Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Shadow of Your Smile by Susan May Warren

5 out of 5 stars
After twenty-five years of marriage, Noelle and Eli Hueston are ready to end their marriage. When an accident destroys part of Noelle's memory, she's stuck in years that happened during college. She can't remember her husband, her children, or even the tragedy that ripped her family apart. As she tries to regain her memory, she discovers more about the life she built in this tiny town of Deep Haven, and the man she built it with. Can she fall in love again with a man she can't even remember? Or will the secrets that she discovers destroy that possibility? Or is it possible, that erasing the past has given them a second chance at their marriage?

The Shadow of Your Smile is a heart-warming story that is sure to tug at your heart and force you to re-evaluate what you find most important in life. 

Susan May Warren is well known for penning stories that are brimming with unique characters and vibrant plots. Somehow, this story is very different than her previous novels. Yes, it contains her trademark unique and spunky characters, but this plot's vibrancy is colored in such emotional colors that it's not her typical kind of story.

This story is hidden in layers as Susan May Warren maintains an excellent balance of moving the story forward while constantly exposing the past.The way she exposes the past is done in such a skillful manner that readers never feel bogged down with back-story--simply because it is essential to the entire story.

Despite the brokenness and mistakes this couple has made, readers can feel themselves rooting for them, grinning as they find their way back, and standing in awe of a God who makes all things new. 

In the past, Susan May Warren's characters have always been younger than the couple now in the spotlight of this novel. For her younger readers, who may find this to be a bit of a turn-off, she includes a younger couple in this novel as well. Their story and struggles are just as engaging as the main couple of this story. 

I do have to say that I felt the romance between the younger couple happened a bit too soon (like way too soon). But I don't believe that will stop anyone from wanting them together. 

The Shadow of Your Smile helps readers understand that true love is not something that just happens, but rather something that we must fight for and make happen. I also appreciate how she shows readers how deadly emotional attachments can be in destroying marriages as well. 

If you enjoyed Gina Holmes' novel Dry As Rain, then you will definitely want to check this story out. I highly recommend The Shadow of Your Smile

I received a complimentary copy of this book for Tyndale Publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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The Shadow of Your Smile

About the Author

Susan May Warren is the RITA Award–winning author of more than thirty novels whose compelling plots and unforgettable characters have won acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. She served with her husband and four children as a missionary in Russia for eight years before she and her family returned home to the States. She now writes full-time as her husband runs a lodge on Lake Superior in northern Minnesota, where many of her books are set. She and her family enjoy hiking, canoeing, and being involved in their local church.

Susan holds a BA in mass communications from the University of Minnesota. Several of her critically acclaimed novels have been chosen as Top Picks by Romantic Times and won the RWA's Inspirational Reader's Choice contest and the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year award. Four of her books have been Christy Award finalists. In addition to her writing, Susan loves to teach and speak at women's events about God's amazing grace in our lives.

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