Could it be? I believe so—it’s the first book review/blog tour stop for 2012. What makes this even more exciting is the author is my favorite—Susan May Warren.

Susan May Warren returns to Deep Haven with the book, The Shadow of Your Smile. This time she combines the small community feel with characters transitioning through grief and heartbreak. Eli and Noelle Hueston are married, yet isolated as they grieve the murder of their daughter in different ways. When Noelle has an accident that leaves her without the last 25 years of her life, Eli and Noelle can make the isolation permanent, or, use it as an opportunity to heal together.

As always, Susan May Warren creates layered characters that trigger your own emotions. Kelsey Hueston’s murder affects not just her parents and their marriage, but her siblings, her best friend, and her best friend’s mom. As each of these characters try to navigate through life without her, their shared grief and choices come to a head. As I talk about in this month’s Sunday posts, the residents of Deep Haven are forced to find a “new normal”.

I’m not giving you anymore than that, because you need to read The Shadow of Your Smile. I enjoyed it, and found myself deep enough into the story that my throat constricted and I fought back tears. Deep Haven will become your home and you’ll be fighting for the characters, even when they are fighting against each other.

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:


Purchase The Shadow of Your Smile here.

Visit the rest of the blog tour stops by checking the schedule here.
Enter 1/9 – 1/28.

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.

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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


I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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2 Thoughts to “Book Review: Susan May Warren’s The Shadow of Your Smile”

  1. DeniseOldham

    nice review.

  2. I have not been to Deep Haven! What a double loss for Eli plus caring for his children. I would like to read this book by Susie May.


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