Monday, January 9, 2012

Book Review : The Shadow of your Smile

I started this book on a lazy day here (those are few and far between) and I finished it the next day.  This was a delightful and inspiring story. 

The Shadow of Your Smile (Deep Haven)

In The Shadow Of Your Smile, the main character Noelle Hueston and her husband are strangers living in the same home.  After so many years of this life, Noelle is finally ready to face the unavoidable divorce in her future.  However, all those options change when she has an accident, hits her head on the ice and forgets the past 25 years.  When she wakes up she thinks she is still a college student and she is wondering who the stranger in her room is, and where her parents are.

As she tried to figure out just who she was, she gets a chance few of us ever get, a chance to start over without any of the baggage of her past.  While she is trying to figure it all out, she becomes a different woman, one who is not as hurt and damaged as the one who fell weeks earlier on the ice.

To say I enjoyed this book is to put it mildly.  I thoroughly enjoyed  so many of the other characters as well.  Noelle and Eli have their owns sons, and daughter – then there is their daughter’s best friends’ family.  I love how these different characters, in this small town, are all intertwined.  I loved the story line involving the teenage children and how this situation with Noelle affected them all.

I was immediately drawn into this story and was reluctant to stop reading.  I thought there were many things you could take away from this charming story and apply in your own life.  I would highly, highly recommend this book.  While this is a fiction/romance story it is a story that will encourage you and inspire you, it is a story that has the potential to help you see your own marriage in a different light.

NOTE: I was able to download an electronic copy of this book, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review, by Litfuse.

To read what other reviewers have to say see the schedule for the Blog Tour HERE.

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 of, 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

1 comment:

  1. I would like to read The Shadow of Your Smile. I enjoyed the way you view the story. My husband and I moved to a rural community in the summer of 2010. We love it here!



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