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 earned his B.A. in English from Florida State University and his M.A. in Journalism and Ph.D. in Communication from Regent University. He served one year at Hampton University as an adjunct professor in the English Department and as a doctoral fellow at Regent. In 1999, he left a career in business to pursue his writing. He and his wife, Christy, live a stone’s throw from the St. John’s River in Jacksonville, Florida, with their three boys: Charlie, John T., and Rives. When he’s not writing, Charles fishes with his boys, works in the yard with Christy, coaches t-ball, and kneels by his boys’ bed at night.
It was almost unanimous. Unwritten by Charles Martin was a hands down favorite at my book club, Page Turners, last Thursday night. Only one of our members did not give it best book yet status. She did like it, but it was not her all time favorite. Well, it is my all time favorite book by Charles Martin and is getting a rare very highly recommended distinction from me.
In Unwritten, Martin takes two very different and very broken people and puts them together to form a unique relationship that doesn’t just bring about healing, but wholeness. The novel is very complex — two unique stories that intersect in crisis and merge into a beautiful narrative that goes beyond good writing into the great. I loved the theme of story as a way to reach people — stories both written and well-known and stories unwritten, but shared in a very personal and intimate manner. Martin’s descriptions of the inner man and the outer world are beautiful, and the characters truly become a part of the reader.
Unwritten is one of those books that will stay with me a long time. Near the end is a wonderful metaphor of Christ’s work in broken mankind — wonderfully articulated and achingly beautiful. This one is a must read!
Very Highly Recommended.
Great For Book Clubs.
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(I purchased Unwritten for my Kindle. All opinions are mine alone.)