Making Faces

Making Faces

by Amy Harmon

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Ambrose Young was beautiful. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492976424
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/20/2013
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Amy Harmon is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of ten novels. Her books are now being published in 13 languages around the globe.

She knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and 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.

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Making Faces 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 223 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story.
Wendylu4 More than 1 year ago
I was absolutely blown away by this book. I was so caught in the story that was woven I finished it in one day. While the story is about 5 young men who go to war with only 1 returning it is so much more. We start with them in high school and the trials of being the golden boy, the ugly duckling, etc. We get multiple POV's. We see the bonds that are forged and how things can change in an instant. Some are left to grieve and pick up pieces. We have an unexpected hero, we have love, friendship and loyalty. it is one of the most complex and moving books I have had the pleasure of reading. Definitely worth 5 stars and a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank you Ms. Harmon. You were able to pull me in to your story in a way that made me feel like I was there with Fern, Ambrose and Bailey... experiencing life, loss, sorrow and pain right along with them. The way you are able to make your audience understand that these events are what make the good moments more recognizable and appreciated made me decide to buy every single one of your books. I have not regretted that decision. I highly recommend this book to everyone I know that appreciates a well written and emotional read, along with a box of tissue.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A quick read will have your heart swell up, not pretentious or too cheesy. A lovely story.
KittyKat4 More than 1 year ago
*This book was received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review* This was one of the most memorable and emotionally moving books I have read in my entire life. The book not only deals with loss and grief and how they effect a town, but is also a discussion of coping with what life throws at you and appreciating the simple things that many of us take for granted. It is beautifully written , with a complex and multifaceted plot, and I loved the main character Fern and her next door neighbour, best friend and cousin Bailey. The transformation of Ambrose after he comes back from the war in Iraq is also quite intense and gripping. There was some religious aspects discussed throughout the book however these aspects weren't shoved down the reader's throat. Overall, this was an amazing read which I could talk about for hours and hours.
FS_Meurinne More than 1 year ago
This is one of those great amazing books that might become a classic in the future. Amy Harmon, is just an amazing writer. This book will make you cry, smile and just have your heart tumbling all over the place. You can’t give more than five stars to this book, but in should have it’s own category. It will become a must read for everyone. Few books had me naked emotionally and gave me a boost at the same time. I would quote the entire book, because it got me, it dived into my heart and I am not sure I will ever forget about it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A beautiful story. Made me cry and laugh and mourn right along with the characters. Dont get me wrong, its not overly depressing, but really quite emotional in a good way. A good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read it in one day. Wonderful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was hard to put down. I highly recommend this to anyone. Definitely a must read!
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Not quite what I expected but was okay .
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
Where do I even begin? Amy Harmon does it again with Making Faces, a novel that pulled me in many directions as it dealt with diversity, romance, friendship, family, war and life. Every time I read one of her novels, I feel that I have just read my favorite Harmon story so as of right now, I have read four novels of Amy’s and I have four favorites of Amy’s. Amy stories come at me, she holds nothing back as her characters share their lives with me, their drama keeps me up at night as I become one with their world. I highly recommend you read one of Amy’s novels, Making Faces is a fantastic one to start with because as of right now, it is my favorite. Fern, Rita and Bailey have been friends for years. I truly enjoyed and adored these relationships, they were great diverse and unique individuals who were dealing with major decisions and life. Bailey lives in the moment believing that his days are numbered because of the disease which has taken over his body causing him to rely on a wheelchair for transportation. Fern, is a close friend of Bailey’s who is also a closet writer. She hopes that someday her romance stories will be published but in the meantime, she’ll read other author’s novels and dream. I was touched reading their stories and when Rita was introduced, she fit right in with them. Wanting to seduce the sexy Ambrose with written text, Rita turns to her good friend Fern who is talented with words. Fern’s written words just might be what attracts Ambrose to Rita if all goes well and things don’t get too complicated. It’s their senior year, college is just around the corner for some and for others…what is their option? Of course, it’s going to get complicated.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books that lives inside you. Give yourself the give of every word it has inside.