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It’s hard being a brainiac genius. Gina Gray knows this all too well. She wants nothing more than to get married, but finding the right guy- someone who isn’t intimidated by her intelligence- has left her with nothing but a broken heart.

Some of Gina’s expertise is in sonar. As in, under the water sonar used by submarines. As the sister of a sub commander, Gina’s sonar work was paramount in keeping him safe.

After a particular stunning and unexpected break up, Gina decides to head West to stay with her brother for a while; work, and try to mend her wounded heart. And see if her brother can recommend a guy for her.

Mark Bishop is one of Je Gray’s best friends, and also a submarine commander. He’s not surprised to see Gina, and can tell she’s using work as a distraction. Since Je is still underwater,- literally- Mark decides to keep an eye on Gina, knowing how dangerous her sonar work could be to her personal safety.

Mark, a widower, is also looking for love. Well, marriage, at least. After 10 years as a devoted and loving husband, he really misses not having anyone waiting when he comes home from sea. He misses everything about being a husband. When Je arrives home and casually suggests Mark think about dating his sister, Mark turns him down, thinking the age difference and friendship with Je would just be, well, weird.

And so, Daniel Field is introduced to Gina, and they get along really well. So well, in fact, that it’s not long before they are considered to be a couple, and Gina is invited to meet Daniel’s family.

As part of her work, Gina works closely with both Mark and Daniel, neither of whom mind that she now needs 24/7 security as a result of her discoveries. Maybe it’s because they work closely together; maybe it’s because she has a beau and is off limits, but Mark finds himself completely falling for Gina.

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Without giving it away, you can obviously tell that at some point, Gina will have to chose between the two. Both are good men; good choices.

Because I have read other Dee Henderson titles, I was not deterred by what could be considered the “dry” beginning. Some might get bored by the dialogue; I thought it was great. The more I read, the harder it was to put down, and I found myself wondering about the scientific theories and wondering how plausible they were. I mean, I wondered if this WAS plausible, the book really ought to be classified.  😆

At one point, I realized the brother and wife being referred to were Charlotte and Bryce, from Unspoken. As with that title, one gets the feeling that the author is very knowledgeable about the topic, which I appreciate. Even if it’s all made up, the “facts”  seem believable, and that makes a book thoroughly enjoyable for me.

As with her other title, if you are turned off by technical talk, this might not be the book for you. Again, like her other title, I loved it and am giving it 5 out of 5 stars. Dee Henderson goes on my “must read” author list. I received this book for free from Bethany House publishers (www.bethanyhouse.com) for this review.

You might really like the trailer. Definitely worth the 2 minutes. Go watch it. 😀

[youtube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJe8pBiDUP0%5D

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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.  unspoken

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…

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The description had me thinking this sounded a Jaycee Dugard story, and I thought I would review it just because it piqued my curiosity.

Well. Thankfully, it was not like that story.

It was, however, very good.

Events a decade ago led Charlotte to change her name. She didn’t want anyone to know. She hadn’t talked then and she wasn’t about to start now.

Her life moved on in relative anonymity, and she wanted to keep it that way. As the sole heir to her grandfather’s fortune, she has the responsibility of liquidating his multi-million dollar inventory of stuff- including 60 million in rare coins.

As part of her grandfather’s estate, another piece of the pie are the investment dollars from the sale of his early companies, now worth even more than what he had in his compound’s vaults. Charlotte doesn’t need the money, of course, and it’s a burden to even think about. She won’t get that money, though, unless she marries.

And after what happened those many years ago, Charlotte has vowed never to marry. Ever.

As Bryce comes on board to help her sell the coins, can he help her find a place of healing, too?

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While there was a lot about coins in there, I wasn’t completely bored. The premise of this was interesting, while not being completely realistic. I suppose it could happen, though, and it’s fun to think about what you would do if this landed in your lap. I am not a coin collector, so I don’t know if all the information was completely accurate or not, but it sounded good.

This had all the right stuff- another mystery going on at the same time in the form of a cold case the super sleuths were trying to unravel. I was hoping it would all get tied up with a neat little bow at the end, and I wasn’t disappointed.

If you don’t mind coin talk, you will love this book. If coin talk makes you fall asleep, you’ll have to start and stop to get through this.

I loved it, though, and give it 5 out of 5 stars. I received this book for free from Bethany House publishers (www.bethanyhouse.com) for this review.

You might really enjoy the trailer for the book. 🙂

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OylK0PN1ak8%5D

 

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