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Making Faces ❮PDF❯ ✯ Making Faces ⚣ Author Amy Harmon – Buyprobolan50.co.uk 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 Fe 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 any 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.


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  1. Aestas Book Blog Aestas Book Blog says:

    Here s my casting for Ambrose FULL REVIEW NOW POSTED Absolutely breathtaking 5 stars This book blew me away It was beautifully written and deeply moving, with a very powerful message about true beauty, silver linings, and second chances A poignant and unconventional tale about heroism, courage, love, loss, friendship, and self acceptance Every once in a while a book comes a long that, from the moment I first hear about it, takes over my mind and heart and doesn t let go unti Here s my casting for Ambrose FULL REVIEW NOW POSTED Absolutely breathtaking 5 stars This book blew me away It was beautifully written and deeply moving, with a very powerful message about true beauty, silver linings, and second chances A poignant and unconventional tale about heroism, courage, love, loss, friendship, and self acceptance Every once in a while a book comes a long that, from the moment I first hear about it, takes over my mind and heart and doesn t let go until I ve read it, lived it and immersed myself in the story Making Faces was such a book I read the blurb and shivers just went right through me and I immediately knew that this book was a must readMaking Faces is the story of a small town where five young men go off to war, and only one comes back 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 usSee Tell me that doesn t make you want to drop everything and read this Once I started reading, I could not put this book down and it kept me riveted to the page until I finished at 4AM It captivated me from start to finish and stayed with my heart long after I had turned the last page.The heroine, Fern, had been in love with Ambrose from the time they were kids Problem was, he barely knew she existed at least, not in the way she wanted He was the school s star athlete and she was just a shy, forgettable girl who never imaged that anyone as handsome as him would ever take notice of her If God makes all our faces, did he laugh when he made me When Ambrose enlisted following the crushing events of 9 11, he left with four of his best friends but was the only one to come home alive and even so, a part of him wished he d died with them Broken, permanently wounded, and guilt ridden he hid himself from the world But it was the love of a quiet but fiercely strong girl that helped bring him back to life and learn that there is always a silver lining and that everyone deserved a second chance I used to be afraid of going to hell But now that I m here, hell doesn t seem so bad Sometimes you can t take your life back Sometimes it s dead and buried and you can only make a new life Part of what struck me about this book was that it felt completely different than anything else I d read Unique Fresh This was not a story I d already read twenty times and despite the fact that it did carry some well known themes, it s delivery was heartfelt and original.It sthan just a romance too in fact, there is no graphic sex in it and it s just as much about friendship as it is about love I don t want to spoil things for you but the balance between all the different elements of this story were perfect Many parts were so heart breaking that I just read with tears pouring down my face, while others filled me with such happiness that I d read page after page with a huge smile How did you know I needed you Because I needed you too The book brought out emotion after emotion from me It s such a strong, character driven story and it s the kind where every single section has a little message or life lesson or something that just makes you take a step back and think about it for a minute It s not only beautifully written but it s also very well crafted and even the simplest of phrases carry rich, multi layered meaning.Everything about this story is somehow connected As a result of it taking place over so many years, we got to see how little seemingly insignificant details came into play later on in a powerful, life changing way We all fit together to create this experience we call life None of us can see the part we play or the way it all turns out Maybe the miracles that we see are just the tip of the iceberg And maybe we just don t recognize the blessings that come as a result of terrible things It brought up so many questions and things to ponder Why was someone born a certain way Why did someone survive Was there a grand design Or was it all just random chance handed out by the universe There is so muchto the story that I ve decided not to talk about in my review because I didn t know anythan I ve told you at this point when I started reading and I absolutely loved the process of just watching the story unfold and not fully knowing what to expect Just know that I do not have a single complaint about this book Not one Just trust me and read it I promise you will not be disappointed.By the end of the book, tears were streaming down my face a true testament to the overwhelming emotions it pulled out of me The ending, the last line in particular, was just perfect Like I said breathtaking This is now one of my favorites of the year Everyone should read this book This is the kind of unforgettable story that sinks into your heart and doesn t let go I can t recommend it highly enough.5 stars This is a standalone complete with epilogue Forof my reviews, book news and updates Main blog Aestas Book Blog Facebook Blog Page Twitter


