Review: Making Faces by 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.

I finished reading this book and needed a couple of moments to recover. Even now days later, I'm still not sure how to fully express how I feel about this book. There were not as much tears as I was expecting, but that's probably because I was extra prepared for it. This story is simply amazing and I can find another fifty adjectives to describe how amazing and I would still feel that I wasn't doing it enough justice.

There are certain issues raised in this book that made me appreciate the life I had even more, things that we take for granted and should be grateful for because it's not that easy for everyone. I've highlighted entire pages, moments and words I want to be able to revisit time and time again because they touched me and made me feel.

This is the first book I've read by Amy Harmon, though it definitely won't be the last. The way she has spun this story together is brilliant and I honestly can not describe how much I like it. I know this is probably one of my weirdest and shortest reviews yet, but I feel this is a book you should just read. No questions and no reasons. One of those books you give to someone and say "Trust me. Read it and you'll know."

The Author
Amy Harmon is a USA Today and New York Times Bestselling author. Amy 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. Her books are now being published in several countries, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Levan, Utah.

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