Genre: Christian Fiction, Romance, Mystery
Synopsis: 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…
I’m honestly surprised by how much I ended up enjoying this book. That might sound funny given I gave the book four stars but hear me out…
The book starts off VERY slow, I agree with a lot of other reviewers who say there is a lot, if not too much emphasis on coins and all of trading or whatever else had to do with the money and property Charlotte was dealing with. In the end it all came together to work with the mystery/crime plot, but it was sort of an arduous trek listening to pages and pages of something I still don’t understand. If you love trading and handling coins you won’t have a problem and maybe these sums of money won’t seem grossly unrealistic to you, but there were times where I was rolling my eyes and wondering if the author was stretching the truth a bit to make the dollar amount fit what she needed for the characters in the end.
I get also how it was hard for people to relate to the main character Charlotte. But in context her aloofness made sense and I felt much closer to her as a character by the end of the book, through Bryce, which I think was the ultimate point. Bryce became her conduit to open up and connect with life and so her character and story unfolded more as she was with him.
Truly the reason I stuck with this book was for the romance between Bryce and Charlotte. Although extremely slow going and still somewhat bittersweet in the end, I really enjoyed seeing them develop and grow. You never get a complete picture of the trauma Charlotte went through, and while that bothered me at first it made sense more as the narrative went on because you realize that even she can’t remember it all and that her future should be dictated by more than what her past horrors have been.
In all honesty I think the author has done an excellent job of capturing the subtle beauty that comes from slow growing relationships here. What comes from patience in a marriage, friends who really care about each other and trust in God even when we don’t understand his ways. I’m glad I decided to stick with the book and I encourage anyone who may be having a rough time with all the coin jargon, it’s well worth the extra pages to get to the real heart of the story, just keep reading.