When Unspoken came out, I hoped it was going to be suspenseful, gripping, thought provoking, emotionally charged, and keep me on the edge of my seat. Sadly, none of those were there for me. I was sorely disappointed and bored out of my gourd with the endless rare coin information. Not to mention that the heroine, Charlotte Graham, who survived being held captive by kidnappers for four years as a teenager, has been bequeathed an eight billion dollar inheritance (yes, you heard that right) by her grandfather that includes several hundred millions of dollars in rare coins (perhaps billions even), and no one knows about them. I think if there were that many rare coins in the possession of one man someone would know it. It just seemed too far-fetched for me to even believe a little bit of the story. The kicker is she has to marry in a certain amount of time to inherit the full estate. Uh, yeah right. That sounds like something that should be in historical fiction, not contemporary.
Even the hero, Bryce Bishop, was kind of unbelievable. He's a wealthy coin dealer (of course) who is a Christian. He consistently shows kindness, patience, perseverance, gentleness, humility -- all fruits of the Spirit in his daily dealings with others, especially Charlotte. Not that we shouldn't be this way but he was just too perfect. He has all the right moves, all the right answers, all the right everything. By the end, he is in love with Charlotte and willing to marry her so she can fully inherit.
The best part of the book was seeing Ann and Paul Falcon from Full Disclosure. Honestly, the mystery they were solving in this book was much more thrilling than anything else. The scenes with them were excellently written and captivating!
I appreciate Bethany House providing a copy for review purposes. I wasn't required to write a positive review, just my opinion of the book, which I have done.
I won a free copy of this book through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.
Bryce Bishop owns a coin shop in Chicago. He is introduced to Charlotte Graham by the FBI director in Chicago. She has coins to sell from her grandfather's estate. These facts are only the tip of the iceberg for this beautifully woven story.
I was drawn into the story from the very beginning. Just the mystery surrounding Bryce's introduction to Charlotte had me captivated. I had to find out the secrets of her past.
I was absolutely fascinated by the descriptions of the coins that Charlotte had to sell. Dee Henderson is either a coin collector herself or she took the time to do extensive research to write this book. Either way all of the details she gives held my interest while waiting for the suspense caused by Charlotte's past to build.
The plot was slow to build but very intricately woven. I enjoyed the fact that Bryce was able to talk with key people in his life and get support from them without having to tell everything that had been shared in confidence with him. His faith in God was apparent and yet he didn't come off as being preachy or judgmental towards those that didn't have the strong faith he did.
As usual Dee Henderson delivers a great book! I love being able to read a great murder mystery / romance without having to worry that there might be bad language or other inappropriate stuff - I can let my teenage daughter read them without worry. And as a great bonus there is a huge spiritual message in all of her books!
I have always enjoyed Dee Henderson's books, but I am very disappointed in this one. The last one, Full Disclosure, was OK, but this one bored me. It is supposed to be suspense, but there was hardly any in it, and definitely no excitement. I got bored with all of the coins and talk of coin collecting and grading, and a lot of the book could have been cut out and to make it shorter.
I didn't get why the guy wanted to marry the woman.. he didn't love her, and she was determined to never have a normal marriage.
I had people say it got better, and it did, but not enough for me. If this had been the first book I read by her, I'd never read another, but I know she is capable of better books.
If you want suspense, pass this one up.
I'm disappointed enough that I wish I hadn't read it, but I had ordered it on my Christmas wish list, so I plowed through. I definitely don't recommend it.
Dee Henderson penned this new novel introducing two new characters while reuniting her readers with old chums. Storylines are clean, fun. Due the nature of this novel's mature subject matter I would recommend this novel for 13 years and older.