Mesmerizing: "Unscripted" by Davis Bunn

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about the book....

Line producer Danny Byrd is well known in Hollywood for being someone who gets things done on time and under budget. But when his reputation takes a beating after his partner--and former best friend--makes off with their investors' money, Danny has but one chance to redeem himself and restore his ruined career.

LA lawyer Megan Pierce has sacrificed years of her life proving herself to impossible bosses, only to find herself disgusted at their snobbery and their specious business practices. When an opportunity to actually make a difference comes her way, she knows she has to grab it--even though she's not entirely clear what "it" is.

Danny and Megan are each other's best hope for redemption. What they never could have imagined was that they might also be each other's best hope for love.

my review....

Well, Davis Bunn has done it again! Only a couple of pages into his latest novel, "Unscripted", I knew I was in trouble and would need to forget about whatever other plans I had in store, because I wasn't going anywhere any time soon. The story of Danny and Megan held me spell-bound from start to finish, as I watched them navigate the behind the scenes world of Hollywood where, clearly, it is difficult to know who you can even trust. Though this story is fiction, I have no doubt that many elements of it are true to life. I was especially intrigued by Danny, as he suffered through an unjust series of events that just didn't seem possible for him to ever recover from. And yet his story of rising from the ashes was made all the sweeter, because it showed the power of a community of people coming together and really sitting in the mess of each other's lives and inspiring each other to find a way to overcome.

Bunn has written a powerful novel that can be enjoyed not only as a beautifully composed contemporary story, but also as a multi-layered and emotional portrayal of redemption and second chances. It offers readers a parable of how God can take the broken things of this world and fashion something so wonderfully good that we can't even imagine it ahead of time. As I turned the final page of the story, I thought of Danny sitting in that jail cell at the beginning of the novel, and of how unlikely it would have been that he ever would have dreamed that his life would end up taking the turns that it does over the course of this novel. And that right there is the amazing power of God's grace and love, how he blesses us beyond what we deserve, and (though sometimes easier said than done), that we can trust him in the midst of our trials that he's got something oh so good in store for us.

Davis Bunn continues to be one of my favourite authors, and "Unscripted" is another winning addition to his ever-expanding collection. I award this novel a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

about the author....

Davis Bunn
Davis Bunn ( is the award-winning author of numerous national bestsellers with sales totaling more than seven million copies worldwide. His work has been published in twenty languages, and his critical acclaim includes four Christy Awards for excellence in fiction. Bunn is a Writer-in-Residence at Regent's Park College, Oxford University. He and his wife, Isabella, divide their time between England and Florida.

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