by Amy Harmon
Released: October 12th 2013
Published by Self Published
“…if you fancy an innocent romance, packed full of emotions and some unforgettable characters, give this a try.”
~ Under the Covers
Fern Taylor have been in love with Ambrose Young since she was a child, but in high school she was the geeky kid with ginger hair and braces and he was the school hot shot, gorgeous and good at everything he did. In the present day, he isn’t quite what he was, after going to war he came back a different man, scarred, rather than beautiful, and alone where before he was surrounded by friends. Fern sees the broken man she loves and is determined to bring him back.
Apparently when Making Faces was released back in October 2013 it really captured everyone judging by all the 4 and 5 stars review I have seen. I was always a little slow with trends, so I have only just picked this book up 2 years later, am I glad I gave it a go? Am I conforming popular opinion in regards to Making Faces ? Yes to the former and kinda to the latter. Yes I am glad I read this, it definitely drew me and I went through a gamut of emotion; I was crying, I was laughing I was awwing, it really tugs on your heart strings. But, it hasn’t quite inspired me to give it top ratings.
Before I go and and explain why I haven’t quite caught Making Faces fever (2 years later), I would like to tell you exactly why I can see why everyone else did. It was so incredibly sweet, especially Fern, the heroine she wasn’t really the popular feisty kind of heroine, instead she was really nice, kind and the type of person you would be lucky to have as a best friend, you are rooting for her. Making Faces also touches on a subject that I am pretty sure goes to everyone’s heart; young soldiers returning from the front line not quite the same as when they left. Harmon did this really well, the heartbreak felt not just by Ambrose but by the whole town.
Now, we come to the relationship that I loved in this book, the relationship that had me ugly crying, that between Fern and her disabled cousin Bailey. Bailey has a muscle wasting disease which basically means he slowly losing use of his body as his muscles die, Fern is his carer and also his best friend. I LOVE those two together, Bailey’s attitude towards his disability is inspiring and the way Fern cares for him, like it is an honour rather than a burden is the same. I am actually tearing up thinking about this. For me Bailey stole the show in this book, he is what I will remember when I think of this book, I can’t help but being a little in love with him.
On to the two reasons why I didn’t really jump on the band wagon with this:
- Ambrose and Fern: They were lovely together…as friends. I never caught the romance vibe between the two of them and it isn’t even the fact that this is a chaste romance, I can read a book without sex, I just thought there was just no chemistry between them. So, for me the romance part of this book just didn’t hit the spot.
- Huh? Christian Romance: I had no idea this was a Christian romance, and although this doesn’t necessarily detract from the book, it was just unexpected. Not that this was an in-your-face kind of Christian romance, it was more like a theme in the background, especially as Fern was the vicar’s daughter.
I did enjoy this book and I am definitely going to read something else by Amy Harmon, if you fancy an innocent romance, packed full of emotions and some unforgettable characters, give this a try.
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Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?