The Shadow of Your Smile

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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...
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The Shadow of Your Smile (Deep Haven Series #5)

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Overview

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? Tyndale House Publishers
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Publishers Weekly
Warren—the award-winning author of more than 30novels—returns to Deep Haven for her latest effort. Snow covers the northern Minnesota town as Noelle and Eli Hueston discover that they are drifting apart. When Noelle loses her memory in a bizarre accident, her husband and sons must try to keep the fragile family together. As she tries to remember, secrets are revealed and hearts reconnected in unexpected ways as the couple face the demons that have been haunting them in the wake of their child Kelsey’s death three years earlier. Warren is at her best as she plumbs the human heart, revealing motives, feelings, and undercurrents. The past looms large in this book, and Warren handles well the many facets of lives intertwined by love, hope, and tragedy. This is a book of second chances for the Hueston family, for those who care about them, and for readers looking for clarity in their own lives. Feb.
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After 25 years of marriage, things have gone sour. Noelle and Eli Hueston want to get their youngest son through his high school graduation so that they can divorce. But one snowy night, Noelle gets injured in a car accident that erases part of her memory. She doesn't remember her husband or children. When Noelle returns home, she struggles to recall an old life that is no longer hers. Can her amnesia give her and Eli the second chance they need? VERDICT Warren's fifth entry (after My Foolish Heart) in her popular romantic series is a warm and charming tale that features well-developed characters and a solid story line. Series fans and devotees of Judy Baer and Deborah Vogts will want to put holds on this title.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781414334837
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/16/2011
  • Series: Deep Haven Series
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 539,601
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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  • Posted August 29, 2012

    The Shadow of Your Smile is the fifth book in the Deep Haven Ser

    The Shadow of Your Smile is the fifth book in the Deep Haven Series by Susan May Warren. It’s a great inspiring story that readers will love. You don’t have to read the series in order… But it’s nice if you do!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 23, 2012

    Nice Story and Quick Read

    As a prolific reader, I am at the disadvantage of being thoroughly familiar with the plot line of an amnesiac wife who re-falls in love with her husband. Off the top of my head, I can think of two other books I have read in the past three months which covered the same territory.

    This book has little to distinguish it from the others I have read. It is Christian, fairly clean, deals with adult themes (divorce, death of a child, infidelity, financial issues, etc.), throws in an emotional risk or two, and provided me with about three hours of entertainment.

    I enjoyed it as something new to read. The story did not really speak to me, but I'd recommend it to someone else looking for something interesting enough to wile away the time and clean enough to avoid blushing.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 31, 2012

    A great story about a marriage that is going through difficultie

    A great story about a marriage that is going through difficulties. They deal very well with how a couple can drift apart without realizing it. A must read about love and God’s amazing Grace.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 16, 2012

    The Shadow of Your Smile

    The Shadow of Smile is about marriage and commitment. This book does contain tragedy, but this book also contains the elements of God's grace. The plot simply stated: a marriage on the edge, an accident that wipes away a wife's memory, and an opening for remembrance and healing.

    Even though the story line itself was unbelievable; the characters were well-constructed, multi-faceted. No one was good or bad. No one was completely innocent. Ms. Warren creates characters who struggle, characters who fail and/or compromise their moral ground, characters who humble themselves, characters that tackle the process of forgiveness and characters who fight against all odds: characters readers can relate to. The main character of this book is hope; this is a book about second chances.

    Let love in action embrace your heart! Read this book.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    What would it be like to not remember how you got to where you w

    What would it be like to not remember how you got to where you were? That is what Noelle is about to discover when she is in a bad accident that on the outside leaves very few injuries but on the inside she can not remember the last twenty five years of her life. Her husband Eli, their children and the tragedy from three years ago are gone from her mind and now she needs to figure out who she is, who they are and what happened. Secrets will be uncovered and in the end trust and faith is what they need for healing to begin.

    The Shadow of Your Smile is book five in Susan May Warren's popular Deep Haven series and while I have not read the others (which now I can not wait to do so) I was able to enjoy this story. It was have been nice to have read the others so I would know all the back stories and would get that feeling like I was visiting with dear friends. Susan May Warren is a very gifted storyteller and draws the reader in with an intriguing plot filled with characters that will make you both laugh and cry. This book is filled with hope, rediscovery, love, faithfulness and trust. So many lessons can be learned by reading this book. As much as I loved this book it is not for everyone. This is not a light and fluffy book, it deals with some tough issues: loss of a child, divorce, amnesia and more. I give this book a solid 5 stars!

