Rarely a book comes along that you feel driven to read, that it doesn’t leave the forefront of you mind for very long. For me, Told You So by Kristen Heitzmann was that book.
I had heard about it through an online group, it had created a bit of controversy in the group and my curiosity got the best of me and I traveled over to Amazon to read the sample chapters. The chapters hooked me to the point I bought the Kindle version.
If you have read here any length of time, you know I typically do not purchase books. I review them, publishers, publicists and authors send me books in exchange for my review. I read them, write my honest review, and that is it. Normally, I don’t purchase books, and I definitely don’t pay full price for them. Until last night. Ever since I read those first few chapters, I have been planning when I could sit down and finish.
I’ve always been a fan of Kristen Heitzmann, her books are smart, they are well written, they have a bit of humor, a bit of suspense, and a bit of romance all wound up in a lot of real life. I have yet to pick one up that I could put down for any length of time before I turned the last page. Seriously, they are that good.
In Told You So, Grace just wants her book transformed into a play, and see’s Devin as the way for that to happen. Devin thinks this romance writer has no chance in ever writing something that would wind up on the theater stage. After all, Grace writes happy ending stories where the characters have morals and don’t make mistakes. How she writes those stories while living in NYC, Devin just doesn’t get. He view’s life through steel grey colored glasses as compared to Grace’s rose colored ones.
Grace Evangeline is a breath of fresh air. She is a Unicorn in a pasture full of race horses. She is special. Everyone see’s it, everyone wants a bit of it to rub off on them. Ms Heitzmann writes Grace with an intelligence that makes you feel smarter just for reading her story, with openness that makes you wish she was in fact real and so approachable. You want to sit with her, have coffee with her, talk with her, shop with her, and basically just spend every waking moment with her, and she is a character in a book!
Devin Brussard is everything Grace isn’t. He doesn’t believe in God, but believes in himself. He moves through his life, not making any deep connections, but surface ones. Surrounded by friends, none of which know the real Devin Brussard, which is only apparent to Grace.
Some who have reviewed this book, and stated it shouldn’t be considered Christian Fiction. It deals with hard issues in a well developed, well thought out, extremely well written way. I disagree with the naysayers, I think that if anything Told You So is more of a Christian Fiction book because of its theme and story.
Told You So by Kristen Heitzmann shows you that we all have flaws. We all have our weaknesses, yet God’s love never waivers, or fumbles. No matter what we do, who we are, God never leaves or forsakes us. It drives home the point that while we might make mistakes, God is always with us, guiding us, but it is ultimately up to us to make the right decisions, and that good things do in fact come from poor decisions, we just have to bide our time until God reveals it to us. It brings to the surface the fact that one mistake doesn’t doom us to a life of more mistakes, that we can in fact make a poor choice and over come it to be even better in the end. I can’t wait to read the future books in this series.