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Freefall [Kindle Edition]

Kristen Heitzmann
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When a young woman stumbles out of the Hanalei Mountains on the island of Kauai with no memory of who she is or how she got there, Cameron Pierce reluctantly agrees to investigate the mysterious circumstances surrounding her arrival. As pieces begin to fall into place, he suspects her injuries were no accident, but he's far from convinced she's an innocent victim. And there's that nagging feeling he's seen her somewhere before....Now known as Jade, the woman begins to recall fragments of what led her to this place, and she realizes the danger isn't over. Jade and the cynical Hawaiian investigator attempt to reconstruct the threads of her identity, but the stakes are far higher than either expected.

About the Author

KRISTEN HEITZMANN is a full-time writer and the bestselling author of fifteen novels. She and her husband, Jim, and their family serve as worship leaders in their church. They live in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Visit kristenheitzmann.com

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 775 KB
  • Print Length: 468 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0764228293
  • Publisher: Bethany House (Nov. 1 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003VS07EC
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed. May 30 2011
By Mrs. Tammy L. B. Oberlin TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I had heard that this was such a good author and the book sounded intriguing. I bought it and have always regretted it. I found this a very frustrating read and I almost gave up several times. The only thing that got me to finish is that I spent good money on it and I wanted to see if it got better. I found this book confusing and the clarity was not there. I heard from other people that they felt the same about this book, but that they've enjoyed other books by this author. I'd be willing to try again, but from the library and not by purchasing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Be swept away by this incredible book Nov. 1 2006
By Christian Book Previews - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Imagine a fear, a notion, so intense that you know you need to run. Imagine dragging yourself instinctively through dangerous mountains and treacherous waters to safety, not sure of where you are. Now imagine that not only do you not know where you are, but who you are. In Kristen Heitzmann's Freefall, Jade, later identified as the newly risen star, Gentry Fox, encounters these exact thoughts, feelings, and experiences.

Freefall will capture readers with its intensity, honesty, and believability. Heitzmann emphasizes the importance of these attributes throughout her novel. Her use of Gentry's traumatic memory loss as a tool to lead us through every page, to give us important glimpses into the story, is phenomenal. A simple anecdote or experience tells us everything necessary about Gentry and her relationships with those around her.

The relation of one character to another deeply impacts the plotline as a whole. (It is evident that Heitzmann understood the importance of character bonding when she wrote Freefall.) Cameron, "Kai," and Gentry develop such a natural and connected relationship, overcoming their past and present, that we could easily meet them at the restaurant down the road or the church on the corner. The detail so meticulously put into every character and every scene allows us to identify with, and truly understand, the characters Heitzmann has brought to life.

When Gentry Fox awakens in the mountains of Kauai, she has no idea who she is. She experiences severe pain, and she knows nothing beyond her need for safety. In order to find that safety, she walks with determination to the nearest home, which belongs to a Hawaiian local named Monica. When Monica sees this downtrodden young woman approaching her yard, she fears that once again someone has come to her to find peace but then will pass on to a better life. Despite this fear, she lets Gentry in, and she calls her brother, a fraud investigator, to help identify her. With the presence of Cameron comes some of Gentry's memory; at first, just enough for her to remember that she was not traveling alone. In time, more and more of her memories open up. As they reveal themselves and events unfold, Gentry realizes that someone was out to kill her uncle, whether or not she was in the line of fire.

The reality of the characters throughout Freefall adds an element of closeness, a bond with the readers. The bond allows readers to view Cameron, Gentry, Monica, and all of the other characters as personal friends--not as fictional people only existing on paper. Heitzmann uses flaws and setbacks that we are all familiar with in our own lives to help us relate to the characters' lives. They have broken hearts, broken families, and even broken bodies. The characters experience and overcome real issues, through which they encourage others to do the same.

Kristen Heitzmann will engage your heart, mind, and spirit with this well-written novel. A blend of drama, mystery, romance, and humor, Freefall satisfies the yearnings of many different types of readers. Whether folks read avidly or infrequently, for education or entertainment, all will be swept away by this incredible book. [...]
51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A book that makes me want to read Christian fiction again. If there's more like this. Oct. 18 2007
By A. Grace - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I am a character reader first, and the Christian books I've checked out lately tend to substitute flesh and blood and feelings for sermonizing dialogue and overall sanitation. I'm not saying Christian books should emulate secular ones in terms of profanity, comedic or sadistic violence, or explicit sex. I am saying Christian characters should not find perfect peace with everything ten pages from the end of the book. They should make big mistakes and possess real flaws. Those who've had it rough shouldn't all be victims on the path to 10-pages-from-the-end forgiveness. In reality, Christians know life is gritty at times. Even those ready to "give an answer for the hope that is within" us sometimes struggle with those answers. Our fellows in fiction ought to struggle, too.

