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Sometimes love requires a little forgetting.A beautiful blanket of snow may cover the 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 on the brink of divorce when an accident erases part of Noelle’s memory. Though her other injuries are minor, she doesn’t remember Eli, their childreSometimes love requires a little forgetting.A beautiful blanket of snow may cover the 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 on the brink of divorce when 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 them apart.What’s more, Noelle is shocked that her life turned out nothing like she dreamed it would. What happened to her ambitions? Could she really be married to this grizzly man?As she steps back into her role as wife and mother, Eli attempts to help with both humorous and heartwarming results. But can she fall in love again with a man she can’t remember? Will the secrets she discovers destroy them . . . or has erasing the past given them a chance for the future? (from the product page at

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The Shadow of Your Smile Reviews

  • Jessica Patch
    2019-02-24 01:36

    "If God would start playing by the rules, it would sure be easier to trust Him."If you're a Susan May Warren fan and stories from Deep Haven fan, you won't be disappointed in this novel.Plot and subplot are rich with drama, romance, and humor.This novel is about a couple in their mid-forties, who've already had a tragedy strike their lives, now--Noelle Hueston is thinking about leaving her husband and starting over. One last kiddo to graduate and she's making a new life, but an incident leaves her injured and her memory past college is gone. Funny, when she wakes up, she truly thinks she's twenty-one! Which is sad and hilarious at the same time.This main plot is about loving, forgiving, and starting over. A beautiful story of two married people who've grown apart through time and unfortunate circumstances. The subplot involved the couple's oldest son, Kyle, and his love interest, another local from Deep Haven, but the tragedy that wrecked the Hueston family reached into Emma Nelson's family as well. Susan May Warren has a unique way of describing using all the senses and when I read one of her books, including this one, I feel like I'm transported to Deep Haven. I live there as long as it takes me to read the book. I had lots of time yesterday, so I read it in one long stretch. I thought the ending was well done and I closed the book with satisfaction.This book is set to release in 2012. I recommend you nab it up when it does. You'll enjoy winter in Deep Haven, the crackling fires, fresh powdered snow blanketing a story of lost love, found. I appreciate Tyndale giving me the chance to review it in return for my honest opinion.

  • Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
    2019-03-12 03:45

    The Shadow of Your Smile is a beautifully written story of how tragedy can tear apart a family even though it is the time when you need those you love most. Noelle and Eli's marriage has fractured under the stress of losing their daughter and essentially they are leading separate lives when Noelle is badly injured, losing the memory of the past twenty something years. Noelle is shocked to discover she is unhappily married with near adult sons, has never made use of her art major and lives in a small town. However the accident may well be a blessing, for the family has a fresh slate, a chance to put their hurts and secrets behind them and reconnect... until memories begin to resurface and threaten to devastate them all.I really enjoyed The Shadow of Your Smile - the first title I have read by Susan May Warren which is part of a series following characters in the small town of Deep Haven, Minnesota. The rich storyline is handled with sensitivity and depth and I was really impressed with they way in which Warren is able to explore so many facets of such emotive issues from so many perspectives, without ever descending in to melodrama. While it is Noelle and Eli's disintegrating marriage that the story centers around, it is the aftermath of unexpected death that is the true focal element of the story with the author deftly showing how the tragedy impacts on those who are faced with it. Their respective losses are compounded by their own grief, guilt and anger that isolates them from each other creating more losses as they turn away from each other. The theme of forgiveness also plays a large part in the novel as does love and faith.Despite a reasonably large featured cast, the characters in The Shadow of Your Smile are brought to life by Warren exposing what they think and feel. The characters are likeable and easy to relate to with their emotions and reactions are heartfelt and genuine. I had a huge amount of sympathy for all of the characters and enjoyed getting to know them.The Shadow of Your Smile is a lovely contemporary read. Emotionally compelling and finely crafted, I may be tempted to read more by this author. To be honest had I known that the book had a strong Christian element I probably would not have chosen to read it. Due to my own beliefs I am uncomfortable with the preaching and bible quotes, particularly near the end of the book, however I chose to disregard them in favour of the story.

  • L_manning
    2019-03-24 00:35

    Noelle and Eli have been through a lot in 25 years if marriage. They've wandered so far apart that they don't even know each other anymore. When Noelle has an accident though, she loses her memory. Suddenly she's forgotten the good and the bad over the last 25 years. As Eli and Noelle work together to get her adjusted to her "new" life, they try to rediscover her old life. They find that there were things they were both hiding. As they work together, they begin to discover that healing and hope is always there for those who seek it.This book raised some great questions, the foremost being how would I react to my life if I forgot how I got here? For Noelle, she sees a very different life than she had imagined in college. Since she has forgotten how she got there, Noelle doesn't really understand her life. Noelle and Eli have both withdrawn from their lives, especially after the great tragedies they have gone through. As they worked to heal, they did it separately. This really added to their growing apart, not only from each other but also their sons. This was a family in a lot of pain. However, they discovered that by working together, it is possible to rediscover the love they once shared. This love is what will ultimately help with healing the many hurts they have.There was also some sweet romance. Another theme running through the stories of various characters had to deal with ones dreams and wishes. As our lives take their various twists and turns, are we able to keep site of those dreams? Noelle and others had to work at this, but ultimately this helped them find happiness. Even if Noelle was never going to be a great artist, she was still able to find joy in her art. I think we could all stand to live a little bit of our dreams. This book was a great chance to reflect on many different aspects of life. It was a very interesting story and provided a lot of inspiration. I found myself wanting the best for all the characters. They are all likable, with a perfect mix of goodness and flaws. I think people looking for a great book that makes them think as well, this book will fit the bill.Galley provided for review.

