Item description for Freefall (Walker Large Print Books) by Kristen Heitzmann...
Overview When a young woman stumbles out of the Hanalei Mountains with no memory of who she is or how she got there, Cameron Pierce reluctantly agrees to investigate the mysterious circumstances surrounding her appearance. As the pieces begin to fall into place, he soon concludes that her injuries were not caused by an accident. Deception, secrets, romance, and betrayal combine for heart-stopping reading.
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Format: Large Print
Studio: Walker Large Print
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.5" Height: 1.4" Weight: 1.55 lbs.
Release Date Jun 20, 2007
Publisher GALE GROUP
Edition Large Type
ISBN 1594151717 ISBN13 9781594151712
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.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Freefall (Walker Large Print Books)?
I loved the mystery,suspense,and eventual romance in this Hawaiian setting. Sep 16, 2008
This is my second book by this author,and after reading her Edge Of Recall and now this,I have to say how very impressed I am with her writing skills and originality.
She takes me places that I have never been before and the historical lessons she gives are at the very least,very interesting,and at times fascinating.
Her writing skills make me feel that I am there and experiencing the story myself.
Having this story set in Kuai,Hawaii,I found especially pleasing,since I've always enjoyed an armchair love affair with Hawaii,but have never been there. Her descriptions really put me there.
She also does an excellent job developing her characters.
This is a wonderful,exciting mystery without the gore of so many mysteries,which causes me to avoid most.
I have become an ardent fan of this author.
Freefall Apr 27, 2008
What can I say, I love Kristen Heitzmann. Her writing is captivating, intriguing, intense, and hard to put down. FREEFALL did not disappoint. When a women wakes in the mountains of Kauai, she realizes not only does she not remember how she got there, but she doesn't even know who she is. She stumbles into a local's backyard named Monica. She's willing to offer help, but not on her own. She calls her brother, Cameron, an insurance investigator to help her out. Cameron's immediately suspicious, especially after the mystery woman refuses to go to the police. When a stray memory comes back, she realizes she wasn't in the mountains alone. Now she fears she's left someone for dead. Someone she can't even remember. Though Cameron doesn't trust her, he knows she's not well enough to go on her search alone. He follows her, berating her with questions and voicing his doubt about her so-called lost memory. When her traveling partner is found, her identity is found as well, along with her reasons for not wanting to involve the police. Finding out she's a celebrity in the middle of a scandal deepens Cameron's cynicism. But when he gets the feeling her accident might have been planned, he feels the need to hang around a little bit longer before writing her off as a celebrity looking for sympathy. What unfolds from there is a masterfully written story of suspense, romance and twists that keep you guessing until the end. I enjoyed every minute of FREEFALL and know you will too. Pick it up, you won't be disappointed.
Maybe there's hope for Christian fiction after all... Oct 18, 2007
Before reading this book, I had pretty much given up on the entire genre.
I am a character reader first, and Christian books these days tend to substitute flesh and blood and feelings for sermonizing dialogue and overall sanitation. How am I to sympathize with a one-dimensional paper doll of a person? I'm not saying Christian books should emulate secular ones in terms of profanity, comedic or sadistic violence, or explicit sex. I am saying that life is gritty at times, that even those ready to "give an answer for the hope that is within" us sometimes struggle with those answers. Our fellows in fiction, however, usually find perfect peace with everything ten pages from the end of the book. They also rarely do anything wrong or possess any real flaws; if they've had it rough, they're victims on the path to 10-pages-from-the-end forgiveness.
Christian fiction also has a tell-all approach to writing, and usually that "all" is revealed in the first chapter of the book (unless it's a deliberate case of Deep Dark Secrets). If a character is angry, we are told, "His anger was intense." If a character's heart is breaking, we are told, "She could feel her heart breaking." Subtlety, figurative language, individual character response to situations--lost arts, all.
Of course, I'm speaking from my own reading experience. Anyone with title recommendations for me, please comment (but if Dee Henderson is your idea of great literature, we're not on the same page).
With this (legitimate, I say) chip on my shoulder, I stumbled upon Kristen Heitzmann's Freefall. I read the back cover. Not the first amnesia plot ever, or the first guy-protects-girl plot ever, but the combination was sufficiently intriguing that I read the first two pages. I, a library reader, bought the book and finished it shortly.
Heitzmann's characters do indeed "leap off the page." Jade's moral dilemmas relating to her career are refreshingly real, and no quickie solution is offered. Her determination and vulnerability as she regains her memories are well-portrayed. Cameron is an even deeper character--hiding a broken heart behind gruff suspicion, terrified of the world's propensity to steal what he loves, and continuing to believe in God despite it all, just no longer willing to trust Him. When summed up that way, neither of these characters sounds original, but they are. Jade's version of strength is willingness to trek into the Hawaiian wild by herself before asking a man who doesn't believe her for help. Cameron's version of heavenward fist-shaking is to pit his surfboard against the sea and beat it one wave at a time. What makes these characters work? A familiar core demonstrated by original quirks--quirks that at times actually drive the plot, rather than being submerged in it.
In addition, this woman can write. She takes the time to construct some interesting similes; her verbs don't require a parade of adverbs to be specific. A pitiless editor could have slimmed the book down slightly, and mitigated a bit of melodrama from Rob's and Allegra's points of view, but these are hardly mortal flaws.
Of course, expect the main characters to end up together. But Heitzmann's approach is less syrupy than most Christian romance, and she finds a clean, honest balance that most don't attempt. The attraction between Jade and Cameron is rooted in their souls, not their bodies, yet this author acknowledges the physical desires of men and women without shoving soiled details into her readers' heads.
All in all, highly recommended, both for fans of Christian fiction, and for ex-fans like me.
Thrilling Christian Romance Novel, Entertaining, Based in Hawaii Sep 16, 2007
**** This novel is a Christian romantic thriller, long (461 pages) but very satisfying. It is the story of an amnesic woman who awakens in a Kauai rainforest with no idea how she got there. It proceeds to tell her story, interspersed with the male lead's story---he is a detective who helps her and becomes involved in her life.
The faith themes are gentle and loving and beautiful, even for those who do not share the Christian faith. The characters are well-drawn and interesting. It is an exciting read, full of adventure. Even though you know what the ending will be (it IS a romantic thriller, after all), you don't know how it will get there, so there is a lot of suspense, and a lot of action as well.
For those of us who love Hawaii, it is pure pleasure to read and enjoy the Kauai setting and cultural references. Hawaii, faith, trust, healing from hurt, forgiveness, fame, privacy, dealing with struggles---these are all themes of Freefall.
If you are interested in the above themes and relish an exciting Christian novel, Freefall is sure to please. Recommended. ****
Very Satisfied Reader Aug 31, 2007
Freefall grabbed me from the start and pulled me along right through to the end. I could not put the book down. The writing was informative and clear, making me feel as though I was witness to the events. It makes me search out more of Kristen's books. Great job !!