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on June 3, 2014
This is the first book by Kristen Heitzmann that I've read. It won't be the last. I have to know if she is always so artistic with her words. This story is not just written, it is painted. The words are crafted into a feast for the senses making it more than the story it tells. It holds you from the first word until the last and leaves you with lingering satisfaction.
About the story...a woman finds herself in the jungle of a Hawaiian island after going over a waterfall. She has lost her memory. She instinctively follows the water toward the shore where she ends up in a kind, fragile woman's care. Monica, who takes in the injured stranger whom she dubs Jade, after a plant, calls her brother Cameron for help. Cameron is an insurance and fraud investigator with a protective instinct for his sister and suspicion toward the stranger. Meanwhile, Jade had not been alone when she took the plunge over the falls. The man she was with is injured and unable to hike out. He is waiting for someone who doesn't remember he exists. Was she pushed? Is he a good guy or bad guy? Will he survive? As Jade's memory returns and the questions are answered, more questions and dangers surface.
This description only touches the layers of the story. There is sweet romance, spiritual struggle, mystery, greed, hurtful lies, healing forgiveness, danger, adventure and more.
One thing this author does is tackle the spiritual, aspect of conflict, faith in God and forgiveness. Although I do not agree with a couple of the portrayals/practices as being Christian in nature, it was refreshing to see an author address the unseen world we coexist in.