Bryce Bishop, a Chicago coin dealer, is thinking and praying
about feeling bored and dissatisfied with his life when he
encounters a mysterious woman waiting for him outside of his
shop. He is horrified when this woman, Charlotte Graham,
leads him into the store next to his and he discovers a coin
shop that could ruin his business. Charlotte reveals that
he is her only customer and that there are more coins to
coins to come. As there business relationship proceeds,
Bryce is intrigued by what he doesn't know about this smart,
compelling, and beautiful woman.
The woman now known as Charlotte Graham was at the center of
one of the most famous kidnappings in Chicago history. At
sixteen, she and her sister were abducted. When there was a
chance for one to escape, Charlotte pushed her sister out of
the van. Charlotte remained in captivity for four years
until a rescue effort led to the killing of the two
kidnappers. She has never spoken a word about what happened
during those lost years. Since then, Charlotte has built a
life for herself as an artist. Now she finds herself
managing the estate of the grandfather she only met a few
years before his death. Her careful efforts to distance
herself from the girl who was kidnapped are threatened by
the publicity her grandfather's legacy could bring and a
reporter who is working a novel about the kidnapping.
UNSPOKEN is a compelling story populated with intriguing
characters who believe in God, justice, hope and
responsibility. Both Bryce and Charlotte are mature, caring,
and smart. They have strong and loving relationships with
their families and friends. I really enjoyed the story and
found myself reading late into the night, yet it's hard for
me to describe exactly what I liked. I'm a big fan of Dee
Henderson, so I may be drawn to her writing voice. There
are elements of the characters and story that echo some of
Ms. Henderson's previous books. The characters are people I
would like to get to know so I enjoyed sharing in their
journey. Fundamentally though, the story isn't particularly
suspenseful or romantic. The tone is very level with no
particular highs or lows in the search for truth or the
relationship between Bryce and Charlotte. I felt a certain
amount of emotional distance, even as Charlotte starts to
come to terms with her past. The story is dominated by
decisions about how to handle her grandfather's legacy, so
there is a strong emphasis on coins and finances. It all
engaged my interest though, and I was pleased to see Bryce
and Charlotte reach their happy ending.
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...