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.
I don’t know about you, but this summer was very busy. Actually for me, I have been been running ragged since about April of last year. Many of you know my daughter graduated High School last year so with that came a crazy, wild, yet fun adventure – full of planning parties, shopping for college and then eventually sending her off to school. Yep, that last part wasn’t too much fun, but what can ya do?
Because of my schedule I haven’t posted a Sample Sunday in a couple of months, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t had the opportunity to listen to an audio book. I read Making Faces at the end of October of 2013 (My 6 Star Review). It was a top favorite of the year, and I still think about it often. So when the opportunity became available to listen to this extraordinary book, I jumped at the chance.
What made this special was being able to share it with my daughter (this is the second audio sharing with her) and my son! We were in the car a lot, between shopping trips and college visits, so there was ample opportunity to listen. My son is a wrestler and my daughter was a four-year wrestling manager during high school, so my children took special interest in this story based on that fact alone.
I remember one trip to the mechanics where we were going to pick up my daughter’s car (about a 30 minute drive from our home) and we had just gotten to the part in the story where the boys are talking about enlisting. My kids asked me to keep driving so they could continue listening. They didn’t want to stop.
An added bonus to listening to this with the two of them, was this gave us an opportunity to discuss some issues. Both of my children were too young to remember 911, so this story opened up a discussion about that day. We also talked about bullying and judging people. This was an amazing experience to have with them, and I am grateful for it!
My kids loved the story for the first time, I loved the story the second time.
Listening to Making Faces was like a cherry on top of an ice cream sunday, it splendidly topped off what was already an extraordinary creation.
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About Amy Harmon
Amy Harmon is a USA Today and New York Times Bestselling author. Amy 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. Her books are now being published in several countries, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Levan, Utah.
Amy Harmon has written seven novels – the USA Today Bestsellers, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, as well as Slow Dance in Purgatory, Prom Night in Purgatory, Infinity + One and the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue. Her newest release, The Law of Moses, is now available. For updates on upcoming book releases, author posts and more, join Amy at www.authoramyharmon.com