Isaiah 6:8

8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Sunday, January 9, 2011

The Shadow of Your Smile

About the 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?
About the Author:  Susan May Warren is the RITA Award-winning author of more than thirty novels.  she and her husband served as a missionary in Russia for eight years before returning to the States.  She 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.  If you want to know more about her visit her website at
My Thoughts:  This book was one I did not want to put down.  All thoughout the book I wondered what I would do if I could reset my own life.  Having experienced many not so wonderful moments would I do the same things I did when I was 21?  30?  40?  What would I chose to not do....or do anyway? These were question Susan Warren presented to me in the book.  This book was about Noelle and Eli....but it was also about me. While reading this book I found my own thoughts wondering to my own only daughter and wondered to myself what I would do without her.  My parents lost a child when he was 6 and I lived through how his death affected my family.  Grief is a dark place and sometimes I wonder if it would not have been easier for my parents to start over.  Without the memories of what was....there would be no pain.  I also thought about lost friendships, lost relationships, lost marriages, mistakes...and the wounds go on.  But...then I asked myself can they be erased?  The answer was a resounding NO!  The dark moments are what make us who we are and Susan Warren eloquently shows this to her readers.  This is an amazing book of hope.  I would recommend this book and give it 5 stars.  It is a must read!  
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free to review.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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