Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Gripping Marvel! ~ You Don't Know Me by Susan May Warren ~ Review

A gripping novel with the struggle of the human condition woven through the story and characters. A home town that draws the reader in and a story I couldn’t help but want to see resolved to a happily ever after. “You Don’t Know Me” is a gripping marvel of strong storytelling and solid characters that beg to have their story told in the way that has put Warren on the Christian fiction map.

            I couldn’t put this book down. No, once I met this Decker family, they became my next door neighbors and I wanted to know them better, watch them succeed. Annalise has spent her adult life living a lie and now it’s coming back to haunt the family she adores. How do you reconcile a past that could harm your family and yet never want to part with your heart’s reason to beat?

            The story is richly entwined with real-to-life characters. Subplots that contribute vital motivation for me to continue reading. This is definitely one of those stories that pulsed in my throat and wounded my heart when they struggled.

            It’s a story that feels…real. I’m never left unchanged after reading a Warren novel. The passion upon the page starts with the story and ends with hope and grace to be found in God’s love.

            A marvelous bit of news has become known that another Deep Haven will soon be entertaining readers again and I couldn’t be happier!

            This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers through Litfuse for my ARC to review.


More about the novel...

A Deep Haven Novel

Sometimes the secrets we keep to protect ourselves can be our undoing.

To all who know her, Annalise Decker is a model wife and mother. She’s a permanent member of the PTA, never misses a sporting event, and is constantly campaigning for her husband’s mayoral race.

No one knows that Annalise was once Deidre O’Reilly, a troubled young woman whose testimony put a dangerous criminal behind bars. Relocated through the Witness Security Program to the quaint harbor town of Deep Haven, Deidre received a new identity and a fresh start, which began when she fell in love with local real estate agent Nathan Decker.

Twenty years later, Annalise couldn’t be more unprepared for her past to catch up with her. When Agent Frank Harrison arrives with news that the man she testified against is out on parole and out for revenge, Annalise is forced to face the consequences of her secrets. Will she run again, or will she finally find the courage to trust those she loves most with both her past and her future?

Contest Info!!

Welcome to the campaign launch for Susan May Warren’s latest offering in her beloved Deep Haven series, You Don’t Know Me. Susan is celebrating with a $200 Weekend Getaway Giveaway and hosting a fun video Author Chat Party!

One fortunate winner will receive:
  • A $200 Visa Gift Card (Use that to catch up with a loved one and “Get to Know” your spouse, friend, sister, mom…whomever!)
  • The entire set of Deep Haven Books
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on October 22nd. Winner will be announced at the ”You Don’t Know Me” Author Chat Facebook Party on 10/23. Connect with Susan for an evening of book chat, Deep Haven trivia, and a live video chat! There will also be info about Susan’s BookShout read-along and a chance to win gift certificates, books, and other fun prizes!

So grab your copy of You Don’t Know Me and join Susan on the evening of the October 23rd for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the books – don’t let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun, RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 23rd!


  1. Well, you KNOW I'm going to comment when it's a Susie book we're talking about. Not just comment, but gush. I am a massively huge fan of her writing and storycrafting skills. I loved You Don't Know Me...totally fell into the story. And Deep Haven has a special place in my heart. :)

    1. Oh it's a guarantee I'll get at least you and Beth to comment on this one!! ;-) This one and My Foolish Heart have been my FAVORITES in this Deep Haven series. Something about this town that breathes...

  2. I'm reading My Foolish Heart right now and am always amazed at the depth of her scenes. I love her books! And I'm so excited to go to Storycrafters this weekend and learn from her. Yay!

    1. Ooooo, that book is one of my TOP favorites of all time...and I read a lot of books! There is AMAZING depth to those scenes.

      You will be blown away. I've never gone to one of her Storycrafters, but you WILL walk out of there a changed writer.

  3. I l-o-v-e-d this novel. As I read it, I kept thinking, "I don't know how Susie is going to end this story."
    Superb writing.

    1. I know! I completely agree with you. She did an outstanding job with this novel.

  4. Hi Casey,

    Thanks for this wonderful review. Your wording was beautiful!

    I can't wait to read this book after the other two I've read. Both of them blew me away and I'm sure this will do the same.

    Take care,

    1. There is just some books that are indicative of beautiful writing, and makes it easy to write a great review. I only hope I did it justice!

  5. How awesome is this!

    Thanks for posting and sharing - love Susie's books.



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