Susan May Warren is the contemporary author I recommend most and most freely. Every one one of her books not only entertains, but also inspires me to investigate myself. My husband teases me about underlining text in novels. I do! But it’s because I learn something about God and something about myself in every single one of her books. I don’t want to forget those lessons. She is a tremendous writer, a beautiful tool used by God.
Her latest book, The Shadow of Your Smile, is another in the Deep Haven series. (I believe this is the fifth.) As always, she features new characters far enough removed from the last that you feel still the cozy familiarity of a series, but without redundancy or direct tie-ins. Each book can stand on its own. This series can be read out of order.
About the book:
After twenty-five years of marriage, Noelle and Eli Hueston are contemplating divorce. They’ve been through a lot together, but instead of growing closer, they’ve gone separate ways. They both have secrets. When an accident erases part of Noelle’s memory, she wakes without any memory of Eli, their children, or the tragedy that has ripped their family apart. In fact, she believes she’s still a college co-ed, incredulous that this is her body, her husband, her life. Why did nothing turn out like she dreamed? 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-funny, 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?
Another thread of this story involves a young musician and songwriter in the Twin Cities. She left Deep Haven after a tragedy, swearing never to return. But what happens when an unexpected (and dashingly handsome) bit of Deep Haven comes to her? Can she reconcile her past hopes with her splintered present?
So often I wonder how I got to where I am. If my twenty-one-year-old self ran into me now, one of us would have a stroke. Twenty-on-year-old Me envisioned an adventurous life in a third-world country, caring for orphans and refugees, sharing the Gospel and adopting lots of children. Thirty-five-year-old Me sits in an affluent suburb with two children (neither adopted) and lots and lots of domesticity. How did that happen?
This book (and the story behind it) reminded me that I’m not the only one whose life isn’t what was once dreamed. Fortunately, I don’t have amnesia, and I can recall all the little (and sometimes big) choices made here and there along the way, all of which led me to now. It didn’t just happen overnight. The good news: God is Lord over all.
At church we sing “My God He was. My God He is. My God He’s always gonna be.“ That’s the song I kept humming while reading this book. The God of my past (and Noelle’s) is the God of my present and the God of my future. He is sovereign, overflowing in love for me. My regrets need not include forgotten dreams, only not knowing Him more.
Did someone mention a giveaway?
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.
About the Author:
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 www.MyBookTherapy.com, 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!)