Review: Told You Twice by Kristen Heitzmann

Author Kristen Heitzmann has penned another compelling story of redemption with elements of romance, suspense, and her signature subtle humor with her latest indie release, Told You Twice (“Told You” series #2). She again tackles gritty subjects with class and a refreshing straightforwardness. I think she has found a niche in addressing plot elements not commonly found in the mainstream Christian fiction market in a way that serves as an outreach to mainstream readers (Bravo, Kristen!).

Read my review of Told You So by clicking here!

About the Book

Told You Twice by Kristen HeitzmannFrom the lights of Broadway to the streets of Hell’s Kitchen, winning her heart might cost him everything

Alexis Murphy is done messing with the wrong kinds of men. She could not be happier planning a personalized Grace Evangeline wedding with her fiancé, Jeffrey, who is so…right for her. Or is he?

Stage star and spokesmodel, Bo Corrigan, could be the ultimate disruption. Alexis—Exi—is caught by his talent and sexual magnetism. Yet under the glow, she senses trouble, not only danger from Bo’s past mistakes, but something inside tearing him apart.

From the moment Bo sees Exi, he knows she’s special, but not only that—she’s real. Unlike the theater scene he’s been immersed in, she sees the man he is and won’t stop until she’s reached inside and brought that person from despair to life … if only they have time. With violent forces against them, can they get beyond the damage to love that heals and restores?

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Review

Once more, Kristen has penned a story that goes beyond its classification as a contemporary romance/suspense and instead delves deep into the heart of its characters in a realistic way. With brilliant dialogue and subtle humor, this layered story exposes

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My favorite quote from the book! Bo really needed to hear this bit of wisdom at the time.

everyone’s desperate needs of acceptance and forgiveness.

Exi, for instance, has such a genuine soul. She initially lacks a certain confidence and really needs someone to believe in her, though. While Bo undergoes the most dynamic transformation (and what a journey of healing it is!!!), Exi’s quiet and subtle growth over the course of the story stood out to me as a testament to her character.

It’s hard to talk about Bo’s character with no spoilers! So I’ll be careful. 🙂 I’ll just say that he has long believed a lie about himself and his perspective on life needed a major overhaul. It is neat to see how Exi’s personality draws out the real person inside Bo, the one hurting over loss and trying to hide behind his celebrity. Through the combined influence of Exi, Grace, and a few other unexpected characters, he gradually begins to see life through a lens of forgiveness. His eyes are opened in the most unlikely way when the people around him start to break through his walls.

The message of healing this story tells is at times heartbreaking and beautiful. The simplicity of redemption found in its pages is communicated best with this quote:

“…love, trust, forgiveness, and faith can fill the shadows with light and hope.” –Told You Twice, chapter 20, by Kristen Heitzmann

On another note, huge fans of book 1 (ahem, like me), will be happy to see Grace and Devin back and still the same! They are still sparring, flirting, and complimenting each other’s personalities. I was so happy to “spend time” with them as secondary characters and to see that they are important to Bo and Exi in different ways. And that they are still growing, still in love, and still learning lessons on what it means to live out their faith in this crazy world.

 

Thank you to the publisher for a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

 

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12 thoughts on “Review: Told You Twice by Kristen Heitzmann

  1. Lovely review, Courtney!! While I still need to read the first in this series, I’m getting more and more excited from all the buzz I’ve been seeing around the book community.

    “With brilliant dialogue and subtle humor, this layered story exposes everyone’s desperate needs of acceptance and forgiveness.”

    Wonderfully said! It really sounds just like the type of contemporary read I’d love. 🙂 Thanks for the awesome review!

    • Thank you, Bekah! I’m happy you’ve been seeing hype about this series. It’s much deserved! And I hope you do love it! (You HAVE to let me know/blog about it when you do read book 1 then 2 :)! )

  2. It is a wonderful review, Courtney. And, I totally agree with your delight in still being able to connect with Grace, Devin and …. Mattie!

    • Thank you, Connie! Yes, Mattie was darling, as I expected. Kristen writes such great personality into the children in her stories. (Like in the Rush of Wings series….. have you read it?)

  3. “She again tackles gritty subjects with class and a refreshing straightforwardness.” < TRUTH! Beautifully said, Courtney. Everything about this series is top-notch, first class and all that jazz. Kristen has a winning way with words and a skilled hand when it comes to this series in particular. 🙂

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  5. LOVED this story! And your review. 🙂 Definitely filled with wonderful messages of healing and forgiveness. Makes me so excited for the next book, especially the novella that Kristen hinted at.

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