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4.15  ·  Rating details ·  4,546 Ratings  ·  568 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 330 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Center Street (first published 2013)
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Dale Harcombe
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes with a story you end up with more than you expect. I picked this book up from the library with a cursory glance thinking it might be okay but it could just as easily end up one I would not read. Later, looking for a book to read I picked it up. From the prologue I was hooked. I wanted to know who this woman was seeking confession from an old friend and priest. It was obvious she was troubled and had plans to put an end to her troubles and her life. Then I turned to the next chapter and ...more
Jul 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I lost myself in this book. It was an interesting, unique concept for a story-line, and the character development was superb (one of the things I appreciate so much about Charles Martin's writing). I grew to love each one of the characters, and I was sad when the book ended and immediately began to miss them.

The one negative thing that I might say is that for being such a redemptive book, there is really so little talk of the Redeemer. Steady, the Catholic priest, certainly personified Christ,
Dee Montoya
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: epic, favorites
***** Five Inspiring Stars*****

As a reader I'm not only looking for a well written and interesting story anymore, but something that will inspire me, that will reach deep inside me and and teach me a lesson that will stay with me for ever. This book did exactly that; every beautiful word created a remarkable story about love, friendship and faith that I'm sure anybody who reads it can relate to it and use its message to heal ourselves or others.

Unwritten is the story of Katie an award winning
May 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
An avid Charles Martin fan, I was somewhat disappointed in this novel. It is predictable and filled with repetitions phrases and character tics (like the "spittle" forming in the corner of one's mouth). I guess that is Martin's new favorite characteristic. Although this novel does not carry the same literary merit as his earlier works (for example, _When Crickets Cry_), it's not an awful book--just not what I consider Martin's typical genius. The whole strong-silent-man-saves-mysterious-woman-in ...more
Mike French
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mike by: Judy Collin
Charles Martin is taking away my MAN CARD! Instead of watching football,baseball and golf,I was finishing this book. He is becoming my favorite author. I have read a bunch of his books and all have been 5 star!! I will not read another one however to the end of the MLB playoffs and the World Series! Guys,try him because if you like great stories,he is the MAN!!!
Vannetta Chapman
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
The good: Charles Martin has a way with words. He's a top notch author and this book has some very poignant moments in it. The ending, for me, redeemed the book and some problems I had with the characterization. Very well done overall.

The bad: Sigh--this is a frequent complaint for me, so don't let it deter you from reading Unwritten. My biggest problem? I didn't like the characters. I didn't like the female at all and I honestly had trouble envisioning any person on the earth that _______ (you'
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Egy újabb gyönyörűen megírt történet Martin úrtól. Két megtört ember hogyan tud egymásból erőt meríteni. A Martinnál megszokott vallásosság most kimerül abban, hogy az egyik szereplőnk (akinek fontos szerep jut) egy idős katolikus pap. A történetben a romantikus szál szinte elhanyagolható, viszont most is tartalmaz tanulságot.
Az ember nem arra születik, hogy bálványozzák.
Apr 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
Im at page 64 will i finish this book? Only in the beginning and I already know it's not worth it. Full of non-realistic situations with simplistic drama that has no common sense and been written in million other books, bad Harlequins novels included.

PLOT for the first 5 chapters:
The ultra rich star hires, through her army of lawyers, a writer for her autobiography to tell her miserable story. And the guy runs away with the story and sell it himself making Oprah. Pleeeaaaze if J.LO was selling
Nan Williams
Jul 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one - no one at all
Shelves: no-more, quit
This was my third book by Charles Martin - and my last. The first was The Mountain Between Us which was a survivalist story set in the snow covered mountains of Wyoming (I think). There was a plane crash, the soon-to-be girl friend had a broken leg and how in the world was our hero going to survive and [later] take himself and his soon-to-be-lover out of the mountains. Of course, we had the requisite blizzard and avalanche and wild animals. But ... at just the "last minute" a cabin would appear ...more
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Charles Martin is among my top 10 favorite authors. I can trust just about anything he writes to utterly captivate me. His stories go deep, clear to the bone, and then they go winging back into the sunshine. Ahhh.