  2. Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin says:

    Let Me Just .The end of this book broke my heart and made me rage Okay, the very end was a good ending But before that I just, there was, WAITSo in this book I loved many characters but my favorites were Fern, Bailey and Ambrose Fern and Bailey are cousins who live next door to each other Bailey has muscular dystropy and Fern helps him in anything he needs They are wonderful characters and funny and smart and dorks and I loved them I wanted to be their best friend Yes, I say th Let Me Just .The end of this book broke my heart and made me rage Okay, the very end was a good ending But before that I just, there was, WAITSo in this book I loved many characters but my favorites were Fern, Bailey and Ambrose Fern and Bailey are cousins who live next door to each other Bailey has muscular dystropy and Fern helps him in anything he needs They are wonderful characters and funny and smart and dorks and I loved them I wanted to be their best friend Yes, I say that a lot in books I get really involved in my books and the characters Don t judge me Anyway, so Fern falls in love with Ambrose for the first time when she meets him as a child He came over and crushed a spider outside that Fern and Bailey were watching He thought they were afraid of it and didn t understand why Bailey went inside crying Bailey has a disease It makes his muscles weak It might kill him He doesn t like it when things die It s hard for him, Fern said simply, honestly She actually sounded kinda smart Suddenly, the events at the wrestling camp earlier that summer made sense to Ambrose Bailey wasn t supposed to wrestle because he had a disease Ambrose felt bad all over again As you have guessed, Ambrose is on the wrestling team at school He ends up being a star and wins a scholarship to go to college But he has other plans He talks 4 of his teammates so sign up for the military and that is what they do They were in school when 9 11 happened and Ambrose wants to do something other than try to be a star for everyone Fern has been reading romance books since she was young and she has been writing her own books in private for just as long Only Bailey knows that she s trying to get a book deal, well until Ambrose finds out later on Fern has another best friend named Rita and at one point in their school days Rita wants to get together with Ambrose She doesn t know that Fern is crushing on him so she asks her to write some notes to Ambrose because Fern can write good stuff Well, we all know that backfires when Ambrose starts to care for Rita, writing back beautiful things and then finds out Rita and Fern were tricking him He didn t talk to them much after that So off to war they go and the book goes back and forth from the present to some things that happened in the past but it s not confusing at all When Ambrose returns home a year or two later from a horrific tragedy, he s not the same He goes back to work in his father s bakery which is in the grocery where Fern works until midnight She tries to become friends with him again In black letters she wrote KITES OR BALLOONS across the whiteboard, and she taped a red balloon, his favorite color, to the side He would know it was Fern Once upon a time, they had asked each other a million questions just like this In fact, Ambrose had been the first to ask this particular question Kites or balloons Fern has said kites because if she were a kite she could fly, but someone would always be holding onto her Ambrose had said balloons I like the idea of flying away and letting the wind take me I don t think I want anyone holding onto me Fern wondered if his response would be the same now as it had been then Gradually, Fern and Bailey bring Ambrose out of hiding He didn t want the world to see him He felt like a beast and he felt it was his fault for a lot of things that happened But the three started having a wonderful time together How could you not with Fern and Bailey But there aretragedies and the book just broke my little heart I don t want to do any spoilers for this book because this is one that you should read for yourself The feels and justthe everything Even though there were things that brought me to my knees in this book, I did love it Just know that if you read it, bring the tissues and if you have no reaction to some of the stuff then I wonder if your human Oh and there was one thing at the end that had me happy crying too MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading List


  3. Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister says:

    5 Stars A touching portrayal of not only finding beauty within, but of finding the beauty within the uglyThere s so much beauty to be found in this story, and not nearly enough words to adequately honor it This book starts off simple discreet even with an undeniable depth and wisdom that slowly sneaks up and consumes you Its incredible insight is gently suggested, but powerfully received With an expertly smooth execution, this author makes it all seem entirely effortless as she st 5 Stars A touching portrayal of not only finding beauty within, but of finding the beauty within the uglyThere s so much beauty to be found in this story, and not nearly enough words to adequately honor it This book starts off simple discreet even with an undeniable depth and wisdom that slowly sneaks up and consumes you Its incredible insight is gently suggested, but powerfully received With an expertly smooth execution, this author makes it all seem entirely effortless as she strips down life to its bare components, revealing the grace from within I fell in love with these lovingly broken and perfectly flawed characters, who each represented a unique piece of the same puzzle Fern is the girl who feels her plain and unattractive physical appearance renders her insignificant She clings to the comfort of being invisible , until she finally decides she WANTS to be seen. Her character has a quiet strength that was just as endearing as her vulnerability She s genuinely easy to love, but had difficulty recognizing her worth She s also in love with Ambrose the boy who doesn t seem to see her at all Ambrose is the competent, gorgeous star athlete who s drowning in the pressures and expectations of always having to win. When his need to escape lands him in the military during war, Ambrose suffers a tragedy as well as an injury that permanently deforms his beautiful face leaving him forever changed as he hides from the people back homeI m not ashamed to be seen with you I m ashamed to be seen Bailey is Fern s cousin who suffers the crippling effects of muscular dystrophy His love of life and ability to live freely in the moment overshadowed his physical shortcomings to the point where I was drawing strength from his character But the one thing Bailey desperately wanted was to be a hero like Ambrose Victory is in the battle The love story of Fern and Ambrose was on another level than most It didn t rely on angst or steam as its motivation, but gradually came alive through a deeper,meaningful connection There were strong religious and spiritual undertones that strengthened this story s messages without becoming preachy or judgmental The writing was phenomenal, symbolic, fresh, and original and I loved that poetry so heavily influenced this plot I must admit that this story s raw power and heartbreaking scenarios had me in an almost constant fit of tears But it was a beautiful cry fest I cried for a Fern for believing she was so incredibly insignificant because of her unremarkable appearance I cried for Ambrose s quiet strength, humility, and decency which was all I saw in both his beautiful and beastly state And for Bailey who so desperately craved becoming a hero, never realizing he was one all along All of that being said, this book honestly made me happy It truly exemplified how beauty is not found with the eye, and how strength is not only measured by physical endurance How we can often becomeperceptive as a result of what we lack rather than what we have It showed that even heroes falter, and proved how tremendous tragedies can be transformed into the greatest of blessings depending upon on how you perceive them I ll end with a poem, written by Fern felt by manyIf God made 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 a deaf man to make himreliant Is the way I look a 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 meBook Stats Genre Category Romance NA Steam Caliber Clean but passionate and sexy Romance Beautiful and angst fee Slow build Characters Layered Flawed Unique and beautiful Plot Centers on finding and loving the beauty within Writing Unique, engaging, fluid, flawless Weaves through past and present POV 3rd Person Perspective Cliffhanger None Standalone HEA view spoiler Yes hide spoiler


