Halos: A Novel

Halos: A Novel

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by Kristen Heitzmann

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It was the halo that caught her heart between beats and made her pause to take notice. When Alessi Moore drives her red Mustang convertible into town, she wonders if this could be the place she was meant to find, a place to settle down. But when her convertible and all she owns is stolen, she is filled with doubt.


It was the halo that caught her heart between beats and made her pause to take notice. When Alessi Moore drives her red Mustang convertible into town, she wonders if this could be the place she was meant to find, a place to settle down. But when her convertible and all she owns is stolen, she is filled with doubt.

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Romantic Times
HALOS (4.5 stars) mean blessing. That's what Alessi Moore believes. A halo around the sun leads her into a town called Charity, where her only valuable possession, a red Mustang convertible, is stolen immediately. No one can believe anyone in this devout Christian town could be a thief. After all, they have the Pact--but Alessi isn't in on the secret. Yet. Stuck in the wintry village with no money, no wheels and no appropriate clothing, the Florida girl is given a job by grouchy bookstore owner Steve. They make a truce when she poses as his girlfriend to fend off the single townswomen. As Steve and Alessi's romance bumps along, someone starts playing cruel jokes on her. Then the horrifying details of the Pact come out, and Alessi flees Charity straight into the arms of the crazed thief. Will Steve and the townspeople wake up to the evil in their midst before it's too late? Kristen Heitzmann's latest grips the reader from the first page. The spiritual take-away concerning pride, forgiveness and the deceitfulness of the human heart is outstanding
Publishers Weekly
Romantic suspense is currently a hot genre in the evangelical Christian market (think Dee Henderson), and popular CBA author Heitzmann does the category justice here. Alessi Moore is a na ve 21-year-old who still believes in fairy tales and miracles, despite a past that has left her orphaned and alone. As she drives across the country, looking for a new life, she stops in the snowy northern town of Charity. Her car and worldly possessions are stolen, and Alessi finds herself dependent on the kindness of strangers. She takes a job working in a bookstore for Steve, who distrusts all women; a clich d, angst-ridden romance follows. But something is rotten in Charity. The sheriff seems uninterested in finding Alessi's car; her stolen clothes turn up piece by piece in occasionally gruesome circumstances; and Alessi bears an eerie resemblance to a woman who disappeared several years ago. As the townsfolk talk of a mysterious "pact" they have made with one another, they muse cryptically, "Maybe they'd slain the devil, but his works were not forgotten." Will miracles be enough to save those in danger? Heitzmann paces her story well, and there is an appealing tension as the plot unfolds. Occasionally, Heitzmann overwrites ("The longing for Alessi's face filled his stomach more completely than the eggs and sausage"), but she also offers many solid descriptions and humorous moments. The use of the verboten word "damned" may surprise some conservative Christian readers. The joy of this novel is in Heitzmann's competent voice, engaging characters and many original touches. (Jan.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Kristen Heitzmann is the bestselling author of eleven previous novels, including A Rush of Wings, The Still of Night and the 2003 Christy Award finalist, The Tender Vine. An artist and music minister, Kristen lives in Colorado with her husband and four children.
Kristen Heitzmann is the bestselling author of over a dozen novels, including Freefall, Halos, A Rush of Wings, and the Christy Award winner Secrets. She and her husband, Jim, and their family live in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she serves as worship leader in their church. Visit Kristen's website at www.kristenheitzmann.com.

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Halos 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kristen Heitzmann is known as a best selling author of numerous Christian titles. Halos is one of her latest releases. In a general sense, it is a modern day rendition of Eleanor H. Porter¿s Pollyanna (originally published in 1913). But that is only in a general sense. Heitzmann¿s novel, Halos, offers richer flavor and more modern circumstances, as well as a splash of suspense that keeps readers wanting to continue reading at a fast pace.

Orphaned as a teen, Alessi Moore is reluctantly accepted into the home of her aunt and uncle in Florida. Once of age, her uncle buys his niece a red, Ford Mustang¿as a going away gift. In other words, pack your bags Alessi, you have overstayed your welcome.

