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THE QUEEN and the CURE (The Bird and the Sword Chronicles #2) by AMY HARMON :: REVIEW

5 Magnificent stars!
Fantasy romance series.
This can be read as a standalone but we recommend reading the first book – it’s stunning!

SYNOPSIS

“There will be a battle, and you will need to protect your heart.”

Kjell of Jeru had always known who he was. He’d never envied his brother or wanted to be king. He was the bastard son of the late King Zoltev and a servant girl, and the ignominy of his birth had never bothered him.

But there is more to a man than his parentage. More to a man than his blade, his size, or his skills, and all that Kjell once knew has shifted and changed. He is no longer simply Kjell of Jeru, a warrior defending the crown. Now he is a healer, one of the Gifted, and a man completely at odds with his power.

Called upon to rid the country of the last vestiges of the Volgar, Kjell stumbles upon a woman who has troubling glimpses of the future and no memory of the past. Armed with his unwanted gift and haunted by regret, Kjell becomes a reluctant savior, beset by old enemies and new expectations. With the woman by his side, Kjell embarks upon a journey where the greatest test may be finding the man she believes him to be.


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Reviewed by Gitte and Jenny

(Note: Possible spoilers for The Bird and the Sword)

“I have been hated before. But I don’t know if I’ve been loved. I think…once…I must have been, because I know how to love.”

It was a year ago when Amy Harmon first led us into her Fantasy world in The Bird and the Sword in which she enchanted us with the charming magic and beauty of her vivid storytelling. The minute we closed that book we hoped Amy Harmon would write more and she did! Now, a year later, we’ve just finished devouring The Queen and the Cure, and again, we’re left in absolute awe of this lady’s incredible ability to take us into her world and feed our imaginations, sweeping us up in her captivating story, unable to move for a minute and unwilling to leave her world, becoming completely lost in this story; mesmerised until the last page was read.

The Queen and the Cure is breathtaking. This book isn’t a read, it’s an adventure; and it’s one that had our hearts racing, breaking, filling with love and brimming with warmth. There are epic battle scenes, edge of your seat thrills and suspense, unforgettable characters and epic soul deep love and oh the romance….our stars, the romance was beguiling! It’s a story that reminds us that love, hope, faith and selflessness are possibly the greatest gifts of all.

“Some things cannot be healed. They must simply be endured.”

In the land of Tellers, Healers, Changers and Spinners…the gifted, once shunned and feared are beginning to gain acceptance. Though for Sasha, her gift comes at a cost. Sasha was one of the most serene, sweet and beautiful heroines we’ve ever met. Yet, for all her gentleness there is a tenaciousness and bravery to this demure young lady, we found inspiring.

‘She saw him.
He saw her.
And they saw nothing else.’

Kjell of Jeru, oh this man! What a contradiction. A loyal, honourable warrior and a gentle Healer. The unlucky in love Kjell held our hearts in his strong, capable hands. The stoic, brave Captain, oh my Captain…….A natural born protector whose heart has been closed off to love after being deceived in a cruel and hurtful way. This man was the epitome of a hero.

‘He would be a good man. A wise man. A gentleman. For the first time in his life he would be a gentle man.’

Sasha comes into Kjell’s life in a sad and tragic way, with Kjell instantly feeling a natural protectiveness to her together with a connection he tries to avoid. However, Sasha might just be his undoing, possessing the ability to break through his wounded heart.

“I fell in love with you in pieces. Layer by layer, day by day, inch by inch.”

We won’t give anything away because to do so would be a travesty to the spellbinding story Amy Harmon has created. There are twists we didn’t see coming which left us exclaiming loudly and twisting our world upside down. We were kept on our toes with the excitement, feeling the romance and love within the depths of our hearts experiencing the true passion between Sasha and Kjell – not the Kindle fanning kind, but the sort that overwhelms all senses and feelings.

“I love her more than I’ve ever loved anything – or anyone – before. It was never a choice. “

We loved everything, absolutely everything about this magnificent story. As we closed our Kindles, hearts full, exhausted and breathless from our adventures in these great lands, we bid farewell for now but leave with a longing and a hope in our hearts that Amy Harmon has a little more adventure left in her to once again revisit this series because we would happily jump back in in a heartbeat! Please, Amy, we would love more! On that note, we’ll leave the final words to Tiras…..The Creator have mercy, brother. What a tale……What a tale.”

