*I received this book via Baker Publishing Group for purposes of this review, however all opinions are my own.
by: Dee Henderson
"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..."
This was a very interesting story, one that drew me in from the very first chapter. Bryce Bishop is a devout christian and a solid businessman but he is bored with his life. He even prays about it and when the mysterious Charlotte Graham walks into his coin store, he realizes, that God heard his prayer! You see Charlotte has quite a history and is living a life that is slightly mind - boggling!
Charlotte has inherited a lot of stuff from her Grandfather. Yes money, but also stuff! There are coins and containers and coins and safety deposit boxes and more coins! Bryce is the owner of a coin store and after being introduced by the FBI director, Bryce starts to spend time with Charlotte while they go about the dealing of coins. Now we aren't talking a collectors book of coins, but thousands of coins, rolls of coins, millions and millions of dollars worth of coins. Charlotte is essentially one of the richest women in the world and has only begun to realize the extent of her wealth. Grandpa also left a few surprises! After spending more and more time with Charlotte, Bryce begins to realize how much of a past she has. At the age of 16 Charlotte was kidnapped and held captive for 4 years. Although her captors were killed during the rescue, Charlotte hasn't and doesn't talk about it and has never revealed many details from those years. Because of the trauma that Charlotte has endured, her faith is shaken and she is isn't sure what she believes anymore and has vowed that she will never marry. But there is also another story going on as well and eventually they will collide! I loved the characters and only complain that I would love to have been able to hear more from Charlotte, learn more about her feelings for Bryce and more of her thoughts. There are a lot of coins in this story, an enormous amount so there is a lot of information about rare coins. It's almost a lesson! There is in general an enormous amount of money, and Charlotte doesn't want or need it all. With Bryce's help Charlotte donates to a variety of charities and establishes a giving heart and mind. I think it would be awesome to be able to give to people and places in need, but to be able to do it on the scale that Charlotte was operating is mind-boggling and amazing! After learning of another of Grandpa's surprises, Charlotte has to make a decision and Bryce is there to help emotionally and spiritually. I really enjoyed this book and finished it in about 3 days, but it is over 400 pages long!