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The Shadow Of Your SmileSusan May Warren
@susanmaywarren :: website
Contemporary | Christian Lit | Series Book 5
FIRST LINE :: Noelle longed for the redemption that came with a fresh snow.
SUMMARY :: from the Publishers Weekly
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.REVIEW :: Susan May Warren knows how to set the stage, and The Shadow Of Your Smile packs a lot of food-for-thought that can easily been observed in real life. Parents in a deep, unmentionable grief over their teenaged daughter’s death; husbands and wives who don’t know how to address the chasm growing between them; brothers and sisters ill-equipped to help their parents move on – all these are so very believable and utterly heart-wrenching to watch as these characters unfold. Susan May Warren does a wonderful job with diving into the characters’ minds as they struggle with their guilt and grief, especially when poor decisions are made, and try to find any thread of hope to hold onto. If you enjoy your contemporary fiction of a more upbeat nature, stay clear from The Shadow Of Your Smile – while it may have happy moments, this particular book will probably evoke more somber feelings and dwell in heart-heavy issues.
DISCLAIMER :: NETGALLEY
RELEASED DECEMBER 2011 BY TYNDALE
OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES :: HAPPILY EVER AFTER, TYING THE KNOT, THE PERFECT MATCH, MY FOOLISH HEART
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DESIRED: The Untold Story Of Samson And DelilahGinger Garrett
@gingergarrett :: website
Christian Lit | Biblical | Series Book 2
FIRST LINE :: [MOTHER:] I am not going to tell you my name.
SUMMARY :: from the B&N website
Meet the legendary Samson as you've never known him before… through the eyes of the three women who loved him.REVIEW :: DESIRED caught me off-guard as Samson’s story unfolds, not shared by the man himself, but told by 3 different women involved in his destined demise. Let me just say that the story was not as heart-wrenchingly beautiful as the song Hallelujah; instead, there was anger and blood and not nearly enough love to soften up Samson’s churlish behavior. This story is so very different than what I anticipated that it startled me – I ended up comparing Jesus’s patience as he preaches on dusty roads to Samson’s vengeful violence as a way to heal his broken heart. DESIRED may be a welcome addition to those who appreciate a good biblical retelling such as The Red Tent or A Reluctant Queen, but the story does not have as much warmth that I generally prefer and the ending leaves me slightly puzzled about how things went down. *proceed to Google for Samson and Delilah story* And now I think I can understand where DESIRED was coming from, but I think Samson’s vices had too much pagetime to make much sense of Samson at the end.
Before Samson was an Old Testament legend, he was a prodigal son, an inexperienced suitor, a vengeful husband, and a lost soul driven by his own weakness. This is his story as told by three strong women who loved him - the nagging, manipulative mother who pushed him toward greatness, the hapless Philistine bride whose betrayal propelled him into notoriety, and the emotionally damaged seductress - the famous Delilah - who engineered his downfall and propelled him to his destiny. Desired celebrates the God of Israel's to work powerfully in the midst of hopes, fears, desires, and sorrows.
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RELEASED OCTOBER 2011 BY DAVID C COOK
OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES :: CHOSEN: THE LOST DIARIES OF QUEEN ESTHER