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You Don't Know Me



Title:  You Don’t Know Me 
Author:  Susan May Warren                                                                                                         
Pages:  362
Year:  2012
Publisher:   Tyndale
                Annalise Decker has the perfect life, a handsome husband running for mayor, three beautiful children, and a loving mother-in-law.  She spends her days taking care of her children, volunteering to lead committees, serving her church and community, attending potluck dinners at church, and campaigning for her husband.  She has been a member of the Deep Haven community for 20 years and has made numerous friends.  She has a wonderful marriage and considers herself a Christian.  However, she is hiding a big secret that nobody in town knows about, not even her husband.  She stops for a cup of coffee, and her life hits a roadblock.  Her handler from the Witness Security Protection Service is waiting for her at one of the tables.  In her past, she led a very different life.  She testified against a drug lord while living in St. Louis.  He vowed to find her when he got out and kill her.  Agent Frank Harrison agrees to put her in the WitSec Program, fakes her death, creates a new identity for her, and finds her a new place to live.  The only people who know she is still alive are Frank, her mother and her father.  Now, Frank tells her the drug lord has been paroled due to the overcrowding in the prison system.  He vanished into Canada, and no one has seen him in a while.  Is Annalise truly in danger from him?  If so, what is she to do now?  Should she leave with her family, making her children and husband give up their lives to start over?  Can she leave her family behind to keep them safe?  Is God punishing her for her past sins by taking away her “good life”?  Can Annalise depend on the Lord for protection and provision?
                Nathan Decker has married the woman of his dreams.  She is smart, beautiful, and a great mother.  What more could he ask for?  Nathan is a real estate agent, mayoral candidate, father, and Christian.  But Nathan has secrets of his own.  Unbeknown to his wife, he has maxed out their credit card and will have to use their son’s college fund to pay it off unless he sells a lot of houses.  He also feels trapped in this town where he grew up due to his father’s actions.  Can he get past living with his father’s ghost?  Annalise never talks about her family or her past, but that’s okay with Nathan.  Then, her “Uncle Frank” shows up and she begins to act much more tense and irritable.  The two are arguing a lot more.  What is going on with his wife?  Eventually, Annalise is forced to reveal her past to Nathan.  Needless to say, he is stunned.  He thought he knew her.  How could she have deceived him all of these years?  Who is Annalise Decker?  How could she put their family in such danger?  Can their marriage survive the secrets?  Can God protect them and keep them safe?
                This was such a good story including romance, suspense, and drama.  It was interesting to follow the family’s different relationship dynamics.  I enjoyed the closeness of the family, their protectiveness of one another.  Don’t miss this one!
                My rating is 4 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457
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