  • Laura
    2019-03-23 04:27

    Title: THE SHADOW OF YOUR SMILEAuthor: Susan May WarrenPublisher: TyndaleDecember 2011ISBN: 978-1414334837Genre: Inspirational/contemporary romanceNoelle Hueston was headed home from Duluth, after talking to Admissions about enrolling in the art institute. On the way home, she stops for coffee, and interrupts a robbery. She escapes, but falls, hitting her head on the pavement. When she awakes, she’s in a hospital, twenty-five years of her life gone, and a man in there claiming to be her husband. Two boys who claim to be her sons…With no where to go, Noelle has to allow these strangers to take her home. But she has no memory of this place, these people. Moreover, she is shocked that the life she is living is nothing like the life she’d always thought she’d live. Did she loose herself in this marriage? Why was her husband, Eli, sleeping in the den? What happened to her ambitions? Does she even have any friends in this remote town? And if she had this life, what was she doing talking to Admissions in Duluth about enrolling in college?THE SHADOW OF YOUR SMILE is the newest novel set in Deep Haven, Minnesota, by Susan May Warren. It is rare when you pick up a book that seems to minister to all your deepest emotions, but this book did. I found my self crying with some of the lyrics, praying with some of the prayers, and even quoting the verses, begging God that they might be true in my life too. I absolutely LOVED this book. I can’t say enough good things about it. Noelle, her husband, Eli, their son, Kyle, a neighbor lady, Lee and her daughter Emma all had point of views in this book, all main characters, and I fell in love with every single one of them. My heart broke, it soared, I cried. THE SHADOW OF YOUR SMILE is going on my keeper shelf. I highly recommend it. 5 stars. 368 pages. $13.99

  • Nicki Olsen
    2019-02-26 21:29

    *Book Description*Noelle and Eli Hueston's relationship has seemed to have reached the end of it's rope...after 25 years together. When a tragic accident occurs and part of Noelle's memory is lost, the only thing she remembers is how she used to dream of her life turning out. Her husband and son were never really part of the plan and Noelle begins to realize how far from her dream her life has turned out. Viewing her husband as the old, tired grouch he's turned out to be, Noelle is horrified to realize she's married to him. Will their relationship ever be the same as it once was, back when they were young and in love? Or will Eli lose his one true love forever?Struggling with the death of her best friend, Emma Nelson is desperately trying to find the songs and lyrics of her heart once more. When Kyle, a dear long lost friend, shows up in the most unexpected of places can she-with his help-find herself in the midst of tragedy and learn to love again?*What I liked*I loved all the characters in this story. Susan did a fabulous job of intertwining two precious stories on romance of faith and yet they were separate. The cover knows what's up with this book too!*What I didn't like*I was supposed to not like something?! Oh! Well then I guess I could say, if you're looking for a light read...leave this one on the shelf until next time. But READ it!! *My Rating*~My Rating is 5 stars~*My Overall Opinion*The Shadow of Your Smile by Susan May Warren is a heart wrenching, inspiring romance novel on love, grief, and staying together no matter what.http://bookreviewsforchristianmenandw...

  • Renee
    2019-03-06 02:43

    When I’m looking for a story that will satisfy all my readerly cravings, my go-to author is Susan May Warren. In whatever genre—romantic suspense, contemporary romance, historical fiction—I can find a SMW book to provide entertaining drama, heartwarming romance, Bible-based truths, and characters who—by the end of the story—seem like old friends. Her latest novel, The Shadow of Your Smile, is no exception.The Shadow of Your Smile features two couples, younger and long-married, whose relationships need repair. I was drawn most to the mid-life couple, Noelle and Eli, and quickly became immersed in their drama. As they looked back at events and choices and asked the inevitable (and painful), “If I had to do it all over again . . .” questions, I hurt with them. And I loved how finding who they were in the Lord as individuals became the key to bringing their lives and love story full circle. Their sweet second courtship left me playing the song The Second Time Around (video on my blog) in my head and smiling.So if you have even the slightest touch of the long-cold-days, dark-too-soon, winter blahs, here’s my prescription: a hot cup of coffee or tea, some gentle music on your iPod, and this charming story. View the video (Bing Crosby), learn about Susan's writing helps, and enter the giveaway at my blog, Doorkeeper!

  • Amber Stokes
    2019-03-26 04:45

    A new season has come to Deep Haven. In Warren's previous novel set in Deep Haven, My Foolish Heart, the serious elements of the story were balanced with fun and warmth. But The Shadow of Your Smile is very much a "winter" story, in more ways than one. The atmosphere is colder and darker, and yet the season of prolonged icy feelings and potential danger allows for the contemplation some difficult questions and a budding hope that another season is on its way.Because of the weather and tone differences, Deep Haven looks quite a bit different in this story than in My Foolish Heart. But this allows the book to really stand on its own, exploring the complex and painful lives of a new cast of characters. Hidden secrets and sorrows... Faults and forgiveness... New love and renewed love. The characters experience a lot of hurting, but they also learn that God's healing touch is not as unattainable as it sometimes seems.The Shadow of Your Smile has cold hands but a warm heart, as the saying goes. The characters and situations are sometimes very frustrating to read about, and while Warren's writing is lovely, some of the twists and turns are not always so. But buried underneath the snow is life that is waiting to be found again.*With thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an e-copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion, to be shared during the Litfuse Publicity Blogging tour.*