  4. Candace Candace says:

    This book had been on my radar for a long time Let me say that I have never read an Amy Harmon book that I didn t love So why did I put off reading this one for so long Well, I honestly just wasn t ready to suffer another heartache at the hands of this incredibly talented author Her books are always beautiful, but highly emotional I have to be in the right frame of mind to dive into one of her books, with my tissues handy and ready to shed a few tears.As expected, Making Faces was exactly This book had been on my radar for a long time Let me say that I have never read an Amy Harmon book that I didn t love So why did I put off reading this one for so long Well, I honestly just wasn t ready to suffer another heartache at the hands of this incredibly talented author Her books are always beautiful, but highly emotional I have to be in the right frame of mind to dive into one of her books, with my tissues handy and ready to shed a few tears.As expected, Making Faces was exactly the type of emotion evoking read that she is so well known for It was equal parts tragic and inspirational It was a breathtakingly beautiful journey, with a lot of loss and heartache along the way Ambrose Young is the kind of guy that everybody loves The guys want to be him and the girls just want him He s the high school wrestling star, destined to do great things On top of that, he s extremely attractive and popular Yet, there is a softer,romantic side to Ambrose that few people ever get to see.Fern Taylor is the daughter of a pastor She s somewhat sheltered and definitely not the life of the party, like Ambrose Fern shies away from the spotlight, choosing to spend her time reading and hanging out with her cousin, Bailey, who suffers from Muscular Dystrophy.Despite their differences, Fern and Ambrose form a strong bond when Fern begins penning love letters to her long time crush However, Fern isn t honest with Ambrose, pretending to be her best friend When her deceit is revealed, Ambrose feels betrayed and shuns Fern.As their high school years come to a close, Fern and Ambrose eventually find their way back to one another However, their relationship is over before it ever has a chance to take off Ambrose is enlisting in the armed services, along with several of his friends, and is set to leave town soon.When Ambrose returns, he is permanently changed After an attack that left his closest friends dead, he lives with severe facial deformities and scarring He is haunted by the traumatic events day and night To make matters worse, he is the object of scorn for some of the parents that lost their children He has become the target of their anger, a role he embraces.Eventually, Fern and Ambrose cross paths again Fern is initially shocked by the appearance of the boy that she spent so many years fantasizing about Getting over the initial surprise, she is determined to reach out to Ambrose and find the goodness that she knows lives within him As determined as he is to fade into obscurity, she is persistent and gradually works her way back into his life.As Fern and Ambrose grow closer, the lives of their friends growcomplicated Bailey lives with the pain of watching the girl he loves endure a living hell His light hearted presence in Fern and Ambrose s lives is in direct contrast to the sadness he lives with.While this book was not particularly surprising, I absolutely loved it It was everything that I expected from Amy Harmon I fell in love with these characters and could not stop listening to this story I listened to the entire book, straight through, in one day I was absolutely consumed by it Hands down, this is one of my best reads for the year I loved it Check outof my reviews at www.bookaddicthaven.com