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THE BIRD and the SWORD Book One (Standalone)

                  

THE QUEEN and the CURE Book Two (Standalone)

          


  MORE FABULOUS BOOKS by AMY

Amy Harmon

Running Barefoot – Standalone :amazon usamazon uk
  A Different Blue – Standalone : our review |  amazon us | amazon uk
  Making Faces – Standalone : our reviewamazon us | amazon uk
Infinity + One – Standalone :our reviewamazon us | amazon uk
The Law of Moses – Standaloneamazon us | amazon uk
 The Song of David : amazon us | amazon uk
This has interconnecting characters  – to avoid spoilers it is recommended reading
The Law of Moses first.

 

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THE BIRD and the SWORD (The Bird and the Sword Chronicles #1) by AMY HARMON

Standalone fantasy romance

‘Silence, daughter. Stay alive.’


5+ STAR REVIEW : THE BIRD and the SWORD by AMY HARMON


the bird and the sword

SYNOPSIS

Swallow, Daughter, pull them in, those words that sit upon your lips. Lock them deep inside your soul, hide them ‘til they’ve time to grow. Close your mouth upon the power, curse not, cure not, ‘til the hour. You won’t speak and you won’t tell, you won’t call on heav’n or hell. You will learn and you will thrive. Silence, Daughter. Stay alive.

The day my mother was killed, she told my father I wouldn’t speak again, and she told him if I died, he would die too. Then she predicted the king would trade his soul and lose his son to the sky.

My father has a claim to the throne, and he is waiting in the shadows for all of my mother’s words to come to pass. He wants desperately to be king, and I just want to be free.

But freedom will require escape, and I’m a prisoner of my mother’s curse and my father’s greed. I can’t speak or make a sound, and I can’t wield a sword or beguile a king. In a land purged of enchantment, love might be the only magic left, and who could ever love . . . a bird?

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SPOILER FREE REVIEW – Reviewed by  Gitte & Jenny

 “You are a dangerous little bird. But I think I will keep you.”

Oh wow…..SERIOUSLY, OH WOW! We’ve always known that Amy Harmon is a fabulous story-teller from previous books we’ve read; her words spinning tales of powerful soul-full beauty. However, we were not prepared for The Bird and the Sword. It surpassed every expectation and imagination. It was quite simply masterful brilliance. It was magical. It was EVERYTHING.

“Silence daughter, stay alive.”

“I can’t heal what isn’t broken.”

We love our paranormal reads, our fantasy and our otherworldly stories, they offer complete escape into a magical and mysterious world where good and evil reside, wars are fought and loyalties tested. We do find though that they are few and far between or don’t quite hit the spot we crave to be filled.

‘Yearning. There it was again. Suddenly yearning had a flavor. It tasted like a king, a beautiful, frightening, infuriating man who flew into my life and began to free my words.’

Well, this did not just simply fill it – it overflowed with stunning, breath-taking moments of pure magic as Amy Harmon’s world consumed us and her characters captivated us. We fell in love with absolutely everything in this flawless, thrilling and epic tale of cursed ones, greed and magic as well as the ultimate, love.

“You glow, Lark.”

Then why does no one see me?

“I see you.”

Without question, this has now become our favourite book by Amy Harmon- so creative with such stunning vivid imagery, we lived in a world of enchantment rapidly turning pages from start to finish inhaling every word spoken- or not. The gift of words have never been more apropos and we cannot recommend The Bird And The Sword highly enough – we are quite simply lost for words sitting in complete awe right now.

“I have taken. Endlessly. And you have given endlessly….. You were not supposed to love me, Lark. I did not set out to make you love me. And I was not supposed to love you. But I do. And it is terrible.”

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THE BIRD AND THE SWORD SERIES is available to purchase below

THE BIRD and the SWORD Book One (Standalone)

                  

THE QUEEN and the CURE Book Two (Standalone)

          

  MORE BOOKS by AMY

Amy Harmon

Running Barefoot – Standalone :amazon usamazon uk
  A Different Blue – Standalone : our review |  amazon us | amazon uk
  Making Faces – Standalone : our reviewamazon us | amazon uk
Infinity + One – Standalone :our reviewamazon us | amazon uk
The Law of Moses – Standaloneamazon us | amazon uk
 The Song of David : amazon us | amazon uk
This has interconnecting characters  – to avoid spoilers it is recommended reading
The Law of Moses first.

