Friday, January 27, 2012

The Shadow of Your Smile by Susan May Warren

Book Description:
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?

My Thoughts:
A book is good and it is one that will make you think!  Eli and Noelle have a marriage in name only.  A tragedy has ripped their family apart.  Now, contemplating a divorce, the unthinkable happens and Noelle forgets the life they had together.  Another family was also touched by the tragedy and is an integral part of Noelle and Eli's life together.  Now, with a 'clean slate' can Eli make Noelle fall in love with him again?  Does he even want that?  How much will the secrets hurt their relationship? 
The cast of characters throughout the story are wonderful!  I could actually feel Noelle's shock and frustration at how her life had turned out.  Eli's hurt at his wife's condition.  Their son's heartbreak that their mother doesn't remember them or the tragedy that shaped them all.  The emotions run high through out the story and I think the author did a great job with the whole story!
I rate this a 4/5.  It will keep you flipping the pages to find out what will happen next.

Thank you to litfuse for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.


  1. I have not visited the Deep Haven community and am looking forward to reading this series. I would like to read "The Shadow of Your Smile" and hope to meet other community members who come alongside to help this family regain what has been lost. How bewildering on all; the sons without a mother, a husband without a wife, and a woman who remembers she is in college. Until she looks in the mirror and only recognizes the eyes looking back at her.