Blog Tour: Making Faces by Amy Harmon -Review+Giveaway

27237358Title: Making Faces

Author: Amy Harmon

Release Date: February 21, 2017

Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

Synopsis: The Spencer Hill Press release will have Bonus Content never before available.

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.

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I absolutely loved Harmon’s The Law of Moses The Song of David, so I knew that I was in for an emotional roller coaster with this book. I love the way she writes and creates these memorable characters. By the time I got to the end of this story, I felt like I was floating or something. As sad as some of this was, I didn’t cry. Instead, I tried to understand the messages that this story had to offer. A once beautiful boy returns home a scarred man, and is emotionally detached. A once ugly girl has now become beautiful in the eyes of said ugly boy.

Don’t let those words offend you, it’s just the way I see Ambrose and Fern. It took a lot of heartache and pain for Ambrose to really see Fern; which made me appreciate this story all the more. Fern is a hopeless romantic. I liked that quality about her, but the fact that she was so insecure about herself in the beginning made me not LOVE her. Ambrose is not the beautiful, confidant boy before Iraq. He’s seen terrible things, and terrible things have happened to him. And we’ve all read these types of stories before, but I don’t think I’ve ever read one quite like this. Harmon has a way with words, and before you know it you’re so emotionally invested in the story, that by the end you’re not sure how to feel. 

This is a story that’s meant to be savored. You can’t fly through it so easily, because the characters’ struggles are real and you feel so connected to them. I don’t like to define people by their looks, so I was hesitant in the beginning. It turns out so beautiful, and I love the supporting characters. Bailey is just as important a character as Fern, so that added even more to the story. I have never just wanted to be in the presence of a character so badly. He’s just so……gah! I loved his outlook, even when he has physical disabilities. Such a wise character, and the author really brought him to life.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll most likely be saying it again, Amy Harmon has a gift. There are incredible writers everywhere, and I’ve yet to experience them all, but there are no words for how great she is. If you’ve not tried her books, then I have no idea what you are waiting for. I recommend starting with Making Faces, or you know, my all-time favorite – The Law of Moses. Who cares where you start, just go grab her books! 

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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One copy of Making Faces; open to US only

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Also by Amy Harmon: The Law of Moses | The Song of David

11 thoughts on “Blog Tour: Making Faces by Amy Harmon -Review+Giveaway

  1. The way you’ve written this review has me convinced I need to try some of this author’s novels and that includes this one. I have them down on my TBR. It sounds so moving and like it really touched you when you were reading it. I also really like the sound of getting to know the characters and really getting an emotional connection. Brilliant review, Lekeisha ❤


  2. She’s got quite a bit of following. I know I read a couple of her books upon the urging of many. I’m definitely interested to read this even though it sounds like it’s going to break me.


  3. I haven’t read her work before, but from your gushing review of her writing, she definitely has a gift for making her readers feel emotions right along with her characters. I love this and must read her books.


  4. Their situations are interesting, but I like how you describe how things change with circumstances and give them a new chance at a different life than the road they were on.


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