Tuesday, October 2, 2012

You Don't Know Me by Susan May Warren

About the Book:
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?

My thoughts:
I read this book as part of a Litfuse Blog tour.  I had read one of Susan May Warren's previous books and really enjoyed it.  I have another one or two on my Kindle to read soon.  I loved getting a chance to go back to Deep Haven, a small town that anyone might like to call home.  This time around we meet Annalise Decker and her husband, Nathan, as well as their three children.  Everything looks fine on the surface, until we find out that both Annalise and Nathan are hiding secrets from each other that have the potential to change their lives.

Annalise moved to town twenty years ago as part of the Witness Protection Program and has had no contact with her parents or siblings in all that time.  She became a new person and thoroughly enjoys her new life, but the past continues to haunt her.  When her handler walks in to the local coffee shop to talk to her, she knows things are about to change.

Frank has been working as a handler for the Witness Protection Program for close to forty years.  He sees Annalise as his daughter and is very troubled to have to let her know that the drug dealer she put behind bars is now out and looking for revenge.  He wants to move her again, with her whole family if necessary, to keep them all safe but she is afraid to fess up to her past and make them all go through such big changes.

I was left wondering why she wouldn't have spoken up and revealed her past when her husband started a very personal mayoral campaign that put the whole family in the media, knowing that she was supposed to be keeping a low profile.  How many secrets do we keep from one another, either because we think it will keep someone safe or because they are hard to reveal?  Annalise and Nathan have to continually relied on God for guidance as they navigate these uncharted waters of finding out about a troubling past and possible present danger.  They see that even though it can be easier not to face things, if you are working together you owe it to one another to be honest.

I am going to have to make some time in my reading schedule so I can catch up with some of the Deep Haven books I have missed.

Meet Susan:
Susan May Warren is the RITA award-winning novelist of over thirty novels. A five-time Christy award finalist, a two-time RITA Finalist, she’s also a multi-winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice award, and the ACFW Carol Award.

A seasoned women’s events speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of the beginning writer’s workbook: From the Inside-Out: discover, create and publish the novel in you!.

Find out more about Susan May at http://www.susanmaywarren.com/.
Blog tour page: http://litfusegroup.com/campaigns/you-dont-know-me-by-susan-may-warren-200-weekend-getaway-giveaway-and-facebook-party-1023

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