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Overview When a young woman stumbles out of the Hanalei Mountains on the island of Kauai with no memory of her identity or her past, Cameron Pierce reluctantly agrees to investigate, but as Jade begins to recall the dark truth of her past, she realizes that sinister forces are stalking her and trying to end her life. Original.
Publishers Description When a young woman stumbles out of the Hanalei Mountains on the island of Kauai with no memory of who she is or how she got there, Cameron Pierce reluctantly agrees to investigate the mysterious circumstances surrounding her arrival. As pieces begin to fall into place, he suspects her injuries were no accident, but he's far from convinced she's an innocent victim. And there's that nagging feeling he's seen her somewhere before.... Now known as Jade, the woman begins to recall fragments of what led her to this place, and she realizes the danger isn't over. Jade and the cynical Hawaiian investigator attempt to reconstruct the threads of her identity, but the stakes are far higher than either expected.
Citations And Professional Reviews Freefall by Kristen Heitzmann has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Christian Retailing - 11/13/2006 page 22
Library Journal - 11/01/2006 page 62
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Studio: Bethany House
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.34" Width: 5.56" Height: 1.24" Weight: 0.05 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2006
Publisher Baker Publishing Group
ISBN 0764228293 ISBN13 9780764228292
Availability 0 units.
More About Kristen Heitzmann
While home schooling her four kids, Kristen Heitzmann wrote her first novel. It became one of a five book historical series. Since then, she has written three more historical novels and eight contemporary romantic and psychological suspense novels including The Still of Night, nominated for the Colorado Book Award, The Tender Vine, a Christy Award finalist and Christy Award winning Secrets. She lives in Colorado with her husband Jim, sundry family members, and pets. Follow Kristen online at www.KristenHeitzmann.com
Kristen Heitzmann currently resides in the state of Colorado.
Promising mystery turns into religious soap opera Mar 28, 2007
I'm usually easy to please, but this book simply did not cut the proverbial mustard.
Intrigued by the promising synopsis, I pulled this book off of a library shelf and took it home. The story opens with a nameless woman tumbling off a Hawaiian waterfall and smashing her head, therefore distilling it of any memory of who she is. At the same time, her companion is thrust into a volcanic cave behind the falls and trapped with an injured leg, unaware that his potential savior has no idea that he even exists, or who she really is.
Enter good Samaritan, and highly religious, Monica who finds the young amnesiac passed out in her garden. She calls in her investigator brother, Cameron, who is of course, very attractive and AVAILABLE, and begs him to help the young woman find out who she is. He does so reluctantly, following her into the mountains to retrace her steps. There they find and rescue her companion, who is, predictably, near death's door, and bring him to a hospital, where news of the woman's true identity throws them into a national spotlight.
From this point on, I found the story spiraling downwards. The triteness of the characters became increasingly apparent, as did the heavy religious overtones. While the Christian nature of the book didn't bother me, the fact that the novel was nothing more than a dogmatic message was wrapped in a weak story, did.
The developing romances of the main characters were undefined and the dramatic "twists" were unoriginal and expectable. Character development fell by the wayside to make room for preachy statements about the greatness of the lord. Overall, I grew tired waiting for something to happen while the characters dithered around in circles.
There were some entertaining parts at the beginning, but after a while I began to feel that I was reading a book of quotations from bad '80s romance films and f.m. Christian talk shows.
I have never set a book aside unfinished before, but I did so with this one. If you are one who likes melodramatic soap operas on television and appreciate being preached at, then don't let my disappointment color your enjoyment of this book. But, if you are like me and prefer more innovative stories, then look somewhere else.
I've fallen... Feb 14, 2007
This 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!
An all-around intriguing story Feb 1, 2007
I can't say I loved this book. It was well-written (what else would you expect from Heitzmann?) and the characters were fully developed and believable. The story itself was intriguing and fresh. What caught me by surprise was that the story started out as a thriller, then with about 150 pages to go slipped into a romance, then morphed into a thriller again at the climax. I must say this, though, kudos to Heitzmann and Bethany House for pushing the envelope with the romantic elements as far as CBA fiction goes (it got quite racey at times). Overall, Freefall was a solid book, a little long (over 460 pages), but written well enough to sustain the story.
An uplifting "fall" into suspense . . . Jan 24, 2007
Author Kristen Heitzmann sends us to the edge with her book, `Freefall'. The story unfolds on the beautiful island of Kauai; Ms. Heitzmann captivates us with her beautiful description of the islands' foliage and atmosphere.
You can feel the ocean mist come down the mountains with the main character, Jade, whose loss of memory leaves her searching for who she is and how she came to be on the island.
Native Monica Pierce helps administer the healing solitude that Jade desperately needs and enlists the help of her investigator brother Cameron. Tormented by the hazy memory of the person she left in the mountains, Jade struggles to piece together the clues of her identity and make sense of the attraction she begins to feel for Cameron.
As the truth unfolds Jade and Cameron are thrown in to a whirlpool of chaos. Cameron battles his feelings of betrayal over a past hurt and the scandal that descends over Jade's existence. Jade must learn to lean on God's peace and understanding amidst a world writhing in deceit, selfishness and pain.
Through it all a beacon of hope shines through as Ms. Heitzmann shows us in a triumphant way, how with God, all things are possible.
a fun read Jan 22, 2007
The opening chapter of "Freefall" is one of the most catching I've read in a long while. "Jade" as she is temporarily called, discovers herself at the base of a waterfall, fighting the current for survival. Reaching the river's edge, she pulls herself free of the water and collapses. Upon waking, she finds a bloody gash on her head and a blank sheet for a memory. The scene switches to another of the waterfall's prey. However, this one is lying in a cave hidden behind the cascade. Legs broken on the rocks at the base of the falls, Jade's uncle is dependent on her for rescue. Little does he know that she is the victim of amnesia, and as his body deteriorates with disease and hunger, he waits for help in vain. Enter Cameron Pierce, investigator, skeptic, and all around gorgeous. Together he and Jade unravel the details of her life while trying to resist the intense attraction they feel for one another. After discovering Jade's real identity, they realize that the relationship they both crave was not meant to be...or was it? Set on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, "Freefall" lacks nothing in the way of large-scale action, intense plot twists, and a healthy dose of romance. Throughout this spellbinding novel, the same myriad questions that plague Jade keep the reader turning pages. Who is she? What is she doing in Kauai? What is this foreboding sense of evil that hovers in her sketchy memory? Was the fall an accident or something worse? As each question is answered, another takes its places, leaving the reader hanging to the last page. Not afraid to take romance a step further, Heitzman unabashedly reveals her characters' inner thoughts as they fiercely battle their premarital sexual desires. By doing so, she breathes life into them, and gives the novel an extra zing not normally found in Christian fiction. Every character is a complex creation that interacts well with the others creating drama and emotional turmoil that is all too real. I give "Freefall" two thumbs up and Heitzman my heartiest "you go, girl!"