Making Faces

Making Faces

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by Amy Harmon

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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…  See more details below


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.

Editorial Reviews

The Romance Cover - Donna Cooksley Sanderson
"So good, I mean really good. Amy Harmon has never disappointed and this book is totally brilliant. Heart breaking and heart warming at the same time, moving, thought provoking, poignant. Just an amazing all-around read."
A Love Affair with Books - Emma Corcoran
"Making Faces reminds us of morals that are all to often forgotten or lost in modern life. The underlying story of heroism and courage had me rooting for the unconventional hero and inevitably crushed me. Beauty may be skin deep, but this story is deep on such a level that it will stay with you for a long, long time."
Author of Rising - Holly Kelly
"Occasionally you read a book that hits you like a freight train. That's exactly what this book did to me. It's the most powerful book I've ever read--and believe me, I've read a LOT of books."

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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. For updates on upcoming book releases, author posts and more, join Amy on or on facebook at

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Making Faces 4.8 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 202 reviews.
pageprincess_50 More than 1 year ago
A DON'T-MISS-IT STORY "I wrote your name across my heart, So we could be together So I could hold you close to me And keep you there forever." As the kids say “OH, the feels!” Somebody should have told me I would need Kleenex for this book. Why didn’t somebody warn me?! This story made me cry…a LOT. My husband will tell you that I cry easily: if I’m happy, I cry. If I’m sad, I cry. If I’m feeling patriotic, I cry. If something is adorable, I cry. This book had a bit of each of this. I cried, and cried, and cried. The lose your mascara, red nose, and red eyes kind of crying. I only wish I could unread this story so that I could read it for the first time, again. This is one of those few that I will put on my shelf of books that I will re-read again and again. As I was nearing the end of this book, the phone rang. My customer asked me if I was sick. I told her, no, I was crying. As it turns out, she belongs to a book club. I gave her the information for this book and she is going to suggest it for her group. I was very happy to recommend it for them. This is the first of Ms. Harmon’s books that I have read. My TBR list just grew, because I now NEED to read more from this talented author. Category: NA, contemporary romance Received from: Amy Harmon (in exchange for an honest review) Recommended for: mature teens and up Grammar/editing: A – near perfect
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read! I laughed I cried, one of the best books I've ever read. A must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I feel so lost, yet so complete after just finishing this! I am in awe, I am stunned, and I am speechless. The power that this book holds is seriously unfathomable. Amy Harmon has such a way with delivery, intertwining and bringing this story full circle. So glad I had another room to disappear into so my husband didn't have to witness my bouts of uncontrollable crying.  This didn't feel like a work of fiction to me. It felt real, I connected with it on so many levels and in so many ways. Amy tapped into my emotions and I related to all of the characters in this third person point of view book. I am about to go harass the serious book people I know, the ones who need that next great story, because THIS IS IT PEOPLE!!  This is the type of book that everyone should read. There are lessons we can all learn from within these pages
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book told a story. A blessed story. It didn't introduce me to the characters, it put me into the book like no other has ever done. Fern, Ambrose and Bailey were my friends. I cried and truly mourned. This book was thought provoking and beautiful. I will highly recommend this book to anyone who will listen. It is truly amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't write reviews often, mostly because I can never articulate my feelings for a book that would touch me so deeply and wonderfully that a review is the only thanks I can extend. Making Faces is a joy. It is a beauty. Thank you Amy Harmon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was wonderful and will make you think about life and all the things you might take for granted...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If i could rate this book more than 5 stars I would give it a 10! Making faces is by far one of the best books I have ever read, and I have read tons! This is a MUST READ!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book started slow but 2/3 into it, the story became more fluid and engaging. It ended up being a beautiful tale of love and second opportunities. The main characters are amazing, in their innocence, their pure hearts, and willingness to fight and find a way to be happy. It is a terrific love story, but don't expect charged sex scenes. It is not sexually graphic at all. It is a different type of romance, more focused on love in general than in sexuality. It is unique story, with solid and extraordinary yet mundane characters, and very worth reading.
Cupcakegirly More than 1 year ago
