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.(
What a great book. An author I love and a fellow book blogger/reviewer were talking about this book on twitter. They highly recommended it and I decided I would give it a try. The author is new to me so I wasn’t sure what to expect. The plot was quite intriguing and I couldn’t wait to get started.
Making Faces focuses on three main characters. I guess I could say there is a hero and heroine, but there was also a cousin/friend that I feel was just as important to the story. I really connected with these characters. I loved each of them for different reasons. Not only did I like the main characters, I also liked most of the secondary characters as well with the exception of one.
The story and situations these characters faced were at times heart wrenching. I must admit that I cried several times while reading this one. The story was also well written and it not only captured my attention in the beginning, but it also held it until the very end. There wasn’t a time where I found myself skimming.
The sexual content is non-existent. As in there is none and that’s okay because this isn’t your normal romance novel. The story is much deeper than that.
I found a few situations the characters were in to be predictable, but that didn’t take away from the overall story.
Making Faces ranks up there as being one of my favorite reads of 2013. If I could describe this story in a couple words they would be “Amazingly Beautiful.”