This was an excellent book. This is the first book I have read from Susan May Warren but it won't be the last. I didn't realize when I started reading this book that is book #5 of the "Deep Haven" series. Now I am definitely going to have to go back & read the other books in this series!!!
Noelle and Eli Hueston lost their daughter in a double murder and are struggling to get on with their lives. Eli has retired and tries to help the widow of the other murder victim and spends the majority of his time away from home, fishing. Noelle is attempting to move forward with her art degree when she is involved in an accident that takes away her memory. She does not remember her husband, sons or the daughter she lost. As she struggles to get her memory back, her family struggles to rebuild as well.
I am really enjoying reading the Deep Haven Novels! I like how people from the previous books are brought into the stories. It's like the author is writing each book to slowly introduce us to the families of the town. I am glad I waited until all the books were written to read this series as it would be hard to wait to see who is introduced next.
Noelle and Eli's marriage is on the skids, thanks to a difficult period filled with grief over the murder of their daughter. Now, they're sleeping in separate rooms and each one has secrets that would be devastating if they were brought to light. To make things even worse, Noelle develops amnesia after a severe blow to the head, and the past 25 years of her life have suddenly disappeared. Noelle and Eli must now work together to piece their lives back together, and decide whether or not their marriage is worth saving.
Emma Nelson wants nothing more than to recapture the song of her heart. She feels as though it should've been her and not Kelsey that met the end of a shooter's bullet. Since then, playing the music that she and Kelsey created together just isn't the same anymore. If only she could capture the lyrics, the song that keeps running through her head would be complete. It will take a trip back home to Deep Haven, as well as the help of a special friend, to find what's she's been missing all along.
Once again, Susan May Warren has created a masterpiece of a book wrought with deep emotions and personal struggles. Those suffering through a period of grief or those who have strayed from their first love (both literally and spiritually) can find hope in the pages of this novel. The Shadow of Your Smile is not a book to rush through reading, but rather, one that is worth the time it takes to savor the wisdom contained within. Highly Recommended!