  • Melanie
    2019-03-12 22:53

    Review on Amazon: to be posted on my blog 12/29: Shadow of Your Smile is the second Deep Haven novel I've read (the first being book six, You Don't Know Me). I know, I'm reading them out of order, but it hasn't affected my enjoyment of the stories so far. I loved The Shadow of Your Smile! It was different than the majority of books I've read, as the main characters were already married. I seem to love stories where a character loses his/her memory and this one was no different. I found it very interesting to read the Hueston's story as Noelle struggles to regain her memory and reenter her life. I also loved the subplot romance between two of the characters.I found The Shadow of Your Smile to be very realistic and just a really great read. Even though there was one thing I didn't like, overall it was still too good to give it any less than 5 stars. :) I look forward to reading more Deep Haven novels in the future.*I received a complimentary eBook copy of this book for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*

  • Casey
    2019-03-14 04:30

    “The Shadow of Your Smile” is one of those novels that twines itself around your heart. Its hurting characters and their struggles make you stop and think: what I would do in this kind of situation?So much history and dynamics play into this family and it shows how one person’s bad choices have nearly ruined an entire family’s relationships. Noelle and Eli might have been married for years, but after the tragic death of their daughter, they might have been in the same house. But they haven’t really lived. Their changing love story impacted me in the heart. I wanted to see them come together. I wanted to see them change. But there was SO much going against them. And when Noelle loses her memory and a gun-toting bad guy, can anything put them back together?Several times during the book, I held my breath, hoping, hoping that the characters would make the right decisions. Those are the kind of stories that engage the emotions and bring the reader into the story.There were quite a few subplots (even though everything did tie neatly in the end), it felt a bit quick and I’m hoping we can return to a few in future books set in the charming Deep Haven.It’s a novel about relationships. Relationships with our family, loved ones and friends, with God more than anything.This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to Litfuse for my copy to review.

  • Tima
    2019-02-27 22:28

    Noelle and her husband Eli have been drifting apart after their daughter was murdered. Noelle is on her way home one day when she has an accident. She wakes up in the hospital thinking she's a college student, not a mom and wife of 25 yrs. It seems like the perfect way for them to start over. But the men who caused the accident are out looking for her, Noelle can't remember even a small part of her life with her family, and Eli must deal with the consequences of his actions.I love how the author tells two stories at once that tie together, but are also their own individual stories. The romance is there, but is more subtle than a typical romance. The author also weaves in a tiny bit of mystery, faith, and a small town feel. While this book is part of a series, it can definitely stand alone. One of the things that I appreciate most about this author and her books is how her books make me think. They are more than just a story.I received this book free of charge from Tyndale in exchange for my honest review.

  • Maureen Timerman
    2019-03-21 00:38

    There is a lot of tragedy in this book. The book opens with Noelle Hueston's running from a Murder robbery. She takes a terrible fall and ends up with a head injury and amnesia. She doesn't know her son's Kirby or Kyle or her husband Eli. Three years ago there was another robbery and a double murder...Eli and Noelle 17 year old daughter Kelsey, and Kelsy's best friends Dad is also killed. The toll of this puts a big strain on their twenty-five year marriage. So when Noelle doesn't remember them he makes a decision not to tell her about Kelsey. There is so much action in this book that I read this in one day! You need to get to the end to find out the answers, much is answered, but I still have a few unanswered. The book will want to make you move to Deep Haven MN, and embrace this wonderful God loving people.I recommend this awesome read!I was provided with an e-book by Tyndale House Publishing, and was not required to give a positive review.

  • Cathy
    2019-03-24 00:38

    I really enjoyed this book. It is truly a love story of a middle-aged couple who had lost each other thru the tragedy of losing their daughter in a horrific way. Yes, the wife loses her memory, but the premise of a long time married couple losing each other and living separate lives is one most all middle-aged couples can identify with. It also dealt well with the difficult subject of emotional affairs. I also really enjoyed the story of the younger couple falling in love. Our hero, Eli, won my heart as he showed his vulnerability and wooed his wife back to him. This is a beautiful story of love lost and found. The faith was authentic and not preachy. Great read.

  • Beth Vogt
    2019-03-01 21:47

    I'll say it right up front: Susan May Warren is one of may favorite authors. Her plots are always well-developed, her characters draw me in and her stories stay with me after I reach "The End." I've enjoyed the continuation of The Deep Haven series and The Shadow of Your Smile is now one of my favorite books in that series. The story encompasses family -- families, actually -- broken up by senseless tragedy. The question: Is all hope lost? Can relationships be salvaged or is it best to let once-cherished memories be forgotten? I enjoyed reading the Author's Notes at the end of the book that revealed SMW's reasons for writing The Shadow of Your Smile.

