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.
Title: Making Faces
Author: Amy Harmon
Release Date: October 20, 2013
Formats: 500 pages, 6×9, softcover; e-book
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Wow. This book was beautifully written and surprised me with some of the direction it took. I had heard it was connected to “Beauty and the Beast” so I was expecting more of a modern-day retelling, but that’s not really what it is. Instead, it focuses more on dealing with loss and discovering true beauty. I loved that one of the characters had Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy as my younger brother suffered from this disease — her descriptions of the disease were quite accurate based on my family’s experience. And I also liked the wrestling aspect as my husband’s family are big wrestlers. Amazing story!