Litfuse Blog Tour: The Shadow of Your Smile (A Deep Haven Novel) by Susan May Warren

The Shadow of Your Smile
by Susan May Warren
Copyright 2011
Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN: 9781414334837
My Thoughts:
~3.5 stars~
Small-town love stories are some of my favorites to read. Being a small-town girl myself I often find I can relate to the characters in those kinds of stories. The town of Deep Haven in which Susan May Warren has set many of her contemporary stories has become so real to me as I've followed the series. In The Shadow of Your Smile the latest book by Warren two of its finest families face incredible losses and heartache and in the face of it all rediscover love in a small town.

I've come to realize that nobody tells a story quite like Susan May Warren. This Deep Haven novel along with a few of her historicals that I have read have proven that tugging at the heartstrings is what Ms. Warren does best. She writes characters that are complex, relatable and most importantly--flawed and far from perfect. While the story itself wasn't one of my favorites I absolutely loved Emma. She was somewhat atypical of other characters that I've read in Christian fiction with her rocker chick lifestyle. She's definitely not a "cookie cutter" heroine. I also loved Noelle. I honestly can't say the last time I read a book when a character with amnesia was a big part of the story. I know, I know you're probably saying, "Wow that sounds like a cheesy soap opera," but it's definitely not.

If you've read a story by this author before you know she can make pretty much anything work. That said I didn't enjoy this as much as the previous book, My Foolish Heart. I wish Emma and Kyle had had their own story so their relationship didn't seem so rushed but I'm still happy to have read The Shadow of Your Smile. I hope this series continues or if not that we "meet" some of the characters again.

Read what others are saying about the book HERE

*I received my complimentary review copy for the tour in exchange for posting my honest opinion of the book.*

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? Read the story behind the story here:

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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Happy Reading!!


  1. Looking forward to this story. Like you, I don't think it will be my most favorite but I LOVED the three "original" novels in this series (still have to read the one prior to Shadow of your Smile).

    Susan is an awesome author - Heiress was a beautiful dark, fairy-tale that left me anxious for book two. =)

  2. EEEK! I can't wait to read this one -- I loved My Foolish Heart!

  3. I agree, it's not a soap opera, just lotsa tension! ;-) I agree, not my *Fav* either, but STILL a good story. She knows how to tell one. ;-)

  4. Hi ladies I think I loved My Foolish Heart because there was so much football in it LOL but yes this was good!!! Thank y'all for stopping by.

    XOXO~ Renee

  5. Pick me! Pick me! I haven't read any of the Deep Haven novels.


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