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Unwritten: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Charles Martin
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (665 customer reviews)

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Book Description

An actress running from her past finds escape with a man hiding from his future.
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.

Editorial Reviews


Every word Martin writes seems to be purposefully chosen and adds to the beautiful picture he paints with prose. The characters are so real they radiate from the page. Readers will be moved, touched and changed.—RT Book Reviews, ****1/2 on Unwritten

"Martin's story charges headlong into the sentimental territory-and best-seller terrain-of The Notebook, which doubtless will mean major studio screen treatment. Buy tissues. Tears will flow."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"A spellbinding novel...Charles Martin took the threads of his storyline and wrapped them around my heart. His unforgettable characters captivate as they confront their hidden pasts and build upon their futures with faith, friendship, and grace."
Elin Hilderbrand, author of Beautiful Day on Unwritten

"Charles Martin understands the power of story and he uses it to alter the souls and lives of both his characters and his readers. In Unwritten there is no easy answer and Sunday and Katie must find their way through fire to possibly emerge whole and changed. "One more chapter," you'll say to yourself, but there won't be 'one more chapter' because you won't be able to put Unwritten down."—Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author of And Then I Found You

"I found Unwritten one of those strangely beautiful, exotically original novels whose substance dawns slowly to the reader's consciousness like a glorious sunrise. Do not start this book unless you have time to savor, reflect, and renew. Do, if you have space to fit a memorable reading experience into your life."—Leila Meacham, author of Tumbleweeds

"Charles Martin's latest novel brings to mind the storytelling traditions of Nicholas Sparks and John Grisham. Unwritten is a novel for the heart but it's also one of adventure. From the Florida Everglades to the hills of France, Martin takes the reader on a magical journey of two troubled souls in search of love and redemption. Unwritten is a page turner and has all the ingredients to become a box office smash."—Michael Morris, author of Man in the Blue Moon

"Charles Martin is an imaginative, gutsy storyteller....Unwritten is a fast-paced narrative of transcontinental intrigue."—Karen Spears Zacharias, author, A Silence of Mockingbirds: The Memoir of a Murder

"Reading an advance copy of Unwritten felt like being in on a well-kept secret you just know is destined to blow sky high and leave a mark far and wide. This is what story is meant to be, delivered in prose that will propel you to the next scene, the next page, the next reveal. Charles Martin will pull you into the lives of Katie Quinn, Steady, and Sunday, and you won't even realize their stories are changing yours forever until it's time to leave them on the page."—Shellie Rushing Tomlinson, Belle of All Things Southern and author of Sue Ellen's Girl Ain't Fat, She Just Weighs Heavy!

"Martin has an incredible gift for characterization and writing that tugs at the emotions without being overly melodramatic. This is the type of novel you will want to read quickly, because it is so engrossing, yet want to savor because the prose is meaningful and poignant."
RT Book Reviews (**** 1/2) on Thunder and Rain

"...entertaining hybrid of James Lee Burke's morality tales and Nicholas Sparks' sentimental journeys.A John Wayne hero, multiple appreciations of the Colt Model 1911 and a cowboy-gets-the-girl"—Kirkus Reviews on Thunder and Rain

About the Author

Charles Martin is a New York Times bestselling author of eight previous novels, including his recent novel Thunder and Rain. His work has been translated into seventeen languages. When not writing, his hobbies include bow hunting, working out (a blend of old school stuff and martial arts, called Fight Fit), and Tae Kwon Do, in which he currently has a black belt, though he notes he is "the least flexible person you've ever met." He lives with his wife, Christy, and their three sons in Jacksonville, Florida.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1039 KB
  • Print Length: 331 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1455503959
  • Publisher: Center Street (May 7, 2013)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0092XNA2Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,270 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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109 of 113 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally Topped Himself May 17, 2013
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The first time I read Charles Martin I had picked up When Crickets Cry because I liked the cover. The book captivated me, to say the least. Beautiful prose, interesting story, climax that has been ingrained in my memory for years since.