  • Cayla
    2019-03-20 01:36


  • Rachel Brand
    2019-03-16 00:51

    GENRE: CONTEMPORARYPUBLISHER: TYNDALE HOUSEPUBLICATION DATE: JANUARY 01, 2012RATING: 8 OUT OF 10 - VERY GOOD PROS: Part of a series but each novel is a standalone; made me care enough about the characters that I cried during flashback scenes; unputdownable!CONS: There was a lot of drama going on for such a small, seemingly peaceful town; it seemed like this family had everything possibly going against them.Following a trauma that recently rocked their family, Eli and Noelle’s marriage is on the rocks. Eli has no idea what his wife gets up to when he’s out of the house, and now that he’s a retired cop he spends most of his time ice-fishing in order to avoid his family. Noelle is on the brink of making a decision that could tear her family apart when she’s involved in an accident that causes her to forget the last twenty-five years of her life. She wakes up in a hospital bed thinking she’s still at college, and she has no idea who Eli is and no recollection of their marriage or children. Eli realises that God has given him a second chance, the opportunity to get his marriage back on track. But can he make Noelle fall in love with him again before she figures out why their marriage went south in the first place? I make no secret of the fact that my guilty pleasure when it comes to novels is amnesia plots. Amnesia, snowbound and babies have to be my favourite romantic plot devices; but The Shadow of Your Smile isn’t exactly a romance novel. While Eli gets the chance to reromance his wife, this book also contains the stories of how Noelle’s family members and friends react to her amnesia; how it brings some of them together and pushes others apart. This novel reminded me of a modern day family saga, a Christian version of a Barbara Delinsky novel, where the reactions of family, friends and an entire town are detailed in relation to a dramatic event. In The Shadow of Your Smile we not only witness how Eli and Noelle come to reconcile their relationship, but also how their son, Kyle, a new cop, reacts to the incident that caused his mother’s amnesia and his relationship with his sister’s best friend, Emma. Emma’s mother is also heavily involved in the events in this book, as not only Noelle’s best friend but in her dangerously close relationship to Eli. I wasn’t sure whether I’d enjoy reading about a couple whose marriage had deteriorated after twenty-five years. I’m getting married in less than six months and I remember my experience of reading the first few chapters of Rob Parson’s The Sixty Minute Marriage, where I bawled to my fiancé about how there were all of these horrible things that could go wrong with our marriage. Sometimes you’re just not in the right frame of mind for reading about a topic close to your heart. But in this case, I was able to enjoy The Shadow of Your Smile without panicking about the “What Ifs?” presented in the novel. While this book deals with a lot of tough topics, it’s also very easy to read. The problems that the characters encounter are very realistic ones and the characters are so down-to-earth and normal that they could be your next-door-neighbours. This was my first experience with the Deep Haven series but the town really came alive to me in this book and I think that the setting of this novel will make readers feel at home, whether this is the first book in the series that they’ve read or the sixth.That said, I did feel a bit disorientated when I first began reading The Shadow of Your Smile. It was as if I’d been dropped right into the middle of Deep Haven and Eli and Noelle’s lives. It took a bit of adjusting to get used to all of the relationships and histories between the characters, and there were incidents in Eli and Noelle’s lives that were vaguely mentioned several times and it took me a while to finally figure out what had happened to push them apart. I actually went online and looked up the other Deep Haven novels to see whether there had been a previous novel about this family and whether I was missing some important details about their lives. When I realised that all of the other books focused on completely different characters I started to wonder whether Susan had deliberately made The Shadow of Your Smile disorientating for the reader in order to make them sympathise with Noelle’s amnesia. To be honest, I was as confused as Noelle was in the opening chapters of the novel, and this made reading the book an even more interesting experience. As I figured out the missing pieces of Noelle’s life, so did Noelle. To any readers of the novel who may be confused to begin with, I urge you not to give up – this book is definitely worth all of the figuring out that you have to do!However, there were some sections of the book that I didn’t find quite so compelling. While Kyle and Emma’s romance was sweet and endearing, it was also rather predictable. It was a nice side-story but as much as I tried, I never could really relate to Emma. I also had an issue with the fact that Kyle and his and Emma’s fathers were all police officers and quite strong, manly characters; at times it seemed as if the author was trying to make working in the police force seem especially noble. While there are flashbacks and comments from Eli that stress that he doesn’t think that a career in the police is worth the harm is can bring to a family, at other times the book almost glamorized police work and placed it on a pedestal. I know a couple of police officers and do respect their work, but I got a bit tired of the fact that all of the main characters in the book who had jobs were police officers. And considering how small a town Deep Haven seemed to be, there always seemed to be a lot drama and crime taking place. While some of the events in the story were necessary to bring the plot to where it stood at the start of the novel, I couldn’t help but wonder whether the crime rate in Deep Haven was entirely typical. It was one of those experiences where you’re reading a book and find yourself wondering, “Could anything else possibly happen to these poor characters?”Despite my misgivings with the level of drama in this book, Susan May Warren also made me truly care about her characters. I finished reading this book on Christmas Day and was dabbing at my tears as Eli remembered his daughter’s accident. While this book had its flaws and didn’t have that special something that pushed its rating up to a 4.5 or 5, it was still a thoroughly enjoyable read. And while I will admit that this was an easy novel to breeze through in a couple of days, it had so much food for thought. It’s not possible to come away from this novel without musing over some point or another. I will definitely be going back and reading more of the Deep Haven books, and encourage fans of family sagas and contemporary fiction to start with The Shadow of Your Smile and do the same.Review title provided by Tyndale House.

  • Cathy Daniel
    2019-03-19 01:29

    I did enjoy this book but it had a lot of drama. More than I normally care to read about. I also really disliked Lee. From the very beginning she was after a married man but when he told her he didn't love her and is not leaving his wife for her (her friend!!!!!) she got mad and blamed him 100%. No. You bear responsibility also. Her daughter was also a mess. I would have liked them both to exit the story and not be involved at all with the family. I do have to say I like how the author didn't take the easy way out and blamed one party over the other. That would have made me mad. It was well done, even with the annoying characters lol. I did enjoy the redemption of the Marriage at the end!

