I have read most if not all of Kristen Heitzmann’s novels and cannot say enough good things about them. When I think of her books, suspense is what first comes to mind because she has written some very edgy suspense novels but her Rocky Mountain Legacy series was also wonderful. “Told You So” was a somewhat new direction for her although there was just the slightest bit of danger and suspense involved in the contemporary romance. I loved every minute of it
“Told You So” is very much a dialogue driven story with some of the wittiest conversations I have encountered in quite awhile. In addition to the wonderful dialogue, Grace Evangeline was one of those people who seemed to invite disaster which led to several dramatic scenes that were sometimes also humorous.
Successful author Grace tried to give her readers happy-ever-after romances with heroes and heroines who maintained their innocence until marriage. Broadway producer Devin was much more cynical and pretty much thought Grace was ridiculous. But the attraction between them was strong despite their differing outlooks and because “Told You So” is a romance, we all know that the inevitable happens – they fall in love. Unfortunately, both Grace and Devin have hidden pain behind their successful lives that leads them to one wrong decision after another so the road to a happy ending for them is pretty rocky. Some of those mistakes will not sit well with certain readers of Christian novels so be forewarned, “Told You So” is a gritty and honest story about Christians who make big mistakes. Unlike most secular novels, those mistakes do not involve pages of explicit scenes and are tastefully handled.
It was evident to me that one purpose of the author was to illustrate through Grace and Devin’s story the power of God to overcome our worst sins and bring redemption and restoration to us. Sometimes we need to be reminded of that again. I know that I will remember this novel for awhile and look forward to the next one in the series.
A digital copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for my honest review.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
From the minute Grace Evangeline throws her sweet tea in Devin Bressard’s face, their battle of wits and cross-purposes overtakes their lives. Sassy “angelic” Grace Evangeline will stop at nothing to see her romance novel produced for Broadway. Devin Bressard knows all about the commercial success of Ms. Evangeline’s “novels”—as far from his literary, nerve-striking plays as anything could be.
Grace intends to pull his head out of the rarefied air long enough to make her point, even if it involves stalking him and infiltrating his friends and colleagues. Devin knows she’s trouble, but who would guess the spokesperson for strength and virtue would be a calamity vortex? He mounts a fierce resistance, but when he’s forced to work with Grace, his profession and sanity aren’t the only things at risk. Collapsing walls on both sides bring a détente that could shatter their bond—or resound through more lives than their own.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kristen 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.