Sunday, January 8, 2012

Review: The Shadow of Your Smile (Deep Haven #6) by Susan May Warren

About this author:
I can't help be amazed at the gifts God has delighted me with - a wonderful husband, four amazing children, and the opportunity to write for Him.

I've been writing as long as I can remember - I won my first book writing contest in first grade! Over the years, writing has become, for me, a way to praise God and see Him at work in my life.

Although I have a degree in Mass Communications from the University of MN, my real writing experience started when I penned the The Warren Report - a bi-monthly newsletter that detailed our ministry highlights.

Living in Russia meant I never lacked for great material - and those experiences naturally spilled out first into devotionals and magazine articles and finally into my first published story, "Measure of a Man," in the Tyndale/HeartQuest, Chance Encounters of the Heart anthology.

Susan and husbandI grew up in Wayzata, a suburb of Minneapolis, and became an avid camper from an early age. My favorite fir-lined spot is the north shore of Minnesota - it's where I met my husband, honeymooned and dreamed of living. The north woods easily became the foundation for my first series, The Deep Haven series.based on a little tourist town along the shores of Lake Superior. I have to admit - I'm terribly jealous of Mona, the heroine of my first full-length book, Happily Ever After, a Christy Award Finalist published in 2004 with Tyndale/Heartquest.

Our family moved home from the mission field in June 2004 -- and now we live in the beautiful town I'd always dreamed of! God has amazed me anew with His provision, and blessings -- and allowed me a season when I can write full time for Him.

I 'm delighted you've stopped in to visit. My hope is that you'll be blessed and encouraged by soul-stirring stories of regular people interacting with a God who loves them.

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God Bless and Happy Reading!

In His Grip,
Susan May Warren

About 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?

Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN 1414334834 (ISBN13: 9781414334837)
Genre: Historical Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality

My Review:
This is one of those books that I wanted to neglect everything and just read the book.  

Noelle  losing her memory and not remembering her husband, Eli and two sons was horrific. I can't image how she must have felt leaving the hospital to go home with people she thought of as strangers.  There is so much I want to say about this book but am afraid of spoiling it for the readers.  The author brought out so many different feelings in this book.  It was like Noelle was putting a puzzle back together with so many small pieces that did not seem to fit.  I feel as if the youngest son was the glue to this puzzle.  He was so needy to have his mother back.  The oldest son seemed to want to hide from the reality of his life. Then there was secrets that Eli wanted to hide from Noelle.  Too many secrets so much pain for this family. 

I should have paid closer attention when I chose this book because I wasn't aware it was a series. The book was alright as a stand alone book.   Now I want to get busy and read the others in the Deep Haven series.

I highly recommend you read this book.

I rate this book a 5 out of 5.
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley for review.  I was in no way compensated for this review it is my honest opinion.

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