Sunday, October 27, 2013

Book 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 fell in love with Amy Harmon's A Different Blue  earlier this year. So when I heard about this blog tour I immediately signed up, I don't even know if I knew what the book was about, I just trusted Harmon to deliver another stunning novel. And she did. Oh did she deliver a beautiful heart wrenching novel. Harmon doesn't just write a book, she takes a rainbow of emotion and paints them on paper in the prose of words strung together ever so eloquently. 

"Everybody is a main character to someone."

You can't help but fall in the depths of this story and feel for these characters, their story so well developed. That was one of the things I loved about this book. We got to see the whole story. Many books (and this isn't necessarily a bad thing) start after the "tragic" event, but Harmon takes the extra step and shows us the whole story, making it easier to connect to not only the love story but their pain and joy and strength. You feel apart of the story, not simply an outsider looking in. You feel like you're standing in the bakery late at night watching Ambrose and Fern interact. It really is a beautiful thing. 

"Then lost, because alone feels permanent, and lost can be found."

I would say one of the main reasons why I love Amy Harmon's book so much is because there always seem to be that extra something, she takes the extra step to illuminate a story and give it life. It's like looking at stained glass window in a church. You see it, but when the sun shines through it comes alive, the colors popping out and the scene playing out in front of you. That is what Amy Harmon does with her books, gives light where there is dark. 

"Maybe everyone represents a piece of the puzzle. We all fit together to create this experience we call life."

And lets talk about not only the heroism of Ambrose but that of Bailey. Bailey was a breath of fresh air as a character. There are side characters and then there is Bailey. More than a side character, but an integral part of this story, showing how anyone can be a hero. I loved the relationship of Fern and Bailey, the banter they had and the honest moments between them made me feel all the feels. As Ambrose comes back from war, they three of them together was fascinating to watch, how they pushed each other, dealing with the loss of so many things, people, and ideas. It takes a lot of courage, strength, and tears to deal with the loss of one dream, one life plan, and to learn to accept and strive in a new dream. But that new dream can be as rewarding and beautiful as one can ever hope. 

"There's a lot I don't understand....but not understanding is better than not believing." 

Amy Harmon is an author I will pick a book regardless because I know she has the talent to tell us such amazing stories. I hope you all pick up this book and enjoy it as much as I did!



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. Facebook | Goodreads | Twitter 

 1st Prize: · Kindle Paperwhite · $50 Amazon Gift Card · Signed set of all 5 of Amy Harmon’s books! 2nd Prize: · Signed copy of Making Faces · $25 Amazon Gift Card

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