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 little beauty and a little beast in all of us.
When I read this book, I was really apprehensive that it would be draggy and boring due to the book covering several years. However, I was surprised. There was so much in this book. It has emotion, heartbreak, love, surprises, and twists.
The book was perfect. Most importantly, the way the soldiers were portrayed in this book was extremely accurate. The emotions inn the characters appeared natural and realistic. The romance also was nice and slow paced.
The relationship between Ambrose and Fern is delicate and beautiful. Both are broken souls. Ambrose is suffering from severe PTSD and Fern is coping with her insecurities. Fern has also been in love with Ambrose since she was 10. Her love for Ambrose is unbelievable. She loves him despite his now mangled face. She loved him in his lowest moments. And what is unbelievable is she confessed her love and allowed him to slowly reciprocate the feelings. She did not go out and start dating madly. She waited and that is once virtue I loved about Fern: patience.
Ambrose is a great male lead for this book. He is scarred and broken. His actions seem immature and he appears mysterious. However, he is an amazing hero. He redeems himself through his actions. He loves Fern who she is. The words and the dialogue are amazing.
I could ramble on and on about how great this book is. If you are looking for a heart breaking, inspirational, and redeeming novel, then this is the novel for you. Beauty and the Beast fans will love this heartbreaking, emotional tale.