Monday, October 15, 2012

You Don't Know Me by Susan May Warren

Welcome to the blog tour for You Don’t Know Me by Susan May Warren. I love her books! So glad to participate in the tour for this latest Deep Haven release. By the way, Happily Ever After continues to be one of my all-time favorite books. HEA was the first release in the Deep Haven series, back in 2003. If you haven’t read it, check it out!

Susan May Warren is hosting a party on Facebook with giveaways and prizes! See below for more information about that. For your convenience, I've included links below in case you're interested in purchasing either the print or e-book version of You Don't Know Me.

Let's begin with the summary

To everyone who knows her, Annalise Decker is a model wife and mother. She’s a permanent member of the PTA, never misses her kids’ sporting events, 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 sleepy town of Deep Haven, Deidre got 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 bail and out for revenge, Annalise is forced to face the consequences of her secrets. Will she run again, or will she finally find the grace to trust those she loves most with both her past and her future?

And now, my review:

Identity is such a mystery, isn’t it? I loved Susan’s treatment of this fundamental aspect of our lives. From the characters who had to change their names and make up tales about their families, to the characters who had to assume a role, she makes readers think. How much of a person’s identity is in his/her name? And how much does that realization affect sanity and one's understanding of reality? 

She also helped me understand more about the witness protection program, how a person’s life and their family’s lives are affected. Fascinating and a bit unsettling, all for the sake of safety. Because Susan’s characterization is always so stellar, I could easily (though warily) put myself into the shoes of the main characters (both the heroine and her mother) and imagine giving up so much in order to be safe. 

And then, there’s Susan’s prose. Check out this highlighted excerpt from my Kindle reading:

Outside, ruby and amber leaves tumbled down the sidewalk, gems bullied by the wind. She’d have to cover her mums tonight. 

The secondary characters shone in this novel. I especially felt for Tucker. He was just trying to make good, rise out of the poverty and hardships of his life. Fit in. To be someone. His character will make readers wonder if they’ve ever misjudged someone, to the detriment of all involved. He wasn’t so much of a “hoodlum” as those around him guessed him to be. Well done. 

The characters here had to face some tough choices in very believable scenarios. I liked how deep the story was. Susan is never one to pull punches when it comes to hard-hitting emotional story elements. I appreciated that in this book. And yet, there’s hope. There’s redemption in the knotted scenarios that seemed impossible to unravel. 

I didn’t find as much romance in this story, but there was some between Tucker and the heroine’s daughter. But you will find heroism and nobility as the hero and heroine face the past together. This story explores lies and safety and hiding and courage. If you like fiction that makes you think, this one’s for you. For me, having been a student of “identity” for some time, I found this exploration fascinating. The reading transcended story in that sense. An enjoyable, thought-provoking novel. Enjoy!


(print version)           (e-book version)
Here's some information about the Facebook party coming up on October, 23rd!

Win a $200 Weekend Getaway from @SusanMayWarren! RSVP for Facebook Author Chat Party on Oct. 23rd! 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!

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