  5. Christy Christy says:

    More than 5 Stars Wow just wow This is one of those special books I wish I could give extra stars to 5 stars, it just doesn t seem adequate When I read a story like this, it s hard to put it into words how I feel This book blew me away One of the very best books I ve read this year Fern Taylor and Ambrose Young Fern is that awkward girl Red hair, freckles, glasses, braces She loves to read, takes care of her best friend and cousin, Bailey, and remains closed off to most Those More than 5 Stars Wow just wow This is one of those special books I wish I could give extra stars to 5 stars, it just doesn t seem adequate When I read a story like this, it s hard to put it into words how I feel This book blew me away One of the very best books I ve read this year Fern Taylor and Ambrose Young Fern is that awkward girl Red hair, freckles, glasses, braces She loves to read, takes care of her best friend and cousin, Bailey, and remains closed off to most Those who know her, those who she opens up to, know that she is one of the most beautiful people on the inside Fern has been in love with Ambrose Young since they were children Ambrose is the opposite of Fern Even from a young age, he is beautiful, he is popular, he is kind Everything about Ambrose is perfect to Fern, but like most people, he never really notices Fern Could you belong to someone who didn t want you Fern decided it was possible because her heart was his, and whether or not he wanted it didn t seem to make much difference Fern and Ambrose connect in highschool in an unexpected way Through letters Ambrose doesn t know that Fern is replying to his letters He opens up to herthan he ever has with anyoneNobody or Nowhere Fern I d rather be nobody at home than somebody somewhere else Ambrose I d rather be nowhere Being nobody when your expected to be somebody gets old Fern How would you know Have you been nobody Ambrose Everybody who is somebody becomes a nobody the moment they fail When Ambrose finds out it s Fern, his feelings are conflicted Although Ambrose appears to have it all, most popular guy in the school, star wrestler with a full scholarship to college, he feels all of that weighing on him much too heavily After 9 11, Ambrose has felt he needed to do something He wants to enlist He talks to his four best friends, and they decide to go along with him Five boys, from the same small town leaving for the Army Fern stays in town after graduation She works at the same store, continues reading and writing and hanging out with Bailey, but she always thinks of Ambrose.Now that I ve mentioned Bailey, let me talk about this very special character As much as I loved Fern and Ambrose, Bailey was the very best part of this story Bailey was so strong, so resolved to live his life to the very fullest He was full of laughter, love and beauty He was sweet, funny, and was exactly the person Fern needed in her life I really agree with Fern s mother and aunt Fern and Bailey were brought into this world around the same time for each other I loved Bailey s interactions with FernDo you think there s any way someone like Ambrose could fall in love with someone like me Only if he s luckyHe also had a special relationship with AmbroseFern doesn t have a clue how pretty she is That makes her priceless Make sure you snatch her up before she clues into her good looks, BroseyAmbrose comes back from the war a changed man He is different on the inside and the out He has went through things, seen things he just can t get past As Fern comes into her self, she wants to help Ambrose come back to himself Fern is resilient She has such strength She is lovely, has a way with words and has this passion to help those she cares for Ambrose is drowning in guilt and sorrow He is not the same man he once was Fern and even Bailey at times bring him backWe all fit together to create this experience we call life None of us can see the part we play or the way it all turns out Maybe the miracles we see are just the tip of the iceburg And maybe we just don t recognize the blessings that come as a result of terrible thingsVictory is in the battle I can t tell you how many times I cried while reading thisI ll add you to my list view spoiler It wouldn t hurt so badly if I didn t love him so much That s the irony of it There isn t heartache if there hasn t been joy I wouldn t feel loss if there hadn t been love hide spoilerBut I also laughed, smiled and was just overwhelmed by the love I had for this story and these characters One of my favorite parts towards the end When you get tired of looking at me, I promise I ll sing Making Faces was heartbreaking and heartwarming Although there was sadness and loss, there was also much love, laughter and beauty After reading A Different Blue by Amy Harmon, I knew when this came out I had to read it right away What I didn t know was how deeply it would effect me This book moved me Inspired me Made me think, made me hope, made me feel The writing was phenomenal, the story one of a kind Amazing, beautiful, the best kind of book A story I will never forget And it had the best message true beauty, the kind that lasts comes from the inside of a person I ll leave you with this thought Don t wait if you haven t read this one yet, drop everything and pick it up


