I received a NetGalley ebook from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for a review. (UPDATE: I also ended up getting a paperback copy of this book later on in the mail, that I will pass along for someone to enjoy. Thank you to Bethany House.)
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...
Once again, the NetGalley for Kindle has deleted all the double-f's (so the characters go o to the o ice, and there is a lot of stu on the desk. You get the idea). I have reported it to NetGalley, so hopefully this won't continue to be a problem as it has been for other titles from Bethany House and Revell.
That annoying slowdown aside, I appreciate the opportunity to read and review this book.
The beginning of the book gets really bogged down with the coin stuff. We could have had half of the discussion and about a third of Charlotte's leading Bishop on and on (and on and on!), but I know why she kept it all. It was to build Charlotte's trust in Bryce.
Trust is key in Henderson's novels.
The really good "Dee Henderson"-y stuff is in the second half of the book.
While I don't think the main romantic relationship is realistic per se, it works within the context of the previous Henderson novel Full Disclosure (suspension of disbelief for Dee's world, if you will). Plus, in typical Henderson fashion, she intertwines details of the previous book with the current book, building upon the story and weaving in the plot threads. That part of her writing, I love.
I waffled between 3 and 4 stars, and landed on 4 in the end because the book kept me reading, and I really did care enough to figure out what happened to Charlotte.
www.deehenderson.com is the author's website for more information.
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