The Shadow of Your Smile by Susan May Warren



It's been a while since I read Susan May Warren's previous Deep Haven novels.  But I've always really enjoyed her writing.  I wasn't disappointed with this newest Deep Haven novel, In the Shadow of Your Smile.

Noelle and Eli have a rough marriage.  Since the murder of their daughter, they have been distanced and struggling.  But when Noelle hits her head during a robbery, she loses all memory of their marriage and family.  This gives them an opportunity to start again.  Meanwhile their oldest son, Kyle, is struggling to figure out his need to be a police officer in Deep Haven and his growing attraction to his sister's friend from high school.

I enjoy Susan May Warren's stories.  Her characters are deep, never shallow, and they are real people with thoughts and feelings and imperfections.  I have a hard time with characters who are always sweet and good.  It just smacks of unreality to me.  But Warren's characters are always real, with flaws and struggles and doubts.  There is enough good food for spiritual thought here without preaching.  And I can read and walk away, having been entertained and moved.

I give this one a strong 4 stars and a PG rating for some suspense and violence.

I received a free copy of this book for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are entirely my own.