  6. Mo Mo says:

    4.5 StarsAmbrose But imagine him with longer hair Nobody or Nowhere Fern I d rather be nobody at home than somebody somewhere else Ambrose I d rather be nowhere Being nobody when you re expected to be somebody gets old.Fern How would you know Have you ever been nobody Ambrose Everybody who is somebody becomes nobody the moment they fall BEFORE OR AFTER Saw a review for this book and it sounded fantastic so started it yesterday SMART OR BEAUTIFUL Fern Sweet, Sweet FernThe w 4.5 StarsAmbrose But imagine him with longer hair Nobody or Nowhere Fern I d rather be nobody at home than somebody somewhere else Ambrose I d rather be nowhere Being nobody when you re expected to be somebody gets old.Fern How would you know Have you ever been nobody Ambrose Everybody who is somebody becomes nobody the moment they fall BEFORE OR AFTER Saw a review for this book and it sounded fantastic so started it yesterday SMART OR BEAUTIFUL Fern Sweet, Sweet FernThe whole storyline was very moving, the characters were interesting.It follows the lives of the characters over a number of years.It has twists and turns which I did not see coming Maybe everyone represents a piece of the puzzle We all fit together to create this experience we call life None of us can see the part we play or the way it all turns out Maybe the miracles that we see are just the tip of the iceberg And maybe we just don t recognize the blessings that come as a result of terrible things I LOVE BAILEY Ambrose turned and walked into the bakery without a backward glance Barry Manilow cried for a girl named Mandy and Fern felt like crying along with him Some of the stuff Bailey says is so funny My mom took us to a farm for my birthday and Fern and I each got to pick one from the litter I named mine Dan Gable and Fern named hers Nora Roberts Nora Roberts Yep Apparently she s some writer Fern loves her Unfortunately for Nora Roberts, she got knocked up and died giving birth The writer No The cat 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 VICTORY IS IN THE BATTLE FIREWORKS OR PARADES AW BAILEY I understand what you are sayingand I appreciate it I do But I would really like it if, just for once, I could be beautiful to you on the outside Death is easy Living is the hard part I wrote my name across your heartSo I would not forgetThe way it felt when you were bornBefore we d even metI wrote your name across my heartSo your heart beats with mineAnd when I miss you I trace Each loop and every lineI wrote your name across my heartSo we could be togetherSo I could hold you close to meAnd keep you there forever True beauty, the kind that doesn t fade or wash off, takes time It takes pressure It takes incredible endurance It is the slow drip that makes the stalactite, the shaking of the Earth that creates mountains, the constant pounding of the waves that break up the rocks and smooths the rough edges And from the violence, the furor, the raging of the winds, the roaring of the waters, something that would otherwise never exist And so we endure We have faith that there is a purpose We hope for things we can t see We believe that there are lessons in loss, power in love, and that we have within us the potential for a beauty so magnificent that our bodies can t contain it THAT BOOK WAS JUST


  7. Katerina Katerina says:

    HEART BREAKING OR HEART MENDING The answer is always the same when it comes to Amy Harmon s books Both I am not sure anything I ll say will do justice to Making Faces It was a contradiction, sunny days swimming in a lake and nights full of nightmares, a song of mourning and hope that stirred a whirlwind of emotions that could be released only through tears, a lament and an ode to beauty Beauty that can be found within, in caring, and giving and sharing And honoring those you left behind by HEART BREAKING OR HEART MENDING The answer is always the same when it comes to Amy Harmon s books Both I am not sure anything I ll say will do justice to Making Faces It was a contradiction, sunny days swimming in a lake and nights full of nightmares, a song of mourning and hope that stirred a whirlwind of emotions that could be released only through tears, a lament and an ode to beauty Beauty that can be found within, in caring, and giving and sharing And honoring those you left behind by living life to the fullest It was inspirational Devastating And undoubtedly, soul grippingDeath is easy Living is the hard partIn a small Pensylvania town, a tight knit community, remarkable things rarely happened Until a September morning that paralyzed the U.S.A and the entire world The terrorist attack that left ruins, ashes and the blood of innocents was the trigger for Ambrose Young, the most promising wrestler, the pride of Hannah Lake, to be enlisted To serve his country, and to avoid the burden of everyone s expectations He didn t leave to war alone He had his best friends by his side But he did come back alone Disfigured, drowning in guilt and sorrow The man he was Before was goneIf God made all our faces, did he laugh when he made meFern Taylor never stood out She was just the daughter of the local pastor with fiery hair and a deep love for romances that everyone overlooked But her heart was full of kindness Her best friend and cousin, Bailey, was paralyzed due to a rare disease, but that didn t prevent him from enjoying life as best as he could, even though he was aware that death was waiting in the corner Fern s days were simple Take care of Bailey, read, write, and love Ambrose Young Even when he ignored her Even when was adamant he didn t deserve to be loved.SORROW OR JOY Sorrow and joy, pain and love, all of them are interwined in Making Faces For there can be no pain and sorrow if you haven t experienced love and joy That s what Amy Harmon tries to tell, through her deeply endearing characters, the tragedies and the small and big moments of carelessness Making Faces is not about one love story It s about many love stories, for love is endless When I read this book, with reverence, with passion and compassion, I was not Katerina I was Ambrose Fern Bailey Rita A mother mourning for her son A pastor consoling his fold A town burying her children All that I was, all that I am, simply ceased to be Amy Harmon shaped and reshaped me, poured her heart out on my empty canvas, and when my cheeks were wet and my heart slowly shattering, she wiped my tears with a tender caress and sang with a soft voiceI wrote your name across my heart,So we could be togetherSo I could hold you close to meAnd keep you there foreverWar Survivor s guilt Post traumatic stress disorder Grief Illness Death Pain Amy Harmon did not spare her characters As if narrating a tale to a child, she crafted the lives of Ambrose, Fern and Bailey Ambrose lost his friends His self esteem His face How do you get used to being ugly, meeting pity when you once were Hercules When you were admired and worshiped and now you re just a pathetic shadow of your former self But in his loneliness and devastation, Ambrose got closer to Fern and Bailey, two adorable dorks, the dying boy in the wheelchair and the girl who secretly loved him since they were kids and buried a spider in the yard Fern thought that she was too plain, too ugly for Ambrose to notice her Ambrose thought Fern was too good for him But despite their doubts, a beautiful relationship blossomed between them, with the potential to lead to acceptance Healing The concept of beauty was thoroughly explored Faith was questioned Why God keeps sharing burdens and illness and death to people who don t deserve them Are some livesworthy than others Are we all a piece of a puzzle, a greater picture we cannot see, or are we simply heading towards the ultimate end with no hope for somethingUNDERSTANDING OR BELIEVING In Making Faces, I understood the insecurities of a plain girl, a former demigod and a wannabe hero And I believed in friendship In love In eternity, the eternity that Amy Harmon gifted with this little blessing, this beautiful and ugly book I cannot thank you enough, Amy HarmonVictory is in the battleYou can find this review andat BookNest


