May 10, 2013

Unwritten by Charles Martin

An actress running from her past finds escape with a man hiding from his future.

When someone wants to be lost, a home tucked among the Ten Thousand Islands off the Florida coast is a good place to live. A couple decent boats, and a deep knowledge of fishing and a man can get by without ever having to talk to another soul. It's a nice enough existence, until the one person who ties him to the world of the living, the reason he's still among them even if only on the fringes, asks him for help.

Father Steady Capri knows quite a bit about helping others. But he is afraid Katie Quinn's problems may be beyond his abilities. Katie is a world-famous actress with an all too familiar story. Fame seems to have driven her to self-destruct. Steady knows the true cause of her desire to end her life is buried too deeply for him to reach. But there is one person who still may be able to save her from herself.

He will show her an alternate escape, a way to write a new life. But Katie still must confront her past before she can find peace. Ultimately, he will need to leave his secluded home and sacrifice the serenity he's found to help her. From the Florida coast, they will travel to the French countryside where they will discover the unwritten story of both their pasts and their future.

Charles Martin is a New York Times bestselling author of eight novels, including his most recent book Thunder and Rain. His work has been translated into seventeen languages. When not writing, his hobbies include bow hunting, working out (a blend of old school stuff and martial arts, called Fight Fit), and Tae Kwon Do, in which he currently has a black belt, though he notes he is "the least flexible person you've ever met." He lives with his wife, Christy, and their three sons in Jacksonville, Florida.

Connect with Charles Martin on his website, Facebook and Twitter.

Wow, what a story!  Unwritten takes you behind the scenes into the secret lives of two very broken people, and the common link is an elderly priest who befriends them separately, at the darkest times of their life.

This dynamic and thought-provoking story is filled with twists and turns, fears and disappointments, and unbelievable loss. Loss of family, friends and dreams seems almost insurmountable. Katie and Sunday both chose to check out of life as they understood it, but their individual stories were not yet complete.

Although a novel, I have actually highlighted several portions of this book. It is filled with a transparent look into the lives of characters that are loveable yet extremely broken. It gives a close look into their hearts ... even the hidden parts. Katie can't seem to deal with her past, and Sunday can't face his future. Together they just might find the healing that they both so desperately need.

I have never read any books by Charles Martin before, and he has captivated my interest. His previous novels are now on my immediate wishlist.

Disclosure: Review copy received courtesy of Hachette Book Group/Center Street, in exchange for my honest review.

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