    *I received this book through Litfuse for the purpose of this review.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2012

    not my favorite, but still interesting

    the Shadow of Your Smile is not my favorite Susan May Warren book: (i did like My Foolish Heart.) Both are part of the Deep Haven Series. Shadow starts out with about six mentions of Diet Coke which feels like a product placement ad in a movie. Plus the wispy cover girl does not reflect any relation to the character in the book (the paperback above has a better cover...but there are probably women out there who will identify with the main character who encounters an ice storm, a hold up, is taken hostage, gets loose, survives a shooting, races out in the storm to flag down a semi and slips, falls, gets amnesia. Of course that is just the first few pages. Warren wins lots of awards and well earned kudoes, but this was one I'd just read once.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 16, 2012

    Another great book from Susan May Warren

    I love coming back to Deep Haven, and I don't even like snow! :)

    Noelle & Eli Hueston have been married for many years, but the last few have been, well, worse than routine. Struggling already, things were compounded by the death of their only daughter, and at the point we meet them, they have genuinely lost their way. The book begins with Noelle attempting to evade a robbery when she slips and falls on a patch of ice and suffers a head injury, which in turn causes some pretty serious amnesia. She doesn't remember being married or her children, she definitely doesn't remember her daughter Kelsey, and she thinks she is in college -she is very upset that her (deceased) parents won't come visit her in the hospital! You can imagine the confusion this causes, as the amnesia lasts for some time.

    There are also several great "sub"-story, one that includes her oldest son & Kelsey's best friend, and I really enjoyed how they were all tied together in the end. This book deals with a number of serious issues and still manages to retain a sense of humor and emotional pull, all without being overdone. Well played, Susan May Warren!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    Help

    How was kelsey brutally murdered?

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2012

    Wonderful Story Although this is one of several amnesia stories

    Wonderful Story
    Although this is one of several amnesia stories I have read recently, The Shadow of Your Smile was worth it. I loved the characters, Eli and Noelle, and the way they developed throughout the story. Grief can destroy a marriage and these two were at the point of giving up when an accident steals Noelle's memories. Eli isn't sure how to handle it all and goes from surly to compassionte where his wife is concerned. The story explores many different aspects of Noelle's and Eli's journey and is well worth the read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 14, 2012

    I was hesitant to read another book by this author as the last o

    I was hesitant to read another book by this author as the last one I read was not interesting. It also seemed weird to read the back of the book and think this sounds just like the movie The Vow. But it turned out being a good book and I'd recommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 22, 2014

    There are very few contemporary authors I like, but Susan May Wa

    There are very few contemporary authors I like, but Susan May Warren is one of them. Her characters seem so genuine, they deal with real issues, and the storylines are believable. This is the second book I've read in the Deep Haven series and I loved it! It was one of those books that made me feel good, even though the characters were really going through tough things--truly, their situations seemed impossible to get through in human terms, but with God all things are possible (which seemed to be the theme of the book, though it wasn't stated). I really liked the secondary storyline which was that the main character began to have feelings for the families best friend, and she for him. They were both Christians, yet they struggled with something I think is more common than people admit. I thought it was interesting that Susan May Warren chose to include that in this book and I like that she treated the issue with such grace. I've gone through something similar so I was just as eager to find out what would happen in that situation and how the characters would deal with that. In sum, I highly recommend this book and the others by this author.

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  • Posted October 6, 2013

    I liked this book a lot! It kept me interested and was a good st

    I liked this book a lot! It kept me interested and was a good story. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2013

    Barkcloudws story part 16

    Lumpykit looked at Bronzekit and Poisenkit.Redkit and Bluekit danced around. The web that never falls was plotting to tear EarthClan appart, and Amberstar said the Clans must move. EmberClan and Fluffclan agreed,and Mousestar did,too. Soon,The kits parents came out.Lumpykit gazed at her mother,Monkeytail,and her father,Bignose. Lumpykit could not believe a quarter moon ago they were Bigpaw and Monkeypaw. They were so big! Redkit and Bluekit pranced around thier parents,Spikytail and Webfur. Butterflypaw was gone,and grief flew over the Clan. Horntooth,Cherryblossompelt's son, was in love with her, and he had changed. "Fluffclan! A warrior,Giantthorn,is speaking to Iciclelion! The rest of the Clan is with him!" (Sorry this is short)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2013

    To the girl wntin a bf

    Hey i am max how are you?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2013

    This not a personal message board for comments that have nothing to dowith the bpok

    Not read yet

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2013

    Love conquers all

    The story of a woman in an unhappy marriage who has a head injury from a fall. When she awakens from the coma, she cannot remember her previous 25 years. The story is of the struggles of the family as they try to re-connect with each other, and to work through the tragedy and pain of the past.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Great read!

    Wonderful story and loved the ending.

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  • Posted May 10, 2013

    GOOD ONE

    I ENJOYED THIS. THANKS!!!

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  • Posted May 10, 2013

    Disappointing

    I was disappointed in this book. It's an okay read, but did not live up to the reviews I read. I found the characters unlikable, and most of their actions unbelievable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Highly recommend this book

    I really enjoyed this book.

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