  8. Bibi Bibi says:

    If I could give this 10 stars, I would How do I explain the emotions that this book evoked Dear Lord.Reading Making Faces felt as if I was in a movie theatre, one that had a three sixty degree high definition screen, where each character was portrayed in bold and vivid colours I felt the pain, joy, sadness, victory, serenity emotions that were pulled almost effortlessly It s difficult to write a review that could even remotely explain how this story decimated my heart.From Fern to Ambrose t If I could give this 10 stars, I would How do I explain the emotions that this book evoked Dear Lord.Reading Making Faces felt as if I was in a movie theatre, one that had a three sixty degree high definition screen, where each character was portrayed in bold and vivid colours I felt the pain, joy, sadness, victory, serenity emotions that were pulled almost effortlessly It s difficult to write a review that could even remotely explain how this story decimated my heart.From Fern to Ambrose to Bailey, Rita, the Sheens, Paulie, Jesse, Bean, Grant, et al Each character was depicted with such depth, such heart, such love A love that also brought much pain and changed lives completely I ached for Fern yet I loved how fearless and selfless she was Such a beautiful soul Then there was Ambrose, our male protagonist, whom I loved because Fern loved him and when his life tragically altered, I broke and wept for him Ms Harmon adroitly mixed profound sadness with enough levity, weaving a balance many authors fail to achieve This is going on my list of favourites, absolutely


  9. Jennifer Kyle Jennifer Kyle says:

    This isn t just a military book,this isn t just a romance book, this isn t just a new adult book, For me, this is the book of 2013Victory is in the battle Amy Harmon hit it out of the park with this story The writing is PHENOMENAL the storyline UNIQUE and the characters UNFORGETTABLE This story is brilliantly told in a narrative format of Fern, Baily, Rita, Ambrose and the friends and families of Hannah Lakes, PA.The writing had me continuously highlighting quote after quote The st This isn t just a military book,this isn t just a romance book, this isn t just a new adult book, For me, this is the book of 2013Victory is in the battle Amy Harmon hit it out of the park with this story The writing is PHENOMENAL the storyline UNIQUE and the characters UNFORGETTABLE This story is brilliantly told in a narrative format of Fern, Baily, Rita, Ambrose and the friends and families of Hannah Lakes, PA.The writing had me continuously highlighting quote after quote The story brought smiles and tears and I dare a reader not to FEEL when they read this story I just loved the depth of the author s writing, the feelings, the friendships I could go on and on but simply put.Terrible things happen to everyone Brosey We re all just so caught up in our own crap that we don t see the shit everyone else is wading throughIt was absolutely beautifulBut maybe you see me because your beautiful, not because I amThis story is so muchthan it s description and the characters are the type that stay will you foreverEverbody is a main character to somebody


