Isabella is happy with her life. She has a loving husband and children she adores. She lives pleasantly enough and has money to buy the things they need. On the eve of her thirtieth birthday as Isabella is grabbing a few groceries at the local grocery store she is abducted in the parking lot.
Despite all Isabella does to escape, Hasam, a human trafficker arranges to have her taken into Saudi Arabia where she is presented to the Prince Latif to be taken as wife. Latif, upon meeting Isabella finds her to be a beauty of long lavish red hair and captivating green eyes.
Isabella arrives in a country foreign to her. Ripped from the love of her family and friends she is forced to live under the laws of this country and live out her Christian faith under the very large and ever-present watchful eye of the Muslim community.
Ok… first off, holy smokes did this audio get me heart racing! While this is a fiction read it felt as though it could be a memoir. Isabella’s abduction seemed very real to me, I think in the times we live in there is so much out in the world happening that I listened to the start of this audio and thought, “Why not? It could happen.”
Isabella’s story is one of a strong faith. While she loses everything that can be taken away from her, there is one thing that can not by taken – and that is God. As Isabella’s captivity goes from days, to weeks to months… she has little hope of ever returning home to her husband and her children, and she literally gives it all to God. If this is His plan for her, then she will abide. A powerful, POWERFUL reflection of being fully committed to whatever will be.
I found the characters to be well written and the story line engaging. As Isabella fully gives herself to this new husband as she is demanded to… I found this to be an incredible topic for a Christian fiction read. There are many questions that came to mind and I felt that author Rinda Hahn wrote a very impressive book.
My only complaint is the ending was so abrupt. I would have liked to have known more from that point on – however I can see where if there was to be a sequel (hint hint hint!!!) I can see where this story line could pick up and continue into another book.
A book about keeping your faith and knowing God is with you, even in the darkest of days. A wonderful debut for author Rinda Hahn, who I would gladly read again.
**Stay tune – soon I will be interviewing author Rinda Hahn
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42 thoughts on “Unspeakable Journey by Rinda Hahn”
Wow! This sounds like a fascinating read!! I will have to look for this one. Is it available only on Amazon?
Unspeakable Journey is available nationwide, and listed on multiple internet sites including B & N. FYI–I saw a Groupon ad for a $20 gift card for $10 to Barnes and Noble. This is a great deal if you are a book lover. You can also go to my website and I have links to various sites.
Thanks Rinda! Yes Shirley – I picked it up on audio through audible.com but the book stores have it too 😀
Oh, this sounds like a fabulous read! Just before I graduated from university I started to study a lot about human trafficking, and while it is a difficult subject to read about it’s the only way that attention will be drawn to it.
Bonnie it was really good and read like a true story.
Wow, this sounds intense – I’ve been looking for some good audio productions lately, so I will add this one to my list. I just finished my 1st audio review today of one I finally liked and need to follow it up with another good one. 🙂
This would be a good choice – it is about 6 hours long on audio.
Wow — this really does sound dramatic and intense. I can’t imagine what that would be like. I am always so worried about what will happen/could happen to the ones I love. Rarely about what will/could happen to me. Very interesting 🙂
My review does not do the book justice Rebecca – it was so well detailed.
Great review! I might have to read this one too.
I would recommend it Christina! I would love to see other reviews on it.
This sounds like a chilling portrayal of a very horrific crime…and how it impacts individuals.
Thanks for sharing….
Laurel the main character, struggles being abducted but as time passes she really submits believing she will never return home… how she embraces her new life is really interesting – and so far from what she knew she before.
Oh yeah… I liked it a lot. 😀
It sounds like a really neat read. Where was Isabella abducted from?
You know… I dont recall… I have to get back to you on that.
I cant believe I can not remember! The entire book is her life in the Saudi and I can not recall…
She was originally from a suburb of Indianapolis, IN.
Thank you Rinda – I was hoping you would pop in on that one…. 😀
Wow, I’m definitely adding this one to my TBR list! When I started reading the description I thought it was a memoir, so I thought it was interesting that you said it reads like it could be. Can’t wait to read this!
Awesome Kate – I would love to read your review!
Ooh, looking forward to your interview! Sounds like a thrilling read.
Hannah it was really good and covered issues that I thought were brave and real.
Always a good thing, in my book. Hee! 😛
Sounds like a real suspenseful one … I would have never expected it to be Christian fiction!
SO suspenseful Jenners and filled with a wonderful faith message.
This one sounds wonderful and oh so intriguing!! I love Christian fiction..it gets better every day!
I appreciate strong Christian fiction Staci – topics with bite and this one fit the bill 🙂
Wow, this book sounds fantastic. Definitely not a topic I’d expect in Christian fiction. Seems a bit intense!
I liked that about this book Kristen, I appreciated the edge Rinda walked along as she took a story line that would be hard to fathom, and brought me to a place of “wow… what if”….
It is a different look at faith that I appreciated. A sort of surrender.
This sounds good, but how do you think readers who aren’t really Christian will do with it? Will it be too religious?
Great question Helen and I think readers of many different genres would appreciate the suspense and the fast pace of this book.
It is shockingly real feeling and anyone that likes knowing more about different cultures and/or different faiths would enjoy this.
That is a great question. I have interacted with several book club discussions about the book. Many who are not Christian resonate with the truth that in this harrowing situation you have to get strength from something, and they appreciated her honest struggle in her faith. If you read it, I would love to hear your thoughts about it.
Thank you to all of you for your interest in Unspeakable Journey! Many thanks to Sheila for her excitement about the book and her wonderful review! Blessings to you all!
Thank you Rinda it was a wonderful find and I am happy to gush about it 🙂
It sounds like a powerful and eye-opening book. Thanks for the review! I don’t read Christian fiction so much, but would love to give this book a try.
Misha I think you would like this one. 🙂
This sounds like an amazing read, I will have to check it out! I can see it maybe ending up as a book club pick as well.
This would make for a fantastic discussion Erin!
You are too sweet Rinda – and on my birthday even! 😀
You are welcome! It looks like you had a great birthday too.
As I was reading your review I was never thinking you were going to say it was Christian Fiction. I guess I’ve been out of the loop on CF for too long.
It s a good one Kathleen!