  • Louise E.
    2019-03-07 05:51

    Good story.

  • Leah
    2019-03-09 23:54

    This is a sweet story.

  • Anna Marie
    2019-03-25 02:48

    My second attempt at the Deep Haven series. Because the first wasn't BAD, but it wasn't stellar, either... and also because it's an amnesia book, and I've been looking for 'The Vow' done better. This wasn't it.First problem is that there's too much crisis. We have the Heustons (Hey-us-tons? Hee-yoo-stons? Hustons? Oh, GAH.)... and the the daughter a few years ago was shot while working at a gas station/convenience store by a kid that her Sheriff father had just stopped, but didn't run the ID on (because he knew the kid), so he didn't know the kid had just murdered someone and there was a BOLO out on him. Not only that crisis, but his best friend and deputy had walked in on it, and was shot point-blank, too. And not only that, but Deputy lived in the woods with no propane, so his wife now has no heat in northern MinneSOta, so Sheriff is spending all his time chopping wood for the widow out of guilt. Which snowballs into a failure in his own marriage, since he's not there for his grieving wife. Which snowballs into an almost-affair with the deputy's wife. Who's family fell apart, because the two daughters had been best friends and were musicians together, and now the one is left alone. And as if ALL of those crisis plots weren't enough to shove into ONE book, Sheriff's wife is contemplating leaving her family and going back to school in the city, and on her way home from her admission interview, SHE walks in on a coffee shop hold-up, watches ANOTHER clerk get shot/killed, runs out of the store, slips on the ice, and winds up with amnesia. Only not just a couple years, like 'The Vow'... we're talking a quarter of a century lost. Twenty-five years. YIKES. So the book is a convoluted MESS. Meanwhile Sheriff retires and is bitter, and his son becomes the family cop and then there's the crisis of the murderer on the loose, likely looking for mom-the-witness.(ALSO: Marijuana doesn't make people freak, get wiggy and strung out and go on killing sprees. It's a chillaxer... it makes you relaxed and wanna just munch on Doritos. Do your drug research, please.)All of which is punctuated with horrific lyrics that are supposed to clue us in on the emotions of the characters, but really are completely tuneless attempts at prose that distract from the multi-layer of issues, and bog everything down. I tried reading it as poetry, but finally gave up and was skipping TONS.Then there's the amnesia angle. Noelle doesn't ACT like a person who is mentally twenty-one in this novel - she acts like a 46-year old... and she doesn't seem appalled at being romanced by a fifty year old guy. It was really not well done, at all. The only thing that bothers her is her belly 'thickness' - so she's obsessive about starving herself, but that's it.The author also seems to be fixated on the phrase 'three point shot'. Like that's the ONLY thing about basketball she knows. It was kind of tedious, after a while...And there's BAD character development in the husband. He's gruff and angry and intimidating half the time, and the other half we're supposed to see him as soft and sweet and gentle... it doesn't jive. At all. And if he's retired, what does he DO all day, anyhow, now that he's 'taking care of her'... but not around, but avoiding almost-affair chick?The ONLY story that was any good was Kyle/Emma's (barring the lyric thing). Susan Warren seems to always have TWO stories per book. Kyle being cop boy, and Emma being lyric girl. It was cute. And for 'inspirational' fiction, we yet again have the obligatory pastor and references to God, but it's not like there are any relationships with Adonai, any verses, any characters in the Word... it's crap christianity, and I hate it. Docked another star, right there.So... yeah. Wasn't worth it.

  • BookWrites
    2019-03-09 21:54

    Looking at the most important people in your life -- what do you love about them? What drives you crazy or makes you angry? Now imagine that you were meeting them again for the first time, knowing none of those things about them. What catches your attention? What repulses you? In The Shadow of Your Smile, Noelle Hueston has just this experience. She is injured in an accident, and now she has no memory of the man at her hospital bedside claiming to be her husband, or the last 25 years of marriage to him. Noelle's memories tell her that she's a college student studying art, and she doesn't even have a boyfriend. All she wants is her parents to come pick her up and take her home. And then she meets her sons...So begins her path to learning who she was and how she became that person. In the process she literally sees her husband and children through the eyes of a stranger. She begins piecing her life together, but a key element that would explain their behavior is missing, and she can't remember what it is. Her husband, Eli, is keeping secrets. He can't bring himself to explain why their marriage was on the rocks, or why he knows so little about her life in the last few years -- especially when he begins to enjoy the new, non-grieving Noelle that lets him fool himself into believing she has forgiven him. Alongside this story is that of Emma, a talented but struggling musician making ends meet as a fill-in for other bands as needed. She was once part of a duo -- Blue Monkeys -- that ended when her partner and best friend was killed. Now she can make music, but there are no longer words to form lyrics.Then one night, after finishing a session at a less than savory bar, a fight breaks out and a guy from her hometown appears out of nowhere and whisks her to safety. Turns out he's the brother of her dead friend. They reconnect, hit it off, and the B story rolls on from there. Despite the romantic subplot between Kyle and Emma, this is not really a light read. The characters struggle with grief and loneliness and death and the loss of loved ones. Yet this grounds the story rather than weighing it down, and the author successfully achieves the right balance. The strength in Susan May Warren's writing is relational. The struggles and emotional wrestling of both the main and side characters feel real and believable. While the plot may occasionally feel convenient, the relationships and emotional resolutions of the characters rarely do. Chick lit has never been my thing. It turns me off. I find it completely unrelatable. But that's where SMW manages to surprise me. I tried the book before this one in the series and wasn't able to get very far into it before quitting; however, in this book she transcended the genre enough that I actually finished the book, and mostly enjoyed it in the process.She also has a strong faith message -- one that doesn't come off as pat, but feels like she's also crawled the trenches and struggled her way to the nuggets of understanding that her characters speak.Read this book if you want more depth than fluff. This book was provided free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