 

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THE SONG OF DAVID by AMY HARMON

The song

SYNOPSIS

This is David ‘Tag’ Taggert’s book, a supporting character introduced in The Law of Moses. This is a stand-alone story, but it is highly recommended that The Law of Moses be read first to avoid spoilers.

She said I was like a song. Her favorite song. A song isn’t something you can see. It’s something you feel, something you move to, something that disappears after the last note is played.

I won my first fight when I was eleven years old, and I’ve been throwing punches ever since. Fighting is the purest, truest, most elemental thing there is. Some people describe heaven as a sea of unending white. Where choirs sing and loved ones await. But for me, heaven was something else. It sounded like the bell at the beginning of a round, it tasted like adrenaline, it burned like sweat in my eyes and fire in my belly. It looked like the blur of screaming crowds and an opponent who wanted my blood. 

For me, heaven was the octagon.

Until I met Millie, and heaven became something different. I became something different. I knew I loved her when I watched her stand perfectly still in the middle of a crowded room, people swarming, buzzing, slipping around her, her straight dancer’s posture unyielding, her chin high, her hands loose at her sides. No one seemed to see her at all, except for the few who squeezed past her, tossing exasperated looks at her unsmiling face. When they realized she wasn’t normal, they hurried away. Why was it that no one saw her, yet she was the first thing I saw?

If heaven was the octagon, then she was my angel at the center of it all, the girl with the power to take me down and lift me up again. The girl I wanted to fight for, the girl I wanted to claim. The girl who taught me that sometimes the biggest heroes go unsung and the most important battles are the ones we don’t think we can win.

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Guest Reviewed by Rachel

✯✯✯✯✯ Stars

“Do I make you feel more alive?”

Sometimes we come across a book that we don’t just read, we inhale where every word feels like poetry as our brain translates the story to us. When the characters seep there way into our souls, you can almost taste and touch along side them, and their emotions squeeze around your heart giving it a physical ache. That’s how I felt with The Song of David by Amy Harmon.

The Song of David is the story of Tag an MMA fighter who had a big role in The Law of Moses, and if you haven’t read that book, then try and read that first because I promise you, you will love it. Tag was a tortured young man with lots of severe problems, but I am so glad he got to tell his story as his character, although troubled, was one of great strength. Moses and Tag were an unlikely match to form such an amazing bond but through circumstance they became like brothers. Moses has a significant role in this story and the bond between them is purely magical.

“I love you Millie. And it’s the most amazing feeling, the most incredible thing I’ve ever felt. I can’t hold it in my chest, that feeling .So it spills out of me whenever you’re around. It spills out of my mouth and my eyes and ears. It spills out of my fingertips and makes me walk faster and talk louder and feel more alive. Do you feel that, Millie? Do I make you feel more alive?”

This story is one of the most beautiful heart felt tales to date. A young man, a natural born fighter having to use his fighting skills in a whole new light. Along the way he meets Millie who has her own set of difficulties to deal with, and together they find out just how much their struggles are irrelevant to the bigger picture. There are so many lessons to be learnt from this book and I’m sure each and every one who reads it will find their own message in the story line.

I don’t cry very often in books but after I finished I was left drained mentally but felt rewarded at the same time with the beautiful experience this has given me and one I can’t recommend highly enough.

 ♥ ♥

The song

THE SONG OF DAVID
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Law and Song

THE LAW OF MOSES
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INFINITY + ONE by AMY HARMON

infinity +one

SYNOPSIS
When two unlikely allies become two unwitting outlaws, will two unforgettable lovers defy unbeatable odds?Bonnie Rae Shelby is a superstar. She’s rich. She’s beautiful. She’s impossibly famous. And Bonnie Rae Shelby wants to die.
Finn Clyde is a nobody. He’s broken. He’s brilliant. He’s impossibly cynical. And all he wants is a chance at life.
One girl. One boy. An act of compassion. A bizarre set of circumstances. And a choice – turn your head and walk away, or reach out your hand and risk it all?
With that choice, the clock starts ticking on a man with a past and a girl who can’t face the future, counting down the seconds in an adventure riddled with heartbreak and humor, misunderstanding and revelation. With the world against them, two very different people take a journey that will not only change their lives, but may cost them their lives as well.
Infinity + One is a tale of shooting stars and fame and fortune, of gilded cages and iron bars, of finding a friend behind a stranger’s face, and discovering love in the oddest of places.

