Book Review: The Shadow of Your Smile

Book Review: The Shadow of Your Smile

About the book: The Shadow of Your Smile

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:

About Susan: 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 at:

My Thoughts: I love the tagline from the back cover: “Sometimes love requires a little forgetting.”

Susan May Warren writes a poignant tale of love, forgiveness, grace and faith emerging from the ashes of tragedy.

The call to share your soul instead of hiding your pain was compelling.  The reality that we can’t control life, that we must learn what it means to love God enough to trust Him (even when the world doesn’t make sense) also tugged at my heart strings.  The writing drew me into the story in a way that made it difficult for me to put the book down; however, it was equally difficult for me to keep reading.

I resonated deeply with the truths contained within the story, but it was too emotional for me to say that it was a book I enjoyed reading.  Do I recommend it?  Yes!  Just read it when you are OK with a tear-jerking, heart-wrenching tale of hope.  It was a powerful story of grace (not unlike the stories we find spilling off the pages of the Scriptures).  But if you are looking for a bit of light entertainment you might want to save this book for another day.

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

The winner will be announced on 1/30/12 on Susan’s blog, Scribbles! Just click one of the icons below to enter and tell your friends about Susan’s giveaway on FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning.

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Thank you to LitFuse Group and Tyndale for sending me a digital copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion.  You can read what other bloggers thought about The Shadow of Your Smile here.

One thought on “Book Review: The Shadow of Your Smile

  1. “It was a powerful story of grace (not unlike the stories we find spilling off the pages of the Scriptures).”
    Thank you for your review! I would like to read “The Shadow of Your Smile.”

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