Monday, September 16, 2013

Unspoken by Dee Henderson

Title:  Unspoken
Author:  Dee Henderson
Pages:  290
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Bethany House
Bryce Bishop owns a rare coin store in Chicago.  His business is doing well, he teaches classes at his church and has a strong relationship with his family, but he is bored.  Into his life walks Charlotte Graham and he is no longer bored.  She peaks his interest with batch after batch of rare coins, totaling in the millions of dollars range.  Charlotte interests him on a personal level as well.  She admits she is a struggling Christian and Bryce wants to know why.  She refuses to tell him at first.  She has many secrets and has trouble trusting anyone.  As their friendship develops, she eventually tells him she trusted God, but she got hurt anyway and feels God let her down.  Bryce wants to help her heal her relationship with God and in the process, falls in love with her.
Charlotte Graham needs to be working or the memories will surface and she will begin to remember what she doesn’t want to remember.  She has been alone for the last 10 years with the exception of her good friends John and Ellie, and that is the way she plans to spend the rest of her life…alone.  Then she meets Bryce and begins to enjoy their friendship.  He makes her feel safe and she slowly begins to trust him.  Charlotte is very wealthy, but no one but her two close friends knows this until she tells Bryce.
The focus of this story is the relationships evolution between Charlotte and Bryce.  There is a side story involving Ann and Paul Falcon, which does relate to Charlotte interestingly enough.  Bryce has a strong faith and has had it modeled for him by his father.  He also has seen a good marriage in that of his parents.  Bryce wants a good, long marriage as well; one centered on God.  Charlotte has stated she will never marry; she has too much baggage and is a broken woman in her opinion.
This story has a slow-moving plot, which usually isn’t the case with the Dee Henderson novels I’ve read previously.  This plot didn’t seem to have much action.  The bulk of the story is spent on building the relationship between Charlotte and Bryce.  There were some suspense-filled moments during the last 4-5 chapters of the book.  This is a good story about relationships between two people and their friends as well as between God and people.  It just wasn’t what I expected when I picked this book to read.  The character of Bryce is a wonderful man to be admired and his actions toward Charlotte are very caring and gentle.  He wants above all what is best for her just like that is what God wants for us.
My rating is 3.5 stars.
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