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Infinity + One

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

J&G: 3.5 Stars

Jenny: I adore Amy Harmon’s storytelling. Her previous books have been moving, beautiful, memorable and thought provoking. She never fails to deliver characters who are strong and resilient as much as they are vulnerable and damaged and they never fail to touch my heart!

Reading A Different Blue and Making Faces was like an arrow to my heart. I felt and believed every word this author wrote and I lived and breathed her characters.

‘Terror makes a man do things he would not otherwise do.’

There was much I really liked about Infinity + One and once again, the beauty of Amy Harmon’s writing was at the forefront. She writes from the heart and it shows. Finn especially struck a chord with me. His past pain, his basic requirements from life led me to feel an ache deep in my heart for this man. In my opinion Finn was the story for me and the reason I flipped through the pages.

“Don’t be one of those girls who thinks I’m something save! You can’t save me. I can’t save you.”

There were times I became a bit lost and disconnected from the story and there were times it felt weighted down. Bonnie could be so sweet and I completely understood she was grieving and going through her own pain, but her disregard for Finn’s welfare at times disappointed me. Bonnie could have easily alleviated the troubled situation Finn found himself in but Bonnie tended to only consider her own desires which ultimately left Finn vulnerable and caused me to resent her in a way.

Gitte: Finn and Bonnie’s story was truly beautiful and inspirational in many respects. A modern take on Bonnie and Clyde with country, mathematical genius and heavy emotion. I also wholeheartedly agree that Amy Harmon’s writing is truly stunning.

“Sometimes you’re right there, right on the surface, full of life and so crazy and beautiful that it makes me ache.” – Finn

I’ve loved every single story I’ve read by her and highlight beautiful quotes like a mad woman every time. Her stories really are quite breathtaking. However, for me this has to be my least favourite. I’ve always said that I love the simplicity of Amy’s stories. She doesn’t need all the extra angst and drama. This time I thought there was too much and it complicated the beauty of her simplicity and took away from what was intrinsically a beautiful journey of self-realisations and empowerment. It became a tad farfetched and unbelievable. It lost some of that Amy Harmon magic as some things were unexplained, some parts of the storyline was dropped and never carried through till the end. Such a shame as this could have been perfection.

“…sometimes hope is the difference between life and death.”

Finn, as a character, as well as his story broke my heart. I fell in love with his character from the get go and so many times whilst reading I wished I could pluck him out of my kindle and hug him; keep him safe. Amy Harmon writes the most fantastic vulnerable male heroes with real depth, humility and originality.

“Sometimes I think numbers are all I’ve got…but they go on forever, so it could be worse.” – Finn

As for Bonnie, she was sweet and had a heart of pure gold. Her story is one akin to real-life child stars taken advantage of by a greedy family.

“I don’t really want to die….I just don’t want to live very bad.”

Her journey was about herself first and foremost. Coming to terms with the past, a tragedy, and standing up for herself and what’s right in the present and future. At times, I just wish she had stood up for Finn more when he became an integral part of her journey. The intense beauty of their soul-mate story really was told in such a way it burrowed deep within my heart so I was sorry that this somehow got lost on and off in the mayhem.

Jenny: I did love a lot of Finn and Bonnie’s story. It was told with heart, humour and emotion and I applaud Amy Harmon for the research that must have gone in to writing this story.

This is a tale of fate, destiny, kismet…whatever it was, some force was working to bring these two lost and troubled souls and soul mates together and that part of the story was mesmerizing .

‘But he’d kissed me. And I woke up.’

Amy Harmon expresses an underlying message of faith in her stories and that message is delivered with subtlety through her words and her characters. It’s something I’ve always loved, but in Infinity + One something was different and felt amiss with me.

“I’m not poor, but I haven’t beat hopeless yet.”

I’ve pondered what it was, other than what I’ve mentioned above, and I’ve come to the conclusion that my partial disconnection lay with the religious references highlighted in this story. I accept faith plays a big part in Amy’s stories and the beauty of her message has always been in the subtlety of its delivery, but this time it didn’t work for me.

Reading is my escape. It’s my little slice of time when I can burrow deep into a book and block out the world around me. Unfortunately the feelings I took from Infinity + One was that I felt a little as though I was being preached to and this made me feel  uncomfortable. This also had the tendency to take away from the heart of the book. There were parts of Infinity + One which completely moved me and in these times I was invested in the story, but sadly, there were times it dragged and failed to have the same impact on me as her previous works. I hope that makes sense Gitte.