  • Kathleen (Kat) Smith
    2019-02-26 00:29

    The Hueston family is dealing with the loss of Kelsey, who at 17, was the victim of a robbery in which she was killed in the process. Each of them is trying to move forward but from outsiders looking in, they don't seem to be moving forward at all. More like avoiding the subject and pretending at times that it didn't really happen.For Eli Hueston, he personally feels the responsibility of the loss as the father who should have been able to prevent this tragedy from claiming his daughter. Had he simply ran the plates of the teenager he stopped that fateful night, he would have learned that there was a Beyond On The Lookout for the boy who was speeding. Instead he simply let him off with a warning to slow down.Noelle is dealing with the loss as only a mother can. Spending the first three months not being able to learn how to live, she dove deeper into despair and depression. Her and Kelsey shared an unbelievable closeness that really seemed like best friends and soul mates. She had a difficult time learning how to deal with things especially when Eli packed up all her stuff and moved it to storage without her knowledge. Now her and Eli have spent the last three years more apart as roommates than as husband and wife. He has been sleeping in the den and spending every available moment out fishing in the woods.For Kyle, the oldest son, he's had to endure watching his family literally fall apart. Besides losing his only sister, he's also had to watch his parents lose sight of who they were together. Now it seems like the only thing he can do is find a way to make sure nothing like this happens while he is working for the sheriff's department again. He has moved out and is struggling with his own grief of watching his family fall to pieces and not knowing how to pull them together again. When he finds Kelsey's best friend Emma, he learns that she too is dealing with the loss of her best friend whom she feels she had a hand in killing. Had she not switched shifts with her that fateful night, Kelsey would still be here and so would her dad, the deputy that confronted the teen that night.When an accident at a truck stop coffee stop leaves Noelle with a concussion and temporary memory loss of the last 25 years of her life, the family sees this as a way to deal with their loss again as a family in helping her to remember and in the process enabling them all to heal.I received The Shadow of Your Smile compliments of Litfuse Publicity for my honest review and LOVED this one. The Shadow of Your Smile by Susan May Warren is the beautifully written story that shows how loss affects everyone not just the person who died but everyone who was connected to them. It shows how people deal with things internally instead of turning to God who can help them heal through the grieving process when they are ready. He shows that they are never alone and He can mend all things and restore broken hearts again in time, we simply have to be willing to turn to Him for help. I rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars!

  • Illuminating Fiction
    2019-03-24 22:46

    There are times when we wish we could forget the past and start afresh. But would we really want forget, to lose those memories that have helped shape us? Throughout life, we all face times of trial which test us in many ways, from our faith to our relationships. Trials which make us stronger–or tear us apart. Noelle Hueston faced such a trial. In the three years that followed, her marriage disintegrated. Noelle and her husband Eli lived separate lives, becoming nothing more than two barely compatible roommates. While Eli spent most of his time away from home, Noelle rediscovered a love she had given up early in their marriage. Ready to finally move on with her life, Noelle set a plan in motion. She just had to wait five months until their youngest child graduated. She never counted on a second life-changing trial to strike. As the result of an accident, Noelle wakes in hospital believing she is a college student and awaits her parents to come collect her. Instead she finds a middle aged man by her bedside claiming to be her husband. Her last tangible memory is coming out of class—25 years ago. Unable to recollect the past 25 years of her life, Noelle struggles to accept she is a middle-aged housewife and mother of two. How did her life turn out so differently from her college dreams? And what happened to cause such a chasm between her and Eli?Noelle isn’t the only one struggling to adjust. On the verge of giving up on their marriage, Eli now faces the choice of helping his wife rebuild the memories she has lost, or keep her from remembering the things which tore them apart. Does a chance of resurrecting their marriage really mean he has to keep the most precious and most painful of her memories a secret? The Shadow of Your Smile is one of those bittersweet novels which will continue to live in your mind long after you’ve read the last page. Noelle and Eli’s struggles are realistic and compelling. In today’s world, where divorce is so common, it is easy to give up and move on without really facing the tough issues. Warren uses Noelle and Eli’s struggle to remind us that marriage is never easy. We need to continue to work on our relationship and be open and honest with our spouse, no matter how painful it might be. Warren’s heart-warming story reaches past Noelle and Eli to several supporting characters and subplots which are equally as riveting. We journey with them as they learn to love, grieve, and move forward after great loss. Warren’s gift of weaving storylines with rich characterisations and spiritual truths creates a page turning masterpiece. Although I hate to admit it, I hadn’t realised Warren had extended her Deep Haven series beyond the first three books, which I had read and loved almost a decade ago. I was thrilled to receive The Shadow of Your Smile and discover the small lakeside community still provided a backdrop for Warren’s powerful yet entertaining prose.

