Title – The Unimaginable
Author – Dina Silver
Publication Date – December 1, 2014
Genre – Contemporary Romance/Mystery/Suspense
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.
Wow. This is one of those books that will undoubtedly leave you changed for the better once you flip the last page. It will force you to open your eyes and really evaluate your circumstances and what you want out of life. It was remarkably breathtaking and jolted my heart on more than one occasion. The Unimaginable by Dina Silver is a story about a woman who leaves the comfort of not only her home, but of her home country, in order to feel the exhilaration of freedom. While in Thailand, she gets a taste of life and of love and finds herself permanently changed as she moves forward with her life.
“There are certain things in life that must be experienced in order to fully understand them, and falling in love and heartbreak are two of them. No one can amply describe what it is to love someone unconditionally and then lose them in an instant.”
I have been in the mood for books similar to an “Eat, Pray, Love” type of feel where life lessons are learned, and this one definitely hit that sweet spot. I will be the first to admit that when The Unimaginable started out, I thought it was going a little slow for my taste. There wasn’t much of that adventure and it seemed like Jessica was living the same monotonous life, just in a foreign town. Then she applied to be a crew member on a boat and I expected things to take off. It kind of kept us in the lurch if she would get the job for a while, and then as the story continued on, it really morphed into the hopes that I had for it.
“And while time healed most wounds, it didn’t erase memories.”
I loved the idea that Jessica would throw her fear out the window and go not to some place she wanted to necessarily visit, but somewhere that needed her. She left her life in Indiana behind, but it wasn’t entirely selfish and I think it speaks volumes about her character. She was a kind, warm, and giving woman. Jess loved her family but she realized that she had to do something for herself – and that’s something I could really resonate with. Once she got on the boat with Grant and Quinn, I felt exhilarated for her. Grant was such an aloof man that it was often times hard to get a read on him. He kept his mystery and intrigue throughout the story, but you could see these subtle instances where his protectiveness and loyalty overrode that. You only caught glimpses of the man, but he made you fall in love piece by piece. Together, they were like two puzzle pieces that just fit together. He was her means of exploration and freedom, while she was a grounding, life-awakening piece that he needed. They complemented each other wonderfully and you could really feel every awkward, loving, gentle moment between these two.
“What happened next changed me forever. Aboard a boat named for such hope and promise case…the unimaginable.”
I will be completely honest and say that my initial reaction to this book probably wasn’t as positive as I’ve made it to be in this review. However, the more I sat on it, the more I realized how profoundly changed I felt. Any book that can make me evaluate my feelings and my life on a grander scale earns pretty high praise in my eyes. I also think it should be noted that once the story ends, you realize you get more. There is a remarkable author’s note that had me in tears and my heart fulfilled – in both a negative and positive way. The story is loosely shaped from two real life stories, and that makes the whole book that much more impactful. The Unimaginable by Dina Silver is one of those books that should be talked about and praised. The breathtaking emotions and poignant situations these characters go through is just something readers everywhere should experience.
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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.
(1) Kindle Paperwhite and signed prints of: KAT FIGHT, ONE PINK LINE,
FINDING BLISS, and THE UNIMAGINABLE (US)