung nose running it wasn’t attractive let me tell you, but I could not put it down.
It is such a captivating read.

“If God makes all our faces, did he laugh when he made me?
Does he make the legs that cannot walk and eyes that cannot see?
Does he curl the hair upon my head `til it rebels in wild defiance?
Does he close the ears of the deaf man to make him more reliant?
Is the way I look coincidence or just a twist of fate?
If he made me this way, is it okay, to blame him for the things I hate?
For the flaws that seem to worsen every time I see a mirror,
For the ugliness I see in me, for the loathing and the fear.
Does he sculpt us for his pleasure, for a reason I can’t see?
If God makes all our faces, did he laugh when he made me?”

Just stunning.
Making Faces is beautifully written and deeply moving, fantastic plot with a very powerful message about true beauty, silver linings, and second chances.
This book is a poignant and unconventional tale about heroism, courage, friendship, love, loss and self-acceptance.
Making Faces shows that a persons true beauty is found within the person, not the outer package.

The characters are truly fantastic and Bailey is the glue that hold them all together he is such a inspirational character.
The characters are so well developed and written you feel like you are on there journey, you feel there emotions and hurt right along with them.
I absolutely loved the way Ambrose and Fern communicated through first the love letters that were supposedly from Rita, then the white board at the bakery, lost or lonely, balloon or kite, left or right, just such thought provoking writing.

This book made me question myself and the world around me, do we just look at the beauty on the outside of a person to make a judgement before we find out what there like on the inside?, do we see the disability or the wheelchair not the person inside?
Are we really so shallow that we see the flaws before the goodness?.
This book makes you want to be a better person and to look beyond the pretty face and really get to know a person before we make a judgement.

This is an unforgettable story that will stay with me for quite some time. Amy Harmon has blown me away with this book, the feelings and thoughts that it provoked.

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