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Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2008
Smith is reconstructing a pre-Revolutionary War abbey for wealthy clients. Among its remarkable features is an overgrown labyrinth. Unable to resist, Tessa accepts his offer to work with him.
Soon she is immersed in the project of a lifetime. But one evening, after weeks of work in the labyrinth, Tessa and Smith are attacked. While protecting Tessa, Smith is stabbed, and the nightmare begins...again.
The Edge of Recall, like Kristen Heitzmanns other novels, invites the reader beyond the often predictable storyline of Christian fiction into a world of mystery, intrigue, and romance. With unique characters and plot twists that keep the reader engaged and guessing, The Edge of Recall is one of her finest suspense novels yet.
Tessa Young, a talented but troubled landscape architect, has built her career by constructing elaborate gardens and meditative labyrinths for the rich. While these labyrinths are her passion, they are also tied to her recurring nightmares and the fragmented memories of her past, which she cant forget or comprehend. When Smith Chandler, a college acquaintance with whom her friendship was bitterly ended, reappears in her life, shes ready to slam the door in his faceuntil he offers her the project of her dreams. Given the opportunity to reconstruct a colonial-era labyrinth, she cant say no. Yet, beneath the labyrinth lurks a secret which changes Smith and Tessa forever.
Heitzmanns cast of characters is real and inviting. Tessa, in particular, is a character whom many female readers will find a kindred spirit. Like so many, she is crippled by her fear of rejection. Yet, she remains a successful and compassionate woman, as well. Smith is an amiable Brit recently recommitted to God and baffled by Tessas unpredictable temper. Beside them stands Smiths charming co-worker Bair, an ex-rugby player paralyzed by the thought of a date. Cast against them is the odious Rumer Gaston, a casino owner with plenty of money, but deficit of humanity. With swift-moving and witty dialogue, Heitzmann brings each of her characters, good and bad, to life, evoking tenderness, humor, and fear. Through the relationships between the characters, Heitzmann touches on the importance of love and forgiveness, commitment and trust.
The novels setting dances from Maryland to Nevada to Colorado, each setting splashed with local color. Readers are invited to savor southern crab cakes, bask in a luxurious casino, and rest in the Rocky Mountains embrace. Heitzmann never lets her readers get bored but provides a winding plot and an emotional journey that keep the pages turning. The Edge of Recall offers spiritual encouragement along with suspense as each of the main characters unfolds in his or her understanding of God. Heitzmann does an excellent job of showing through her characters how large the gap is between believing in a god and having an intimate relationship with Christ.
One of the novels most prominent themes is the importance of truth. Because of the ambiguities of Tessas past, she is unable to love or trust. It is only after she uncovers the reason for her recurring nightmares and her fathers disappearance during her childhood that Tessa is free to live. Smith must experience a truer revelation of Gods love before he finds his heart complete. Heitzmann subtly and skillfully weaves a story that reflects Gods redemptive heart and abilities. The Edge of Recall will draw a sigh of contentment when the last pages flutter shut, making it more than worth its price. -- Lauren M. Peltier, ChristianBookPreviews.com
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