Wednesday, January 11, 2012

{Review} The Shadow of Your Smile by Susan May Warren


The Shadow of Your Smile
by Susan May Warren


ABOUT THE BOOK: A beautiful blanket of snow may cover the quaint town of Deep Haven each winter, but it can’t quite hide the wreckage of Noelle and Eli Hueston’s marriage.

After twenty-five years, they’re contemplating divorce . . . just as soon as their youngest son graduates from high school. But then an accident erases part of Noelle's memory. Though her other injuries are minor, she doesn’t remember Eli, their children, or the tragedy that has ripped their family apart. What’s more, Noelle is shocked that her life has turned out nothing like she dreamed it would. As she tries to regain her memory and slowly steps into her role as a wife and mother, Eli helps her readjust to daily life with sometimes-hilarious, sometimes-heartwarming results. But can she fall in love again with a man she can’t remember?

Will their secrets destroy them . . . or has erasing the past given them a chance for a future? Read the story behind the story here:


MY REVIEW:  It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Susan May Warren books, but don’t let that keep you from believing my review!  And I’m not going to tell you it’s my favorite book so far this year since the year is so new and you’d just shake your head.  What I will tell you is just how much I loved this book.

Have you ever wondered about the path you’ve taken in your life – and wondered what your younger self would think of it?  Noelle Hueston is faced with those thoughts when she recovers from an accident that erases her memory. 

As she learns more about the life she’s created she also discovers that an earlier tragedy in her marriage has caused a giant rift between she and her husband.  Have you ever wondered about second changes?  Noelle gets a second chance to make her marriage work – if that is what she chooses.

This truly was a book I had trouble putting down.  The dialogue between characters makes you fall in love and care about all of them, both with the primary story and the secondary stories. 

The Deep Haven novels continue to be favorites and I hope we soon get to meet more of the residents!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Susan May Warren is an award-winning, best-selling author of over twenty-five novels, many of which have won the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, the ACFW Book of the Year award, the Rita Award, and have been Christy finalists. After serving as a missionary for eight years in Russia, Susan returned home to a small town on Minnesota’s beautiful Lake Superior shore where she, her four children, and her husband are active in their local church.

Susan's larger than life characters and layered plots have won her acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. A seasoned women’s events and retreats speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of the beginning writer’s workbook: From the Inside-Out: discover, create and publish the novel in you!. She is also the founder, a story-crafting service that helps authors discover their voice.

Susan makes her home in northern Minnesota, where she is busy cheering on her two sons in football, and her daughter in local theater productions (and desperately missing her college-age son!)

A full listing of her titles, reviews and awards can be found



Come Back to Deep Haven and Win a $200 Visa Card from @SusanMayWarren! Sometimes love requires a little forgetting ... Come back to Deep Haven and find out what's been happening in your favorite quaint hamlet. If you're new to the Deep Haven series - this is the perfect book to start with - each book in the series is a stand alone story.

Susan is celebrating the release of The Shadow of Your Smile by giving away a prize pack worth over $200 from 1/9-1/28.

One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A $200 Visa Gift Card (Use that to rekindle a little romance, treat yourself to a spa day, snap up those shoes you’ve been eyeing, or purchase a few great books!)
  • The entire set of Deep Haven Books
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** Thank you to Litfuse for providing a copy of this book for my review.


Lane Hill House said...

I have not known about the Deep Haven series. I am wondering if this family has friends that stop in to rebuild relationship? Also, what part Noelle does remember? Has Eli's heart changed since he too was considering leaving before her accident? What would it be like for her children, not to be remembered? A loss for all of them. Can memory from trauma be recovered? Questions, questions, questions. I would like to read The Shadow of Your Smile.

Melanie - Author/Editor said...

Never heard of that author but I would love to check this book out! Thanks for sharing : )