The Shadow of Your Smile by Susan May Warren (review, writing helps, giveaway and other good stuff)

Renee Ann Smith —  January 19, 2012 — 9 Comments

When I’m looking for a story that will satisfy all my readerly cravings, my go-to author is Susan May Warren. In whatever genre—romantic suspense, contemporary romance, historical fiction—I can find a SMW book to provide entertaining drama, heartwarming romance, Bible-based truths, and characters who—by the end of the story—seem like old friends. Her latest novel, The Shadow of Your Smile, is no exception.

The Shadow of Your Smile features two couples, younger and long-married, whose relationships need repair. I was drawn most to the mid-life couple, Noelle and Eli, and quickly became immersed in their drama. As they looked back at events and choices and asked the inevitable (and painful), “If I had to do it all over again . . .” questions, I hurt with them. And I loved how finding who they were in the Lord as individuals became the key to bringing their lives and love story full circle. Their sweet second courtship left me playing the song The Second Time Around (video below) in my head and smiling.

So if you have even the slightest touch of the long-cold-days, dark-too-soon, winter blahs, here’s my prescription: a hot cup of coffee or tea, some gentle music on your iPod, and this charming story. Purchase your copy at this link. (When you finish this one, I can recommend lots more Susan May Warren books.) ***Thanks to Litfuse Publicity and Tyndale House for providing a copy for me to review.

Need more details? Here’s the book blurb: After twenty-five years, Noelle and Eli Hueston are 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?

Attention Writer Friends! Susan hosts a great site called My Book Therapy, where she makes available all kinds of wonderful resources for writers. Her articles on plotting, character development, story questions, and more helped me complete my manuscript. (And after the Genesis, I was sooo glad I had a finished novel ready to go!) If you become a member of MBT, you’ll have access to how-to articles, coaching, writing tips, writing forums, etc. You can join the team for a free preview at this link. It’s definitely worth a look!

Attention Reader Friends! Follow this link to enter Susan’s $200 Giveaway and read bout her Book Launch Facebook Party!

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 the shore of Minnesota’s beautiful Lake Superior, 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 event and retreat 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. A full listing of her titles, reviews, and awards can be found at:

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

9 responses to The Shadow of Your Smile by Susan May Warren (review, writing helps, giveaway and other good stuff)

  1. I love Bing Crosby songs/movies! He is such a romantic dreamer. Nothing like the old classics! This book sounds very intriguing to me. I have been in some rough patches in my marriage, having asked myself “those” questions. Having married at such a young age, 19, I never dreamed marriage would be such hard work. The line “how finding who they were in the Lord as indivuals became key” in your review caught my attention. That has been the case with me as well. Due to various events in my life as a young person, I had very little faith and certainly no relationship with the Lord. Within the last ten years, I have been seeking a better understanding of who Jesus is in my life and what is his will is for my life. Needless to say, this has had a big impact on my marriage as a wife and a mom. I will also have to see what historical fictions books this author has written. Since teaching young children, I have developed an interest in this genre.

  2. Renee… I always love your reviews.

  3. Sounds great. Lovely recommendation.

    PS I <3 Bing!

  4. I agree–Bing’s the best 🙂

  5. This book sounds very interesting. I’m always looking for a good book to read when I have time.

    I’m visiting from NOBH.


  6. Sounds like a really good book. Thanks for linking it to NOBH!

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