Kristen Heitzmann understands this and writes this. Brilliantly.

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, Heitzmann's prose is a step above, treating us to interesting similes and specific verbs. A pitiless editor could have slimmed the book down a bit, but on the whole, I loved the writing here. I also loved the vivid Hawaiian setting, and there was nothing more fun than Cameron breaking into pidgin.

Of course, expect the main characters to end up together. But Heitzmann's approach is far from syrupy, honest instead. 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. There are realistic reasons for them to be together but also realistic obstacles to keep them apart.

All in all, highly recommended. If I can find more Christian fiction like this, maybe I'll come home to it.
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish they had a ten star rating for this one! Nov. 9 2006
By Michelle Sutton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Wow! Freefall left me speechless by the time I finished the story. At first I thought, "I love Kristen Heitzmann. I've read all of her historicals and they were awesome. This'll probably be good, but not as good as her past novels." WRONG! The suspense was incredible. The plot intricate. The setting exotic (nothing like spending time on the beach on not getting a sunburn. I think I even learned how to surf without hitting a single wave.) The romance also sizzled. Of course, those who know me know I love the edgier stuff (in other words, the passion and realism of romantic tension) and this baby is packed with it! The perpetrators and thugs were believeable and unlikeble--as they should be. I felt the heroine's fear, her confusion, her passion. Boy, that was a wild ride! I liked how the author occasionally inserted another person's POV to give you that person's perspective. Sweet. Overall, I'd have to say that this is the best romantic suspense novel I've EVER read. I mean EVER! I give Freefall ten stars!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book has it all! Nov. 27 2006
By Rel Mollet - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
With December just around the corner, I imagined I had read all of the best books of 2006. By the end of the first chapter of Freefall I knew I was mistaken!

Set on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, Freefall commences with a woman tumbling down a waterfall and the testing of Monica Pierce's fragile emotions. Monica's instinctive compassion welcomes the beautiful but injured stranger into her home, her memory lost due to the traumatic fall. Monica names her Jade. As a result of a tragic childhood, Monica has always relied heavily on her protective older brother, Cameron, an insurance fraud investigator living on the mainland. Monica calls him to utilise his investigative skills to determine Jade's identity. Upon his arrival, Jade's reluctance to contact the police places Cameron's suspicions into overdrive and another man's life in the balance.

When Jade's identity is confirmed as the latest Hollywood "it" actress, Gentry Fox, the ugly side of such fame threatens to overwhelm her as she struggles to remember her past. Cameron's immediate derision of her occupation and the lifestyle he imagines Gentry has sought, is tempered as Gentry's strength of character emerges as they search for answers to the tragedy that befell her. In turn, Gentry glimpses Cameron's cynical and hardened exterior for what it is, a damaged heart and soul, following the early loss of his parents and his wife's more recent betrayal. Cameron resists his attraction to Gentry as danger continues to haunt her. The suspense ramps up and the relationships of all characters are tested as unscrupulous people seek to destroy Gentry's image and possibly, her life.

Kristin Heitzmann has written a powerful novel of suspense alongside a beautiful character study of the fragile yet indestructible nature of human emotions. Her characters have depth and authenticity, from Gentry and Cameron through to blind Okelani, Monica and police officer, TJ Kanakanui. The book delves into issues of integrity, the allure of wealth, the burden of guilt and the miraculous and forgiving nature of God. Secrets and Unforgotten are must read books but Kirstin Heitzmann has trumped even those with Freefall.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hawaiian Suspense and Mystery.... Nov. 17 2006
By Jennie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have to say that this is one of the most engaging, gripping story I have ever read. I am a big of Kristen Heitzmann's and I have to say that this story is one of my favourite stories ever by her. She describes the setting on the Kauai Island in Hawaiian Islands so vividly that I imagined myself actually being on the beautiful island. Gentry Fox and Cameron Pierce are wonderful, unique and yet "real-life" characters. I enjoyed every bit of the suspense, the mystery as Gentry (Jade) tries to remember what caused her accident and to piece back the details of her life back together. I couldn't put the story down til I have read to the last page!
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