Thursday, October 31, 2013

Book Review: Unspoken by Dee Henderson

Unspoken by Dee henderson was difficult to read, at first. It starts out with a lot of information about coin collecting and selling, a topic with which I have no experience and, frankly, no interest. Personally, I thought there was way too much information for the average person. However, I continued on hoping that as I got to know the characters, I would enjoy it more. I did, eventually.

We first meet a mysterious woman, Charlotte, who has a huge inheritance that she wants to sell and give away and a young man named Bryce who has the expertise to do it. They go back and forth about how to sell these coins and give the money away without too much attention brought on Charlotte. Further into the book, we discover that she was the victim of a kidnapping, she has changed her identify, and she is now trying to rebuild her life. In the process, she inherits a great deal of wealth that she fears will bring attention to her and open old wounds from her kidnapping. We are not really sure why she is so fearful other than fear of the memories. Later, we discover there is more to it. No spoilers here!

About mid-way into the book, I actually got interested. We learn that Charlotte blames God for not protecting her from the kidnappers, and she has lost the faith she had because she cannot understand a God who would forgive the kidnappers who hurt her. This intrigued me as I wondered how the author would answer this question. How could God allow this to happen and how could He offer forgiveness to the very ones who hurt her? I was curious to see how the book would end as this is a question that most of us have probably dealt with at one time or another.

I won’t tell you the ending, but I will say I did enjoy the book even though I was a bit disappointed in how the author ended it. I still think it's a worthwhile read, and it will give everyone who reads it something to ponder about for days afterwards.

I received a complimentary copy of Unspoken from Bethany House Publishers, but I was not otherwise compensated for this review. All writing, thoughts, and opinions are solely mine.