It's impressive when an author can make me identify with two people so NOT like me. A thrown-away kid who stumbles into writing. An ugly duckling who reaches the heights of fame. Somehow I understood what they were feeling, had a clear view of their agony, and understood that longing to
There are certain life events that cut to the bone, pulverize our souls, and shatter our hearts into a million jagged pieces. Male or female, young or old, we all have breaking points. Traumatizing “events” and affecting responses differs from person to person; that which paralyzes one person might be just a speed bump for someone else. However, no matter the trigger, pain and regret are universal battles to all. In which sometimes the wounds are so deep, so intimate, so core-shattering, one con ...more
Aug 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
Why did I keep reading this book? I had so many negative opinions as compared to all the positive reviews I started to suspect maybe the fault lay with me and not the book. And so I kept on reading. My irritation only grew. I was thinking a cross between melodrama and pathos. Then I coined a new word, "Meglo-drama." Even the "spittle at the corner of his [Steady's] lips" suggested to me he was really a maniac rather than a saint with "no failures to his name." When I reached the end of the book ...more
Such a great read! Emotions ran high. Heart entirely engaged.

#ParisinJuly challenge 2017 .. anticipaaation...;)
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Loaned to me by a friend.
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I really like Charles Martin's writing. However, this story did not resonate with me. I found it to be too contrived to tug at heartstrings, filled with dead and dying kids, talented people who attempt suicide because their lives are so broken; in short, I was surprised there weren't abused puppies and kittens to further jerk the tears. Like Max Lucado, another talented writer who seems to be a true man of God, Martin has filled this tale with too much hyperbole
Christian Fiction Addiction
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful prose and intense drama combine to make "Unwritten" one of the most moving stories I have read this year. More than once I found myself brushing away tears as Martin brought to life the wonderful characters of Katie, Steady, and Sunday, characters who have left a permanent imprint upon my mind. Their transformation from places of deep pain and even self-loathing, to ones of hope and healing, is simply mesmerizing to watch. When I first read the back of this book describing the story, I ...more
Tim Chavel
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the best novel I have read this year and maybe the best in years. Charles Martin is a great writer. Even the "Reading Group Guide" which I usually do not enjoy was top notch. The book examines the subject of forgiveness like I have never seen. The "question and answer" section with the author at the end of the book is very interesting. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys novels. Below find one quote from the book that I trust will encourage you to read the book:

Of the six m
Judy Collins
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Unwritten was the most beautiful story with a mixture of solitude to the exotic flair. From culture, history, travel, to fishing and rustic life - from pain to happiness and joy. I have read all Charles Martin’s books and this one ranks a 10! From the characters you will grow to love and connect with as their past hidden secrets unfold along with their pain – keeping you engrossed from the first page to the last. Savor each moment – this would make an awesome movie (can already envision the cast ...more
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
3.5/5 stars
I'm puzzled by my reaction to this book. As a piece of writing, it had rather boring bits in it. As a story arc, it was profound. I think someone who could relate to either of these characters would totally love this book. I have not gone through any of the heartache that the characters had, so it just felt like a sad story. Of course there was resolution in the end that was more than satisfying.

Charles Martin certainly writes deep, soulful stories about the harsh realities of life i
Charles Martin is a new to me author and I just loved this book! I so enjoyed the philosophy of "door number three" and coming to terms with who you were, who you could be, and who you become. I look forward to reading more by this author.
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Although I initially gave this a 5 star rating, in hindsight I’ve decided to downgrade it to 4 stars as I wouldn’t recommend it as a “must read”.... but Wow!! For a book that did little to engage me until I was at least half way through, this little well written story packs a powerful punch. A real arrow through the heart in so many ways...... I loved it 💘!!!
E. Ce Miller
May 25, 2015 rated it did not like it
This novel about a hermetic writer-turned-fisherman and a suicidal actress was not entirely my favorite read.

