Unknown was an intriguing story! I was very impressed with this debut novel and felt immersed in the culture and setting of the story.
I felt for Gabe as he navigated life after his parents’ murder and tried to figure out what God wanted him to do with his life. His parents’ death served as a bit of a wake up call for him, opening his eyes to the possibility that God might want him to remain in Russia. However, Gabe had no idea that danger was just around the corner for him.
Sofia lived a life focused on her career as a ballerina and anything religious seemed like foolishness to her. Her day to day life felt very realistic in the competitiveness she dealt with, as well as trying to overcome various injuries without losing her spot in the ballet.
There was a good balance between the danger, faith thread, and romantic aspects of the story. I really enjoyed this novel.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK
He knew there was a cost. He just didn’t know how great it’d be.
Gabriel Kelly returned to Russia for one reason—to bury his parents. After ten years in the United States, he hadn’t expected to return to his childhood home in the face of tragedy. However, after short days in Moscow, he begins to consider if the same call that cost his parents’ lives is now upon him.
Sofia Rykova’s dreams finally came true when she became a principal soloist with the Bolshoi Ballet. One night, though, an old crush walks back into her life, making her wonder if there is more to life than ballet. Gabe Kelly is just as she remembered, just as she longed for—yet religion stands between them.
Unknown to Gabe and Sofia, danger lurks closer than either would have guessed. The deaths of Gabe’s parents grow more suspicious by the day, and Gabe and Sofia are drawn into the midst of a plot neither can escape. Will obedience to God’s call—in spite of their fears and desires—result in a price too steep to bear?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Vanessa Hall is an author, musician, and homeschool graduate. Most days, she is reading, writing, or practicing the violin—or trying to find time for all three pursuits. Currently, she is working toward gaining a degree in instrumental music education. Unknown is her debut novel. Above all, she is a sinner saved and held fast by the abounding grace of Jesus Christ.