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BOOK REVIEW – TOLD YOU TWICE

 

BOOK REVIEW – TOLD YOU TWICE by KRISTEN HEITZMANN

 

 

An actor relies on many resources to excel in his craft, to play each role to its fullest. That arsenal does not usually include hiding behind the mask of roles played.

For Bo Corrigan, that is exactly what charges his talent as an actor, delving so deeply that he is lost in each role. And he forgets his miserable life for a few hours.

But in between roles and in between performances, who is he really? And where does he go to hide when not on stage? Which role, which mask that he wears is the true self?

 

Alexis Murphy, Exi, meets Bo at the cast party for his stellar performance in the smash hit play written by her cousin and his wife. Even though she is engaged, Exi is drawn to Bo—and he doesn’t take no for an answer.

Exi had finally found a good man in Jeffrey, and can’t believe her luck; not only does he want to marry her but he wants a Grace Evangeline wedding. And what bride wouldn’t want that!

But as her affection for Bo grows, and she begins to question her feelings for Jeffrey, she gets caught up in Bo’s dangerous past.

Can Exi leave Bo alone for her own good? Can she break his heart—and the trust he has begun to place in her—and walk away? Can she deny her own heart?

 

 

Ms. Heitzmann drew me into this story and held me captive. As an actor, this reviewer stepped into the part of Bo Corrigan, so vividly did Ms. Heitzmann portray him and his struggles, his angst. As Exi’s heart fell for Bo, so did mine. Every nuance of interaction between them, every sizzling touch and tender eye-connect, drew me further into their story.

When tragedy struck, Ms. Heitzmann wrote an uncomfortable vortex that seemed never to end, an all-too-true reaction to real life crises. I not only identified with Exi and with Bo, but I felt I lived the story with them, from each agonizing page to the final, and apt conclusion to the story.

 

 

I was given a copy of this book in return for my honest review.

 

 

 

083016 - slide 3Kristen Heitzmann is the bestselling author of contemporary romantic suspense, psychological suspense, and historical novels, including Christy Award finalists Indivisible and The Tender Vine and Christy Award winner Secrets. In 2013, her novel The Breath of Dawn won both a Christy Award and Inspirational Readers Choice Award and was a finalist for a people’s choice award in the Netherlands. She is a fiction track and workshop teacher at American Christian Fiction Writers Conference and keynote speaker for women’s and writers’ conferences.

An artist and mountain hiker, Kristen lives in Colorado with her husband, pets, wildlife, and extended family.

www.kristenheitzmann.com

www.facebook.com/kristen.f.heitzmann

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LEAVING ON A JET PLANE

 

You may have noticed that Tuesdays are when I post reviews on my blog. And there is a review coming. But there is another “event” today that doesn’t happen very often, at least not for me. In fact, it hasn’t happened for almost 20 years—I will be boarding a plane this evening. Did I mention I love flying?

 

 

Now that may not sound extraordinary to you. And I don’t guess in the grand scheme of things it really is. But for me, it’s huge. For me, it is a breakthrough. In many ways, I have been “on hold” for a long time, growing my faith, stretching, trusting Father God to align me, align my life with His Word. It’s not an easy journey but it’s a victorious one.

 

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“But for a girl who grew up as in Invisiblet—Once upon a time, there was a little girl who was invisible.  Or she thought she was invisible, felt that way at least.  And when she felt people were staring at her, she wished she was invisible.  That little girl was me.  Hello, my name is Robin, and I’m a recovering invisiblet.  I wasn’t shy, I was terrified.  And that made it quite difficult to make friends.  Or to be a friend.” [blog post 02 May 2014] —this gift is more than a gift. It is gold. I see Father’s hand, orchestrating the whole thing. All so I could have my desired trip. I asked, and He made a way.” just ‘cause I wanted it, a little girl asking Father for something shiny and pretty. [blog post 03 June 2016]

 

 

Besides my high school reunion, there are a few friends I’ll get to see. Kristen Heitzmann is one of those friends. And tomorrow afternoon, she and her daughter and I will be hiking. Oh yes, I can hike now! (Gently still, of course!) See my post, ON KNEE SURGERY and BEING IN HOSPITAL ON MY BIRTHDAY, 12 February 2016.

 

 

So hiking AND flying AND spending time with friends! Yeah, that’s a Special Report! And it’s only getting better from here!

 

 

And I now return you to [my] regularly scheduled programming…..

 

 

BOOK REVIEW – TOLD YOU SO

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BOOK REVIEW – TOLD YOU SO by KRISTEN HEITZMANN

 

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Personalities clash. Oil and water, fire and ice. A romantic and a cynic.

 

Grace Evangeline knows her latest novel will make a smash hit onstage. Devin Bressard is sure his stage is not the place for it. Grace is relentless and tenacious, though, pursuing Devin, leading them to a forced collaboration.

 

Will the collaboration bring success? Will the resulting script make it to the stage? Or will Devin lose his sanity in the process?

 

One calamity after another, one too many disasters, and Devin is ready to wash his hands of anything to do with Grave Evangeline. Will they overcome the frisson between them and let the spark of passion ignite? Or will their difference of vision break them and drive a wedge between them that cannot be undone?

 

A favourite author of this reviewer, Ms. Heitzmann, has written another one out of the fiction ballpark. Intense characters, intense emotions and convictions. Intense situations. Real and honest reactions. Characters who are true to human nature. I could identify with both Grace and with Devin, even as they are seeming polar opposites. I  felt the drive and need that compelled Grace to pursue her goal—and only the best was good enough, Devin Bressard. I also felt Devin’s resistance; I do not like to be pushed or bullied into something (even if I know it’s a good thing.) I felt his hackles burr as Grace was relentless against him.

And I felt the tension of attraction that neither of them desired, or wanted to admit.

 

I anxiously await the sequel to this suspenseful-romantical-comical nod to Pride and Prejudice, Told You Twice.

 

 

 

Slide9Kristen Heitzmann is the bestselling author of contemporary romantic suspense, psychological suspense, and historical novels, including Colorado Book Award finalist The Still of Night, Christy Award finalists Indivisible and The Tender Vine, and Christy Award winners Secrets and The Breath of Dawn that won both a Christy Award and Inspirational Readers Choice Award and was a finalist for a people’s choice award in the Netherlands. She is a fiction track and workshop teacher at writers conferences. An artist and musician, she’ll also be found hiking the Colorado Rocky Mountain trails near her home where she lives with her husband, pets, extended family, and wildlife.

www.kristenheitzmann.com

www.facebook.com/kristen.f.heitzmann

www.facebook.com/KristenHeitzmann?ref=hl

https://twitter.com/KFHeitzmann

 

 

 

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