Gitte: Yes, I agree, I liked and enjoyed Infinity + One overall despite some reservations, but I too got lost a few times. For the reasons I mentioned earlier but also for the heavy emphasis on religion. Before anyone jumps on me for this comment I’d like to gently point out that I am a practicing Christian and I’m allowed to have an opinion either way.

I think, after a very long journey, the crux of the message in Finn and Bailey’s story shifted from a journey of learning, becoming strong in adversity and finding the true beauty of yourself and a love that doesn’t judge.

“They loved each other. And love is……fascinating.”

Instead I felt like their journey became a sermon. I’ve always loved the underlying theme of faith, which yes runs through Amy Harmon’s work. However this time it became too overwhelming in my opinion and at points in the story I found it overshadowing everything else. The characters behaviour became almost convenient and cliched towards the end.

“I don’t want to be Bonnie and Clyde. I want to be Bonnie and Finn. Just for a little while. Okay?”

So whilst I recommend this book it wasn’t my favourite by this Author, an Author I admire and truly love. Saying that, I did end up with copious amounts of stunning quotes as per usual. Above all, Amy Harmon is a brilliant magician of the beauty of words!

**ARC Provided by author in exchange for an honest review**

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MAKING FACES
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MAKING FACES by AMY HARMON

making faces

 

SYNOSPIS

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.

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From Making Faces by Amy Harmon

‘If God makes all our faces, did he laugh when he made me?
Does he make the legs that cannot walk and eyes that cannot see?
Does he curl the hair upon my head ’til it rebels in wild defiance?
Does he close the ears of the deaf man to make him more reliant?

Is the way I look coincidence or just a twist of fate?
If he made me this way, is it okay, to blame him for the things I hate?
For the flaws that seem to worsen every time I see a mirror,
For the ugliness I see in me, for the loathing and the fear.

Does he sculpt us for his pleasure, for a reason I can’t see?
If God makes all our faces, did he laugh when he made me?’

 i will wait for you

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

Jenny: 5++++ Powerful and moving stars
Gitte:  5++++ Emotional and inspiring stars

Jenny:  We fell in love with Amy Harmon’s prose in A Different Blue and were eagerly awaiting the release of Making Faces. Whilst we hoped we would love this book, what we didn’t expect was to not only love it but to experience the profound impact this story would have on us. It was an achingly beautiful journey, powerfully told and one that won’t be forgotten. Ever.

“Thing about it. There isn’t heartache if there hasn’t been joy. I wouldn’t feel loss if there hadn’t been love.”

Each character was imperfectly perfect in their own special way and I don’t think there was a time in Making Faces when my heart wasn’t either wrecked or soaring. Each word was so vividly beautiful that I could recreate each scene in my head as it played out. The imagery used by Amy Harmon was flawless and I most certainly cried throughout, both with happiness, awe and sadness. I was in awe of such brilliant storytelling and such uniquely rich and inspiring characters who taught us so much.

“I’ve often thought that beauty can be a deterrent to love.”
“Why?”
“Because sometimes we fall in love with a face and not what’s behind it.”

This story about finding what’s exceedingly beautiful inside a person,  about loss, pain, triumph and love is without a doubt up there as one of my most special reads ever, and I mean EVER!  What about you G?

Gitte: I actually struggle to find the words to adequately describe just what I felt reading ‘Making Faces’. If I say this is one of the most beautiful stories I have ever read, yes that’s EVER READ it wouldn’t even do it justice.

“Victory is in the battle.”

I sobbed through the whole book. It didn’t cease as the tears flowed freely, be it out of pure gut wrenching sadness, high flying elation or pure inspiration caused by the perfection that is Amy Harmon’s writing. This Author is pure class, not a word is superfluous nor wasted. Each serves a purpose and burrows deep within your heart, never to leave. I wish and hope this is the one book everyone buys this year as it is without doubt one of the most beautiful, poignant and emotional stories to be released this year.

“True beauty, the kind that doesn’t wash off, takes time. It takes pressure. It takes incredible endurance…”

Jenny:  Going into Making Faces, all we knew was what we had gleamed from the synopsis and went in with no preconceived opinions. On that note we implore reviewers to please allow our fellow readers to acquaint themselves with this story the way the author intended it, without spoilers.  It is for that reason our review will not go into detail about the story. What I will say is that you will not meet more loveable and extraordinary characters as Ambrose, Fern, Bailey and all supporting characters in Making Faces and you will be hard pressed to read such a moving and inspirational story such as this.