I devoured every other Charles Martin book as they popped up. Hoping. Waiting. Wondering if he'd top himself with what had become my favorite book. I liked the others, but they never came close to Crickets in my mind. I figured he had created a masterpiece that could never be topped.

When I read the premise of this book I thought, "Weird. Doubt this will top Crickets, but I'll read it."

About halfway through I said to my husband, "He did it."


"He's outdone himself. He's finally topped When Crickets Cry."


"Don't quote me on it. I haven't reached the end yet."

A few hours later--yes, I read this in one sitting--I put the book down and looked at the ceiling. Smiled. A sense of wonder and excitement. I wanted to hug him. Tell him I'm so proud of him, but at the same time not stroke his ego. A puffed up ego will eventually write for others, and not from within himself. Alas, I'm proud of him. His writing has clearly evolved. His prose has always been magnetic, but how many authors are brilliant in characterization, plot, and prose? I know of only one, in my opinion, and that's this man right here.

There are only two contemporary books I recommend to people when they ask for something good to read. My old favorite: When Crickets Cry. And my new favorite: Unwritten.

Nicholas Sparks has nothing on this guy. And for a lover of classic books, which I'm sure Charles must be, how amazing it is to know that you've written something equally as beautiful. Not once. But twice.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reflective May 7, 2013
A priest, a recluse, and an actress with the priest being the person who is connected to and the link to both of them. Father Steady helped Sunday with a problem at one time in his life, and now Father Steady needed Sunday to help Katie with her problem.

Can he and does he help her especially since Katie is not a likable person and is keeping a secret from the world? Sunday unwillingly agrees to help because Father Steady asked him, but Sunday isn't very keen on the idea of helping a stranger. A stranger who eventually becomes a friend.

The first few pages of the book were very evasive, and the intrigue pulled me in immediately. Actually, the entire book was filled with evasiveness, secrets, and characters with secrets and inner struggles. The author's writing style is insightful, brilliant, and a style that draws you in.

Mr. Martin's descriptions of characters and landscapes were incredible and beautiful. You will experience amazing detail about the Everglades and bask in the lush descriptions that make you feel as though you are sitting with the characters. You will also get a detailed, guided tour of Paris and the town of Langeais, France. You will be drawn to Katie, the movie star, who was used to nothing but luxury, Father Steady, who can be called her saving grace, and Sunday who gets pulled into it all and doesn't know how or why he did.

The book has an uncommon, but exceptional theme. To me the book was addressing the fragility of humans and their choices no matter what their stations in life are and finding oneself using memories as the basis. Memories that in this case were painful. It also addresses the issue of making the best of what life sends your way.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
I have read every Charles Martin book and am once again most impressed -- he remains my favorite Christian fiction author -- and like aged wine, he just keeps getting better and better. This novel is another one of his very best that follows many paths through the two main characters, Sunday and Katie, which are intertwined throughout with secrets revealed with purpose and intent. Father Steady is the constant and steady persona pushing the two main characters ever forward in their lives to resolve "old" emotional baggage and still-to-be-faced life challenging events. The reader becomes so involved in the characters' individual experiences that they seem like friends you know and don't want to lose contact with -- but the book does end and all loose ends are fully explained and resolved most thoroughly. This novel reminds us that when faced in life with trials and tribulations, choices are made that may impact many lives and for Martin to be able to provide such an incredible depth to his characters' inner turmoils is a rare talent -- and one fully appreciated once again by his loyal readers. [An added bonus: the quality of Charles Martin's writings do not end with this incredible story -- at the end of the book the author's insightful answers to a number of questions provides a rich understanding of the inner workings of his thinking process, the storyline's evolution and its many twisting paths.] I will continue to read Charles Martin's novels and eagerly look forward to his future writings with pleasure.
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