The characters themselves were sort of cliche (40-year-old male virgin, lady-duck who becomes a swan/actress, bets between school boys about who can sleep with the dorky girl who mistakenly thinks they love her, and just the general repeated rescuing of the damsel-in-distress who in turn rescues the hero at the end. Certainly some of these are classic themes, rather than cliche, but not t
Erica Miles
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When you start to wonder what characters in a novel would think of your review of them, that's when you know you've got yourself a winner. It's all so unbelievable, but the author makes you believe it all anyway.

Charles Martin's novel, Unwritten, is so jam-packed with action, adventure, and absolute deliciousness, that I literally couldn't put it down. I read it in just two sittings.

Although it is filled with boat crashes, flames, suicidal attempts, and other explosive events, it is also a tend
Feb 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
If I had read what this book was about before starting to read, I may not have read it. Luckily for me I did read it and I really enjoyed this novel. For once, there is no swearing, no sex scenes, and no unlikable characters. There are actually 3 protagonists in this story. One is a very popular 3 time academy award winning actress, one a prolific author named Sunday who becomes a hermit, and one an elderly Catholic priest named Steady who loves the other two in a friendship that equals no other ...more
Jun 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Couldn't put this book down. Great story line and such realistic, relatable characters. I truly was transported. Loved Steady, Katie and Sunday.

I didn't love the ending though. The two main characters basically ended up back where they started after hitting and staying at rock bottom the entire book. Would have thought they'd have moved on and stayed out of the limelight that destroyed them both to begin with. Also didn't find it believable that Steady, the 84 year old priest, would smack Sunda
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I originally wanted to read "The Mountain Between Us" by Charles Martin. However, the search for it in the 5 bookstores near our home was not fruitful, but because I just absolutely hate it when I have no spoils from book heaven, I thought I'd give this other Charles Martin piece a shot. I was glad I did.

"Of the six million species on the planet, only man makes language. Words. What’s more — in evidence of the Divine — we string symbols together and then write them down, where they take on a li
Nina Draganova
Mar 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Крайни са мислите , които произведе в мен книгата.
Едната е , че стила на автора не е от тези , които са ми любими. Прилича ми на бюлетин.
Не можа да задържи вниманието ми докрай.
Освен това отново е самоотвержен като октомвриец.
Има обаче една част в края на книгата, която е по-добрата и въздействаща. Която те кара да се замислиш за смисъла на живота.
И няколко неща , които ще запазя.
" Всички сърца имат един копнеж - да бъдат познати. "
" Можем да прескочим храната и водата , но не и надеждата. "
Jun 03, 2013 rated it liked it
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May 01, 2013 rated it liked it
I really enjoy Charles Martin's writing style, but that being said, this wasn't my favorite of his. As my friend, Katie said, it's very "Convenient." I also found myself thinking several times throughout the novel "REALLY? SERIOUSLY?" It was so very unbelievable that both of the main characters were once-famous people who faked their own suicides.
All that aside, Maritn still provided a clean, fun read. Nothing mind-blowing, but it was ok.
Glenda L
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I would put Charles Martin in a class of character writers ... his characters really come to life. A world famous actress is running from her life when she meets a "hermit" of a man hiding from his future. They come together to write a new life. Is it possible to start over? Is she sure they have nothing in common? I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it.
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novels
Two wildly famous people fake their own deaths in an effort to move out of the limelight, and this is their story. It is layered, emotional, and shows again the artistry of Charles Martin. If you are involved in publishing, make sure you read the Afterword.
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“The library was magical because every time I walked through the door, there were literally thousands of voices ready and willing to have a conversation with me. I walked through the door, stared at all those stacks and bindings, and whispered, "Tell me a story.” 23 likes
“As strange as it sounds, broken people are fixed by other broken people. It's God's economy.” 9 likes
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