“Because terrible things happen to everyone, Brosey. We’re all just so caught up in our own crap that we don’t see the shit everyone else is wading through.” – Bailey

Whilst each character may be flawed physically (though not in my eyes) and scarred emotionally they have something so special, so unique that you are drawn to their beauty, strength and pure hearts.  What each character considers a flaw I view as a strength.

Lost or Alone? Ambrose said alone, and Fern responded, “I would much rather be lost with you than alone without you, so I choose lost with a caveat.” Fern

Strength of character and strength of heart. These characters each possessed the most endearing dispositions I can tell you they will steal your hearts. They will break your hearts, mend your hearts, they will make your hearts soar and they will leave you astounded with their beauty which is immeasurable. These were remarkable characters with herculean hearts weren’t they Gitte?

Gitte: Oh wow, every single character in ‘Making Faces; served a moving purpose. A purpose to love, protect, educate and inspire.

‘When it’s all said and done, did I matter?”

Words such as perfection, horrid, ugly and beautiful are merely just that…words. Words that can hurt or flatter. Words that can be thrown without thought of consequence. Words that, by society, can be used to define and describe another person aesthetically be it right or wrong. But who determines the true definition of these words and what are they measured up against? Who has the right to ‘negatively’ regulate these words and use them against another as a point of reference? Do we freely banter these words around, generalising the masses, as a way to separate people without a thorough knowledge of ‘said person’? It breaks my heart but that is life and the world we live in sadly.

‘Smart or Beautiful?’

 ‘Nobody or Nowhere?

This story broke me, and every single character found its way into my heart as I did a lot of soul searching with Bailey, Fern, Ambrose and everyone else. They amazed me, they inspired me, they made me laugh and they made me cry. They strengthened me and they left me hoping that whatever their ‘differences’ was that made them stand out from society’s perception of what’s beautiful and perfect; the actual true beauty and purity is truly shown to be what’s on the inside and in the act of how we treat others. Now that‘s true strength…that’s true beautiful perfection. Yes by natural order, we must compare to describe, however, surely in this regard the way to do so should not negatively and hurtful impact another. If only…..

“Tonight’s one of those nights, Fernie.”

“Too much reality?”

“Way too much reality.”

Making Faces has an incredible heart. The characters all had incredible hearts. Amy Harmon gave us a piece of her heart. And for this, I am thankful, and I will treat it with the care it so rightly deserves to receive and I urge you to do the same.

Please pick up this book, be amazed, be humbled and be moved as you sob your hearts out and embrace the truth, the love, the humility and the awe-inspiring story of Bailey, Fern and Ambrose. Three people I will never forget. Amy Harmon’s writing is flawless yet again, evoking such powerful emotion with her words. Telling a story you’ll never forget nor would you want to. It’s quite simply STUNNING!

“Love is not love which alters when alteration finds,

Or bends with the remover to remove; Oh, no, it is an ever-fixed mark,

That looks on tempests and is never shaken.” – Shakespeare

Jenny:  Making Faces is an unforgettable and deeply moving story that was inspirational, emotive, striking and so rich in detail that it enabled me to feel as if I was more a participant in this story rather than a mere reader.

“I used to be afraid of going to hell. But now that I’m here, hell doesn’t seem so bad.” Ambrose

It was thought provoking and contained the most powerfully poignant message and one that, if we all lived by, the world would be a far better place. 

“Your dad says that ’cause he loves you. Just like my mom tells me I’m pretty ’cause she loves me. I’m not pretty…and you can’t beat Ambrose, buddy.”

The story of Ambrose, Fern and Bailey is one that will seep into your soul and stay there. These three people, and I say people because that’s what they were to me, they felt like real people and I lived and breathed them and they, in return, left me breathless. The beautiful prose will mesmerize and enrapture you.  The deep emotion throughout will sear you. You won’t forget this story in a hurry.

‘Could you belong to someone who didn’t want you? Fern decided it was possible because her heart was his, and whether or not he wanted it didn’t seem to make much difference.’

Bravo Amy Harmon. Your writing is sublime and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving so much of yourself to this book, it couldn’t have been easy.  We’ll be shouting about this one from the rooftops.  Everyone should read this book, learn from it and embrace its message. Absolutely spellbinding, heartbreaking, emotional, powerful, beautiful, inspirational and uplifting.  Mere words don’t do justice to the experience I was afforded in Making Faces.

ARC supplied by author in exchange for an honest review

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MAKING FACES by AMY HARMON
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