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Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2006
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Freefall will capture readers with its intensity, honesty, and believability. Heitzmann emphasizes the importance of these attributes throughout her novel. Her use of Gentrys traumatic memory loss as a tool to lead us through every page, to give us important glimpses into the story, is phenomenal. A simple anecdote or experience tells us everything necessary about Gentry and her relationships with those around her.
The relation of one character to another deeply impacts the plotline as a whole. (It is evident that Heitzmann understood the importance of character bonding when she wrote Freefall.) Cameron, Kai, and Gentry develop such a natural and connected relationship, overcoming their past and present, that we could easily meet them at the restaurant down the road or the church on the corner. The detail so meticulously put into every character and every scene allows us to identify with, and truly understand, the characters Heitzmann has brought to life.
When Gentry Fox awakens in the mountains of Kauai, she has no idea who she is. She experiences severe pain, and she knows nothing beyond her need for safety. In order to find that safety, she walks with determination to the nearest home, which belongs to a Hawaiian local named Monica. When Monica sees this downtrodden young woman approaching her yard, she fears that once again someone has come to her to find peace but then will pass on to a better life. Despite this fear, she lets Gentry in, and she calls her brother, a fraud investigator, to help identify her. With the presence of Cameron comes some of Gentrys memory; at first, just enough for her to remember that she was not traveling alone. In time, more and more of her memories open up. As they reveal themselves and events unfold, Gentry realizes that someone was out to kill her uncle, whether or not she was in the line of fire.
The reality of the characters throughout Freefall adds an element of closeness, a bond with the readers. The bond allows readers to view Cameron, Gentry, Monica, and all of the other characters as personal friendsnot as fictional people only existing on paper. Heitzmann uses flaws and setbacks that we are all familiar with in our own lives to help us relate to the characters lives. They have broken hearts, broken families, and even broken bodies. The characters experience and overcome real issues, through which they encourage others to do the same.
Kristen Heitzmann will engage your heart, mind, and spirit with this well-written novel. A blend of drama, mystery, romance, and humor, Freefall satisfies the yearnings of many different types of readers. Whether folks read avidly or infrequently, for education or entertainment, all will be swept away by this incredible book. Heather Nash, Christian Book Previews.com
touchdownOHAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5hard review to writeJuly 6, 2012touchdownOHAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 2This is a hard review to write. The only other book I have read by this author was Edge of Recall. I loved that book, so when I read this was a romantic suspense I couldn't wait to read it. Although I think Kristen Heitzmann is an excellent author, I could not get thrilled about this book. The book really only consisted of about 40 pages of suspense. It read more like a soap opera. 5 or 6 weeks in the lives of 10 or so people. I could actually skip 8 pages and not miss a thing. The book was mostly conversation between people and that cannot hold me to a book. It was very east to put down and just pick back up whenever. I wasn't glued to the book. Like I said, she writes well, she just wrote too much in this case.
Amanda BIowaAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Brilliant metaphor throughoutJune 1, 2012Amanda BIowaAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5We all experience them. Mountaintop experiences - those times in our lives when everything is at its peak, everything fits, everything clicks, our faith is at an all-time high. And then, inevitably, it happens. A hard and unexpected blow knocks us from the summit and down we fall, not knowing when we'll land or if we'll come out with faith still alive.
For the mysterious beauty dubbed "Jade," this isn't just a metaphor. Knocked into a state of amnesia at the base of a Hawaiian waterfall, all she can remember is a compelling urge to survive, to follow the life-giving stream of water no matter how treacherous it may seem. But then _ there is another force that compels her, a different source of life-giving water. A need to call out to a Divine Savior whom she senses she somehow knows intimately. In her search to re-discover who she is, will Jade possibly revitalize a strong faith that had begun to fall?
Or is her life, as fraud investigator Cameron Pierce initially suspects, just one big lie? Could she be a con artist who can't remember her last target? Maybe that would explain her aversion to seeking police help _
Yet Cameron's opinion of her seems to shift as steadily as the waves of the sea. And maybe, just maybe, she was sent to bring him out of his own freefall.
This is the first book I've read from Kristen Heitzmann, and I must say, it won't be the last. Her snappy wit and breathtaking descriptions along with a knack at weaving in new plot twists amidst the romance and intrigue will keep you turning pages.
Elizabeth Cain5 Stars Out Of 5A great readOctober 30, 2010Elizabeth CainQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Loved this novel. A great plot and well developed characters.
Cheire5 Stars Out Of 5May 25, 2008CheireThis was definately a fantastic book. I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romance and intrigue. Kristen Heitzmann is a very talented writer and I look forward to reading all of her books.
Stacey5 Stars Out Of 5May 14, 2008StaceyThis is my favorite Heitzmann novel so far! The characters are well-developed and 3-dimensional. The sprinkling of Hawaiian throughout the novel adds color and authenticity to the story, yet it was a bit distracting when there wasn't an obvious translation provided. Our main character is a famous actress who has lost her memory only to wander into the life of a woman with a heart to help and her skeptical brother. As her memory returns, the plot thickens and her relationship with these new friends continues to build. Watching the characters deal with extreme life-changing circumstances is both inspiring and educational. The twists and turns in the plot keep the pages turning. Kristen masterfully pours her characters' inner feelings onto the page making the romance intense. She also presents beautiful moments where Christian values triumph over worldly ones. This is a wonderful, suspenseful Christian romance!