  • Cheryl Olson
    2019-03-25 05:56

    Imagine you wake up to find yourself in a hospital room with the memories of 25 years of your life just missing, gone, kaput. In your mind you are a college student at the beginning of your life ready to pursue your dreams and make a difference. You prefer diet Coke to coffee and want your parents to come to the hospital to see you, not this 50 year old stranger who keeps holding your hand telling you he is your husband. And let’s just say that the shock of seeing your reflection in the mirror is a bit jarring. This is the predicament of Noelle Hueston, the main character in The Shadow of Your Smile by Susan May Warren. Only Noelle isn’t a college student, she is a married woman with children and a husband and some tough memories that she cannot recall. The struggling marriage of Noelle and her husband Eli is simply forgotten by Noelle after suffering an accident where her head is hit incredibly hard causing her to lose all memories from the last 25 years. So while she is struggling to remember her past and the people closest to her, she also discovers that things have not turned out for her as she thought they would. She was an aspiring artist that all but gave up her dreams for others and she feels a bit disappointed to see what her 40-something self did with her life in comparison to what her 20-something self thought she would be doing. What a fascinating perspective for her to see. She’s not too happy with her waist size either. (But then again, who is?) Her husband Eli seeks to have a brand new start with this new wife who doesn’t remember all the heartache of their past and wants to build forward from there. They both learn though that it’s impossible to divorce our past from our present, it’s what grows us and something we need to make peace with in order to move forward. It cannot be ignored. There are some other family dynamic stuff that comes into play with the sons that shows some pretty realistic moments, I believe- people placing blame, the importance of honesty and forgiveness. Very well done here.I thought the pacing of the novel was good, enjoyed the character development and storyline. I actually thought the ending was good, realistic, although I might say that part felt a little rushed. Overall, I enjoyed what this novel explored, the whole idea of are you happy where you are, is it what you imagined and if not, what can you do to change it? I think we all have that question in our mind to a certain extent. Is my life really what I pictured it would be? My answer is no, it’s not, but I think this alternate route, personally, is better than what I had planned.4 stars.I was graciously provided a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  • Holly Renee
    2019-02-24 23:35

    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 as 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 this 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.

  • Jaina
    2019-03-12 23:39

    This review is also available on my blog, Read Till Dawn.The Shadow of Your Smile has a nice premise (very similar to a movie that came out a few years ago, right?), and I thought it was pretty well done. I liked the idea of a ruined marriage being "restarted" with the wife's sudden amnesia, even if the possibility of such amnesia is scientifically iffy. It's rather sad to watch Noelle realize that she gave up all of her dreams of pursuing her art and establishing a career, and that she's just an average housewife now. The cynical part of me wonders whether there's some sort of sexist reason she's not working, because it's not like she's staying home to homeschool her kids or something that would actually prevent her from working during the day, but I don't think that's where my mind is supposed to go with this scenario. I can't say I really agree that her husband is such a catch, because he does a lot of things I'm not really a fan of, but I suppose she's looking for something different from what I would want in her shoes.There are several side plots that I liked better than the main one, including Noelle's grown son's growing romance with a childhood acquaintance and the family's attempts to move past the brutal death of Noelle and Eli's daughter, Kelsey. The storyline about Kelsey is actually my favorite, just because it's so brutal and honest and real. Reading about the parts where the family is remember (or, in Noelle's case, forgetting) Kelsey is heartbreaking. The rest of the book is kind of soft and cheesy in comparison.And also really cheesy. Keep in mind that the cheese levels in The Shadow of Your Smile are practically out of the roof. It was an entertaining read that passed a few nice hours, though, and I'm glad I took the time to give it a try. Sometimes a fluffy, clean, slightly cheesy romance novel is just what the doctor ordered.Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through the Tyndale Rewards program (click here to check it out–by using my link you'll get 25 credits, which is enough to get a book).

  • Shari
    2019-03-18 21:49

    Have you ever had the thought "how did I get here?" creep into your mind? You know you think back over your life and think geez my life turned out so different than I thought. Or geez it feels like just yesterday I was a kid doing that, and now I am the mom.Seriously every once in a while the boys will say "Mom" and I will think, "Really, you are talking to me?" You would think after 5 years I wouldn't get that anymore, but sometimes I still feel like I have no place being in charge of this motley crew of kids.Sometimes we are going through a rough patch, and we wish we could forget it all.Well this book is about a lady who gets amnesia and does forget everything for the last 25 years. She wakes up from a Coma and thinks she is 21 again. It is an interesting story about how the whole family copes with having a fresh start with her, and how they handle masking over the scars that their family has had over the years.I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I got through the 385 pages in less than 24 hours! I couldn't put it down!Now that Christmas is over and we are all ready to hibernate, I suggest picking up this book, and snuggling in for a great read!The official about the book:More about 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?