I needed a break from my "To Be Reviewed" pile and saw that a few of my bookish friends - ones who don't usually read the same kinds of books - had read this. So I bought it, opened it up and thought I would just "peek" at it. SWEET MINI CUPCAKES...there is no "peeking" at Ambrose Young and Fern Taylor. It's more like, "Hey kids, it's a Survivor dinner night. (If you hope to survive until breakfast you better fix yourself some dinner because Mom is reading.), and "Don't wait up for me honey because I can't put this book down." No, Really. It's difficult for me to put into words just how much I loved this story. It's about a boy who has it all, beauty, brains and brawn. (And the most amazing hair! Not really. Okay, maybe a little.) Who takes it for granted (not on purpose) and loses it all. Or so he thinks. *squishy hugs Ambrose* And then there is the girl. The one with the red hair, buck teeth and heart big enough to love the world around her into oblivion. Fern has been overlooked her whole life. But what Fern lacks in physical beauty, she more than makes up for in her ability to see people for who they really are. And she has always seen Ambrose Young. Always. This story and these characters will break your heart in the best way possible. And it isn't just about love and romance, although there is plenty of that. *cue face fanning* It's also about friendship, forgiveness and faith and serves as a beautiful reminder of what really matters when we look at a person. I've seen quite a few reviews where people have liked everything about this book EXCEPT for the fact that it mentions God and quotes a few Scriptures. This is not an alter call book, and believe me, I have read my fair share of those and promptly thrown them against the wall. I don't like to be preached at either and if anything, this book encouraged and helped to remind me that while physical beauty is hard not to focus on it's fleeting. The heart of a person is what really makes them beautiful. This is a YA/NA crossover because the characters are teenagers when we meet them and follows them into their early twenties. Bailey is a slight potty mouth which only makes him that much more endearing and there is no sex in this book. HOWEVER, it should come with a warning..."Certain scenes may encourage seeking out spouse and/or significant other and kissing their face off." “There's a lot I don't understand... but not understanding is better than not believing” "Scripture comforts me, and romance novels give me hope." "Oh yeah? Hope for what?" "Hope that I'll be doing more than quoting scripture with Ambrose Young in the very near future".
kansasfreak More than 1 year ago
Wow! This book deserves so much more than just 5 stars. It is one of the best books I have ever read. It will make you laugh, cry, but more than anything... it will give you hope.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow. A beautiful story.
ShannonOS 19 days ago
MyndiL 29 days ago
I found this story to be incredibly touching. I think it would be especially poignant for older teen girls. The story leads us through the story of a small town and specifically through the lives of three central characters and several minor ones. I felt it was about insecurities and being able to look past them or move on from them. It was also about loss and how every one deals with loss differently. And a lot of the story focused on beauty and how outer beauty can be deceiving and how one needs to truly get a look below the surface to see the true beauty (or lack thereof) in a person and to see their true worth. I know that a story like this with three main characters who are going through such different things in their own lives will speak differently to the reader based on who she/he identifies with. For me, I seemed to relate more to one of the minor characters and I'm sure that colored my view of the main story too. I found the whole book to be beautifully emotional and I'm glad I read it.
bumbaree00 7 months ago
MUST READ STORY!!! This was so amazingly written; Amy Harmon knocked this out of the park. You get so drawn in to the characters. Ambrose and Fern hook you and show you that true beauty is on the inside and outward beauty can be taken away. This book really has three main characters, the third being Fern's cousin, Riley, who you instantly fall absolutely in love with. This book will make you laugh and cry and it will warm your heart. One of the best books I have read in a really long time. It has romance, but it leaves so much of it to your imagination so it is really a good read for adults and young adults alike. Be ready to fall in love with these characters and with Amy Harmon in this book.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Love all her books!!
Anonymous 12 months ago
Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are no words for how beautiful and incredible read this was. Wow wow wow
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Its been awhile that a book has moved me as much as this one. I laughed and I definitly cried. Such a great story to read. Loved it
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This is not your typical cheap romance. This is a live story that truly resonates with anyone who has ever loved someone, lost someone or seen people they love struggle with loving themselves, moving on and living life. This is a story that is at the level of Nicholas Sparks or Nora Roberts! It's really THAT well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was recommended to me by a friend. It is an easy read. Has sad moments and happy moments as well as inspirational moments. You love the story starting with page one, those are stories I enjoy.
ktnbobsmom More than 1 year ago
Oh. My. God!  Nobody makes me cry my own tears!  Nobody! ...But Amy Harmon.   This book made me shed a lot of them but it also made me laugh!  It was a beautiful, heart wrenching story that I just didn't expect. While it probably is a book geared more toward teens because of the age of the characters, they grow in the story and are the most endearing characters I've ever had the pleasure of meeting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was good but not awesome . Slow at first but all in all a good book