Free, out on the open road, with no particular destination in mind, Alessi is forced to stop for gas in Colorado. The nearest town? Charity. A devout Christian, she considers the odds of such a named place as a sign from God. Convinced only good things can happen, she takes pleasure in pumping gas while trying to catch falling snowflakes on her tongue¿the first real snowfall she has ever witnessed.

All good things must come to an end. Alessi¿s car is stolen. Except for the gas station attendant, no one else saw the Mustang. The crime is reported to the police. The sheriff is convinced Alessi is lying, that she was stranded, perhaps by an estranged boyfriend. Everything she owned was in that car, including her purse, and identification.

Ben and Dave, who work at the gas station, befriend Alessi in this time of need. Their third roommate, Steve, is not as hospitable¿and is leery and suspicious of Alessi and her supposed stranded situation. However, he agrees to let Alessi stay with them, making a mock apartment out of a storeroom in his father¿s bookstore.

Despite the challenges and hardship facing Alessi, she manages to remain humble and gracious. Though frustrated at the town¿s lack of law enforcement commitment to take her claim seriously, she does her best to fit in with the people of Charity. What she finds is that the town¿s name is extremely misleading. What she learns as that she will never be accepted in this backwoods town. The town has buried a terrible secret, a pact, that will, perhaps, forever force her to remain a stranger.

Things only get worse as the car thief begins to torment Alessi. Her car is still in town. Someone has it. She knows it. But no one, not even the town¿s pastor, will believe her. From worse to pure evil, the car thief has it in for Alessi and will not stop tormenting her until he has rid the town, and perhaps, the world of her.

Exciting characters and an intense plot filled with frustration and faith fill the pages of Halos. From the aggravating beginning¿when her car is stolen and Alessi¿s integrity is called into question, right up until the climatic ending¿when faith, hope and love come boldly into play, Halos is that kind of feel-good novel you wish you could get everyone to read. The last sixty or so pages continually moved me to tears, chapter after chapter. Heartfelt, emotional and powerful. Heitzmann is a talented author who knows how to effectively tell a story. This may be the first book I ever read by Heitzmann, but I can promise you, it will not be my last.

--Phillip Tomasso III
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was such a pleasant surprise. It grabbed me from the start and never let go. Loved the relationships that developed, the subtle love story, the challenges, the suspense, the demonstrations of faith...just beautiful. Don't pass this book up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel invokes a need for ideals that cease to exist in a world of truth. A truth based on facts and nothing more. The very first sentence is alluring as it unfolds into a nostalgia unknown to us. It's as if in order to understand the protagonist, Alessi Moore, you would have to bring forth the heart of a child which we posessed, shadowed by who we are now. Written with pure intentions, flawless as you read this is truly one of the best novels I have read so far.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a good book! Halos is an outstanding example of just how good Christian fiction can be. The characters are realistic, believable, and well developed. The vivid discriptions of the characters and setting alike make the book come alive. As a reader, you become invested in the story. A great journey that encompasses forgiveness, love, and good action; Halos is definitely a book I recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He walked in after her. "Hey, Sun."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Hey, again." He said, smiling at her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She walked in.
karniamr More than 1 year ago
Very interesting unusual ending
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasn't thrilled with the "Stepford" town and almost stopped reading. But WOW what an ending.
KayMKM More than 1 year ago
Halos is a story about a young woman who in one moment is looking toward her future with great expectancy and hope, but only a moment later everything she has is snatched away. She is left with nothing and no one. I love this book! The characters are very interesting and deeply developed. The storyline is unique. The faith themes are abundant, but most are subtlety woven into the daily lives of the characters. Steve is a very unlikely hero and although he shows promise, he comes across more as selfishly, egocentric—not without cause, however. Alessi is a precious heroine, who can aptly be described as a survivor. The great cast of secondary characters adds richness and depth to the novel. Halos is a novel that delves into the why of life and living and comes up with some heart-wrenching, but liberating answers for readers to ponder.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a good book, could not believe the ending.
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And you are gone...well if thats it then bye.