Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Book Review: Unspoken by Dee Henderson

Charlotte Graham was the victim of a crime many years ago and she is not able to talk about it to anybody. The very topic is one she tries to avoid and becomes agitated when asked to talk about it. She inherited a lot of valuable coins from her grandfather and Bryce Bishop spends a lot of money purchasing them to later be resold. Charlotte is encouraged to get married based on an ulterior motive, although she is determined never to do so, even if her life might become better as a result. Bryce is deeply interested in her, although he doesn’t think he loves her. The only other man she could possibly end up with is someone she has known through the years, and who has protected her in many ways.

The themes of coin selling, recovery, and God’s forgiveness are what kept me interested throughout this novel. I did get lost at points in the novel though, which sometimes happens with me if there are too many details for me to follow. This will probably not cause readers who follow a lot of details well to get lost at points in the story like I did.

To start with, I had no idea that some coins are worth so much and how people can base businesses on the ability to sell them alone. Charlotte sounded like she was set for life after she sold a portion of her coins to Bryce. I liked how she was not focused on making the greatest amount that she could make on the coins, but what she thought she could get by with.

It might seem like life will be mostly filled with sunshine after a person escapes from a kidnapping or other traumatic situation but in a lot of cases it’s more like “…a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get.” (Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump), or how you’re going to feel day-to-day. Some people are encouraged to not talk about the past and others are told they will feel better if they do…Charlotte chose to not talk about it and someone came along to try to open her up.

Charlotte lost trust in God because of what happened to her and other people and I liked how Bryce tried to convince her that people who hurt others may ask and receive forgiveness from God but they will probably need to “pay the price” for what they did for a time.

And most importantly, just because we think God isn’t hearing our prayers and doesn’t intervene doesn’t mean he doesn’t know all about the situation(s). He may want to cause something good to happen from what we experienced somehow further down the road, even it’s something we might not imagine like restoring people after they hurt us or giving us an opportunity to help others who are going through the same situations.

My review = 4 out of 5 stars

I received this book free from Bethany House for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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