The Shadow of Your Smile
A Deep Haven Novel
Susan May Warren
Tyndale House Publishers
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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.
More about Susan:
Susan May Warren is the RITA award-winning author of thirty novels with Tyndale, Barbour, Steeple Hill and Summerside Press. A four-time Christy award finalist, a two-time RITA Finalist, she’s also a multi-winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice award, and the ACFW Carol Award.
A seasoned women’s events 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 of My Book Therapy, a story-crafting service that helps authors discover their voice. You can find her online at:SusanMayWarren.com
I do believe I have already found a book for my 2012 top ten list and it is only two weeks into the New Year. Granted I am a Susan May Warren fan, but even for her this book rises to a new level.
In the Note from the Author, Susan poses the following: “Ever look back on your life and think: What happened? What if you could reset your life? Would you do the same things? And, what parts of your life would you keep…or cut out?” These questions are what make up the storyline and they are also what you will continue to think about long after you have finished the story.
At the beginning of the story Noelle has an accident that wipes out her memory of the past 25 years. She is a married mother of three grown children but her last memory is of being single and in college. At one point in the story she looks at her husband Eli, whom she does not remember, and says, “Do I still paint?” This is not only a shock to her but to her whole family. It makes you stop and think, am I who I planned to be and what changed those plans? Let me just say there have been some deep discussions between my husband and I because of this book.
The characters in this work are well developed. You feel like they could be your neighbors or maybe even at times yourself. There are a couple of other storylines going on that add to the depth of the novel. Several of the background characters are from previous Deep Haven novels. For those that have read the other books in this series you will enjoy getting a peak into what is going on around Deep Haven. For those of you that have not read the previous novels this is easily read as a stand-alone.
I cannot recommend this book enough! Carve out a portion of time and begin a journey into the life of the Hueston family and of yourself.
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