I started reading Susan May Warren’s Deep Haven series with My Foolish Heart. Since then, I’ve jumped on every opportunity to snatch up one of Ms. Warren’s books to review. You Don’t Know Me was no exception.
Annalise Decker seems to be your typical stay-at-home soccer mom to her two teens and one tween. Married to Deep Haven’s next mayoral hopeful, she seems to have it all. No one knows that Annalise is hiding a secret past – not even her husband.
She might never have revealed her secrets had her past not come suddenly crashing in on her present, threatening to ruin everything. Now, Annalise must decide if her marriage and her family can stand the revelation that she’s been living a lie – that she’s really Deidre O’Reilly and has been in Deep Haven for the past two decades under the witness protection program.
I wasn’t sure that I was going to be able to get into You Don’t Know Me as I had other books in the Deep Haven series. I’m very fond of romance books and I wondered how much romance there could without the element of a couple trying to win one another’s affections.
You Don’t Know Me features several different types of romance all rolled into one, though. First you’ve got Annalise and Nathan, who have, like many married couples, let their romance take a back seat for many years and who are now ready to rekindle their relationship.
Then, there is Nathan’s mother and the witness protection officer, Frank. She’s a widow, he’s a widower and both are wondering if they’re too old for a second chance at love. Finally, there is Annalise’s daughter, who is navigating the often-turbulent waters of the teen years and first love.
Along with the romance, there is plenty of suspense surrounding Annalise’s hidden past and the missing parolee who once tried to kill her. And, woven through is all is the message of God’s never-failing love, mercy, and grace.
Romance, suspense, and God’s mercy combine to create a captivating tale that will keep you turning pages until the end.
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Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.