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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.
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. I can't wait to read the future books in this series.
Told You So is written with depth, intensity and intellectual elements that resonate with truth and reality. I was immediately caught up in the plot which moves swiftly and in all directions. Characters are very well developed, and settings are remarkably well defined. Suspense, deception, and romance all pull this well written novel together into a high-pitched drama with just the right amount of lighthearted humor.
This is a most surprising novel. I'm not sure what I was expecting from this book, but it certainly delivered a lot more than I ever presumed. Don't miss this deeply involved novel. I highly recommend it!
This book is not your typical christian fiction read, but I do not see how anyone could read it and think it was not Christian fiction. The unusual storyline about two different types of writers fascinated me.
As someone that grew up in a similar way as the heroine in the novel, I immediately related to her. This book details some of the flaws very vaguely, but with extreme accuracy with some of the purity culture ideals. For me it brought up how the ideals are not wrong at all, but the way someone is treated if they fall is not biblical.
The ultimate outcome of this story was redemption and forgiveness. The battle for the souls of those in the book was incredible.
Some reviewers have mentioned they didn't feel this book was Christian as some of the characters demonstrate behavior they did not believe was Christian. However, those characters are not believers, but they do not act like they are as well or claim to be. There is one swear word in the book, which I was looking carefully for, as I had been "warned" about it. It is h***, so you decide if this is not a book you want to read because of this.
This book is a story patterned after issues that real people have. They are not perfect characters and make a lot of mistakes. But they address those issues very frankly in my opinion. If that is not the type of book you want to read, avoid it. But if you want to read a book that patterns real life without being depressing, pick this one up.