  10. Carol [science-fiction-fantasy.co Addict] Carol [science-fiction-fantasy.co Addict] says:

    Making Faces is the first book I have read by Amy Harmon Even though I knew what it was going to be about, I wasn t prepared for the beauty of the words I wasn t prepared for the impact the words would have on me And I wasn t prepared for the raw emotions this book would make me feel Fern Taylor is a red headed waif like girl that maybe took a little longer than some to blossom She had curly crazy red hair, was small and wore braces until her senior year in high school Her father is a Making Faces is the first book I have read by Amy Harmon Even though I knew what it was going to be about, I wasn t prepared for the beauty of the words I wasn t prepared for the impact the words would have on me And I wasn t prepared for the raw emotions this book would make me feel Fern Taylor is a red headed waif like girl that maybe took a little longer than some to blossom She had curly crazy red hair, was small and wore braces until her senior year in high school Her father is a pastor and her best friend is her cousin, Bailey, that lives next door Bailey suffers from muscular dystrophy and is bound to a wheel chair Fern has learned about love, passion and romance from her addiction to romance novels Fern is an aspiring romance novel writer Even though Fern has never had a boyfriend, she has been in love She has loved Ambrose Young since she was ten years old Where Fern was tiny, Ambrose was big He was always large for his age, and strong He learned early that he had a natural talent for wrestling He soon became the town wrestling star but along with that came the responsibility not to let his town down He was always expected to win Ambrose was also beautiful His face was beautiful, and Fern loved him But someone like Ambrose would never notice someone like Fern In their senior year, the year was 2001, and on September 11, their world was changed Ambrose felt like he wanted to forge his own path, be his own man So he convinced his four best friends to come along with him and they enlisted And as so many of the young men who went off to war to defend our country, four of those young men did not come home But Ambrose did Except the Ambrose that came home was not the same man that left His face was badly disfigured But the changes werethan what you could see on the outside Ambrose did notice Fern back in high school and she stayed on his mind all the years after he left But now, he can t stand for her to see him like this Fern doesn t see his scars though She sees the beauty of Ambrose s poetic heart But can she break through the protective walls Ambrose has built around him Can she convince him that the scars don t matterNews flash, Fern Taylor Everything has changed You are beautiful, I am hideous, you don t need me any, but I sure as hell need 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 backThis was such a beautiful and heart breaking book It was a story of three people, Fern, Ambrose and Bailey Bailey, in his wheel chair, was perhaps the strongest of them all with his eyes that missed nothing He had the courage of a lion Ambrose who was big, strong, athletic, a natural leader But he had a poetic heart, a love of Shakespeare, of beautiful words And Fern, little Fern with the biggest heart of all, who sees something in Ambrose that perhaps Ambrose didn t even understand Ambrose doesn t feel worthy of Fern s love She could have any man Why would she want him with his scarred face and scarred heartNo, Fern I m not ashamed to be seen with you I m ashamed to be seenBut slowly, Fern and Bailey together break through Ambrose s walls and he opens to them, slowly regaining his self confidence, re entering societyShe was right He was partially blind, but in spite of that, maybe because of that, he was seeing thingsclearly than he ever had beforeTheir happiness is short lived, as tragedy enters their lives onceWill this bring them closer together or tear apart the tentative bonds they have built This book will make you smile, break your heart, and put it back together again The words are so beautiful, the quotes breathtaking It is my first Amy Harmon book but will not be my last


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