Charlotte Graham is at the center of the most famous kidnapping in Chicago history.
The task force of FBI and local cops found her two abductors, killed them, rescued her, but it took four very long years. The fact she was found less than three miles from her home, had been there the entire time, haunts them. She's changed her identity, found a profession she loves, and rebuilt her life.
She's never said a word--to the cops, to her doctors, to family--about those four years.
A family legacy has brought her back to Chicago where a reporter is writing a book about the kidnapping. The cops who worked the case are cooperating with him. Her options are limited: Hope the reporter doesn't find the full truth, or break her silence about what happened. And her silence is what has protected her family for years.
Bryce Bishop doesn't know her past, he only knows she has coins to sell from her grandfather's estate--and that the FBI director for the Chicago office made the introduction. The more he gets to know Charlotte, the more interested he becomes, an interest encouraged by those closest to her. But nothing else is working in his favor--she's decided she is single for life, she struggles with her faith, and she's willing to forego a huge inheritance to keep her privacy. She's not giving him much of an opening to work with.
Charlotte wants to trust him. She needs to tell him what happened. Because a crime cops thought was solved, has only opened another chapter...
The book starts out with alot of information on coin collecting and the selling of them.
I don't know that much about the subject myself but it was interesting anyways!
The story is about a young woman named Charlotte, who had been kidnapped years earlier, who now is selling all the coins from her grandfathers collection! She has changed her identity so as not to be detected, she also blames God for not protecting her or the little boy who was also kidnapped!
Bryce is a bored coin collector. He and Charlotte meet when she sells him coins she's inherited from her Grandfather's estate. These are the two main characters, you should read the book and experience all the twists and turns found in this story!
It seemed a little hard to get into at the beginning but ended up being a pretty good book!!
I was given this book free from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.
Charlotte is a fragile character. She remains tortured because of her horrible experience. At age sixteen, she was kidnapped and held for four years. She has not been able to speak about it. She never says much in this novel, but the reader is able to perceive some of her horrors. Turns out, Charlotte has a secret that she must keep. This twist keeps the reader turning pages.
Charlotte wrestles with the question: how can she trust in a God who allowed this? The novel doesn't fully answer this question.
Bryce is a bored coin collector. He and Charlotte meet when she sells him coins she's inherited from her Grandfather's estate. A good bit of the tale is a study of unbelievable wealth. What would you do with a ton of money? It's interesting to see how Charlotte and Bryce settle this problem.
The romance is as fragile as Charlotte. Bryce is a master at the art of gentling. I can say no more without spoiling your read.
Thank you to Amy Green at Bethany House Publishers for my copy.
Bryce Bishop is a coin dealer, but he is bored out of his mind. or he was, until Charlotte Graham showed up. Charlotte Graham has coins to sell, A-lot-of-coins. Like vaults full of coins. Really old coins. She appears one night under mysterious circumstances and intrigues Bryce. She's offering him the opportunity to buy her collection of coins. If he says no, she's going to open up a coin store right next door and be his direct competition. As the mysterious circumstances past and present surrounding Charlotte begin to unravel, Bryce wants to help her with distributing her grandfathers estate. Bryce comes to realize that the estate is much more than he imagined. Charlotte has a disturbed past and hasn't said a word to anyone about the four years she spent kidnapped. Even though it has been 18 years, her past is still chasing her.
I have been a fan of the Dee Henderson ever since I read the O'Malley series. This certainly wasn't the best book she has ever written. But I still thought it was a really good book.
* I was given this book free from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.
I was expecting an easy, thrilling read from Dee Henderson, having enjoyed several of her previous books. What I got was a slowly unfolding plot filled with super tedious and uninteresting information about coin collecting and sales through which we had to wade. In addition, the main character, Charlotte, actually came across as a very egotistical, self-centered woman, in spite of all her generosity in giving to charity. (But what is giving millions when you possess billions?) Bryce, her friend and love interest, had to do all the bending in their relationship, which starred Charlotte as a pampered rich girl who should be given whatever she wanted because she endured a horrific kidnapping from age 16-20. Life for everyone had to be all about Charlotte. I didn't like Charlotte at all, and I wanted to like the main character. Bryce was manipulated and led to the slaughter, so to speak. He didn't choose Charlotte; her equally wounded friend chose him for Charlotte.
Not related to the plot, but something I noted: I tired of all the references to extremely unhealthy food choices (always stuff like pizza, nachos, brownies, ice cream, candy bars, etc.) and how eating this way was somehow a virtue.
Henderson had an interesting idea for a plot, but it never got off the ground. This book was a very disappointing read for me.