  • Susan Baganz
    2019-03-23 05:51

    Susan May Warren’s book, The Shadow of Your Smile is in the Deep Haven series. These books could be read out of order as characters from other novels are not of paramount importance and only provide more of the local color of the town in which the books are based. Noelle Hueston has been married to Eli for 25 years. The marriage fell apart after the tragic murder of their 17 year old daughter, Kelsy. Eli blames himself for Kelsy’s death, as well as that of a fellow officer who was killed that day as well. Kelsy’s friend Emma also carries a weight of guilt from that night too. This one death destroyed so many dreams and those left behind struggle in their faith. Noelle has an accident that results in amnesia and she loses 25 years of her life. Could this really be the man she married? Those are her two boys? Why did she give up her dreams of painting? And how did she get fat? Eli struggles to care for and protect his wife who he had drifted away from. He had begun an emotional affair with the fallen officer’s wife, Lee. Can he mend his broken marriage? Could the amnesia be a gift in that his wife is no longer trapped in her grief? Emma is struggling as a musician. She had been a partner of Kelsy’s in music and she feels like she lost her one chance to do anything good. Kelsie’s brother, Kyle, who she had always had a crush on, shows up and rescues her from a brawl. Passion ignites but can they overcome the spectre of Kelsy’s death and the damage it has done to their families? The killer who had inadvertently caused Noelle’s injury is still on the loose and doesn’t know that Noelle lost her memory. Will he strike again? Can her son, Kyle, now a deputy, solve the murder? Can Eli protector her if the murder strikes again? Can Noelle find a new life in spite of her amnesia and fall in love again with the man she married? Once again, Susan writes a complex tale filled with emotion and depth and the interconnectedness of the two many romance plots. Well done!

  • Brooke (i blog 4 books)
    2019-03-15 05:47

    My Foolish Heart (another book in the Deep Haven series) was my first introduction to Susan May Warren. I couldn't get enough of it. So I was thrilled when I learned that The Shadow of Your Smile was coming out. I was not disappointed!Eli and Noelle's marriage is falling apart when Noelle is in a serious car accident. When she comes out of her coma, she thinks she is back in college . . . remembering neither her husband nor her three children nor anything that's happened in the last twenty years. It may be the second chance that Eli and Noelle desperately need.Sounds pretty good, right?! Well, throw in a secondary plot (or really a second primary plot) featuring Eli and Noelle's son and a hometown girl running away from her past, and it's doubly good!Warren weaves the two stories together beautifully. Since much of the tragedy in their lives is shared, it doesn't come off as two separate stories, but rather as two stories that are closely linked. Themes of forgiveness, faith, and second chances make this an emotional read. By the end, I was a complete mess . . . in the best way!There's a part in the book describing a person's last minutes before death and they begin describing what is happening to them and say something along the lines of hearing the joy of heaven. That part of the book was not a major part of the storyline, but I got chills and could hear a song running through my head that made me think of the joy of heaven. It was just so realistic to me. Anything that can give me chills and actually HEAR something (that isn't there) is pretty awesome writing!Susan May Warren does everything right with this book . . . the characters, the writing, the emotional punch. I wasn't ready for the book to end when it did. [5 stars]Thanks to LitFuse Publicity, Tyndale House, and Net Galley for providing a free review copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review.

  • Renee
    2019-03-22 05:33

    Small-town love stories are some of my favorites to read. Being a small-town girl myself I often find I can relate to the characters in those kinds of stories. The town of Deep Haven in which Susan May Warren has set many of her contemporary stories has become so real to me as I've followed the series. In The Shadow of Your Smile the latest book by Warren two of its finest families face incredible losses and heartache and in the face of it all rediscover love in a small town. I've come to realize that nobody tells a story quite like Susan May Warren. This Deep Haven novel along with a few of her historicals that I have read have proven that tugging at the heartstrings is what Ms. Warren does best. She writes characters that are complex, relatable and most importantly--flawed and far from perfect. While the story itself wasn't one of my favorites I absolutely loved Emma. She was somewhat atypical of other characters that I've read in Christian fiction with her rocker chick lifestyle. She's definitely not a "cookie cutter" heroine. I also loved Noelle. I honestly can't say the last time I read a book when a character with amnesia was a big part of the story. I know, I know you're probably saying, "Wow that sounds like a cheesy soap opera," but it's definitely not.If you've read a story by this author before you know she can make pretty much anything work. That said I didn't enjoy this as much as the previous book, My Foolish Heart. I wish Emma and Kyle had had their own story so their relationship didn't seem so rushed but I'm still happy to have read The Shadow of Your Smile. I hope this series continues or if not that we "meet" some of the characters again.*I received my complimentary review copy for the tour in exchange for posting my honest opinion of the book.*

  • Iola
    2019-03-17 05:43

    The marriage of Eli and Noelle Hueston has been going steadily downhill since the death of their teenage daughter in a store shooting. Eli blames himself for her death, and has since retired from his job as Sheriff, and spends his time either fishing or helping out Lee Nelson, who lost her husband in the same shooting. Noelle is barely surviving, and spends her time volunteering, but has made the decision that she is going to live again. A twist of fate finds her caught up in another shore shooting, but while she does not die, she loses all memory of the last 25 years. As Noelle starts to get to know her husband and two sons again, Eli realises that he has to get to know Noelle again. I really enjoyed this book, more so than I expected based on the plot summary. As well as the main plot, there is a very sweet romantic sub-plot involving Eli and Noelle’s oldest son, Kyle, now a deputy in Deep Haven. As always, Susan May Warren has delivered a book that satisfies on many levels, with likeable characters, a nice romance, a bit of suspense, and some thought-provoking plot lines. While the Deep Haven novels are all happy-ever-after romances (well, what do you expect from a series where the first book is titled ‘Happily Ever After’?), above all, each book is a story of the power of God to heal our pain. The Shadow of Your Smile is no exception. This is the fifth Deep Haven book, and hopefully won’t be the last. It features cameo appearances from many characters in the earlier books, including Liza Beaumont, the local potter. I’m still anxiously waiting for Susan May Warren to tell us Liza’s story. Perhaps she will meet a good-looking Nashville music producer?Thanks to Zondervan and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review. This review also appears on my blog,