Katie Quinn is a star of stage and screen at the top of her profession. She demands, and gets, $25 million per movie. She has a stable of automobiles and houses on two continents. She has a staff to command satisfaction of every whim and desire. She is in Miami, saying confession to the aging Father Steady Capris.
Katie Quinn is preparing to kill herself.
Following Katie at confession is a man whom we only know as Sunday. He has checked out from the world, and lives in and near the Everglades. His one engagement with the world is to disguise himself as a janitor, sneak into the children’s wing of a Jacksonville Hospital, and distribute toys and books to the children there.
We will come to know that Sunday has already tried to kill himself.
The only link between the two is the priest, who’s in the business of saving souls and healing brokenness. And he has his hands full with Katie and Sunday. And he will use both of them in what be a last attempt to heal.
Unwritten by Charles Martin is the story of Katie and Sunday. Martin is the author of numerous books that plumb the depths of human emotion and experience. Some could be called romances, like The Mountain Between Us (soon to be a movie with Idris Alba and Kate Winslett). If Unwritten is a romance, it’s the strangest romance you may ever read.
Sunday will have save Katie from suicide. And he will help her escape her life by successfully faking her death. Katie will gradually come to know who Sunday is, and she will learn that his pain is as intense as her own. Each will teach the other how to heal, and the healing means “unwriting” the lives written for them.
Unwritten is an engaging novel of brokenness and redemption.
Top photograph of a sunset in the Everglades by Jean Beaufort via Public Domain Pictures. Used with permission.