Author: Kristen Heitzmann
Review: I enjoyed this book, it was fast paced and interesting with the different characters in this small mountain community. I’ve read Indivisible by this author and this book brought back some of the favorites from that book and wove them in with the new characters of this book. Her writing is easy to read and flows well, making every page an enjoyable journey.
The ‘bad guy’ wasn’t as scary as the last book, but the drama between the key players was better this time. Emotional turmoil and abuse form the base of some characters and it is up to them how they handle it in the end. She is a Christian writer, so prayer, Christian values and God play heavy in this book. This does not distract from the mystery or the story in anyway. Loss, pain, regret, finding forgiveness and redemption with others and with one’s self keeps you turning the pages. Selfishness and selflessness play a large part in the story also.
This book made me think about my life and about what I have to give to others and to myself. What do I value and how to I show that value to others? I would suggest this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery wrapped around a story of finding love even when you don’t think you deserve it.
Publisher: Published May 3rd 2011 by WaterBrook Press
Quick Review: 4 stars (out of 5)
Why I Read It: Requested this book from Blogging for Books.
Where I Obtained the Book: Sent by the publisher.
Synopsis: In a clash of light and darkness, the tenacity of love is illuminated.
When Trevor MacDaniel, a high country outfitter, rescues a toddler from the jaws of a mountain lion, he can’t foresee the far-reaching consequences of his action, how it will entwine his life with gifted sculptor, Natalie Reeve—and attract a grim admirer.
Trevor’s need to guard and protect is born of tragedy, prompting his decision to become a search and rescue volunteer. Natalie’s gift of sculpting comes from an unusual disability that seeks release through her creative hands. In each other they see strength and courage as they face an incomprehensible foe.
Drawn by the heroic story of the child’s rescue, a twisted soul sees Trevor as archangel and adversary, and threatens their peaceful mountain community—testing Trevor’s limits by targeting their most helpless and innocent.
Author Biography: Kristen learned to read at age four in the sit-on-the-floor school her father taught at home. That was the start of her love affair with stories. Skipping kindergarten, she went to first grade at five and dove into learning with a passion. In elementary school, she wrote and illustrated her own miniature books and the highlight of the week was the mile and a half walk to the book mobile.
A bit of a tomboy, she and her brother played numerous make believe games of cowboys and Indians. She played the Indian because the toy bow really shot arrows (a distinct advantage over caps.) Other early interests were catching frogs and exploring, playing baseball and football, and any form of art she could put her hand to. She studied violin from age seven to seventeen, taught herself piano, guitar, recorder and tambourine.
Of her three main interests, art, music and writing, she chose to study English at the University of Colorado and thrived on Creative Writing and Literature classes. She married her husband Jim, and turned her energy to building a family. They have four children whom they have home schooled for all or most of their education. Kristen is a music minister with the ecumenical covenant community People of Praise.
Once she realized the stories in her head were truly a calling from the Lord, she made writing not just a passion, but a ministry. She has written seven historical fiction novels as part of the The Rocky Mountain Legacy series and the Diamond of the Rockies series. Most recently, she has written seven contemporary fiction novels: Twilight, A Rush of Wings, The Still of Night, Halos, Secrets, Unforgotten, and Freefall.
Writing is not only a passion for Kristen, it is a commission, her way of sharing the themes of grace and forgiveness and dependence on Christ. She believes God gave her a voice, and she joyfully uses the talent for His glory.