Because I am such a fan of Susan May Warren’s books, “The Shadow of Your Smile” has been lurking on my Kindle for several weeks tempting me at every turn. I have a hard enough time sticking to my review schedule and making the deadlines so it was with great difficulty that I managed to ignore its siren call until finally it was time. This novel was worth waiting for!
In addition to most all of the author’s previous books, I have read all of the Deep Haven series to date and expected another fairly light hearted romance with an awesome spiritual message. “The Shadow of Your Smile” is just a bit different than the earlier Deep Haven novels with a more somber plot line and even some suspense thrown in for good measure.
One senseless tragedy with two deaths has entangled so many people in its aftermath. Because of grief and guilt, bad decisions are made, a marriage is falling apart, a husband is tempted, bad career and life choices are made. But God still has His hand on the lives of His children in Deep Haven and another near tragedy may just be what it takes to turn things around.
“The Shadow of Your Smile” is a beautifully written story that delves deep into the hearts of those affected by the tragic deaths of loved ones. The reader is given an up close and personal look at the struggles and pain experienced by each of the characters. I literally wanted to say “Don’t do that!” more than once but of course I had to let the plot take its predetermined course. In the end, I had to agree that the author knew what was best and the resolution was a satisfying one.
This was an excellent story with a strong message of hope, forgiveness, and reconciliation. There are also some very good marriage tips woven into the story if you look for them, especially the one about being more aware of the hopes and dreams of your spouse. Once again I say, “Get yourself a copy of this book asap! You won’t be sorry.”
This book was provided for review by LitFuse Publicity.
Come Back to Deep Haven and Win a $200 Visa Card from @SusanMayWarren!
Sometimes love requires a little forgetting … Come back to Deep Haven and find out what’s been happening in your favorite quaint hamlet. If you’re new to the Deep Haven series – this is the perfect book to start with – each book in the series is a stand alone story.
Susan is celebrating the release of The Shadow of Your Smile by giving away a prize pack worth over $200 from 1/9-1/28.
One grand prize winner will receive:
- A $200 Visa Gift Card (Use that to rekindle a little romance, treat yourself to a spa day, snap up those shoes you’ve been eyeing, or purchase a few great books!)
- The entire set of Deep Haven Books
The winner will be announced on 1/30/12 on Susan’s blog, Scribbles! Just click one of the icons below to enter and tell your friends about Susan’s giveaway on FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning.