5/13/10

Indivisible by Kristen Heitzmann

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Kristen Heitzmann is a great author. I have read a number of her older books and really enjoyed them. She has written some characters that have stuck with me for years! While Indivisible was a good book, it was not my favorite by Kristen. Check out her website for the list of her other great books!!

Heitzmann continues to create strong characters in Indivisible. Jonah is the police chief, following the footsteps of his father. Tia is the only one left in town from her family; she is running her mom's candle store. Piper is new in town, but she manages to convince the hardened Sarge to change his solitary ways and hire her to help at his bakery. Liz is the town's new veterinarian, who is greatly needed when animals are found mutilated. Miles becomes a regular customer at the candle shop and the bakery despite his extreme phobias and OCD behavior. All of these characters and the more minor ones were extremely well developed.

Their background stories expertly portray the hows and whys of who they are and what they do. The developing friendships contribute to many of the characters' personal growth, and the book ends with hope for future relationships. Friend, enemy, father, mother, sister, employee, sponsor: all relationships change who we are. Sometimes they help us grow; sometimes they stunt our growth, but relationships are central to our lives and to this novel.

The plot was unique, suspenseful, and engaging. It was pretty easy to solve the mystery, but that did not detract from the story. The book was relationship driven with plenty of action to keep the pages turning.
Also, Kristen uses language beautifully. When I started reading this book, I was struck by the quality of sound in her writing. You can see what I am referring to here where you can read chapter 1. And here is a great link to an audio interview with the author, herself.

This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.

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