Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Fall Reading Challenge 2014: The Unimaginable by Dina Silver #FRC2014

This fall, members of the Vise Library are going back to school by participating in a Fall Reading Challenge. We have received copies of several books from publishers for honest reviews. We hope that you enjoy these reviews (and books)!

The book for our Studing Abroad! Semester in Thailand class is The Unimaginable by Dina Silver.

About the book:

From the author of One Pink Line comes a story about letting go of the past and finding bravery in the depths of fear. Set on the sun-soaked beaches of Thailand and the rough waters of the Indian Ocean, The Unimaginable paints a vivid portrait of a young woman on a journey to find herself—and her harrowing fight for survival.

After twenty-eight years of playing by the rules, Jessica Gregory moves from her small Indiana town to Phuket, Thailand. But her newfound routine is upended with the arrival of Grant Flynn, a captivating, elusive man who is sailing around the world while trying to move on from a past tragedy. Jessica volunteers to help crew Grant’s boat, Imagine, on a passage across the Indian Ocean and finds herself falling in love with him as the voyage gets underway. But when disaster strikes, Jessica must summon her courage as the crew is confronted by unspeakable terrors––and, aboard a boat named for such promise, comes the unimaginable.

Jessica Gregory is a teacher that is looking to take control of her life.  She has always lived in a small town in Indiana and decides after the death of her mother to move to Phuket, Thailand.  She teaches English at one of the local schools.  While she is there, she takes on a second job as a waitress at a marina.  Jessica is enjoying being in Thailand but she begins to feel like she is in the same rut that she was in while living in Indiana.  So, Jessica decides to put a flyer up that she would be willing to help work on a boat.  She is contacted to help out on a boat and during her interview she realizes the owner of the boat is someone she has met during her time in Thailand.  His name is Grant Flynn and she begins to develop a crush on him.  However, there are times that she can't get a good read on him, but he seems to be getting over something from his past.  Jessica is finally hired to work on their boat.  She thinks she is in for a great adventure but along the way something terrible happens.  I can't give anymore past this point or the twist would be completely given away!

I enjoyed this book.  It was entertaining and kept me interested the whole time.  The second half of the book was so compelling that I couldn't put it down.  The story was so intense and heartbreaking at times.  I can't imagine going through any of the events that happen.  Grant and Jessica both have to face things that they go through.  This story ultimately is about letting go and going after what you really want in life.  This story shows that people should do that before it's too late.  Now, everyone read this so that we can discuss what happens, because I'm dying over here!!!

Buy the book:
·        Amazon Kindle: http://amzn.to/1uXg2Md
·        Amazon Paperback: http://amzn.to/1kVnhk6

Praise for the book:

"Dina Silver's deftly woven tale has all of my favorite fictional elements: romance, action and adventure, and a knock-your-socks-off ending. The Unimaginable is simply superb." —Tracey Garvis Graves, New York Times bestselling author of On the Island

About the author:

Dina Silver is an author, a wine drinker, and an excellent parallel parker. She is the author of Kat Fight, Finding Bliss, and One Pink Line, which was chosen as a 2012 Top Title by IndieReader and was a finalist in their 2012 Discovery Awards. She lives with her husband, son, and twenty-pound tabby cat in suburban Chicago. She’d prefer to live where it’s warm year round, but then she’d never stay home and write anything.

Connect with the author:
·        Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1BCKkFC
·        Twitter: https://twitter.com/DinaSilver
·        Website: http://dinasilver.blogspot.com/
·        Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1lhT4MP

If you want to find out more about the Fall Reading Challenge and the rest of our course schedule, click our student ID above!

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